“If you’re here illegally, you shouldn’t be here illegally” – yeah THAT will teach them


WEDNESDAY 4-02-08…The governor says the state is facing its worst financial crisis since a series of bank and credit union collapses in the early 90’s, so he has proposed cutting school funding, reducing welfare and health care benefits, letting prisoners out of jail early–plus he has signed an order that requires state agencies and companies that do business with the state to verify the legal status of employees. It directs the state police and prison and parole officials to more aggressively find and deport illegal immigrants.

No, I’m not talking about Governor Schwarzenegger of California. I’m talking about Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri. He says he understands illegal immigrants face hardships, but he does not want them in Rhode Island. He says “If you’re here illegally, you shouldn’t be here illegally.”

According to USA Today, programs in New York and Arizona aimed at cutting the prison sentences of certain illegal immigrant inmates so they can be deported faster have federal officials urging other states to adopt similar policies. Officials in those two states say they have saved millions of dollars by turning over for early deportation some non-violent immigrant criminals who have served at least half of their sentences.

Here in California, we’re facing a severe budget deficit, too, but Governor Schwarzenegger calls it “a big mistake” to blame illegal immigrants. So, while the Rhode Island governor has signed an executive order which includes a series of steps to combat illegal immigration, he has proposed cutting school funding, reducing welfare and health care benefits as well.

Assembly Republicans here in California, have put forth nearly two dozen bills that would reduce the negative impact that illegal immigrants have on our state budget. But legislative Democrats have vowed to block the package of bills, and accuse Republicans of using illegal immigrants as scapegoats.

So, while other states, like Rhode Island, Arizona, New York, Oklahoma and so many others are tackling the problem of illegal immigration head on –and doing something about it –California’s Democrat lawmakers, and it’s Republican governor, are keeping the welcome mat out. “C’mon in, California’s taxpayers will take care of ya”….while we cut funding for our kids in school.”


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  1. Have you heard the saying, when California sneezes, the rest of the country catches the flu? Generally what starts in California eventually spreads to the rest of the country. That is, unless a state takes measures to resist it. Unless every state realistically tackles illegal immigration by instituting Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT, which California has refused to do, this is what you can expect:

    As of 2006, California contained greater than 25% of the total illegal alien population within the U.S. Many of these illegals concentrate in Los Angeles. New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007 – up $3 million dollars from September. Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits are going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $20 million in welfare assistance for November 2007 and over $16 million in monthly food stamp allocations for a projected annual cost of $444 million. “This new information shows an alarming increase in the devastating impact Illegal immigration continues to have on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich, LA County Supervisor. “With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $444 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”

    Just keep in mind that the $37 million a month is for only one county in one state and is only welfare and foodstamp benefits. It doesn’t include hospital care, education, fraud, wage depression, crime, depreciation of housing values, the portion of bad loans given to illegal aliens by banks, insurance costs and the myriad of other burdensome expenses that illegal aliens put on the backs of American citizens. There are 29 sanctuary cities in California and because of that there should be little wonder why so many illegal aliens stay in this state. They basically operate with impunity and even if they get arrested for a serious crime there is little chance of them being deported. They can sign up for welfare and food stamps with no questions asked and the hospitals provide them with free care as long as there are still emergency rooms that can’t turn them away for lack of funds. All things considered, California has rolled out the welcome mat for them.

    Is there any wonder that California is right now in a fiscal crisis emergency with a budget deficit greater than $14 billion and growing? Reliable estimates calculate illegal aliens cost the state $10.5 billion each year! Why not cut all public services to those not in the U.S. legally? Just a simple thought on my part that would go a long way to putting California back on its feet.

  2. The mainstream press reports there are 3 million illegals in California. For those of you living in California, does that seem like a low figure to you? Sort of like the Feds saying there are 12 million illegals in the entire country. Yeah, right. Here’s some more reliable numbers: CAPS (Californian’s for Population Stabilization) released a study in the 4th quarter of 2007 that stated there are 20 to 38 million illegals in America. A very conservative estimate is that California has 25% of the illegals in the U.S. (it could be as high as 50%). So, taking the most conservative numbers, there are at least 5 million illegal aliens in California (with possibly as many as 19 million).

    North County Times, March 2008: http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/03/25/news/top_stories/10_58_493_24_08.txt#blogcomments

  3. Some of the Costs of Illegal Immigration
    CNN 1/8/2008

    Los Angels County:

    10% of Los Angeles County residents are illegal aliens (the highest percentage of county residents in the country)

    Illegal aliens cost the county greater than one billion dollars per year in taxpayer costs, not counting education.
    $444 million for welfare and food stamps
    $400 million for health care
    $220 million for correctional services, law enforcement and other public safety costs

    New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007, which is up $3 million dollars from September.

    Children of illegal aliens receive 25% of welfare and food stamp money

    —Mike Antonovich, LA County Supervisor


    A study published in 2004 by FAIR about costs of illegal immigrants in Arizona, stated “Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers about $1.3 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Even if the estimated tax contributions of illegal immigrant workers are subtracted, net outlays still amount to about $1.3 billion per year. The annual fiscal burden borne by Arizonans amounts to more than $700 per household headed by a native-born resident: The report also states that the $1.3 billion cost associated with illegal immigration in Arizona does not include other costs such as special English instruction, school nutrition programs, or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers.

    A Harvard University study released in January 2008 found that illegal aliens depressed wages in Arizona by $1.4 billion dollars. Hardest hit were low skilled legal workers whose wages fell by 5%.


    Nationwide, 40% of households headed by an illegal alien receive welfare benefits and 56% have no health insurance.

    Standard & Poor’s reports that education of illegal alien children costs the states and federal government $11 billion dollars per year.

    Taxpayers in our country pay more than $100 billion every year on health care and other services for illegal immigrants, including education, law enforcement costs, and housing. – Congressman Dean Heller-Jan. 2008 http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20080127/OPINION/729401847

    The average illegal immigrant family uses $2,700/year more in services than it pays in taxes. In 2002, this amounted to a $10.4 billion drain on the federal budget. Some of the greatest federal costs included: Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalrelease.html

    Heritage Foundation research shows in FY 2004, at the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes (those that actually paid taxes). The average low skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year. That is approximately $9000 for EACH immigrant household of which at least 50% are illegal aliens.

  4. The groups that oppose the Governor are racial profiling themselves.
    Illegal immigration is not specific to one nationality.
    There are illegal immigrants in this state and across the country from all over the world.
    Illegal immigration leaves us open to terrorism and terrorist attacks.
    Curbing illegal immigration makes it safer for us to live in the state and across the country, it curbs identity theft, and will in the long run help our economy more.
    Come on people did we not learn anything from 911?

  5. Thanks for all the info Zeezil. An worthy effort well above and beyond the call of duty. I have sent several folks a link to this page not for just Bruce’s remarks, but for the information and links to information you have provided.

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