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"The factor that almost always drives cities and states to act [...] the number one factor is cost. Illegal immigration is not [...] something that brings in lots of productive workers that suddenly makes it possible for our bloated Social Security system to work. On the contrary, if you bring in under-educated people [...] who are net consumers of public goods. It's been calculated that the average illegal alien household consumes $19,600 in goods and public services every year, more than it contributes. As a result it breaks the budget."
Unlike the federal government [...] states have to actually balance their budget. When you're looking for reasons why your budget is going out of control and into the red, illegal immigration ranks right up there at the top of the list.
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it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare.
And you cannot have both. If you have a welfare state, if you have a state in which every resident is promised a certain minimal level of income, or a minimum level of subsistence, regardless of whether he works or not, produces it or not. Then it really is an impossible thing.
Each Illegal Immigrant Family Cost Arizona $19,600 per Year
Originally posted by nunya13
reply to post by Asktheanimals
I understand why you say it should be retroactive, but what do you think about those born here but America is the only home they have ever known, such as a 15 year old? What about an 20 year old? Do you think it should only apply to minor's?
Just trying to understand your take on it
The gross cost for providing services to illegal aliens along with the criminal court costs is over $2 billion per year.