Some states realize that immigrants support the nation’s economy. Those states don’t enforce a ban on taxpayer funded services for illegal aliens.
Despite the evident anxiety over the large number of undocumented aliens in the US, there are some states that are choosing not to enforce a ban on taxpayer funded services for them. Why is this the case?
“They don’t enforce a ban, largely because they realize that even though immigrants may not be legal, they are supporting the state’s economy by paying taxes and buying merchandise. This is an interesting companion argument when comprehensive immigration reform is discussed. If such a large population is actively contributing to a state’s budget, why would they want to kick immigrants out and lose the money?” asked Sally Odell, an immigration lawyer at Rifkin Fox-Isicoff, P.A., in Miami and Orlando, Florida.
Perhaps the more pointed question here deals with human rights issues and denying another human being services. That’s a pretty basic issue and people seem to be forgetting that when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform. Take a hard look at Arizona’s recent attempt to pass a new immigration law that would have allowed the police to demand suspicious people’s immigration papers. Or at the Utah list where over 1,300 illegal immigrants were publically named, complete with private personal details that included where they lived and if they were pregnant and their delivery dates.
“That’s scary stuff and it treads very heavily on a number of human rights areas. That of course, is in addition to the fact that illegal or not, they contribute to the economy of a state is many ways. Currently however, most states have a quilt like approach to dealing with illegals – something that doesn’t work that well. In a perfect world, the way to deal with illegals would be to implement the comprehensive immigration reform act. Of course, that isn’t likely in an election year,” Odell pointed out.
Primarily what is happening across the nation right now is that anything dealing with undocumented aliens, the services they get or don’t get, their status or lack of it, and a variety of other things is being swept to the side of the political agenda in the unseemly rush to the campaign trail.
No one seems to think that anything will be accomplished on any front, including the economy and energy reform, with an election pending. This has more to do with politicians not wanting to annoy voters. “Perhaps they should remember that a great many of those “voters” happen to be Hispanic,” said Odell, an immigration lawyer at Rifkin Fox-Isicoff, P.A., in Miami and Orlando, Florida.
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