Many of you continue to ask for the financial impact of illegal immigration on our economy. I am forwarding to you the latest statistics from Los Angeles County on those receiving assistance who have entered the United States illegally. In Los Angeles County alone the impact is $1.6 billion, annually!
It surprises me not there continues to be an increase in benefits. Here are the figures provided by Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. These figures are presented after a recent USC Study which stated one in 10 residents in Los Angeles County is an illegal immigrant.
I support immigration…. legal immigration… Legal immigration has made our country exceptional. However, the present model of lax border control will continue to damage the very fabric of our country and the results will manifest itself in still higher costs, deficient schools, an uninterrupted flow of illicit drugs, government dependency, and overcrowded jails and prisons. Unfettered borders will hurt the most vulnerable of our society where one who follows rules is adversely affected by the impossibility of improving one’s status through hard work and striving to achieve the American dream. I hold our Federal Government and specifically the Department of Homeland Security responsible for this abysmal failure to secure our borders.
PRESS RELEASE DATED SEPTEMBER 16, 2013:
CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY COST NEARLY $400 MILLION TO DATE IN 2013
LOS ANGELES COUNTY— With approximately $54 million in welfare payments issued each month to illegal alien parents for their native-born children, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services projects that $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The $54 million each month consists of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $34 million in food stamps — representing 20% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County. At this rate, the projected annual cost is approximately $650 million.
“When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”