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Alabama immigration crackdown costing state billions

Alabama’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, could cost the state’s economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study.

The Alabama law, passed in June, requires police to detain people they suspect of being in the United States illegally if they cannot produce proper documentation when stopped for any reason, among other measures.

A cost-benefit analysis released this week by University of Alabama economist Samuel Addy estimated up to 80,000 jobs could be vacated by illegal immigrants fleeing the crackdown, costing Alabama’s economy up to $10.8 billion.

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  • http://ConservativeByte Tom Wiegand

    Sounds like money is going to trump ethics and the the law again. Just business as usual. This kind of thinking is why our manufacturing base has been decimated the true measure of the United States wealth. I’m all for capitalism and competitive enterprise. But that has to within the boundaries of equal playing field. Which is what is missing within the free trade movement.
    The Alabama immigration law promotes ethical and fair play among all industries but I’m sure in the end people would rather pay less for food, housing and domestic help then keep it real.
    It is no wonder to me that this country based on the founders values will not stand because sacrifice for the common good is not in the United States citizen selfish thought process.

    • John Detwiler

      There are probably enough able bodied people on wellfare to replace those illegal aliens. All they have to do is make it a condition that in order to collect wellfare they must be in a work relief program. Too many people think that they are entitled to recieve something for nothing. It’s time to eliminmate that in the entire United States. Disabled persons should be the exception. But their disability should be verified by a competent Physician.

      • http://None BenFox

        Amen John, make the welfare state work for what they get, now that is a revelation?

      • jack carroll

        $10.8 billion probably a drop n the bucket when put up against all the benefits the get, welfare, food stamps, free phones, free emergency room visits. I don’t believe this writer is looking at the whole picture, the state is probably saving at least the $10.8 billion with them gone.

    • Publius

      Here in Arizona, theysaid the same thing would happen .., as it tunred out, we didn’t lose anywhere near that amount. What we did see was a decrease in crime … funny how it worked out that way, huh?

      • robert williams

        robert sayes they are again trying to lie to the Public whin you Deport Ieligels and put Americans who pay thyere taxes our states Gaine Welth in the long Haul we dont lose anything but a Socolist Comunist Tyrent Run Goverenmemt Nanny Freeby State that the Obamanation wants the U S Citizens to look to Big Daddy Obummer and the Iluminiti Bulderburges Cross and Bones And the Comunist Uninted Nations way of there Consentration Camp Cities they Call Sastanable Housing Projects with no Personal Automobiles the only way to travel is the Bullit train or a bicycle where we the people are not Evan alloud to leave our Sastanable City Living Except Through Death.

  • Retired Marine

    I doubt very seriously it will cost Alabama that much. Look on the bright side they are creating 80,000 new jobs for american citizens. As far as loosing the illegal citizens who really cares send them all back to their countries of orgin. Make Obama sweat because his power play to control you has failed. Keep up the good work. To bad you have not followed in georgias footsteps yes chalanging Obama right to be on the next ballot yet. Here is something to ponder while you wait to get rid of him and his democrats in congress who have been lying to the American people since obama has been senator in illinois go to google search and type in Down Low Chicago it will tell everyone about obummers young life in the Chicago Area.

    • Dora

      I agree with you. Just send any illegals where they belong. It is time for America to get their head out of the sand and take our country back. We need industry to stay in America, not another country. Illegals to be deported immediately. Start fresh in Washington, if that is possible. Have a president that is entitled to run and has the interests of the American people first and foremost.

    • Ken

      You are a fool. Those 80,000 jobs will not be filled by Americans. Americans have welfare so they do not need to do these difficult jobs. Instead businesses like vegetable production will cease operations in Alabama and the USA will import more food. Some it may even be picked by the illegals that were deported. The only difference will be it will not have the same quality control as it does here. Thank you for supporting the importation of more food!

      • Richard

        A few days after the law was passed, about eighty apparently illegals didn’t show up for work at the chicken processing plant where my uncle lives. They had to shut down – for a day – while they filled those positions from the over 300 applicants that responded to their ad for new workers. Yes, welfare is a problem but there are so many people wanting to work that we need these illegals GONE!

