It seems odd that with all the turmoil over who to favor with year-end spending no one thought to retrieve a few dollars from illegal immigrants. Instead, Obama’s faux citizens had a pretty good week. They heard about a Connecticut mayor who got it into his head that they should be able to vote, they received news that the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits will likely be extended, and they heard that the Supreme Court will give them a voice, albeit indirectly, by hearing Arizona’s case on behalf of its immigration law.
Yesterday’s Civil Candor post talked about improper payments and billions in uncollected revenue owed to the IRS (see: Panhandling Democrats Had Revenue and Taxes for Extensions). Doling out benefits to illegal immigrants is another cost of a government too large to be responsible to citizens who pay through the nose to keep the country running. Illegals working under fraudulent identities will benefit from spending on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits and receive tax credits from the IRS, billions from an agency with the power to have Americans thrown in jail, but unsure of whether illegals qualify for the money it doles out (see: New Immigration Policy Could Force Us to Overlook Fraud).
There are other ways we could save public money by refusing to fund the lives of illegal immigrants. We could follow Alabama’s lead and confirm the immigration status of families enrolling schoolchildren, focusing our resources on taxpaying citizens at a time when the president and his education sidekick, Chicago expat Arne Duncan, believe we need to spend a lot more money on our schools. We could stop forcing taxpayers to fund resident tuition breaks, and we can slash federal aid to states like Illinois and California until they stop their plans to offer financial aid and scholarships to illegals. We could tighten up Medicaid and deny subsidized health care. The program already has a massive improper payment problem that is going to balloon into the cosmos when health care reform kicks in and Medicaid becomes our public option. Homeland Security tells us that criminal illegals are such a problem that it does not have the resources to deal with anyone else. It would be easier for DHS to stop picking and choosing, admit that illegals have no right to be here, and kick them the hell out of the country, criminals or not.
Illegal immigrants are also wasting the resources of state and local governments thrown into limbo by the Obama administration’s refusal to honor our immigration laws. Should they welcome illegals with open arms and a healthy dose of public money, or do the right thing for taxpayers, identify illegals and remove incentives for them to stay? The White House has blurred the line between legal and illegal immigrants and between enforcing the law and appealing to special interest demands for opportunity and fairness. Worst of all, government support for illegals ignores the financial drain on taxpayers while Democrats tell Americans we need to divest the wealthy of their money because tax revenue is in short supply.
Illegal immigrants deserve our thanks for one simple thing. They prove, more than anything else going on in this country, that we are being governed by self-serving idiots.