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Submitted by these members of the Virginia House of Delegates: Charles W. Carrico, Anne Crockett-Stark, Terry G. Kilgore, Joseph P. Johnson, James W. Moorefield
Many of us in the Virginia General Assembly have once again taken action this year to deal with the burden of a federal failure.
We have submitted proposed legislation concerning illegal immigration — a growing problem in the commonwealth.
The fact is that illegal immigration costs the average American taxpayer $1,117 per year, and costs Virginia nearly $2 billion per year.
Education and medical associations are decrying the necessary budget cuts to their respective organizations. Would our public schools enjoy an extra $882.7 million? Would healthcare facilities benefit from an additional $205 million in Medicaid reimbursement?
These figures represent the annual cost of illegal immigration in these two key areas, which have garnered considerable attention from voters this year. Imagine the benefit of curbing illegal immigration in Virginia to these core services alone.
Our approach to illegal immigration is often denounced as extreme, anti-immigration, or even anti-American. The truth is that our state and local governments have limited financial resources with which to fund agencies and programs.
We in the General Assembly were elected to serve Virginians. Immigration is a wonderful, but broken, American institution. We can no longer afford to pay the costs.
Our hope is that the federal government will eventually tackle the dysfunctional immigration system, so we on the state level are not forced to decide between helping people who risk everything for the American dream and upholding the Virginia Constitution.
Even with the tax revenue from illegal immigrants trying to contribute through taxes, the state still comes short $1.8 billion each year.
Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond, chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, and other more liberal members of the Virginia Senate have effectively killed all legislation targeting illegal immigration.
There seems to be only a handful of Virginia senators who understand the cost of illegal immigration in the Commonwealth.
If Virginia cannot cover the billions of dollars in shortfalls seen throughout our core services — health and safety, education, and transportation — for natural or naturalized Virginians, how can we justify spending billions each year on undocumented, illegal immigrants?