Sunday, 27 July 2008

States, Local Governments Dealing With Illegal-alien Crisis

Written by  The New American

Immigration SignIn the absence of proper federal immigration enforcement, state and local governments have been forced to take action. Escondido, California, in northern San Diego county, has long been a destination for many illegal aliens from Mexico. The police department there has begun “criminal alien” sweeps, in which officers identify illegal aliens with criminal records who have been previously deported but then returned. The city has also been using “public nuisance” ordinances in areas notorious for high illegal-alien population, citing residents for junk cars and graffiti. Maine, Oregon, and Michigan stopped issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, leaving only four states — Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington — that now allow illegal immigrants driving privileges.

The greater Los Angeles metropolitan area is one of the most seriously impacted parts of the country. Unfortunately, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is fighting a lonely battle there against city and county governments that are in thrall to (or intimidated by) the radical Latino lobby. “Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich in a July 5 press release. “With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $432 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year — not including the millions of dollars for education.”

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