I came across some interesting statistics today. On a government website, they are proudly proclaiming that illegal immigrants brought in almost $795 million dollars in tax revenue to Illinois. Wow, that’s great! I’m surprised we are not out of debt already! That influx of tax money must assuredly help ease our debt and make it worthwhile to encourage even more illegal immigration to our great state. Of course, that is only one side of the story, and the only side mentioned by our proud government. According to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration way back in 2007 cost Illinois taxpayers $3.5 Billion dollars in education, medical care, and incarceration costs. Hmmmm, so the great influx in tax revenue, offset by the costs we are incurring, leaves a net cost to taxpayers of $2.7 Billion dollars.
Why is it that our elected officials are constantly looking for new taxes instead of finding ways to cut spending? If they can’t find anything to cut, I can show them where to find $2.7 Billion in a hurry.