“America's legal immigrants provide our communities with new vision and fresh energy, strengthening and enhancing our American culture and economy and securing our nation's dominance in the global economy Illegal immigration, however, is an affront to those who have legally immigrated It has had a catastrophic economic effect on our state and county.
The argument that illegals contribute more than they receive in government services is nonsense Illegal immigration has had a catastrophic economic impact on Los Angeles County Our bankrupt health care delivery system has become an HMO for the world and criminal illegal aliens are overwhelming our criminal justice system
Within this County’s health care delivery system, illegals are being treated at a cost of nearly $500 million dollars a year. The cost alone to our Criminal Justice system for the 25 percent of the illegals that up the jail population exceeds 550 million dollars a year. Additionally, illegals collect over $260million in CALWORKS payments and $360 million in food stamp allocations These costs alone exceed one billion dollars annually – excluding the cost of education.
Nearly 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid – for a total of 160,000 If incorporated into a city, it would be the 6th largest city in Los Angeles county Also, one in fifteen people in California is an illegal immigrant – costing our State $3 billion dollars annually.
The failure to control our borders and the lack of reimbursement from the state and federal government is breaking the back of local government These costs have impacted the economy, the social fiber and the effective operation of our County.”
- To develop a stable economy and reduce the exodus of Mexicans immigrating to America for jobs and opportunity, the United States government needs to encourage Mexico to privatize their state-run oil company.
- Just as England, China, the Eastern European nations and the Dominican Republic have economically benefited through the selling of their state-run companies and a market-based economy, Mexico can also grow economically through public-private partnerships to increase opportunity for their citizens.
- Establish a system of medical centers on the Mexican side of the border, staffed by American doctors and medical students along with Mexican doctors and students working cooperatively with local medical schools to provide service and share medical techniques while reducing the incentive for individuals to come here illegally.
- Create a bonded guest worker program that allows an immigrant to work in our country temporarily while bonded for any medical care they may need while in the United States.
- Establish a trained reserve component of the U.S. Border Patrol similar to reserve units utilized by thousands of police and sheriff departments across the nation to increase the number of Border Patrol agents defending our borders
- This program of reserve officers has been extremely successful and provided local law enforcement with a group of dedicated and trained law enforcement officers who serve at a minimal cost of only $1 a year in most cases.
- Create a Social Security number verification system and employer hotline utilizing modern technology similar to that used by retailers for VISA and MasterCard processing which can verify an individual’s immigration status in seconds.
- Increase funding for more prosecutions by the United States Attorney for those who violate immigration laws.
- The federal government also needs to fully fund the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (S.C.A.A.P.) and all of the other unfunded services provided to illegal aliens to recognize the economic impact illegal immigration has on local government.
- Need Federal legislation ending automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens born in the United States The United States is one of the few countries in the world where, if you are born here, you are considered a legal citizen regardless of whether your parents are citizens or not.
“New thinking and proactive proposals like these are starting points in addressing this grave problem effectively and compassionately.”
“The 9/11 Commission underscored the fact that immigration policy is an integral part of homeland security policy
One major weakness in our efforts to secure the homeland is the Matricula Consular card issued by the Mexican government for use by illegals in the United States This card encourages illegal immigration through a de facto amnesty program and provides criminals an open door to commit identity theft and fraud – and even threaten national security
From opening bank accounts to traveling on airlines, a potential terrorist can escape terrorist watch lists to gain a stronger foothold in the country and has the opportunity to obtain additional identification including state driver licenses.
The Mexican government conducts no background checks and maintains no digitized fingerprint database of those who apply and receive the card.
These cards are easily counterfeited A member of the public, without my awareness or solicitation, obtained a Matricula card with my name and likeness Phony cards are readily available on corners near Alvarado Street and anyone can obtain one for under $30 in less than two hours.
There is no legitimate need for these cards when legal immigrants can access U.S. identification cards The Matricula card encourages illegal immigration through de facto amnesty -- which is illegal – and undermines all efforts for ensuring our homeland security and defending against international and domestic fraud.
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have all concluded that the card is not a reliable form of identification and undermines our efforts to ensure national security and defend against international and domestic fraud.”
However, on a 3-2 vote with Supervisor Antonovich and Supervisor Knabe dissenting, the Board of Supervisors voted to continue accepting the card as valid identification by the County of Los Angeles The Matricula card’s acceptance by American cities, counties and banks places their desire for illegals to access social and financial services over public safety.
To help prevent future tragedies at the hands of criminal illegal aliens Supervisor Antonovich initiated the HI-CAPP (The High Intensity Criminal Alien Apprehension and Prosecution) program.
The program creates an effective interface with the old INS and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that when a suspect is arrested and in a County jail, officials can find out if they are here legally or illegally
Under the HI-CAAP Project, the County has built upon its existing Consolidated Criminal History Records System (CCHRS), and developed a criminal alien identification and tracking system that:
- relies on biometric measures (i.e., fingerprints) for positive identification,
- builds on existing automated criminal identification and criminal history records systems,
- interfaces with State and Federal justice system databases for consolidated criminal alien and deportation information, and be used by local, State, and Federal law enforcement/prosecution agencies
Half of all deported illegal aliens return to the United States -- often within twelve months.
“Legal immigration is a positive benefit for our nation – economically and culturally Illegal immigration is an affront to those who legally immigrate to the United States It is a crime that should not be rewarded.”