Costs of Illegal Immigration

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Regarding the Aug. 23 letter "It's Not Immigrants, Just Population":

While overpopulation has put a strain on this region's infrastructure, as letter writer A.L. Swiggard suggested, that is not the main problem with illegal aliens.

Illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year more -- in schooling, welfare, crime and policing, medical and hospital services, translation services, etc. -- than any alleged economic benefit they provide to their illegal employers.

Such costs, and the social problems associated with illegal aliens' failure to assimilate into American culture -- by not learning English or by living in overcrowded housing, for example -- are real and cannot be swept aside simply by blaming their recognition on "ethnic prejudices."

JERRY CAPLIN

Gaithersburg


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