Illegal Immigration - Still a Problem, and Growing
Most of us have experienced both the nightmare and the reality that is a late night in a jammed emergency room. But with the growing number of illegal immigrants emergency rooms are becoming more than just a single night’s bad experience. In a report last year by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) it was estimated that illegal immigrants in the state of Florida are resulting in more than $165 MILLION a year in unpaid hospital care. As a result of unpaid emergency care bills, many hospitals are creating free clinics in order to lower the cost of providing this GOVERNMENT MANDATED SERVICE. Yes, in case you are unfamiliar, most hospitals are required to provide emergency care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The result is the $25 aspirin that your insurance is charged. Guess who those costs are passed down to? That's right, you and me.
It comes down to us through insurance rates and through taxes. About $910 MILLION in taxes used each year by the state to offset the annual $4.3 BILLION cost of providing education, health care, and incarceration for illegal immigrants in our state. FAIR estimated that the cost to the average Floridian household per year for providing these services is $315. That does not include the share passed down by illegal immigration on a national level.
But the problem is growing and will continue to get worse. What will the solution be for the ever aging population of illegal immigrants as they reach an age of not being able to care for themselves? With no Social Security/Medicare number they will they have no “safety net?” Will they simply die in the street without aid? Of course not. The government will have to rush in to the rescue once again. FAIR estimates that the current $4.3 BILLION dollar cost of illegal immigrants will balloon to over $8 BILLION within the next ten years. Guess gets to pay that tab?
But FAIR’s numbers don’t take into account the cost of other government services. As illegal’s are hired and employed we have no tax contribution. That means the roads they use, the government services of fire, police and others all have greater burden but no contribution by these users. Guess who pays?
But we also have to consider the loss by Americans in wages. We’ve all heard the argument that illegal aliens do the jobs that no one else will do. So what happens if they are not there to do them? Will we be left with no one to perform those jobs? Will no one perform the labor and services currently performed by illegal aliens? No. The result will be that employers will simply have to pay more for these jobs to attract workers! The jobs will still get done and good old US citizens will GET A RAISE! That means more tax revenue and less whining about unlivable wages. Why aren’t the Democrats and the Unions screaming about this? Cheap scab labor from south of the border is keeping US workers from better wages!
The bottom line…good old Joe middle class gets to pay extra for all the government give away’s and illegal alien employers get a free subsidy from all of us!
Everyone benefits when we do it right. Will the costs for goods and services go up with higher wages? Absolutely, but not near as high as when we instead hire the government workers and health care providers to give BILLIONS of dollars away. If we do it legally we might even get enough of a tax cut to cover the increase in costs for goods and services. (Forgive my moments of fantasy…government becoming so efficient as to cut taxes …what am I thinking?)
The rallies have died down, the issue isn't the hot topic it was a few months ago, but we must be diligent in demanding that our representatives and leaders:
1. Close the border.
2. Create a legal guest worker program.
3. Require everyone to pay their fair share.
The madness must end and reason must be returned. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of delaying and playing politics rather than quickly moving to solve this problem. Meanwhile, you and I get to pick up the several billion dollar bill.