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Editorial: The immigration crisis is victimizing the taxpayer




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George Rodriguez
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July 9, 2014 | 3,130 views | 11 comments

On June 28, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced that as many as 2,000 illegal alien minors would be coming to Dallas County to be sheltered indefinitely. His announcement highlights the problems taxpayers will be facing in communities across the nation.

First, there is the ridiculous comment by politicians that local taxpayers will not pay for the cost, but rather the “federal government will be responsible for the cost.” Excuse me ... but where do these politicians believe the federal government, or the state and local governments, get their money? All that money comes from tax payers. They will pay the bill.

The next question is what is the taxpayer funding? Besides paying for the normal apprehension and processing by the Border Patrol, because these minors will be in the U.S. for an indefinite period of time, they must be housed, fed, clothed, educated, and provided medical care. Local communities are already being impacted as the city of Hidalgo ran up a bill of $68,000 in ten days to provide only port-o-potty services and bus transportation for illegal aliens being processed in their community. Local communities will see the bills for their public schools, public housing, and public health care system rise.

Third is who is getting this money. America already has a robust and ever growing “poverty industry.” This industry is comprised of federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit groups who provide social services. An October 2012 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) indicated that as of 2011, federal spending on these programs had reached $746 billion per year. Much of this money went to programs that duplicate each other or that are not properly audited for accountability. The Heritage Foundation has estimated that each illegal alien student cost the taxpayer an average $12,300 per year. If you multiply that figure by 50,000 minors, the cost soars to $615 million for one year of education. Nonprofit groups and social service agencies are “anxious to help,” and of course arguing the need to keep the minors in the U.S. indefinitely for “humanitarian reasons.”

In a time when tax payers are saddled with an $18 trillion federal debt, a Texas state debt of $341 billion, and a local total debt of $192.7 billion (as of 2011 according to the Texas Comptroller’s report), can we afford to take on the burden of people who willfully broke the law to enter our country?

Furthermore, let us also not forget that, according to ForeignAssistance.gov, Mexico received $265 million, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras got $52 million, and El Salvador received $27 million in foreign aid from the U.S. in 2013. How much more must the taxpayer pay? How about we use this money to buy tickets to return the illegals, and to secure the border to keep more from entering?

Politicians and the mainstream media have played this event as a “humanitarian crisis” and portray the illegal aliens as “victims.” It is obvious the state and federal governments have failed us, while the poverty industry is preying on us. If there is any victim is this crisis, it is the taxpayer. Aren’t we “Taxed Enough Already”? Wake up, America! The defense of liberty and freedom starts in your back yard.

George Rodriguez appears on RagingElephantsRadio.com, blogs on mesa.com and is a persistent advocate for conservative causes.
 

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Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 13, 2014 1:52pm
 
I sympathize Debra, but you do have a choice and keeping quiet is one. Youre correct that under Obamacare that the government has given itself unfettered access to your bank accounts. So don't keep too much money in the bank. ... More ›

 
Debra  
Floresville  
July 13, 2014 12:06pm
 
I don't feel I have a choice when it comes to paying any kind of tax - federal or state - or county. I don't pay?? - they come and get what I have worked for. In fact - these entities don't even have to have a reason for ... More ›

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 13, 2014 11:53am
 
I'm honored Prairie Grouch. That's an excellent example regarding the debt. When the government cuts its own throat with unrealistic policies, it leans on the people to support it. But people have a choice. Government are ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
July 13, 2014 6:02am
 
The questionable use of OPM is highlighted in the picture showing foundation work being done on the courthouse. One worker being observed by four. LOL

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 13, 2014 5:48am
 
Johnny Partain and Thomas Jefferson. Reincarnation ? Or maybe just a dose of common sense conveying the idea that if one did not sign the contract, he is not bound to honor said contract. Thanks for jumping starting my brain ... More ›

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 12, 2014 11:39pm
 
Ledgers are a convenient way of keeping score, but they do not bind us. Each generation has the opportunity to make its own history and we are not necessarily bound by the proceeding generation. While it presently appears the ... More ›

 
Debra  
Floresville  
July 12, 2014 3:17pm
 
Chief Noetell- that is how I have come to think - I am of the older generation - so, I figure - when the "takers" run out of the money making population (taxpayers) - America will become just another poor nation. ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
July 12, 2014 1:13pm
 
Look on the bright side. Maybe their children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren will be stuck with the debt cost. At least the part not wiped out by inflation.

 
Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
July 12, 2014 10:57am
 
I read this article and completely disagree with the perspective. It's true that there is a successful poverty industry and its true that the nation in overwhelmed in debt, but these are not the real conservative issues regarding ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 10, 2014 11:57am
 
The images of the young people crossing the border certainly don't project poverty. They all seem to have nice shoes and are reasonably well dressed. To equate these people with refugees does a disservice to the desperate ... More ›

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