Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

What would life be like with only legal residents? (Better!)

You've probably heard the news reports: Illegals cost the average American $6,000 to $9,000 a year in added social serivces costs. The dollar amount depends on who is reporting and which specific government service is being addressed. We know that illegals do cost us in health care area. Many about to deliver illegal women swim the Rio Grande to get to U.S. soil and then enter the emergency rooms still soaking wet. All to have the chance of giving birth to a legal anchor baby.

Or how about the extra costs incurred in police and corrections? What about in our school systems? The list of illegal immigrant generated costs goes on and on.

And who pays for all of this? We do.

But what would life be like for us if we did not have to pay for the free ride illegal immigrants cost us? Well, since Arizona's local law enforcement started enforcing illegal immigration laws and an employer sanctions law, we are about to find out.

Arizona is not looking so attractive to illegals seeking the easy, free ride according to blogger Rachel Alexander's report (Intellectual Conservative), Striking changes in Arizona as illegal immigrants flee the state

She writes,

Since Arizona's local law enforcement began enforcing illegal immigration laws and an employer sanctions law went into effect, illegal immigrants have been fleeing the state in large numbers. The effects have been far-ranging. Commuters are reporting fewer vehicles on the freeways, shortening their rush-hour commutes. What had become a serious transportation problem in Arizona is losing its urgency. English Learner Language (ELL) students started dropping out of school. This helped end a confrontation between the state legislature and a liberal federal judge who had ordered the state to spend more money on ELL classes.

Fewer illegal immigrants are using hospital emergency rooms, so waiting times have decreased. Although the rest of the country is in an economic slump, unemployment is going down in Arizona, from 4.5% in January to 4.1% in March. Day laborers loitering outside of Home Depot and other stores have mostly disappeared, ending months of confrontation between illegal immigrant sympathizers and protesters. Desert lands near the border are returning to their pristine condition and the wildlife is coming back. Identity theft and car thefts are decreasing. No one showed up on May 1 to march in immigrant rallies.

With illegal immigrants leaving, the state will see huge savings as fewer illegal immigrants use social welfare programs and the cost of arresting, prosecuting, incarcerating and deporting them decreases.


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