17 December 2010

ICE-ing Tax Rates By Upholding Immigration Laws

Over the summer, there was a media maelstrom when the Obama Administration was battling against Arizona’s S.B. 1070 that echoed current Federal law over illegal immigration.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has stymied Arizona from enforcing their borders.  But in Prince William County Virginia, the first fruits of cracking down on illegal immigration have been harvested as the county’s tax bill has been cut in half since 2007.

Amidst progressive cries of racism and civil rights violations, Prince William County adopted a very strict illegal immigration law.  When the “undocumented workers” figured out that the county was serious, the indocumentados voted with their feet and seem to have left in droves.  Of course, they did not have to migrate very far, as Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) is happy to welcome them into the Free State’s Casa De Maryland.

The Daily Caller cites a report from the Police Executive Research Forum and the University of Virginia that indicates that aggressive assaults have dropped by 46.7% and violent crime has dropped by 32% since Prince William County stepped up its enforcement of immigration law. But what is truly remarkable is the cost cutting measures that stanching the influx of illegal immigrants allows.

One of the most costly expenses associated with illegal immigration was facilitating the education of limited English students.  Between 2002 and 2007, Prince William County ESL costs grew by 250%.  The reduction of illegal immigrants allows the county to cut those costs.  Since Prince William County assertively enforced Federal immigration law, the county has been able to cut $140 million from their budget and has the lowest number of government workers in the area.

These savings allows Prince William County taxpayers to pay tax bills that are 30% less than their neighboring counties.  Adjusted for inflation, Prince William County taxpayers are paying 14% less than what they did in 2007.  Corey Stewart, the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, says that these cost saving measures have attracted business, making PWC the second fastest growing county on the East Coast.

At a point where many taxpayers feel overburdened and government spending is unsustainable, it is revealing to see how enforcing the law can create some real savings for Americans.

Via: Daily Caller

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