Word is that California is going to delay paying tax refunds because of budgetary shortfalls. According to this article, the sate will have a shortfall of $41.6 billion over the next year and a half. This works out to approximately $27 billion for a year.
Now contrast that with this article.
California's nearly 3 million illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $9 billion each year, according to a new report released last week by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes stricter immigration policies.
Educating the children of illegal immigrants is the largest cost, estimated at $7.7 billion each year, according to the report. Medical care for illegal immigrants and incarceration of those who have committed crimes are the next two largest expenses measured in the study, the author said.
Pro-immigrant groups and Latino researchers dispute the federation's findings, calling them biased and incomplete.
Jack Martin, who wrote the report, said Thursday that the $9 billion figure does not include other expenses that are difficult to measure, such as special English instruction, school lunch programs, and welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal immigrant workers.
"It's a bottom of the range number," Martin said.
The federation is one of the nation's leading lobbying groups aimed at curbing immigration into the country.
Authors of the report say it culls information from the U.S. Census and other studies addressing the cost of illegal immigration into the country to draw its conclusions.
So, the simple math is California has a shortfall of $27 billion a year and illegal immigration costs the state $9 billion or more a year. Now, this is only a third of their shortfall, but, a third here, a third there, pretty soon you have a whole.
When are we going to wake up as a country and realize the damage we are doing to ourselves by ignoring illegal immigration.