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Sunday, May 06, 2007

But Illegal Immigration Doesn't Cost A Thing!

This article is simply ridiculous. Essentially, Cities are complaining that ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS IS TOO EXPENSIVE. What about the cost of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION?

AP: Local immigration laws bring high costs---

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - Cities across the U.S. are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending themselves against lawsuits and other challenges to ordinances enacted to keep out illegal immigrants.

Some are warning that these communities are risking financial disaster in their effort to curb illegal immigration.

More than 90 cities or counties around the country have proposed, passed or rejected laws prohibiting landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that employ undocumented workers or training police to enforce immigration laws.

Approval of these anti-illegal immigration ordinances has generated criticism, demonstrations and lawsuits in Valley Park, Mo.; Riverside, N.J.; Escondido, Calif.; Hazleton, Pa., and the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch.
Do cities not have the right to enforce laws? Illegal immigration is supposed to be just that---illegal. And, if something is illegal, then it is against the law and those laws have to be enforced.

The city paying perhaps the biggest price for its entry into the immigration debate is Farmers Branch, which last fall became the first in Texas to ban landlords from renting apartments to illegal immigrants. Almost immediately, civil rights groups, residents, property owners and businesses filed four separate lawsuits challenging the ordinance.

Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the city paid the Irving-based law firm of Boyle and Lowry almost $262,000 in immigration-related legal fees — mostly with taxpayer money — through March.

Council members last month increased the city's legal budget to $444,000.

"I have heard people say we can't afford it, that's not true," said Tim O'Hare, the Farmers Branch councilman who led efforts to adopt the ordinance. "I have heard people say it costs the taxpayer and it does. But the costs of having illegal immigrants living in the city are more."
No kidding. Perhaps these groups assaulting the city governments should look at how many millions of dollars illegal aliens cost American taxpayers every year. Illegal aliens have no right to be here, no right to use our government services, receive government benefits, or anything of the sort.

It costs cities lots and lots of money to have police forces and enforce the laws, but no one is saying we cannot prosecute murderers because doing so costs money. Perhaps we should just do away with the police because they cost cities money? Perhaps we should even do away with laws altogether and let the criminals, such as murderers and illegal aliens, do whatever they want. After all, illegal aliens are already allowed to do whatever they want.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.**

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