Yep, it happened. The Los Angeles Police Commission has approved LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s scheme to revise the city’s impound rules for drivers caught driving without a license. This makes it much easier for illegal drivers to get back on the road; instead of having their vehicle impounded, now all they need is to have someone with a driver’s license available.
Beck pushed for this, calling the mandatory 30-day impounds unfair to illegal immigrants, who are not allowed to apply for driver’s licenses. And we certainly don’t want to have any laws that are unfair to people who have broken the law by coming into our country illegally, do we? Clearly this lays the ground work for, at last, giving illegals legal driver’s licenses. Folks, it’s only a matter of time.
In a letter to the Daily News last week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich responded to an editorial column that supported giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Supervisor Antonovich rightly said that to do so would be stupid and irresponsible since it only provides another incentive to those who break the federal immigration laws. He then went on to list a litany of ways illegals are costing Los Angeles tax payers a fortune.
The so-called “anchor babies” are born to Mexican women who have crossed the border illegally to give birth here in California. These babies are entitled to all kinds of benefits which are paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Just in Los Angeles County alone, children of illegal immigrants born here are receiving over $642 million a year for welfare and food stamps. Antonovich noted that an ICE survey of Los Angeles County jails found that illegal immigrants annually cost taxpayers over $550 million. Additionally, our county costs for medical services exceed $500 million.
Put ‘em all together and they spell $1.7 billion, and that’s not even including the cost of education. This is just L.A. County, mind you. A year and a half ago, the Federation for American Immigration Reform also looked at these kinds of costs nationwide to get an idea of the burden to local governments at a time when many are grappling with budget deficits.
The organization reported that the cost of illegal immigration stands at about $113 billion a year. Nearly half of that amount went toward education costs, according to the study. Costs were naturally higher in states with large illegal immigrant populations like California. Our total annual tab came in at $21.8 billion.
Why so much? Well, because around 62 percent of all illegal immigrants are working and getting paid under the table. That means that these immigrants will never pay taxes on the money they earn or have the motivation to get a legal green card and be allowed to be in a certain country. Also, if their children go to public school, the children will usually need some sort of financial aid.
According to the last U.S. Census, the government estimates we now have twelve million illegal aliens in the United States. Of these, more than half are from Mexico alone. And remember this: The true number may be much higher because many did not report in the census. The average amount each state spends to provide welfare, medical, food stamps, and education alone is between eleven to twenty-two billion dollars a year. This does not include the amount paid from the Social Security and Medicare fund to immigrants who have never worked a day in the U.S.! Not a day!
To those who say, “People who come over the border without papers are just trying to make a better life for themselves” forget that when illegals sneak in here to work they undercut the poor and middle class U.S. citizens. They bring down the job market and make it impossible for legitimate workers to compete against illegals willing to work at half or less than half the going rate. Los Angeles is fast becoming the capital for the Third World’s poorest of the poor in this country.
And then, of course, we have the drug gangs which not only ship billions of dollars worth of drugs into this country, but operate the human smuggling rings. The dangerous lowlifes that come across the border with impunity imbed themselves into neighborhood communities, commit violent crimes, and then hightail it back over into Mexico. According to one stat, every single day 12 Americans are killed by an illegal immigrant.
So, how to solve this problem? Well, it’s a no brainer for our esteemed mayor, police chief, and other high ranking city officials: Just change the laws and if you can’t change them, ignore them. Hey, it’s just your city government doing their damndest to make life easier for the illegal immigrants while they make life a hell of a lot tougher for the average working citizen.