      • Brian Jeffrey

        That is why the next step should be to take all the people getting welfare and put them to work for the money doing what the illegals were doing. Simple. Money paid for something instead of nothing. Americans get back to work and less people on welfare.

      • Paul Broussard

        That’s the next step!
        Those on welfare that don’t accept those or ANY job-NO MORE HANDOUTS!


      Right-On Retired Marine Have You Noticed King Obama Is On His Own Re-Election Tour For Over Three-Years With More Lies Daily, However With The Need Of “Jobs” How About Putting Those “Hoes” In The Hands Of “Legal Citizens” Who Are On The “Obama Dole” In Alabama!!! God Bless America And Judge Michael Malihi, With Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    • http://None BenFox

      Semper Fi from a fellow Marine, your right.

  • Donald W

    They forget to mention the amount of money the state will save when illegals are no longer taking health care and having baby deliveries that they skip the bill on. The food stamps the state is not handing out to them. This is a bunch of bull saying it will cost the state billions, when it cost the tax payers millions to billions. If you want to see what mass illegals do to a states economy just look at California. It is not just the liberal crap the cost that state to be in the dumper money wise, it is also their acceptance of massive illegals. Yet another Pro-illegal stance from Cowboy Byte.

  • redlady

    I am just so glad that Alabama decided to do what is right for AMERICANS, they are illegal and must be deported back to their native countries. I for one and tried of playing second fidel while they get our jobs, we pay their way and we are left in the dust with el shmucko is laughing at we the Americans. Get rid of him, shmucko NOW!

    • Dingbat36

      They aren’t being deported, they are like cockroaches, vacating a place where the are no goodies to run to neighboring states……………..if enough states did same, they would have no other place to go and they MIGHT go home (self deportation)

  • Robert

    Let me see, another one of these Professors publishing real lies again, all based on assumptions that is not published because they are not believeable, does the “Global Warming” lie come to mind. These Porfessor “jackasses” are all busy lying to get taxpayer money grants to develop more lies, Mr Addy probably is already deeply involved in another hunt for “the Sky is Falling” declerations about what ever the next liberal nut job needs.

  • http://mozilla Robert E. Lee

    Key word here is “MAY”, COST MILLIONS;; i DOUBT THAT WILL HAPPEN, aLABAMA FARMERS WILL FIGURE OUT A LEGAL WAY TO HARVEST THEIR CROPS OR GO out of business; THE LAW IS THE LAW; i CAN NOT GET BY with breaking it so why should illegal aliens be exempt?

  • Dntmkmecmoverther

    “A cost-benefit analysis released this week by University of Alabama economist “…
    Uh, yah, sure…I will trust a university professor (paid by tax dollars) to come up with accurate data (they seem to never have) which will tell me that laws are too expensive to enforce (so let’s just eliminate all expensive laws; like murder, tax evasion, etc.)

    The premise of this article shows the decadence of our society today. George Washington would just puke.

  • Dan

    Now Alabama needs to do the 2nd part and start cutting welfare benefits, or require welfare recipients to WORK. Nothing wrong with working, I did it all of my career and am now enjoying my retirement because I worked hard, lived beneath my means, saved money, and planned for my future 30 years ago.
    It’s not hard people it just takes discipline and responsibility.

  • RoBoTech

    The Egghead who came up with this is an idiot, or a LIAR!
    I live in Alabama and I know for a FACT that young adults here, LEGAL citizens, are picking up these jobs FASTER than the Illegal can leave.
    I have two nephews 24 and 26 years old, that haven’t had a real job in two years. They were just hired by an employee that has lost 4 illegals. They are getting 12.50 to start and will get 15.00 by summer. This is what the Illegals were getting!
    So don’t tell me that Alabama is going to lose a dime from the illegals leaving. We will go into the black because of the illegals going off welfare (and they get it whether you think they can or not), AND the replacement worker, a LEGAL Citizen also goes off welfare.
    And I am seeing open emergency rooms here (I live near Guntersville, AL) for the 1st time in two decades.
    Yeah, legal citizens go to the emergency room, too. But then it’s TWICE as bad as illegals live in the emergency rooms. When they leave, the legal citizen gets better and quicker care.
    And THOSE, my friends, are the facts.

