Stop Financing and Rewarding Illegal Behavior
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.