Recorded on January 21, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
There are fresh reminders about the cost of ignoring illegal immigration.
While millions of Americans need work and state governments are raising taxes or cutting services due to budget problems, illegal immigration is making those things worse.
Reuters news service found that a million illegal immigrants got new jobs during the last three years. That's on top of millions who already had them, and it happened during record-high unemployment.
And while California and its cities say they're going bankrupt, a new study shows Los Angeles alone pays $600-million a year on public assistance for the families of illegals. But that's small compared to what they cost the schools.
Two more examples that Washington's failure to address the costs of illegal immigration is a major factor that's hurting jobs and hurting the economy.
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook