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December 01, 2009
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders
When the Governor and elected politicians ask us the tax-paying citizens to pay more taxes, to receive less state services, or pay more for a college education, why do they still spend our money on illegal aliens?
Maryland has a fast growing illegal alien population of about a quarter million persons, more than quadrupling since 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, the state's foreign-born population has grown by 34.6 percent while its native-born population has increased by 3.3 percent. . Public school enrollment of students who require special instruction in English has soared even more, rising by 93.5 percent from 2000 to 2008 while overall enrollment declined slightly.
This illegal alien population represents a major burden on the state budget and is borne by Maryland's taxpayers. The costs imposed on law-abiding Marylanders are unfair and unwelcome even in the best of times, but are especially burdensome at a time when the state has been cutting jobs and funding for schools and health care. Furthermore, the state is facing what the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute projects will be a $2 billion deficit in the 2010 budget.
In 2008, the foreign-born population in Maryland represented nearly one in every eight residents (12.4%), and illegal aliens constituted more than one-third of that immigrant population. This illegal immigrant population costs the state's taxpayers more than $1.4 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. The annual fiscal burden amounts to about $790 per Maryland household headed by a native-born resident.
In addition to the fiscal cost estimates in this study, there are additional burdens caused by illegal aliens, i.e., foreign remittances that they sent abroad constitute a major drain on the state's economy. The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that remittances from Maryland just to Latin America and the Caribbean amounted to $921 million in 2006.
If this amount had been earned by American workers, it would have been spent locally, and it would have generated sales, production and jobs in the state as well as increased tax collection.
The more than $1.4 billion dollars in costs incurred by Maryland taxpayers annually result from outlays in the following areas:
Based on estimates of the illegal immigrant population in Maryland and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Marylanders spend more than $966 million annually on education for an estimated 80,800 children of illegal aliens. An additional amount of nearly $250 million is spent on providing special English instruction to an estimated 35,000 children of illegal aliens. About 9.6 percent of the K-12 public school students in Maryland are children of illegal aliens.
Taxpayer-funded, unreimbursed medical outlays for health care provided to the state's illegal alien population amount to about $167 million a year.
The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in Maryland's state and county prisons amounts to about $29 million a year not including related law enforcement and judicial expenses or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to the incarceration.
Some state and local taxes are received from illegal immigrants even from those working off the books. But, those same tax collections, or more likely an increased amount, would occur if the jobs were done by legal workers. So, unless it is illogically assumed that no legal U.S. or immigrant or foreign guestworker would do the jobs now done by illegal workers, it makes little sense to consider this a true offset to the tax burden. The estimated amount of the taxes currently collected from Maryland's illegal workers is about $204 million per year.
These fiscal costs would be considerably higher if other cost areas such as assistance programs for needy families or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers or resulting from depressed wages were included in the calculation.
The current proposal to adopt an amnesty for the illegal aliens would not lessen the burden if enacted. Rather, it would increase the access of this population to additional social welfare benefits and allow them to legally apply for the state's reverse tax benefit known as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
These costs are not inevitable. State and local policymakers have several means at their disposal to discourage settlement of illegal aliens. Maryland and some local jurisdictions, on the other hand, are permissive towards illegal immigration. Marylanders concerned about the impact on their state and local communities should demand an end to those policies.
April 12, 2009
The Democrat elected legislature can elect to vote for the safety of Maryland citiznes or vote for the illegal rights of illegal aliens. By voting for a two-tier driver's license, the Democrats are putting every Maryland citizen and taxpayer at risk.
The Maryland Legislative Session ends Monday April 13. Please make your final calls and e-mails to the 2 main roadblocks to passing legislation implementing a single drivers' license requiring "legal presence" in Maryland -- Governor O'Malley and Speaker Busch. No licenses for illegal aliens in Maryland!
