LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support HB 4305

Oct 26, 2011

 

Surprisingly, both Detroit and Ann Arbor have now become sanctuary cities as documented in “The Original List of Sanctuary Cities, USA” available on the Internet.

Via local resolutions, executive orders or city ordinances, sanctuary cities protect illegal aliens. Once that is done, city police departments may develop their own policies and procedures. Although the federal government is not taking action to uphold the law, Michigan must stand up and correct this.

There really are two issues. First is the violation of the law. The federal government is not upholding its own laws. Michigan does not want to follow suit. 

Second, the cost to taxpayers is exorbitant. Check out the PDF titled, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); July 2010, revised February 2011. All of the specifics are given, but the over-arching statistic is that the cost to U.S. taxpayers is about $113 billion a year; and the bulk of the costs, approximately $84 billion, are absorbed by state and local governments.

Often the argument is made that illegal aliens pay taxes. The first page of this same report states, “At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs … is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.” 

Fortunately, Rep. Dave Agema and several other state legislators recognize this problem and are addressing it through House Bill 4305, which would prohibit any sanctuary cities in Michigan. This bill is posted online and is easy to understand. Please review it; and if; you oppose sanctuary cities in this state, write to your state representative, state senator and the governor indicating your support for HB 4305 which would disallow sanctuary cities in Michigan. 

— Linda Dykstra, Spring Lake

Comments

Lanivan

The source provided, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), for documenting the "over-arching" statistic of the cost to US taxpayers, is a biased one, to be sure. FAIR, started in 1979 by John Tanton, a retired Michigan opthamologist, is widely known to be driven and funded by the Far Right agenda and big money. It has a cloudy history that tilts toward white supremacy.

Actually, since January 2009, the Federal government under Obama has deported 1.06 million illegal aliens as of September 12, 2011 versus 1.57 million deported in the entire 8 years of the Bush administration. The Federal government is hardly "not taking action in upholding the law". This is just another right wing fallacy that is said frequently in the hopes people will start to believe it.

Linda, my ancestors were some of the original pilgrims who came from England and settled in Lyme, CT in 1630. I guess that makes me an immigrant. Aren't we all? Even you?

hgfase

Simple - today's immigrants are "not" our parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on. Our ancestors became true "Americans" and "not" a liability to a nation that holds no responsibility for them..... I know of no nation that ignores it's own, in favor of taking care of those who have not invested themselves for our country. We have the unfortunate, elderly, hungry, sick and young that need the resources that our nation possess's, then we can look at what we can do for the world's unfortunate ! Support this bil HB 4305, it is only common sense....

Lanivan

"We should build a wall of brass around the country". A quote by Michelle Bachmann or Ron Paul? No, John Jay, our 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, regarding "Catholic alien invaders", 1750. There have always been people who rail against immigration in this country, especially in hard times. Linda's assertion that HB4305 is a result of the Obama administration "not upholding the law" is nonsense, as it is well documented this administration has deportation numbers far exceeding the Bush administration in the same time frame. And if critics of the FAIR July 2010 report call it "bloated and deeply distorted" because the "costs" it uses to back up the "113 billion dollars a year" claim are, for the most part, the costs of education and health care of children born in the US by immigrant parents, who are considered US citizens, then hgfase's argument that we should take care of "our own" before immigrants doesn't hold water either. HB4305 is simply another piece of unnecessary government legislation. Let's say NO to more government legislation based on distorted and biased information, and, in the face of cutbacks in government assistance during these times of great need, support our food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Let's support the idea that we are called to help our fellow man.

Lou

Huh. Linda........It looks like you've taken time to post this same, exact article on the Holland Sentinel's opinion section as well. What's your agenda? Are you a paid representative of "FAIR" or is a politician paying you to push HB 4305?

hgfase

When Lanivan's doorstep is dropped on, because the resources in this country were allocated to "illegal" immigrants, which means people who are not authorized to be here, and this person feels the "real pain" and not some retorical mind provoking question, then maybe maturity and wisdom will guide this persons future. I have felt the pain personally, affecting health and quality of life due "in part" to resources of the nation I participated and supported my entire life, being allocated to those not earning them as I, and the millions of others affected by immigration laws. I am "OFFENDED" by this politically correct inferior mind set that we look past our own because the "new" cool trendy thought process is to take care first, to others that have not given anything of themselves, and expecting everything, from a people struggling on their own.... Lanivan points show a lack of care for friends, family and neighbors to justify to what some would call a "progressive thinking" Keep it.... Support HB 4305, it may not be perfect, but it is a beginning....

 

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