Your Views: How can we afford to help so many illegal immigrants?
After reading the “Dream And Hope” story March 19, I was reminded of the old saying “there’s two sides to every story.”
If someone chooses to enter a country illegally by crossing a desert, surely the person knows there are risks. Every year thousands more aliens enter our country illegally while looking for better lives. Why not? They come here with no money and no ability to communicate. Federal and state agencies are required to furnish free translators and give directions on obtaining Women, Infants and Children aid, food stamps, rent assistance and free medical care. They have been told that if they have babies here (often referred to as “anchor babies”), they will not be deported. The hospitals and taxpayers are left with the bill.
One in 12 babies born in the U.S. are children of undocumented aliens. In California and Arizona, it is one in six.
The “Gang of Eight” immigration bill mentioned is more of an amnesty bill than a path to citizenship. If this bill passes, 11 million aliens will obtain legal statuses, making them eligible for even more government programs. Many of these aliens have no desire to become citizens.
With our still-fragile economy, how can we afford this added financial burden, even as our own people are struggling?