I Wonder Sometimes...
I wonder sometimes how we might calculate the costs of illegal immigration? If only there were some numbers, somewhere, we might use to help us understand the fiscal costs of our cheerful invaders?
Arizona taxpayers spend up to $1.2 billion annually to educate children of illegal immigrantsNow extrapolate these numbers out nationwide. Now fold in healthcare and incarceration and deportation. But have no fear, The Natonal Council of La Raza and President Bush assure us that our cheerful invader class is naught but a boon folks, rest easy.
People who do track immigration trends estimate that 125,000 to 145,000 children of illegal immigrants attend public elementary and secondary schools in Arizona *snip*
That figure comes from the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., which is quick to point out that about half of these students are likely U.S. citizens born in this country. (yes, those would be 'anchor babies', technically citizens, but for all the wrong reasons -- ed.) *snip*
More than one in nine Arizona students is an illegal immigrant or the child of an illegal immigrant, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
To educate these children, school finance experts in Arizona suggest taxpayers will spend as much as $1.2 billion this year alone.
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