    • http://bellsouth Duke

      You are sooooo right!! Our educational levels will probably go up also. Now, we don’t have to “Dumb Down” the level of education being taught in our Elementary and High Schools. Just maybe within the next few years we will learn to speak English, write English and spell!! A real chance that we will get our life back on track. It will just take a little time for it to develop again…………

    • Shirley

      Thanks for posting this – Obama & crew make up stuff so they can ignore more laws and tell us he is doing it for “our own good”. It has been reported that Alabama’s unemployment rate has dropped because Americans are getting jobs Illegals are vacating. They keep talking about the “vanishing middle class” and you hit that one on the head too. We have had to pay for the Illegals going to the emergency room, the drag on our schools & their demands for preferential treatment. Glad your nephews found a job. Everyone needs to call your Reps in Washington & tell then to co-sponsor HR 2885 which is the national E-Verify law. It is stuck waiting for co-sponsors so check & see if your Rep has signed on and if not, why not.

    • chris

      amen brother.


      Right-On RoBo Tech Every Border State Has The Same Problem, And Living In Arizona And Little Or “NO HELP” From The Feds And “Memory Loss” Eric Holder, With His Unable Ass-istant “Janet Incompatano” Who Says The Border Is Secure, Yikeess, When Thousands Monthly Come Across “Our Secure Border” Into Arizona, Maybe We Should All Get Some Of This “Obamacare New Kool-Aid” Plus Arizonas Gov Jan Brewer Who Is Working Without Any Help From “King Obama” Should Have Used A Closed Fist, After The King Has Lied, Lied And Continues To Lie Too The Best Gov Jan Brewer Az, Who Promised Her Last Year To Check-Out The Arizona Border, Which Never Happened, Yikeess, God Bless America And Sheriff Joe Arpaio With Gov Jan Brewer Both With Papers, King Obama Here Comes The Judge Malihi.

  • old man

    I think Addy is using “new math”or maby, funny grass.

  • Dad

    … 80,000 jobs vacant… Where do they dream up this stuff?

    Let every welfare and unemployment recipient apply for these jobs. If odffered one, then they can work. If they turn it down, they can stop receiving checks. Everyone that is tired of sacrificing for the unions and deadbeats, raise your hand.

    • tarheel

      Same place nancy piglosi came up with 500 million americans

  • Stan

    I like the point of view of the above responses to this article. The “State Republicans who are for the law” are right. If the state of Alabama cries ‘Mammon’ and looks the other way at illegality being committed, it cannot ever cry ‘Illegal’ at anything done to it and its citizens.

    Short-term gain for long-term pain is no recipe for longevity or fairness. The nation as a whole needs to get back on its track, leading back to its founders. Not to its hijackers.

  • Mike the conservative

    This is a well planned investment toward a future. Sure it will cost money to rid the state of the illegals, but it will cost much more to not rid the state of illegals. We spend billions of taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants in medical, housing, food, welfare, education and many other expenses each year with no end in sight. Extermination of them will end the cycle.
    This is a great investment in Alabama’s future. It would be great if the federal government would do their job and exterminate all of them. This would save us billions if not trillions of taxpayer dollars.
    Have gun, will travel. Cheaper to shoot than deport. They would get the point very soon and deport themselfs if we made shooting them legal.

  • Hector Martinez

    This is an actual court case that took place in GA today….it had a live stream to it…
    Thursday, January 26, 2012
    By Craig Andresen on January 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Given the testimony from today’s court case in Georgia, Obama has a lot of explaining to do. His attorney, Jablonski, was a NO SHOW as of course, was Obama.

    The following is a nutshell account of the proceedings.

    Promptly at 9am EST, all attorneys involved in the Obama Georgia eligibility case were called to the Judge’s chambers. This was indeed a very interesting beginning to this long awaited and important case.

