Carol Platt Liebau: Hillary & Illegal Immigration

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Hillary & Illegal Immigration

Hillary Clinton does keep her ear to the ground. That's why, as this piece points out, she's been vocally opposed to illegal immigration.

Before I moved to Southern California, I had no clue about the actual impact of illegal immigration. Now (as demonstrated by this piece in The Washington Times), I do. And I hope that people like me -- who always opposed it in principle, but didn't really "get" the urgency -- will take notice, for political reasons, if nothing else.

Here are a few figures that ought to capture some attention.

Crime:

There are 30,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records on the streets of Los Angeles.

95% (yes, you read that correctly) of outstanding homicide warrants in Los Angeles County are for illegal immigrants.

Health:

84 California hospitals have had to close because they cannot bear the costs of illegal immigrants using their emergency facilities for health care.

California spends $500 million annually on health care for illegal immigrants.

Overall Costs:

Illegal immigration imposes a net cost of $9 billion (yes, with a "b") dollars on California taxpayers each year in education, medical and incarceration costs.

And that doesn't even consider "spillover" factors like traffic -- which is bound to increase when one million new people come to Southern California between 2000 and 2003.


Such a population increase is not only unsustainable . . . in an age of terrorism, it's not even safe.

Hillary Clinton knows what she's doing. No, maybe she can't win a head-to-head matchup with a strong Republican candidate. But all she needs is for Republicans to continue to seem indifferent about illegal immigration. Then, a Ross Perot-like figure can emerge with a single issue platform, and peel off enough Republican votes in states like New Mexico and Arizona -- thereby securing a Hillary Clinton victory, albeit with only a plurality of the vote.

We can do better for a first female president than Hillary Clinton. Please, Republicans, start paying attention!

1 Comments:

Blogger Jami said...

We can't do better than Hillary. The reason you say she has her "ear to the ground" is that she listens to what Americans want.

I actually don't like the immigration issue, and many Dems won't. It's harsh. Why should Mexicans have to live harsh lives because they were born on the wrong side of an arbitrary line?

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