Incredible. Remember who ultimately pays for all of this.
Simultaneous studies, released this week by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), show soaring costs of illegal immigration in Florida and demonstrate strong voter objections to the burdens placed on them by illegal immigration. A new Zogby International poll of 801 likely voters across the state found that, by an overwhelming margin, Floridians believe that illegal immigration is harming their state. Their perceptions are rooted in reality. A separate FAIR study, the Costs of Illegal Immigration to Floridians found that providing education and health care to illegal aliens and their families, and incarcerating criminal illegal aliens, costs state taxpayers more than $3.8 billion annually, more than double the costs measured in 2005.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Floridians found that taxpayers spend:
— $3.4 billion a year to educate illegal immigrant children and the U.S. born children of illegal immigrants.
— $290 million a year on unreimbursed health care for illegal aliens.
— $90 million a year to incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.
— The total represents an annual cost to each of Florida’s native-born headed households of $678.
The cost study also determined that the illegal alien population in Florida is now 950,000 persons. This represents 7.3 percent of the national total illegal alien population, and it is the nation’s fourth largest concentration of illegal aliens after California, Texas and New York. It is also about 5.2 percent of Florida’s overall population.
The Zogby poll found that:
— 71.3% of Florida voters say illegal immigration has a negative impact on the state. Only 14.4% believe it has a positive impact on Florida. — 83.5% of Florida voters believe illegal aliens have a negative impact on the state budget, versus only 7.9% who believe their impact is positive. — 57.5% believe illegal immigration should be reduced through better enforcement of immigration laws. Only 36% of Florida voters favor amnesty or legalization for current illegal aliens.
— 68.6% of Florida voters want worksite immigration enforcement to continue. Only 21.1% support the Obama administration’s decision to curtail worksite enforcement.
“Voters in Florida, like voters everywhere, want their elected officials in Washington and Tallahassee to protect their interests, their jobs, and their tax dollars from the impact of mass illegal immigration,” said Stein. “At a time when the Obama administration is intent on systematically dismantling immigration enforcement, and congressional leaders are considering a new round of amnesty legislation, voters in this key state are saying unequivocally that it is time political leaders stopped pandering to the illegal immigration lobby, and started enforcing laws that serve the interests of ordinary Americans.”
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Floridians and a summary of the Zogby International Polling results are available at www.fairus.org.
Illegals also know a good tax break when they see one:
Millions of citizens and non-citizens will apply for tax refunds that they don’t deserve according to a new report to be released by the Social Contract Press tomorrow.
The 51-page report, The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration: A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism, by financial analyst and economist Edwin Rubenstein, will be released at a News Conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW, 13th floor) in Washington, D.C.
The new report has just been posted at the Social Contract Press website, www.thesocialcontract.com.
“The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States — and the most illegal-immigrant friendly,” explains Edwin Rubenstein, author of the new report. In 2007 the General Accounting Office reported that between 27% and 32% of all EITC claims were “improperly paid.” That’s upwards of 6 to 7 million+ households — approximately $12 to 14 billion dollars of fraudulent EITC payments in 2007 alone.
According to the report, the fraudulent “tax relief” went to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. “EITC scams are common, well-organized, and massive,” Rubenstein writes in the report. Only Medicare reported a larger dollar amount of monies acquired illicitly.
Public policy expert, James R. Edwards, Jr., in a statement prepared for the April 14 news conference, says that the “EITC [deprives] hard-working Americans of their own resources. It robs some to give to others. This is exactly the kind of so-called ‘tax relief’ Obama talked about during the campaign and in his sales job for his economic stimulus bill. Obama is redistributing wealth via the tax code and misleading the public by calling it tax cuts. Rather it’s welfare by other means,” Mr. Edwards said.
The EITC is the most accessible of the major entitlement programs and used by more people than food stamps and welfare (TANF) combined.
This hasn’t hit close enough to home for idiots like Janet Napolitano, John McCain, and the rest of the pro-illegal alien asshats in Congress and Senate.