It never ceases to amaze me how the progressive socialist left in America dismisses facts and quickly moves to their comfortable position of irrational emotional response, vitriol, and identity politics. What’s disconcerting is the number of people who actually follow this mantra.You see, if you address the issue of Islamic jihadism factually, you’re demonized as an Islamophobe. If you principally, based on your values and beliefs, believe marriage is between a man and a woman, or recognize that transgenderism is, factually, diagnosed as a mental condition called gender dysphoria, you’re denigrated as a homophobe. And there are even those like Colorado multi-millionaire, Tim Gill, who believes you should be punished as a “wicked person” just for being a Christian. And there’s no doubt that sharing this factual story with y’all will end up with me being disparaged — and you as well — as a xenophobe, or for some, racist.
As reported by Fox News, “Illegal immigrant families received nearly $1.3 billion in Los Angeles County welfare money during 2015 and 2016, nearly one-quarter of the amount spent on the county’s entire needy population, according to data obtained by Fox News.The data was obtained from the county Department of Public Social Services — which is responsible for doling out the benefits — and gives a snapshot of the financial costs associated with sanctuary and related policies. The sanctuary county of Los Angeles is an illegal immigration epicenter, with the largest concentration of any county in the nation, according to a study from the Migration Policy Institute. The county also allows illegal immigrant parents with children born in the United States to seek welfare and food stamp benefits.
Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation senior fellow who has written extensive studies on poverty and illegal immigration, said the costs represent “the tip of the iceberg.” He said the costs of education, police and fire, medical, and subsidized housing can total $24,000 per year in government spending per family, much more than would be paid in taxes. “They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend,” Rector said.
The Trump presidency’s hardline immigration policies, though, may be playing some role in curtailing the population seeking welfare payments in recent months. The same stats show Los Angeles County is expected to dole out $200 million less this year than in 2016, and several thousand fewer families are collecting benefits. “The number of entrants nationwide is going down. The population is static if not shrinking,” Rector said.”I love it when folks say illegal immigrants don’t receive welfare. Or when we’re told those here illegally provide an immense economic contribution to our nation.
No one debates that we need a reformed legal immigration system, and that we should have a process for those who seek to come to America, assimilate, and contribute to our economic growth, prosperity, and enjoy the American dream. However, this must be done legally, not illegally.
And to castigate folks negatively who agree with the rule of law, and state the facts, as racist, xenophobic, or other denigrating monikers is delusional — but that’s the progressive socialist way.The real issue is the disregard by the liberal progressive left of the rule of law, all for their insidious ideological agenda that puts American citizens in harm’s way and costs them taxpayer funds. And yes, sanctuary cities and states are not in keeping with the law in the United States. An open border philosophy is not a viable solution to our immigration issues in America. What’s happening in California is the canary in the coal mine, and what the left wants all over our country.
Imagine if we had a President Hillary Clinton and what would be happening with our borders? I doubt we’d have a crackdown on criminal illegal aliens, especially MS-13. I doubt the numbers for illegal immigration would be going down. And Obama’s “deportation” numbers were inflated because they included folks turned around at the border.
We finally have an atmosphere where our Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, along with our US Customs and Border Patrol enforcement officers can do their job…and we’re seeing the results. But, it’s time we crack down on these progressive socialist elected officials who want to carve out their little illegal alien fiefdoms, at the expense of the law abiding, legal, American citizens. Roughly a quarter of California’s 4 million illegal immigrants reside in Los Angeles County. In 2013, California spent a total of $25.3 billion on illegal immigrants – or $2,370 per U.S. citizen household, according to a 2013 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Texas and New York were second and third, at $12.1 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively.”
“The welfare benefit data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services shows: – More than 58,000 families received a total of $602 million in benefits in 2015.
– More than 64,000 families received a total of $675 million in 2016.
– During the first five months of 2017, more than 60,000 families received a total of $181 million.
– Welfare and food stamp costs for the county’s entire population were $3.1 billion in 2015, $2.9 billion in 2016 and $1.5 billion so far in 2017.
Roughly a quarter of California’s 4 million illegal immigrants reside in Los Angeles County. In 2013, California spent a total of $25.3 billion on illegal immigrants – or $2,370 per U.S. citizen household, according to a 2013 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Texas and New York were second and third, at $12.1 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively.”
Yes, Texas is number two at $12.1 billion in welfare payments to illegal immigrants. Now, let me ask the obvious question…why? Why are American taxpayers footing the bill for those here illegally? Look south to Mexico to their laws — you cannot immigrate into Mexico unless you can show viable employment and financial resources. This comes down to not just an issue of protection from criminal behavior, but also a financial protection issue for the American taxpayer.
I must ask, do we believe this number also includes the issue with healthcare and education costs? What we’re watching is threatening to the budgets of our states, as 49 out of 50 have balanced budget amendments. If we want more funds to be spent on education, then here’s a line item we can correct.
Addressing this issue has nothing to do with being a racist; it’s about facts and the fiscal viability of our nation. The progressive socialist left just uses identity politics and irrational emotionalism to make opposing views shut down. This cannot continue. we have to address this issue and yes, cutting off federal funding to declared sanctuary states and cities is the proper course of action. There are consequences for actions and decisions.
No other nation in the world says just come on in, illegally, and we shall compensate you. And I wonder what the amount is for “refugees” receiving welfare benefits? Funny, the Obama administration denied entry to many Christians from the Middle East who have family members already here, and an economically thriving community such as the Assyrians, in America.
Deceased liberal Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Monyihan once stated, “you are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts.” But we all know, facts for a progressive socialist is like sunlight on a vampire…and both seek to suck you dry!
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]