Originally Posted by Mr Floyd
I do not support illegal and cheap labor. I do not employ any housekeepers or gardeners though I can't say for sure that contractors I've used do or don't use them. My suspicion is that they do so I suppose I am part of the picture indirectly. Another economic shift occurs when labor costs rise substantially since the burden of paying for the increase goes ultimately to the consumer as in the company example. Not only in agriculture but in construction, landscaping, and the food industry to name a few.
Regarding taxable unemployment vs employment...I am saying that some of the tax breaks (earned income) and other government obligations / burdens shift in form in this scenario.
At very least, the cost to effectively enforce our immigration laws would be substantial.
A question...if the illegals left AZ prior to the enforcement of the laws, why all the hub bub?
Lastly, I work for Medi-Cal on the financial audit side. Most of the billing records I see are for what appear to be legal citizens. They are a huge burden financially on the state of CA none-the-less.
If the costs to enforce our current immigration laws would be substantial, how will we enforce the proposed CIR which requires securing the border, biometrics for all illegals, thorough background checks, payment of back taxes (unless they affirm they owe none), and English skills? At least thatís what the proponents of CIR would have us believe.
The Arizona law proves enforcement is indeed effective. We canít have laws that effectively reduce illegal immigration, now can we?
Rising health care costs put focus on illegal immigrants - USATODAY.com
In Texas, where the state comptroller estimates illegal immigrants cost hospitals $1.3 billion in 2006, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is considering denying cancer care to such immigrants.
Data on health care costs for illegal immigrants are sketchy because hospitals and community health centers don't ask about patients' legal status. In California, a 2004 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform put the state's annual cost at $1.4 billion. Similar studies in Colorado and Minnesota in 2005 came up with much smaller estimates: $31 million and $17 million, respectively.
Illegal immigrants make up less than 5% of the cost in most states, but closer to 10% in some California counties. In 2000, counties along the Mexican border lost more than $800 million in health care services for which they were not paid; about 25% of that went to care for illegal immigrants, according to a report by the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition.