An estimated 2.5 billion dollars a year is spent providing Medicaid to illegal aliens and illegal alien households are grabbing another 2 billion in food stamps and free meals. In Los Angeles County, in just the month of August, LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich estimated that 36 million dollars in social welfare benefits were being consumed by illegal aliens that month alone.
Antonovich has estimated the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers at over one billion dollars a year. For the entire state of California, the costs have been estimated at over 21 billion dollars. For the top ten states the cost may exceed 70 billion dollars a year. Even for tiny Rhode Island the cost of the illegal invaders tops a quarter-billion dollars.
While states frantically raise taxes to meet the budget gap, the true budget gap is the living one made up of illegal aliens. Again the ten states with the largest budget shortfalls are mainly the same states with the highest poverty rates and the highest illegal immigrant populations. Once again California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Florida and New Jersey take top honors.
Nationwide the total cost to taxpayers may be as high as 113 billion dollars or a thousand dollars per household. California’s 21 billion dollar shortfall also happens to be the same as the statewide cost of illegal aliens. But rather than following Arizona’s lead by addressing illegal immigration, most states are raising taxes on everything they can think of and plowing that money back into social welfare spending on illegal aliens.
While the illegal ObamaCare mandate was justified as a way of forcing “free riders” to pay into the system for their emergency room visits, the real free riders are illegal aliens with an estimated 6 billion dollars in medical expenses, including a quarter-billion dollars in emergency room visits. What the mandate truly does is compel younger workers to continue subsidizing Obama’s illegal immigrant free riders—who include members of his own family.
The annual cost of the Obama amnesty to taxpayers has been estimated at 6.2 billion dollars a year, but that’s only a fraction of the true cost. The 1986 amnesty attracted large numbers of illegal aliens who assumed that another amnesty was coming. Obama’s unilateral amnesty does better than that by providing a compelling magnet policy that does not depend on a one-time bill. Obama’s amnesty will lead to a major spike in illegal immigration at a time when it had been in decline. It will destroy millions of American jobs, massively increase social services spending and drain state budgets while leaving destruction and misery in its wake.
On August 15th, a tactical strike was carried out against the American worker. And the full extent of the devastation is still to come.
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