    The case revolved around the Natural Born clause of the Constitution and whether or not Obama qualifies under it to serve. More to the point, if found ineligible, Obama’s name would not appear on the 2012 ballot in Georgia.

    With the small courtroom crowded, several in attendance could be seen fanning themselves with pamphlets as they waited for the return of the attorneys and the appearance of the judge.

    Obama himself, who had been subpoenaed to appear, of course was nowhere near Georgia. Instead, Obama was on a campaign swing appearing in Las Vegas and in Colorado ignoring the court in Georgia.

    Over the last several weeks, Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski, had attempted several tactics to keep this case from moving forward. He first tried to have it dismissed, then argued that it was irrelevant to Obama. After that, Jablonski argued that a state could not, under the law, determine who would or would not be on a ballot and later, that Obama was simply too busy with the duties of office to appear.

    After all these arguments were dispatched by the Georgia Court, Jablonski, in desperation, wrote to the Georgia Secretary of State attempting to place Obama above the law and declared that the case was not to he heard and neither he nor his client would participate.

    Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, fired back a letter hours later telling Jablonski he was free to abandon the case and not participate but that he would do so at his and his clients peril.

    Game on.

    5 minutes.

    10 minutes.

    15 minutes with the attorneys in the judge’s chambers.

    20 minutes.

    It appears Jablonski is not in attendance as the attorneys return, all go to the plaintiff table 24 minutes after meeting in the judge’s chambers.

    Has Obama’s attorney made good on his stated threat not to participate? Is he directly ignoring the court’s subpoena? Is he placing Obama above the law? It seems so. Were you or I subpoenaed to appear in court, would we or our attorney be allowed such action or, non action?

    Certainly not.

    Court is called to order.

    Obama’s birth certificate is entered into evidence.

    Obama’s father’s place of birth, Kenya East Africa is entered into evidence.

    Pages 214 and 215 from Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father” entered into evidence. Highlighted. This is where Obama indicates that, in 1966 or 1967 that his father’s history is mentioned. It states that his father’s passport had been revoked and he was unable to leave Kenya.

    Immigration Services documents entered into evidence regarding Obama Sr.

    June 27th, 1962, is the date on those documents. Obama’s father’s status shown as a non citizen of the United States. Documents were gotten through the Freedom of Information Act.

    Testimony regarding the definition of Natural Born Citizen is given citing Minor vs Happersett opinion from a Supreme Court written opinion from 1875. The attorney points out the difference between “citizen” and “Natural Born Citizen” using charts and copies of the Minor vs Happersett opinion.

    It is also pointed out that the 14th Amendment does not alter the definition or supersede the meaning of Natural Born. It is pointed out that lower court rulings do not conflict with the Supreme Court opinion nor do they over rule the Supreme Court Minor vs Happersett opinion.

    The point is, to be a natural born citizen, one must have 2 parents who, at the time of the birth in question, be citizens of the United States. As Obama’s father was not a citizen, the argument is that Obama, constitutionally, is ineligible to serve as President.

    Judge notes that as Obama nor his attorney is present, action will be taken accordingly.

    Carl Swinson takes the stand.

    Testimony is presented that the SOS has agreed to hear this case, laws applicable, and that the DNC of Georgia will be on the ballot and the challenge to it by Swinson.

    2nd witness, a Mr. Powell, takes the stand and presents testimony regarding documents of challenge to Obama’s appearance on the Georgia ballot and his candidacy.

    Court records of Obama’s mother and father entered into evidence.

    Official certificate of nomination of Obama entered into evidence.

    RNC certificate of nomination entered into evidence.

    DNC language does NOT include language stating Obama is Qualified while the RNC document DOES. This shows a direct difference trying to establish that the DNC MAY possibly have known that Obama was not qualified.

    Jablonski letter to Kemp yesterday entered into evidence showing their desire that these proceedings not take place and that they would not participate.

    Dreams From My Father entered.

    Mr. Allen from Tuscon AZ sworn in.

