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Will Amnestied Illegal Aliens Bankrupt New Jersey and California?
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 4, 2013 @ 6:13 pm In The Point | 13 Comments
Amnesty for illegal aliens will hit five states hardest: California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida and Nevada. Those are the states with some of the highest percentages of illegal aliens. Amnesty, as noted by Senator Jeff Sessions, may not immediately put illegal aliens on the Federal dole, but it will immediately put them on the state and city dole.
(And since states and cities get Federal funding for their social welfare spending, in practice the Federal government will be providing billions in social welfare spending for illegal aliens very quickly.)
Texas has the financial reserves to survive amnesty, for now. (An oil industry doesn’t provide that much of a hedge. Mexico has oil too.) But California does not.
California is already circling the drain. Its real hole is already somewhere between 150 billion and 300 billion (despite the glowing media stories on how Jerry Brown balanced the budget and turned the state around.)
California has 12 percent of the nation’s population but 34 percent of its welfare population. It is third in per capita welfare spending. And while a lot of illegal aliens are already cashing in, those numbers will jump in a big way after amnesty.
New Jersey is surprisingly second on the list. It has high unemployment and a 71 billion dollar hole. It also has a 6.2 percent illegal alien population and its welfare spending is close behind California. Like California, New Jersey is sharply divided between overburdened homeowners and a welfare population of miniature Detroits. And illegal amnesty will leave it in bad shape.
The news isn’t good in Florida either. Few states are prepared to absorb a large surplus population that will take more than it contributes and cost more than it earns.
And while the Amnesty Gang claim that illegal aliens won’t go on welfare after amnesty, they will. It will just be more indirect.
If the bill were signed into law, America’s 11 million illegal immigrants would be legalized within six months, when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano submits her border security plan to Congress. Illegal immigrants would immediately be eligible for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status, making them legal to live and work in the country.
As Sessions’ staff points out in the memo, “state laws frequently extend benefits to anyone ‘lawfully present’ in the U.S.” The Sessions team points to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) brief that details how the only requirement many state and local governments have with regard to immigrant access to public benefits is that they are “lawfully present.” The term “lawfully present” is a legal definition.
According to page 91 of the bill, all illegal immigrants granted legalized RPI status would legally be considered “lawfully present.”
“Therefore, when those here illegally who are unable to support themselves are legalized, much of the immediate fiscal burden will fall on state and local governments,” Sessions’ staff wrote in the memo.
And they will pass that burden back to taxpayers and the Federal government which will provide them with more grants and pass the cost back to tapxayers.
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