The Federation for American Immigration Reform examined data related to the cost impact of illegal aliens in California. It concluded that state taxpayers are paying $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration.
Responding to the position that illegal aliens who work help subsidize the overburdened Social Security system, FAIR says even if their contributions are subtracted from what they cost taxpayers, net outlays still amount to $9 billion per year. That breaks down to approximately $1,183 per California household headed by a native-born citizen. Is it fair that law-abiding American citizens subsidize law-breaking illegal immigrants?
The Minuteman Project is temporary. Though U.S. and Mexican authorities estimate the volunteers have reduced the flow of illegal immigrants by half, the citizen groups are expected to be gone next month and the areas where they have been patrolling will likely return to a virtual superhighway for lawbreakers. Meanwhile, smugglers and individual trespassers have shifted their presence to less protected border areas.
The Departments of State and Homeland Security announced Tuesday that American citizens will be required to show a passport when re-entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Bermuda and the Caribbean by 2008. Whatever benefits might come from this new effort - and the ridiculous body searches of frequent flyers like me and little old ladies in wheelchairs at our airports - shouldn't at least as much attention be paid to the flood of illegal aliens pouring into this country?
Multiply those fake "terrorist" attacks in New Jersey and Connecticut and consider what the real thing would look like. Then, ask yourself how our government will ever justify to the dead and injured why it was not more vigilant when it counted.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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