    Disc received from Immigration and Naturalization Service entered into evidence. This disc contains information regarding the status of Obama’s father received through the Freedom of Information Act.

    This information states clearly that Obama’s father was NEVER a U.S. Citizen.

    At this point, the judge takes a recess.

    The judge returns.

    David Farrar takes the stand.

    Evidence showing Obama’s book of records listing his nationality as Indonesian. Deemed not relevant by the judge.

    Orly Taitz calls 2nd witness. Mr. Strump.

    Enters into evidence a portion of letter received from attorney showing a renewal form from Obama’s mother for her passport listing Obama’s last name something other than Obama.

    State Licensed PI takes the stand.

    She was hired to look into Obama’s background and found a Social Security number for him from 1979. Professional opinion given that this number was fraudulent. The number used or attached to Obama in 1979, shows that Obama was born in the 1890. This shows that the number was originally assigned to someone else who was indeed born in 1890 and should never have been used by Obama.

    Same SS number came up with addresses in IL, D.C. and MA.

    Next witness takes the stand.

    This witness is an expert in information technology and photo shop. He testifies that the birth certificate Obama provided to the public is layered, multiple layered. This, he testifies, indicates that different parts of the certificate have been lifted from more than one original document.

    Linda Jordan takes the stand.

    Document entered regarding SS number assigned to Obama. SS number is not verified under E Verify. It comes back as suspected fraudulent. This is the system by which the Government verifies ones citizenship.

    Next witness.

    Mr. Gogt.

    Expert in document imaging and scanners for 18 years.

    Mr. Gogt testifies that the birth certificate, posted online by Obama, is suspicious. States white lines around all the type face is caused by “unsharp mask” in Photoshop. Testifies that any document showing this, is considered to be a fraud.

    States this is a product of layering.

    Mr. Gogt testifies that a straight scan of an original document would not show such layering.

    Also testifies that the date stamps shown on Obama documents should not be in exact same place on various documents as they are hand stamped. Obama’s documents are all even, straight and exactly the same indicating they were NOT hand stamped by layered into the document by computer.

    Next witness, Mr. Sampson a former police officer and former immigration officer specializing in immigration fraud.

    Ran Obama’s SS number through database and found that the number was issued to Obama in 1977 in the state of MA. Obama never resided in MA. At the time of issue, Obama was living in Hawaii.

    Serial number on birth certificate is out of sequence with others issued at that hospital. Also certification is different than others and different than twins born 24 hours ahead of Obama.

    Mr. Sampson also states that portion of documents regarding Mr. Sotoroe, who adopted Obama have been redacted which is highly unusual with regards to immigration records.

    Suggests all records from Social Security, Immigration, Hawaii birth records be made available to see if there are criminal charges to be filed or not. Without them, nothing can be ruled out.

    Mr. Sampson indicates if Obama is shown not to be a citizen, he should be arrested and deported and until all records are released nobody can know for sure if he is or is not a U.S. Citizen.

    Taitz shows records for Barry Sotoro aka Barack Obama, showing he resides in Hawaii and in Indonesia at the same time.

    Taitz takes the stand herself.

    Testifies that records indicate Obama records have been altered and he is hiding his identity and citizenship.

    Taitz leave the stand to make her closing arguments.

    Taitz states that Obama should be found, because of the evidence presented, ineligible to serve as President.

    And with that, the judge closes the hearing.

    What can we take away from this?

    It’s interesting.

    Now, all of this has finally been entered OFFICIALLY into court records.

    One huge question is now more than ever before, unanswered.


    Without his attorney present, Obama’s identity, his Social Security number, his citizenship status, and his past are all OFFICIALLY in question.

    One thing to which there seems no doubt. He does NOT qualify, under the definition of Natural Born Citizen” provided by SCOTUS opinions, to be eligible to serve as President.

    What will the judge decide? That is yet to be known, but it seems nearly impossible to believe, without counter testimony or evidence, because Obama and his attorney chose not to participate, that Obama will be allowed on the Georgia ballot.

    It also opens the door for such cases pending or to be brought in other states as well.

