Antonovich Upset At Federal Reimbursement Shortchange
“Shortchanging county taxpayers for the jail costs of criminal illegal aliens illustrates the federal government’s ‘don’t-give-a-damn’ attitude when it comes to reimbursing local governments for illegal immigration,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on the passage of Continuing Resolution H.R. 1473.
“The federal government’s reimbursement is critical to the county -- but $11.8 million pales in comparison to the $550 million in public safety costs provided by the county taxpayer for illegal immigration,” he added. “Without full reimbursement, county budgets are stretched to the breaking point.”
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“In addition to the $550 million for public safety, the Los Angeles County taxpayer is responsible for another $500 million for healthcare and $625 million in welfare benefits and food stamps for native-born children of illegal immigrants -- totaling over $1.6 billion dollars a year, not including the hundreds of millions of dollars for education.”