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I have been reading the Red Line squabble over illegal aliens with neither side stating many facts. Our politicians are responsible for this mess since they did not have the guts to make tough decisions 30-40 years ago. The decisions are even tougher now and they still do not have the guts.

The 1986 amnesty law, which promised “amnesty now, enforcement later,” gave amnesty to 3 million illegals at a price tag to you and me of $78.7 billion, and did not work.

A few facts may help to make up your mind. It is estimated that services for immigrants, illegal and legal, cost taxpayers more than $100 billion per year. Ineffective bilingual education programs cost over $12 billion per year. It has been estimated that 400,000 foreigners collect SSI benefits without having worked in the U.S. Each year 300,000 to 400,000 babies are born to illegal aliens in the U.S. with taxpayers picking up the enormous tab, and then citizenship is bestowed on the illegal alien offspring. Households headed by illegal aliens receive an estimated $2.5 billion in Medicaid benefits as well as $1.9 billion in food stamps, free school lunches plus untold billions in health care benefits. There is more but you get the idea.

Are we going to deport 12 million illegals? No, that will never happen, and we do need some of these people to work in agriculture. But do we need another amnesty?

Absolutely not, but the politicians have some hard decisions to make and they need to make them.

Frank Bradford,


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