    Obama is in it deep and the DNC has some…a LOT…of explaining to do unless they start looking for a new candidate for 2012.

    we need to push this in every state so as to get him off as many state ballots as possible

  • Gregory Romeu

    Do you mean to tell me that Alabama is soon to have 80,000 jobs opening for all their welfare recipients and returning military Veterans to fill? THAT is GREAT NEWS! alabama could lead the nation in WHAT TO DO FOR AMERICA rather than find excuses within the Obutthead administration or blame Bush!

    Semper Fidelis ALABAMA!

  • Jack

    Another piece of bulls**it from a liberal college professor. Did he bother to weigh the welfare cost of illegals against the cost of them leaving the state?

  • Peggy

    Mike…Your response is Pure Evil and you certainly are not as your name professes a Conservative

  • Dark_Archer

    so lets weigh out the options, Alabama can spend 10 billion to keep criminal ,illegals and murderers off the streets and out of their work force by applying this law or they can spend 10 billion to support the criminal,illegal murderers and let them have their way and destroy their economy and take their jobs …OK if I was from Alabama it would take me about 1 nanosecond to make up my mind as to which way I WOULD RATHER SEE MY SHARE OF MY TAX DOLLARS SPENT ……..DUH

  • samuel

    i agree that mexcian workers need to be over here with a work visa or something. I grow vegetables in south Ga and i lost over 350000$ this past summer because the Alabama law scared 75% of my workers away and i could not find any AMERICANS to work. How many of you want to work in the hot sun 12-14 hours a day when it is 95 degrees or higher. ill tell you – not many. the american people are sorry when it comes to working in harsh conditions. most everyone wants a 9-5 air condition job. when my workers left i tried to hire americans. less than 10 percent made it a entire day. most didnt come back after lunch. i pay on production. the mexican labor made between 15-18 $ a hour(which is a damn good living in this part of the country). when you go to the store and your food comes from other countries or the shelves are empty then we really will be in bad shape. i agree that something needs to be done but have a higher sales tax or something. i dont know the answer but sendign all of them back to Mexico isnt the answer. it will cripple this country. watch and see

  • http://AnotherDad Ted Sharp

    Looks like Alabama is the land of opportunity for those that really want a job.

  • Another Dad

    Looks like Alabama is the land of opportunity for those that actually want a job.

  • Brenda

    Addy’s use of the Dept of Homeland Security is really a good source. The government skews reports to meet their needs. So you get rid of illegal’s and let residents get the jobs. Alabama is a poor state. There have been some inroads with new industry but the lumber industry is suffering, manufacturing jobs went oversease, and the steel industry was destroyed. The proceeds received from sales tax and retail purchases do not make up for the expense of schooling, food stamps, assisted housing and other assundary of cost.
    As to the quality of education, I can not help but think that not having to have spedial classes for spanish speaking students, funds can be used to enhance the quality of education in Alabama schools.

  • Robbie Eagle

    Another liberal lie.Illegal aliens cost the American tax payers over $13 billion yearly.It has been proven for a long time that illegal aliens do not pay as much taxes as is spent on them in gov.freebies. 41,000 American citizens in Alabama have gone back to work since the illegal aliens have left the state.These Americans will be paying taxes,spending money in their community’s which will stimulate the Alabama & U.S. economy. 41,000 American people will not be sending money earned in the U.S. in remittances to nations outside the U.S. as illegal aliens do on a weekly basis.Alabama will begin to flourish again.God bless Alabama & all states that have taken illegal immigration into their own hands.States rights is a wonderfil thing. All states should take advantage of it.
    As Americans we should be demanding that states & city’s that do not uphold our fed. immigration laws get no fed. funding!!!!

  • el_loco_jp

    Let all adults receiving welfare payments go to work on the farms.

    • SweetOlBob

      Oh! But wait a minute el_loco. If they want people on welfare to work on the farms, the government will have to give them all cars so that they can get there. Surely, you don’t expect them to use their free cell phones the government gave them to call a taxi, do you ? And besides, the may get a hedache from working outside if they have to leave their HUD free houses. And a free car would make it so much easier to go down and sign up for food assistance, too.

