|"California's addiction to 'cheap' illegal-alien labor is bankrupting the state and posing enormous burdens on the state's shrinking middle-class tax base," said FAIR President Dan Stein.|
"Most Californians, who have seen their taxes increase while public services deteriorate, already know the impact that mass illegal immigration is having on their communities, but even they may be shocked when they learn just how much of a drain illegal immigration has become," he said.
California is estimated to be home to nearly 3 million illegal aliens.
Mr. Stein noted that state and local taxes paid by the unauthorized immigrant population go toward offsetting these costs, but do not match expenses. The total of such payments was estimated in the report to be about $1.6 billion per year. .
The story affirms, in stark terms, what Open-Border opponents have felt in their guts all these years. The media paints illegal immigrants as just "hard-working" "family people" - and the most laughable "conservative" - folks who just want a better life for their kids.
We all want a better life but we all have to play by the rules. If I start selling drugs on my block is that ok because "I just want a better life for my family?" Sadly certain ethnic groups look at drug sales as just part of "da hood" and slinging caine is just one way of paying the bills. But basing policy decisions on such drivel will only lead to anarchy, and dismissal of the rule of law.
I certainly hope that this abysmal economy will start a cavalcade of self-deportations.
And I think that is a FIRST on the Rue St. Michel blog: I actually applaud something that Barack Hussein Obama is doing.
Again, from WaPo - "U.S. to Expand Immigration Checks to All Local Jails." That is absolutely awesome news.
The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure could result in a tenfold increase in illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes and identified for deportation, current and former U.S. officials said.
By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody. Inmates in federal and state prisons already are screened. But authorities generally lack the time and staff to do the same at local jails, which house up to twice as many illegal immigrants at any time and where inmates come and go more quickly.
The effort is likely to significantly reshape immigration enforcement, current and former executive branch officials said. It comes as the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress vow to crack down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes, rather than those who otherwise abide by the law.
I give Kudos to the New President for such a clear policy decision that will add to our sovereignty and support United States citizens. Finally! It only took 120 days in office for him to do something constructive.