From Congressman Randy Forbes, who definitely gets it that we can’t bear the financial burden of illegal immigration.
I want to share some statistics with you from a recently released report detailing the actual cost to Virginians for subsidizing illegal immigration, a grand total of $1.9 billion.
Breakdown of Cost to Virginians
- $1.28 billion a year to educate the children of illegal aliens
- $265 million a year on unreimbursed health care for illegal aliens
- $133 million a year on criminal justice activities for illegal aliens
- $79.8 million a year on welfare for illegal aliens
- $143 million a year for additional state/local operating costs
- $721 annual cost to each of Virginia’s native-borne headed households
I believe American taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for illegal immigrants. Read more about my work to put an end to illegal immigration in our country, secure our border, protect American workers, and oppose amnesty by clicking here.
You just have to wonder what we’d be able to do with public education in the Commonwealth if we could free up the $1.28 Billion dollars we’re currently using to educate, rather expensively I might add, people who shouldn’t be in the country anyways. I don’t expect to hear the education lobby ever mention how this huge drain on public education could be used to lower class sizes, reduce school overcrowding, and provide services to American citizens who are currently going without them because of budgetary constraints.
How many American citizens could have their access to healthcare improved if we weren’t spending a quarter of a billion dollars a year spending that money instead on illegal aliens? How many programs could be diverting at-risk youth from gangs if we could use the more than $100 million we spend annually dealing with crimes committed by illegal aliens? Are we so extravagantly wealthy we can afford to lavish services on foreign nationals? Not now, at least.
And what would your family do with the $721 a year of your taxes if it weren’t being taken by local, state and federal government to support the unlawful presence of illegal aliens in our communities, or to deal with the negative impacts caused by their presence? That’s your money.
Wouldn’t it be better used providing for your family? What have you gone without this past year because of family budget issues that you could have enjoyed if government wasn’t taking this money from you?
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