By Inger Eberhart, March 16, 2020
Democrat Representative Susan Lontine recalled that a friend questioned her use of the term ‘illegal alien’ and Lontine’s friend told her that it was an “awful term.” The interaction prompted Rep. Lontine to sponsor HB 20-1294. The bill replaces the term illegal alien with undocumented immigrant as it relates to public contracts for services.
Interestingly, proposed legislation in Colorado has a Fiscal Note attached. The Fiscal Note summarizes where the bills funding would come from and any appropriation required if the bill passes. According to Colorado’s budget office, if HB 20-1294 is passed by the Colorado General Assembly, its implementation would be identified as a state expenditure. However, no appropriation would be required from Colorado’s coffers. The bill would increase the workload for state agencies in FY 2020-21. The affected agencies may need to update contract templates and forms for future contracts. Additional spending is unnecessary to accommodate the workload increase. Therefore, Colorado taxpayers would not need to shell out any more money to support this proposed legislation.
Is that so?
Colorado taxpayers support an estimated 225,000 illegal aliens who call the state home. Illegal alien households add over 65,000 students to the local schools who likely require English language classes and school lunches (at the very least), at a price tag of over $648 million. Over $190 million is spent by the criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, prisons) to process illegal aliens that have committed more crime(s). Just to be clear, they have already committed a crime by coming to and remaining in the U.S. in violation of our immigration laws. Now, combine the school and criminal justice expenditures with the costs of medical care, public assistance (such as housing), and other government benefits enjoyed by illegal aliens. The result is Colorado taxpayers fund illegal aliens to the tune of over $1.6 billion each year.
Illegal aliens cost each legal Colorado household $337 per year, or $26 month.
First, place that $337 into an investment account. Next, you’re going to deposit $26 per month into that same account. You’re conscientious and, after all, it’s only $26. It’s truly not a big deal. Then, consistently make that deposit over your 40-year career lifespan. You invest conservatively, are aware the markets rise and fall, and you mitigate your risk. However, over the years, you’ve averaged a modest 4% interest rate on your money. Over time, the initial $337 investment and $26 monthly deposit has now become tens of thousands of dollars; $31,900 to be exact. The $31,900 does not account for inflation; the standard rate is 3% each year. So, if you upped your monthly contribution each year to account for inflation, that $31 thousand would become $50,669.
Just as our cost of living increases, so does the cost to support illegal aliens.
By the way, undocumented immigrants are like unicorns, neither exists. An immigrant is one who has been granted permission to be in the U.S. By extension, that person has provided documentation in order for their admission to be granted.
While Representative Lontine plays name games to spare offense and the Colorado budget office plays shell games with your money, ask yourself the larger question, “Can I afford “undocumented immigrants?”