Despite the failure of the Federal government to put any teeth into the fight against illegal immigration, the states and some municipalities are taking on the fight themselves. According to an article filed today by the AP, Colorado's Democratic-dominated Legislature has passed bills revoking most benefits to illegals over the age of 18. According to the article, "The bill would apply to Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, energy assistance programs and aging and adult services. (Colorado Governor) Owens has said an estimated 50,000 illegal immigrants could be thrown out of those programs."
Good. There is no earthly reason why the taxpayers of the United States of America should be paying for non-Americans' healthcare and benefits- especially ILLEGAL non-Americans. If they want our benefits, there is an easy way to get them- become LEGAL immigrants. Yes, it is not easy, but that is the only way that most Americans want it to be. Illegal aliens are not welcome in this country, and the sooner more states begin cracking down on these illegals, the better off all Americans will be. And I agree with the Republican legislators who said this does not go far enough. I also think that Colorado's citizens should be allowed to vote on the bill, as the Republicans also suggested.
Undoubtedly the illegal alien lobby will try to overturn this in court. However, should that occur, it provides a wonderful opportunity for the Legislature to tell the Courts to butt out. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the Judiciary to dictate what legislatures can and cannot do in enforcing illegal immigration. And the Legislature shoul tell the Courts that they have no jurisdiction in this area. By law, they do have that power.
As a side-note, much of this increased enforcement of illegals is directly due to the La Raza/MEChA-sponsored illegal demonstrations that really focused American eyes on the problem. I think most of us are tired of seeing these law-breakers get benefits and services that we American citizens are not entitled to. We are tired of seeing these so-called 'day-laborers' hanging out in parking lots free of police supervision, making us worry about our children. So thank you La Raza. You did a great service for the debate over ILLEGAL immigration- and most American's are coming down on the side of America. As the Colorado legislation proves, even Democrats can see the handwriting on the wall and at least some of them on a local basis are taking it seriously. Too bad their counterparts in Washington, DC are not doing the same.
Hat tip to Matt Drudge.