Article appearing in the East Oregonian 07/23/2010 on Illegal aliens:
In response to Renee Caubisens,Pendleton attorney ... Dear Ms. Caubisens:
Really enjoyed reading your opinion posted in the other views in the East
Oregonian on July 17. It is always wonderful to have a family history that one is proud of.
My father-in-law, a U.S. Naval man, was stranded in Egypt during World War II and after being bitten by a spider missed the sailing of his ship and was hospitalized for several weeks. He was reported AWOL. To make a long story short, he had no papers, no proof he was who he said he was, no money, but he found an American pilot who helped him find his way eventually to Ellis Island. My father-in-law was stuck on Ellis Island for
about two weeks before they would allow him entry back into the United
States. The U.S. wanted to know who he was and, probably more importantly,
what he represented. Friends and family were contacted and his citizenship
was proven and he was again united with his ship.
This is what our law is supposed to do. It is supposed to protect the citizens of the U.S. Our government has sorely failed to provide that protection to their citizens, especially on the border of Arizona.
Along with that protection is the protection of our assets. Our assets are dwindling because of more taxation, cost of uninsured drivers, property losses due to theft, loss of life at the hands of those that are here illegally and our hospitals and doctors' offices provide services that will never be repaid, which only increases the costs of the services to you and me. Our government has allowed this to happen to all of us and this is what the anger
is all about.
What would you imagine are the total costs for a county or state to provide a
translator for an illegal alien? What are the costs of the phone & ATM systems to divide English and Spanish? What does it cost us to educate the children of illegals, as well as the costs of teachers to first teach them English. What are the costs of tests in Spanish? The list goes on, and it's
just ridiculous. We are an English-speaking nation. Do you suppose our state
government could use another $38 million each year? That is what it costs the state of Oregon to institutionalize and protect us from illegal aliens who have been sentenced to our state prisons, not to consider the public defenders, cost of court time, police, sheriff, etc.
The best thing the state of Oregon has done is require birth certificates and marriage licenses to prove one's right to drive. Now the state of Washington is considering doing the very same thing. It would be wonderful to see Oregon fully support Arizona.
Truthfully, "disgust" is more the term than "anger." Anger went away a long
time ago and now we must sit and watch a president squirm because he truly knows that Americans are tired of the financial abuse. But because of his concern for votes he hasn't given any blessings to a true immigration reform.
As a business person, in order not to be fined by our government I must go
through many hours to ensure the people hired are not illegal aliens and that
they have authentic work visas and Social Security cards. As an attorney you
are supposed to know the law. The law firmly states each and every person entering the United States without authorization is guilty of a felony.
Do I believe there should be some assistance for someone that was brought here as a child (one not of legal age) and now finds themselves on the other
side of the law? Some who have married citizens, haven't broken our laws,
who are educated here, speak English and are good citizens — yes.
These people should be given a work visa immediately, and given a determined length of time to complete the actions necessary for citizenship.
Do I believe in sweeping immigration reform? No. I do believe they should go back to their country and enter legally. We should give these people one month to leave the United States and, after that, if we catch them, we prosecute them. They would be guilty of a felony and then could not enter.
There is a way for anyone wanting to come to the U.S. to enter legally. It
may take some time, but most Americans believe it is worth the wait.
I applaud legal immigration and especially those that want to emulate natural
A final note: Currently illegals make up roughly 14 percent of the jail population
in Pendleton. Cost? Please remember Sheriff Trumbo identified this problem
years ago and our state and the federal government did nothing about it.
****Recently received an email with updated costs associated with illegal aliens - It is included below and increases the total noted above.
WHY DON'T OUR ELECTED POLITICIANS UNDERSTAND? THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES KICK IN SOME OF OUR TAX MONEY. TAKE THE FIGURES BELOW AND MULTIPLY THEM X 50. THAT'S A MORE TRUE COST OF ILLEGALS TO YOU AND ME.
FISCAL COSTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO OREGON TAXPAYERS
Earlier this month, the Federation for American Immigration released a report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers, which included information specific to each of the 50 states, including Oregon.
The report estimated the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level, combined, to be about $113 billion, nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84.2 billion at the state and local level.
The cost to Oregon's state and local taxpayers is estimated to be $705 million annually.
On a per family basis, this amounts to between $751 and $1,000 annually per native-headed household. The figure for Washington State is the same. In Idaho, it was less, in the $501to $750 range, and more in California, over $1501 per annum per native-headed household. (Map, p.44-45)
Among the areas of expense measured, education is the most costly in dollars. The annual state outlay for K-12 public schooling for children of illegal aliens in Oregon is estimated to be $425.4 million. The figure is based on 33,652 K-12 students (children of illegal aliens) @ $10,526 each, totaling $354.2 million. In addition, the cost of LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students is estimated: 27,069 students (children of illegal aliens) @ $2,631, totaling $71.2 million. The two figures, 354.2 million per student cost plus the extra amount for LEP programs for a portion of the children of illegal aliens, $71.2 million, equal the sum of $425.4 million per annum. (Table 8)
Administration of justice outlays are the next most costly in dollars, amounting to $111 million annually. This includes extra costs for police, $31.7 million; judicial/legal expenses, $12.5 million; corrections (incarceration and related expenses) , $73.4 million. (Table 13)
The Federal program called SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the reporting period. According to the FAIR report, SCAAP reimburses Oregon in the amount of $6.7 million of the $73.4 million spent on incarceration and related costs.