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November 10, 2004

Posted 12:55 AM Eastern

Illegal aliens are those who cross the border into the U.S. against federal law. They are subject to immediate deportation and are not entitled to any constitutional protections as they lack legal citizenship. As many an angry taxpayer point out, because federal law is routinely ignored, the consequences to border states grows more dire every day. In Los Angeles County, illegal aliens cost the taxpayers more than $333 million dollars annually just for health care.

According to LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonvich, this multimillion dollar tab includes services to illegal aliens such as inpatient, outpatient and health center services. Statewide, the cost of supporting three million illlegals costs strained taxpayers roughly $8 billion dollars. Actual numbers relect that out of the 800,000 medically indigent and uninsured served in LA county last year, 30% were illegal immigrants.

Los Angels County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose 5th District includes the Antelope Valley, has been proposing a solution to ignoring federal law by immediately deporting illegals: "We have a large number of people breaking the law and having a catastrophic impact on people who live in our communities." Antonovich proposes that the American taxpayer fund construction and staff health care facilities south of the Mexican border. What some are calling a "blatantly stupid and outrageous proposal," Antonovich has indicted interest to his proposal from the State Department and White House.

Last September, America's top border-security official, Homeland Security Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson, said deporting illegal aliens en masse is "not realistic" and that Americans lack the political will to uproot them. The current estimate of illegals in the United States is between 12 and 15 million.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other U.S. Cabinet members are expected to begin a two day visit to Mexico City on November 8, 2004 to discuss U.S. immigration policies. Mexico wants some sort of accord on the "rights" of illegals to sneak across America's borders. "It's absurd that (the United States) is spending as much as it's spending to stop immigration flows that can't be stopped ... instead of using that money on real threats that pose risks for both countries,'' Interior Secretary Santiago Creel said earlier this week.

Last week, the voters of Arizona approved Proposition 200, which according to Mexico's Foreign Relations Department in a press release following the November 2, 2004 election, the Arizona initiative would "foment racial discrimination and limit (migrants') access to basic services like health and education.'' Some point out this type of rhetoric is misleading in that the issue is illegal entrance into the United States and when there is no legal justification at hand, play the race card.

The success of Proposition 200 is spurring on a major movement in other states to get identical measures on their ballots for the next election. Those who opposed Proposition 200 are inflamed by it's passage calling it "racist" and are planning a legal challenge in an effort to have it declared unconstitutional. It is unclear how a law requiring proof of citizenship to vote is racist.

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Mexico wants some sort of accord on the "rights" of illegals to sneak across America's borders.