Letter: Hefty price tag for illegal immigration

As President Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy by giving work permits to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, a Reuters poll shows that 70 percent of Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening this nation’s culture and economy.

A report last fall indicated that 11.7 million illegal immigrants are residing in the U.S. In Illinois, the illegal immigrant population has remained constant since 2010 at 550,000. Although the unemployment rate in our state dropped to 7.1 percent in June, it was still 1 percentage point higher than the national rate for the month.

According to FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform, 394,015 jobs were held by illegal aliens in 2013. The cost spent per year by Illinois tax payers on its illegal immigrant population is $4.6 billion, with $2.6 billion going toward educating the children of illegal immigrants.

Most of the unaccompanied children crossing the border from Central America will not be sent back, as they fall under the bipartisan William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 which allows them to qualify for refugee status. Children have been coached to game the system, having been schooled on the magic word to say something like “aslum” or “fighting in my home county.”

DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) of June, 2012 must be repealed, which would allow our government to quickly process these kids and send them back to their home countries and their parents. By doing so a message would be sent to parents.

This is the humane thing to do as our federal government is facing a rapid and unsustainable growth in debt and the American people are already over-burdened with taxes. It is also time that laws already on the books are enforced.

Nancy J. Thorner

Lake Bluff

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