- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 29, 2010


I congratulate Arizona for writing a law that makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally and requires anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant to show identification (“Arizona to Obama: Do your job,” Comment & Analysis, Tuesday).

President Obama disapproves of the Arizona law even though he has suggested no viable alternatives to curbing the influx of illegals overrunning American soil. He does not classify illegal immigration as a crime, but according to Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, any alien who enters the country at a nondesignated immigration point, tries to evade immigration inspection or tries to enter the country using false or misleading information should be fined or imprisoned. Any of these are federal offenses.

In the United States, illegals place an enormous strain on state budgets, not to mention billions in unpaid federal taxes. Illegal immigrants in the United States earn approximately $60 billion each year. One of Mexico’s largest revenue veins (after exports and oil sales) is money sent home by such people. As of 2003, approximately $10 billion was being sent back to Mexico annually, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

The total kindergarten-through-grade-12 school expense for illegal immigrants costs our states $7.4 billion annually, according to an analysis of census date by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, while medical service for illegal immigrants costs hospitals billions of dollars in unpaid bills each year.

I wish more states had the guts to follow Arizona’s lead on immigration reform and put an end to illegal immigration and the financial hardships associated with this crime.



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