Of course the open borders crowd are attempting to demonize this report and the people who produced it. Because if Americans start doing the math, they might become aware that there is a real problem with illegal immigration in this country. You see, according to the study in question, many of the states with the worst budget woes would be doing much better financially if they were not spending taxpayer dollars on benefits for illegals.
The report states that an amnesty program wouldn’t appreciably increase tax revenue and would cost massive amounts in Social Security and public assistance expenses. An amnesty “would therefore be an accentuation of the already enormous fiscal burden,” the report concludes.
The single largest cost to the government of illegal immigration, according to the report, is an estimated $52 billion spent on schooling the children of illegals. “Nearly all those costs are absorbed by state and local governments,’ the report states.
Moreover, the study’s breakdown of costs on a state-by-state basis shows that in states with the largest number of illegals, the costs of illegal immigration are often greater than current, crippling budget deficits. In Texas, for example, the additional cost of immigration, $16.4 billion, is equal to the state’s current budget deficit; in California the additional cost of illegal immigration, $21.8 billion, is $8 billion more than the state’s current budget deficit of $13.8 billion; and in New York, the $6.8 billion deficit is roughly two-thirds the $9.5 billion yearly cost of its illegal population, according to Jack Martin, the researcher who completed the study.
If Martin is even 50% correct, a number of states would be much, much better off than they are right now.
So of course, the demonization continues apace. The sacrifices citizens are being forced to make to cover deficits might make them wake up to the fact that their pockets are being picked.
I’m on the record as being in favor of a very, very liberal legal immigration system – and hard enforcement of the borders against illegal immigration. This report doesn’t do a thing to convince me that there is any problem with my stance.
Quite the contrary. If legal immigrants want to come here, pay taxes, live by the rules and become Americans, I’m ok with that. ‘
What’s happening right now, I am not good with.