1 - Governor Martin O'Malley (Democrat)
Governor O'Malley believes its "compassionate" to let the illegal aliens keep their licenses so they can drive to work and go grocery shopping. No mention of the continued threat to the safety and well being of all Maryland and American citizens by having illegal alien criminals on our roadways. No mention of the criminal fraud and related crimes of having illegal aliens with MD licenses throughout the country. And like former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, O'Malley forgets that without lawful presence in the United States, its actually against the law for an illegal alien to hold a job in Maryland.
Stop CASA and Governor O'Malley on this issue and have "compassionate" for Maryland citizens. Stop the high murder and crime rate of illegals by not providing them a legal driver's license.
CALL MD GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY at 410-974-3901 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2- Michael Busch (Democrat Speaker of the House of Delegates)
Mr. Busch is so hot on allowing illegal aliens to keep their licenses that the anti-citizen group CASA of Maryland is going to make Michael Busch an honorary Board Member.
CASA will probably open multiple Busch Memorial Day Laborer Job Centers for illegals in Anne Arundel County in honor of his unrelenting support. Illegals will just DRIVE to the Day Labor Centers from Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. How compassionate and convenient!!
Tell Busch he works for the taxpaying citizens of Maryland, not the illegal aliens and their support groups.
Call MICHAEL BUSCH, Speaker of MD House of Delegates (Democrat)
(410) 841-3800, (301) 858-3800 or 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3800 or
e-mail at email@example.com.
January 22, 2009
Governor Martin O’Malley has selected to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on illegal immigrants and telling legal Maryland citizens who are employed by the state to “take a hike”.
Gov. Martin O'Malley in his budget plan Wednesday proposed laying off 700 state employees to battle a $2 billion deficit. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, submitted a $14.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2010, which is 1.3 percent less than the 2009 budget. "This budget is by necessity very, very lean, because of the challenges of these times -- the contraction of the national economy, indeed, the global economy," he said.
What happened to the billion dollar surplus that Governor Ehrlich left when he was voted out of office? Where has the fiscal responsibility of this Governor gone? Why are state and local elected officials spending hundreds of millions of dollars on illegal immigrants, CASA de Maryland, and other illegal-alien groups?
If the General Assembly approves the budget, the 700 layoffs would save about $30 million. Maryland has about 80,000 state employees, who will not be getting salary increases under the budget plan. Mr. O'Malley's budget proposal is working on the assumption Maryland will receive $350 million in federal stimulus money to support Medicaid spending, and the governor pointed out that the state could end up receiving more.
The budget plan also will use about $255 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund, keeping about $687 million on hand. About $45 million will be used for the 2009 shortfall, and $210 million will go toward the fiscal 2010 budget. The budget plan will leave a balance of about $46 million to help offset any more revenue write-downs, if the economy continues to falter. Maryland is facing future budget deficits of $600 million to $713 million in coming years.
Governor O’Malley is robbing the Maryland taxpayers and spending money designed for roads and other state projects to pay for programs for illegal immigrants and special interest groups. In two years we have a choice to remove him from office and elect a Governor who will put the taxpayers of Maryland ahead of the illegal immigrants and their like-minded groups.
September 30, 2008
When Governor Ehrlich was in office, all of the Democrats opposed slots purely due to politics. Now that the Democrats control the Executive Office, the House, and the Senate, they want voters to now give them slots. Why?
It all has to do with power and money. They want to force slots on Maryland due to the fiscial crisis. Why not cut expenses, especially the hundreds of millions of dollars that support illegal immigrants? All voters in Maryland should vote "NO" to slots to show the politicians that we are tired of their empty promises and spending our money on "NON-GOVERNMENT" functions.
Voters do not trust the politicians to use money form the slot machines in a manner that will benefit taxpayers.
August 17, 2008
Michael Phelps has been unbelieveable at the Olympics. He is the best swimmer ever and is a very nice person and son. He has dedicated his life to swimming and his family. Governor O'Malley should honor him and his work ethics as a model for all young men and women in our state.