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Illegal Immigration in Wisconsin

Written By: Gary Wickert  |  Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The heated debate over Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which requires police officers who, in the course of a lawful law enforcement action, come to a "reasonable suspicion" that a person is an illegal alien, to ask for a driver's license to verify that the person is in this country legally, has rapidly spread across the country. Here in Wisconsin - far from the front lines of illegal immigration in Arizona - we have done our part to exacerbate a growing illegal immigration problem, which is no longer limited to our nation's borders.
The argument against the enforcing of our existing federal immigration laws is both emotional and impractical. The simple fact is America cannot afford to house, clothe, and shelter the world. Neither can Wisconsin. There are more than 20 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. today. About 60% of them are unlawful border crossers, while 40% are "documented aliens" who have overstayed their Visas. This illegal invasion of our country has contributed to overcrowding of underfunded schools, massively increased health care costs, crime, unemployment, lowered wages, higher taxes, and the loss of a common language and culture.

In 1994, Californians foresaw what the problem has now done to their state, and passed Proposition 187, which denied illegal immigrants non-emergency public services. The will of the people was thwarted by legal challenges and a Democrat governor who killed the measure. Today, California's illegal immigrant population is costing the taxpayers of California more than $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Arizona does not want to become like California.

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