CENTREVILLE: Help Save Maryland (HSM) calculates that the cost of illegal immigration to Queen Anne's County taxpayers will be over $11,784,976.00 next year. This amount is the cost of public education, emergency healthcare and incarceration for illegal aliens. HSM bases its calculations on recent information provided by the Maryland Department of Planning and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
"Our citizens should be outraged," said Gerry Waterson, the HSM coordinator for Queen Anne's County. "Given the difficult economic situation many Queen Anne's County taxpayers find themselves in, what household can afford to pay $790.00 each year to support people who are living here illegally?"
HSM's calculations do not include the cost of other social services provided by the County, like day laborer centers and non-emergency health clinics. Nor do they include the value of state and county grants and contracts paid to organizations that serve a predominantly illegal clientele, such as CASA de Maryland, Identity Inc., Catholic Charities, Centro Familia and the Latino Economic Development Corporation.
"And we didn't even begin to try to estimate the economic losses, and pain and suffering that will be inflicted upon Queen Anne's County residents next year due to the rising crime, gang violence, housing code violations and traffic accidents caused by illegal aliens," said Brad Botwin, Director of Help Save Maryland. "If we had, the cost would be much, much higher."
Help Save Maryland is a grass-roots, multi-ethnic, non-partisan citizens' organization opposed to the use of tax dollars on programs and services for illegal aliens in Maryland. It has members in 23 counties & Baltimore City.
For more information, visit www.helpsavemaryland.com
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