Last Modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:32 PM
The fiscal burden of the estimated 40,000 illegal immigrants and their 7,800 U.S.-born children in Louisiana costs the state $224 million a year, according to a lobbyist with the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Joyce Mucci, a spokeswoman for the group, spoke to members of the Republican Women on Thursday at their monthly luncheon. Mucci criticized the deferred action for childhood arrivals.
In June, “the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization,” according to the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
“Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.”
The website also says deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
“The American people and their elected officials in Congress are the only stakeholders who can decide who can come into this country, how many can come into this country and how the rules will be enforced,” Mucci said.
She said it’s not the Obama administration’s place to decide immigration reform, and she accused the administration of circumventing Congress to implement legislation.
“Remember our immigration policy defines us; it’s who we are,” Mucci said. “It is what we will become as a society.”
Mucci said illegal immigrants are costing the state of Louisiana $109.5 million a year just in K-12 education.
“That’s a lot of money,” Mucci said. “This is money that could be saved.”
With unemployment just under 8 percent, Mucci said the illegal immigrants in the United States are in an already overcrowded workforce.
Mucci said she understands why people from other countries want to be in the United States — that they want “better for their families” — but she said it is not a justification for breaking the law.
Posted By: Concerned American On: 11/26/2012
Title: Sickening comments
The ignorant comments people have posted here sicken me, I can't believe we got this far. Greco Pinto was the only one that brought a good point to the table, everything else is pure hate and racism.
Posted By: Arlene On: 11/4/2012
We are all at least part imigrant. Before the Mayflower, there were no immigrants. as time went on, the REAL Americans were pushed off their lands to make room for all of the new breeds of immigrants who wanted new land in wide open spaces. Now all of the wide open spaces are only the places where people have huge ranches and farms. The mountains aren't even wide open spaces these days. Rich people are building large, expensive homes on them just because they love the beauty of them. When these places are filled all over by homes, which I might add, are only used in certain times of the year according to the weather and how easily it is to get up to those homes or down to those homes if it requires a helicopter to get there. All that said, the rush for immigrants etc to have homes of their own away from large cities etc, are not away from large cities anymore, they are cities or small towns that are all so close together that it's hard to figure out where one ends and the other starts when traveling though the US. Now, having said all of that, we are all immigrants of some way,shape, or form. The REAL Amercans are still living on small areas of non fertile land on which to grow their own food in western USA. Some are living in areas to the south and north east and Florida. Their life styles are bad in many ways as are many who live in this United States. I'm not sure whether the Mexicans can hurt us or help us. I do know most of them are ready, willing and able to work.Some just want to come here to use our benefits alotted for the poor already here in the US. Those are the ones who are using the system and should be "weeded out" of our population and sent back to where they came from. There are agencies in place to do just that. People who know and see these types should be using their voice to let it be known that they know people or families that are just here using our system. I'm one who would do just that if or when I see abuse of any kind. This leads me to another subject of outright child abuse by all sectors of the US, immigrants or not. This is really when I get riled up! Use your voices or letters to get the info into the right hands and don't stop until someone or lots of someones do something about it.
Posted By: barrack On: 10/29/2012
Title: give liberals the boot
give the lib newspapers the boot who start this issue to try to stir up hispanics against the government to try to get obama votes from hispanics..........sorry american press but obama is gone.............ha ha ha
Posted By: Fred On: 10/29/2012
Until the Republican and Democratic Party begin to really address this issue, there will never be a solution to the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country. There are millions more getting ready to come here illegally in the near future. The real question is "Can America survive?" The only real solution to ending illegal immigration is to deny them employment, housing, and a driver license by using the E-Verify system to determine whether they are legal or not.
Posted By: J. Janes On: 10/28/2012
Title: RE- Greco Pinto
Wow! Do you think all these illegals who will be helping the economy could show the millions of Americans who are out of work, how to get a job where there are none? These people may not have asked to come here, but neither were the Americans who were forced to pay for their k-12 education asked if this was something they wanted to do. There are schools in the SW where the majority of the students are illegals and the taxpayers are struggling to pay for the schools. You're sense of fairness is warped.
Posted By: Chris On: 10/28/2012
Title: Probably the number is much higher
If FAIR says the amount is $224 million, the real number is probably closer to half a billion dollars a year. They continue to underestimate the number of illegals as between 11 - 13 million, when there is probably 26 million in the country.
Posted By: AmericanMike On: 10/28/2012
Title: Living by the law
All the billions these people acquire goes right to their home countries. It doesn't benefit U.S. citizens or our country. They use us to fund the birthing and education of their children. They are not here to appreciate us, our culture, or our country's best interest. They are here to take control, by mass.
Posted By: levotb On: 10/28/2012
Title: Enough is enough!
D. Porter is right! However, we don't need a wall--just a double-layered fence as required in The Secure Fence Act that was defunded by the Dems. 714 miles of that fence still have to be built. Erecting it will go a long way towards slowing down the Invasion.
Greco's smoking something because the millions of illegals already here DON'T "create new jobs" and neither do the Invaders-on-the-way! They're leeches. They're sucking the U.S. taxpayer dry. Why don't they pay income tax? The ACTC. They get "free" medical care on the taxpayer (who pays higher medical premiums and hospital bills as a result), welfare (WIC) and then they send most of the money they earn here back to Mexico! That money never comes back; it's gone. Illegal aliens cost CA taxpayers $4 BILLION a year in bilingual ed. alone! Anyone trying to convince us that illegals are not a drag on U.S taxpayers isn't playing with a full deck or is a left-wing ideologue. Illegals kill via murder and DUI at least 25 people a day in the U.S., many of them Americans. Illegals also rape, molest, rob and commit document fraud in massive numbers costing society greatly and causing grief across the nation. It has to stop! We've had enough!
Posted By: Big Jim Walker On: 10/28/2012
Title: Lobbyist: Illegal immigrants cost state $224M a year
It is estimated that by passing the Dream Act (not the deferred action for arrivals), these young immigrants would add $329 billion dollars to the economy by 2030 (it would also create 1.4 million new jobs). It's estimated that by passing the Dream Act it will cost tax payers billions of dollars by giving illegals free college educations
Posted By: Greco Pinto On: 10/27/2012
Title: Legalizing Immigrants helps the economy
It amazes me how biased this article is, but then again it is obviously targeted at the conservative/republican side. It is estimated that by passing the Dream Act (not the deferred action for arrivals), these young immigrants would add $329 billion dollars to the economy by 2030 (it would also create 1.4 million new jobs). This is roughly equal to $18.2 billion a year, if we say that every state spends $224 million a year in illegal immigrants it would equal $11.2 billion a year, this is a surplus of $7 billion a year. Obviously this is a rough estimation since every state varies, but this shows how the media constantly fails to show the real facts in order to sway individuals into thinking a certain way. Do your research people, allowing immigrants to form part in our society helps the economy and helps the country, just like it did in 1986 when president Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act into law. -source: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/report/2012/10/01/39567/the-economic-benefits-of-passing-the-dream-act/
Posted By: D. Porter On: 10/27/2012
Title: Give 'em the boot!
Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Practically everything they do on U.S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again. Build a wall and deport 'em all. Enough is enough.