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Groups stress costs of immigration

August 22, 2009 by  

Groups stress costs of immigration During the last few weeks, several immigration reform advocates have issued announcements designed to attract attention to the cost the American society is paying due to undocumented as well as legal aliens who continue to arrive in the country.

The Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW) launched a series of TV ads which focus on the fact that although some 15 million Americans are unemployed the government continues to bring 1.5 million foreign workers a year to take American jobs.

CFAW also appealed to the Obama administration to make sure all employers are using E-verify and to boost worksite enforcement of immigration laws.

Meanwhile, a study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has documented the cost of illegal immigration in Pennsylvania.

According to the report, it costs the state $660 million a year to educate – including special instruction in English – the children of illegal aliens, $50 million a year to provide healthcare for illegal aliens’ families and an estimated $17.5 million to incarcerate criminals who are undocumented foreigners.

FAIR’s president Dan Stein stresses that "even as the state wrestles with a budget crisis that has brought it to the brink of being unable to pay its bills, illegal immigration is draining nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars from state coffers."
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