The High Cost of Social Programs
Here is yet another story detailing not only the high cost of social programs gone awry but specifically their cost to those who are here illegally. This is only one county in California too.
They estimate the 22 percent of the food stamps in L.A. County went to people who shouldn’t even be here if they cared for our laws. 22 percent! How many families didn’t get enough, and how many were turned away who actually needed this program, families who haven’t broken any laws?
The total cost to tax payers in that county was somewhere around 1.6 billion dollars in 2010, that is pretty shocking to me. As they point out that doesn’t include the education costs either.
Regardless of how you feel about illegal immigration the fact is most countries on earth won’t let you live in them if you seem likely to become a burden to the state. We simply can’t afford to adopt every stray puppy that wonders over the border. If you favor an open border or even just amnesty to those who are here already you can’t simultaneously be for social programs. At least if you have a basic grasp of numbers.
It would be cheaper to provide more aid to Mexico than it would be to give each of them aid here. A dollar goes a lot further there than it does here. Not that I support that idea either.
I welcome all people from every country to come here and live, so long as they are going to take care of themselves and more importantly go through the process. What they are doing now amounts to shoplifting. No one advocates allowing the needy to do that regardless of their level of neediness, so why should we allow them to come and take benefits they are not entitled to? Benefits that, in the end, come out of our pockets and in some cases bypass our own citizens, that is those people who have not committed a crime to be in a position to receive those benefits.