Dear Governor Brown,
We have been seeing many stories in the mainstream media regarding our state’s budget crisis. News people tell us we need to raise taxes, reduce expenditures, cut state pensions, stop the high speed rail project, etc.
Have you and your finance people determined how much of the state’s expenditures could be saved if the state, and the counties and municipalities as well, stopped providing free services to illegal aliens? I will add a related question,”Isn’t the government’s prime duty to protect and provide needed services to people who legally reside in the government’s jurisdiction?”
Here are a few comments recently published in the Los Angeles Times:
I believe these statistics may be a little higher in Los Angeles County, but mirror the entire state.
Why can’t California save these dollars? You might say, but Edward, there are federal and state laws requiring that we provide these services to illegal aliens. I am sure there are. But, these laws were passed by the peoples’ representatives and can be eliminated by peoples’ representatives. You might say, okay Edward, what are we going to do with the illegal aliens? Show them the way home is my answer coupled with a firm agreement with the federal government to secure our southern border. The agreement may be one-sided for a few months.
My sincere hope, Governor Brown, is that this letter will trigger some meaningful analysis.
EDWARD T. BERNHOFT