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Posted: January 30, 2010 3:10 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Illegal immigration seems to be the topic of the day.

We cannot afford the cost in use of taxpayer money or in competition for finite jobs (jobs Americans won't do) and for the criminal element that is added to our own homegrown criminals.

Illegal immigrants come from many countries, but I'm sure you will all agree the southern and northern borders of the U.S. are not protected and easily crossed.

Once here, people disappear except when it comes time to apply for government assistance as a poor, low-income person or family.

I hope one day someone has the conjones to address the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, the so-called "birth right amendment" that was instituted to protect the rights of freed black slaves who were brought to this country by slave traders and sold as property. These freed slaves, born on U.S. soil, were made American citizens.

What is the cost for children of illegal immigrants? Here is the cost for June 2009, according to the county Department of Social Services: Welfare costs for children of illegal in Los Angeles County were more than $48 million. August 2009 figures from the Department of Public Social Services show children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County collected nearly $22 million in welfare and more than $26 million in food stamps in June. Projected over a 12-month period, this would exceed $575 million.

Annually, the cost of illegal immigration to county taxpayers exceeds $1 billion, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for health care and $500 million in welfare and food stamp allocations.

Twenty-four percent of the county's total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.

Illegal immigration continues to have a catastrophic impact on county taxpayers. The total cost for illegal immigrants to taxpayers exceeds $1 billion a year, not including the millions of dollars for education.

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