Here’s an idea for cutting the federal feedbag and saving U.S. taxpayers a little dough: stop slopping the troughs of illegal immigrants.
According to the Washington Examiner, more than $135 billion is spent annually supporting illegals and their families. Most of that expense is related to free medical care, public education and bloated law-enforcement costs.
Broken down, state and local governments are shelling out more than $88 billion a year to keep illegals afloat, according to the Examiner. Meanwhile, the feds spend more than $45 billion for the same purpose. The only way to justify such expense is to use the bucks to arrest, fingerprint and then send the illegals back to where they came from.
And don’t tell me those who are here illegally, who are working and who are earning enough to pay income tax – don’t tell me they should be entitled to the federal dole. Illegals pay about $19 billion a year in local, state and federal sales and income taxes, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. That hardly begins to offset what it costs to support them.
While we’re engaged in effecting palatable federal tax reform, perhaps with our left hands we can simultaneously get serious about immigration reform and drastically reduce or perhaps even eliminate an unjustified government giveaway.
And the Examiner article doesn’t even mention how much of the average illegal immigrant’s income — meager as it might be — goes to help the rest of the family still residing beyond the U.S. borders. Ever go to the post office and stand behind illegals purchasing money orders to be mailed “back home”? Those dollars are doing nothing to support the U.S. economy.
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