• Education. Based on estimates of the illegal immigrant population in Illinois and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Illinoisans spend more than $3.1 billion annually on education for the children of illegal immigrants. This estimate does not include programs for limited English students, remedial educational programs or breakfast and lunch programs available to students from low-income families. An estimated 10 percent of the K-12 public school students in Illinois are children of illegal aliens.
My property taxes are $5,700 per year. $4,600 goes to our public schools. If every neighborhood decided paying a teacher $40,000 a year was acceptable, and loaned out space for 10 students in a house, the cost to each family with a student would be only $4,000. This is a $600 savings, which will even out after books are purchased for the year, and the best part is that people without kids, aren't paying for schools! The result of education entitlement, is that everyone is monetarily oppressed, for their entire lives so long as they own property.
The second part, is medical. According to the same Illinois Cost Study referred to previously:
• Health care. Taxpayer-funded, unreimbursed medical outlays for health care provided to the state’s illegal alien population amount to an estimated $340 million a year.
Once again, that $340 million number is a byproduct of a large, inefficient entitlement program set up by our state. Most of these people just need to see a doctor for minor issues. Bills that should be between $30-$50 dollars for a 30 minute chat with a doctor that the patient should easily be able to pay, now get billed upward of $400 per visit and require state assistance, or these people will never see the doctor.
This is the one that really angers me, because people tend to blame "illegal immigrants" for lots of crime, when it's really the state that perpetuates the cycle. The state accomplishes this two-fold. First, the state makes it a crime for anyone except a police officer to shoot thieves. Second, they restrict the right to carry so that only criminals and police are carrying weapons, which leaves the citizen defenseless. If a criminal thinks you can effectively fight back, they will leave you alone. Thirdly, the state of Illinois prosecutes 450% more "victimless" crimes than does the nation on average. Illinois prosecutes almost double the closest statistical neighbor. Which brings me to the third point on the illinois Cost Study:
• Incarceration. The uncompensated cost of incarcerating deportable illegal aliens in Illinois state and local prisons amounts to about $55 million a year. This estimate includes only prison costs and not short-term or other detention costs, related law enforcement and judicial expenditures, or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to incarceration.The solution to that problem is easy, stop enforcing crimes with no victims! That means Illinois needs to reduce the police force, and stop conducting "Roadside Safety Checkpoints" and make victimless crimes unenforcable. Only then will I tolerate complaining about the $55 million a year it costs to deport, and detain immigrants.
It is not their fault, we live in a time of unsustainable systems, and we need to take them down, one by one, and replace them with efficient, affordable grassroots initiatives. Businesses should be allowed to not hire a person who does not speak English. If we fixed the systems, and reduced regulations, America would still be appealing to many immigrants, and they would still come here, but there would be no handouts. I believe it's the handouts that make people angry, not the humans who will one day blend into our society.