Organization says influx in illegal immigration will cost taxpayers
Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:41:18 GMT —
Congress has reallocated $2 billion to be used for this humanitarian crisis, but that doesn TMt include the education and health care costs undocumented immigrants will need once they arrive at their final destination in the US.
The Rio Grande Valley is the entry point for people coming into the United States illegally.
People living in the Valley are the first to feel the impact of the hundreds of undocumented immigrants crossing into the US daily.
Right now it TMs the lower Rio Grande Valley that TMs bearing the brunt of this but the plan is to move them all across the United States, Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). So there will be communities all across the country that are going to wind up with these costs imposed on them that they never asked for or never planned for."
Taxpayers are footing the bill.
"With the current illegal alien population about 11 or 12 million people, we are paying as a nation about 100 billion dollars a year for illegal immigrants and their U.S. born children, Mehlman said. This is only going to increase the cost, especially if you have unaccompanied minors. They have no families to take care of them so entirely they have to be supported by the taxpayers."
Right now, the Rio Grande Valley is being referred to as 'ground zero' for the humanitarian crisis, the cost of immigration mounts.
Mehlman fears the United States will soon start getting refugees from all around the world.
"Unless the administration gets a hold of this problem, unless they make it clear that we are not going to admit people who show up at the border unless they have a valid reason for being reason, this is going to grow exponentially, Mehlman said. Nobody really know what the costs right now."
According to FAIR, in one year, up to 8.88 billion dollars have been spent on illegal immigration.
That includes $6.1 billion on education, $213 million on welfare and $1.4 billion on unreimbursed health care.
Melhman tells Action 4 News that giving out money doesn't help solve the problem but that the government needs to come up with a plan.
Harlingen resident, Alice Morrowl, agrees with him.
"We have a poverty rate that it TMs just impossible to believe that here we are in the United States, and we cannot take care of our own people but we can take care of everybody else, Morrowl said.
89-year old Morrowl welcomes immigrants to come to the United States but only if they do it the legal way and not out of others money.
Both Melhman and Morrowl agree that immigration laws need to be strictly enforced to stop this crisis from getting worse.