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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Stop Financing and Rewarding Illegal Behavior

The Democrats in Trenton are looking to add insult to injury with their attempt to grant in-state tuition status for illegal alien children living in New Jersey.

Why do we allow illegal aliens to live in New Jersey in the first place and why do we seek to reward illegal behavior with goods and services, at taxpayer expense, to those that have no rightful claim? Whether New Jersey was rolling in dough or facing bankruptcy, as it is now, why should illegal aliens be given anything besides a one-way ticket back to their home country?

Demographers estimate New Jersey has between 300,000 and 500,000 illegal immigrants who burden communities and siphon away jobs from legal immigrants and citizens alike. A Harvard University economist told Time magazine last fall that immigration from 1980 to 2000 reduced the average salary of native-born men by $1,700 a year.

New Jersey currently spends $1.5 billion annually educating the children of illegal immigrants. The number of illegal aliens reduces the stock of affordable housing for legal residents and drives up the cost of rents. The law of supply and demand remains in effect even while the enforcement of immigration law is abandoned.

The New Jersey state hospital association has reported New Jersey’s hospitals lose $200 million annually to charity care for uninsured immigrants. The Star-Ledger recently highlighted the example of an uninsured illegal immigrant treated at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth at cost of more than $4 million.

The people of New Jersey do not have infinite resources and should not have to fork over their hard earned dollars for the benefit of people here illegally. Our representatives in Trenton, who can’t find the money for property tax reductions, are more than willing to spend billions on people with no right to be in the state.

Politicians are rewarding the unlawful behavior of illegal immigrants, at the expense of law abiding legal residents of New Jersey. They are stealing from taxpayers and aiding and abetting crime.



5 Comments:

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

Amen. And, no one (democrat or republican) is doing a damned thing about it.

It's a disgrace.

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger TigerHawk said...

I'm working from long memory here so I may be wrong, but I believe it is the case that it would be unconstitutional (under the equal protection clause of the US constitution) to distinguish between illegal and legal aliens for a state benefit such as this. As I recall, about twenty years ago Illinois tried the same thing, but in reverse: it classified illegal aliens and their children as out-of-state for tuition purposes notwithstanding their actual residence. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund sued the body that oversees Illinois' public universities, and won.

I don't know whether equal protection jurisprudence has changed, but I think that the right law suit would have forced this result in any case.

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its out of control. The United States Code Title 8 Section 1324 states "it is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United Stated in violation of law". Does the term illegal aliens imply unlawful entry? who's watching the door? not our federal, state or local government...thats for sure. why? uuuhhhh because they want the cheap labor & fraudulent votes. they could care less about us or our families; they are the elite who rule! wake up people, its not gonna disappear without our demanding it to stop. we need to take back our country from the grassroots up.

 
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