-By Warner Todd Huston
My friend Gary Karlin over at the Evanston Conservative blog has spent the last year or so collecting a series of stories detailing the costs of illegal aliens to the United States.
With just the 14 news stories he highlights, the cost rings in at a staggering $338.3 Billion in money wasted by government giving freebies to illegal aliens as well as in law enforcement costs.
Free schools, free medial care, free Medicaid, free food, free social services, it’s a veritable cornucopia of freebies streaming out of our various government’s coffers to these people who broke our laws to get here and are breaking our laws to stay.
Again, I want to stress that the costs that Gary added up are only the costs as detailed in the 14 news stories he chronicles. Not mentioned is the billions of dollars that the states pay out to mollify illegals every year not to mention the other costs to the federal government that illegals incur that aren’t detailed in the stories that Karlin reviews.
Karlin pointedly asks his readers to imagine what the U.S. could have done with these billions in this harsh economy if we didn’t have to waste this King’s fortune on illegal aliens? The question is a good one to ponder.
Now I don’t agree with Gary that this unnecessary (in fact illicit) expenditure is why the economy is failing. There are far more reasons than the illegal problem dogging our great nation. But Karlin is right to point out that these billions wasted on lawless illegals is certainly not helping our economic outlook!
Just imagine what we could have done with the $338.3 Billion wasted on illegals!