Illegal immigration costly |

Illegal immigration costly

While we can debate the moral, ethical, and legal issues involved in illegal immigration, no one can deny that there is a tremendous financial burden resulting from the problem. The exact figure is not known but approximately $10 billion is spent on illegals in California each year with nearly $8 billion going to education and welfare and $2 billion for medical care and imprisonment of illegal felons. The cost of all this for the average family in this state is about $1,200 which would seem to outweigh the benefit of cheap labor. In addition to the financial costs there are other problems, diseases like Tuberculosis, Polio, and Hepatitis A, B, and C are being re-introduced into the USA, ID theft is rampant (to give illegals U.S. IDs) and violent gangs are increasing in size and number throughout America. The state and federal governments have turned a blind eye to the problem for decades. It is time for us to demand a reasonable solution.

Richard Tatum

Rough and Ready

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