Letter: Growing number of illegal immigrants and their cost not sustainable

Illegal immigration costs the American taxpayers $134.9 billion annually according to detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that includes education, medical care, law enforcement and welfare.

Our politicians must make a decision on the 25,000 illegal immigrants who cross our borders monthly. Illegal immigration costs the American taxpayers $134.9 billion annually according to detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that includes education, medical care, law enforcement and welfare. Even with the $19 billion illegal immigrants pay in taxes, the net cost to taxpayers is about $116 billion annually. California spends $23 billion annually.

Why should immigrants who are willing to enter legally, follow the laws and stand in line to become Americans be overwhelmed by illegal immigrants who slip across the border? The growing number of illegal immigrants and the billions it costs law abiding taxpayers is not sustainable. Also, the billions for illegal immigrants is often at the expense of American poor and the needs of our country. Can’t politicians show some compassion and caring for their citizens and country’s needs? Enough is enough!

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