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  • Illegal Immigration Costs Demonstrated Again

    Slowly but surely Washington is acknowledging the high cost illegal immigration inflicts on local governments. Today the New York Times reports on a study by the University of Arizona and San Diego State University showing counties along the Mexican border spent $1.23 billion processing illegal immigrants through their justice systems between 1999 and 2006. Cochise County, Arizona, supervisor Paul Newman told that Times: “This is a huge problem because we can’t keep up fixing roads, the other costs of law enforcement, keeping up health agencies.”

    Heritage research shows the costs of low-skilled immigrants to local governments does not end there. In FY 2004, at the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes. The average low skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year. Current federal immigration policy permits a massive inflow of both legal and illegal low skill immigrants to enter and reside in the U.S. This imposes a massive unfunded mandate on state and local government which much bear the costs of that immigration flow.

    Republicans in the Senate have offered a slew of bills designed to cut the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. Democrats have also begun embracing a tougher stance on immigration and may force an enforcement-only bill sponsored by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) to the House floor over House leadership objections. Shuler’s SAVE (Secure America through Verification and Enforcement) Act has drawn 140 cosponsors, 48 of whom are Democrats.

    In the meantime, states looking to alleviate the fiscal burden from their illegal immigrant populations have a number of tools at their disposal including: 1) implementing REAL ID standards for state drivers licenses; 2) denying public benefits; 3) imposing sanctions on employers who hire illegals; and 4) ensuring voters are citizens. States like Arizona and Oklahoma that have already implemented similar measures have seen great progress in decreasing their illegal populations.

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    4. RB Veteran says:

      As a veteran of the U.S. Army (4yrs), I served with many minorities and proudly considered many of them my friends. They served their country proudly, and I believe that we should expect anyone(legal and illegal) seeking the freedoms that have been purchased with the blood and sacrifice of so many, should also serve this country. Right now we have 37,000 legal resident aliens serving in the armed forces. They are true heroes, and have shown that they truly understand what being a patriot means. If we implement a requirement that before any consideration for citizenship, an illegal immigrant must first become documented and then serve the country for a mimimum of two years in some capacity either military service (Canadian Border Patrol), public heath service, or national parks service. This would precipitate a significant drop in illegal immigration. It would also highlight whether it's only for the greenback dollar that they come here, or do they truly believe in our country's shared values and the rule of law. If you're not willing to fight and die to keep this grand experiment alive, what good are you?

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