      Wow ! I may have just solved the problem. After all, Government Motors has got a whole lot of Obamedsels* they can’t seem to sell.

      *formerly named Chevy Volt

  • Bill Stanley

    “estimated up to 80,000 jobs could be vacated by illegal immigrants fleeing the crackdown, costing Alabama’s economy up to $10.8 billion” — The study apparently assumed none of these jobs would be filled by legal residents. Does that mean none of the unemployed are interesting in working?

  • kategray

    It costs billions more to keep them. They get aid but many times I have seen whole families getting aid for housing-healthcare and food stamps. It does not cost the State as much as the tax-payers of that state. Get it right and stop those in power from being there. Elections is the only way for the people to stop this problem VOTE VOTE

  • tod

    The Media Selling More Bull S— !!! If You Want Alot More Of Want We Got,DON’T VOTE FOR DR.RON PAUL 2012 !!!

  • Theodore J Gager

    Someone is going to pay no matter what. If the government would just enforce the laws on the books until legislative changes are made we may be better off. They don’t enforce anything they don’t like and get away with it, so any hope for meaningful change will suffer as long as they get away with doing what they damn well please. They are all complacent and all guilty….Period!

  • Junk Bin

    The cost is actually less when you figure in the cost savings from the ILLEGAL aliens and their illegal children not collecting from public benefit programs or creating hereditary welfare families

  • DrSique

    I think there needs to be a study done on the guy who issued this study. The Heritage Foundation has a good one that estimates the actual cost of illegal immigration. Of course, noone can estimate the cost in unemployed Americans, lost tax revenue caused by an underground economy, benefits payed to Americans pushed out of their jobs, etc……. Soumds to me like another lefty college professor attempting to make the facts fit his personal agenda. The federal government has allowed our immigration system to fall into anarchy through years of non-enforcement. “We The People” have allowed them to get away with it. No more amnesties, no more benefits, no more jobs, no more “free” anything. The taxpayers are done paying the bills for illegal aliens and the dirtbags who hire them. You’re here illegally, go home!!!

  • Sirwizard

    I happen to live in Alabama. I have seen first-hand the results of this law. Within one month, the crime rate went down. Illegals are moving out. Unemployment rates went DOWN. Because I spent over 30 years as a U. S. Army officer, I have a highly developed bullshit detector. I detect a big load of it in this article. To be sure, there are money problems in Alabama. At least two cities have actually declared bankruptcy. One city has no money to pay its retired people, and they are NOT paying them. No money actually equals no money in this state. All these problems existed BEFORE this law went into effect. It is also true that Alabama was forced to pay for medical services and other forms of welfare for these illegals. That is becoming a non-issue because the illegals are leaving.

  • Pudbert_Savannah GA

    What an ignorant and SO typical liberal bogus article….

    I wonder if they figured the $Billions that Illegals COST us every year, , into their slanted propaganda equation that it will cost AL almost $11 Billion to stop the law breaking.

  • Apollo

    Alabama’s Bureau of Labor and the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations declined to comment on the figures. They say it “could” cost the state’s economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study. But they decline to comment. Another Bureau to claim the sky is falling but no real proof. Good luck Alabama you don’t have have the Politicians and politics to help you (Americans) to fight.
    FYI for the Californian Illegal’s cost to tax payers. $10+ Billion annually for the cost to support the Illegal’s.
    From the L. A. Times,
    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
    4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in Garages.
    7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
    8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
    10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people
    speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )

    (All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

  • George Fuller

    AZ put in 1070 and the pickers boycotted the winter lettuce crop and said half was lost… was……to cold weather.not because the pickers boycotted.

    Check the political leanings of the professor…..maybe he is another that will bend the facts to get the result desired……..

    Have you noticed in recent years how people keep saying we can’t survive without outside labor?……

  • Freedom road

    Sounds like another skewed study! Where did they get the data from Oblamers jobs czar! If 80,000 jobs are open then that means 80,000 Amercans should be able to find jobs! If they are not willing to work when there are jobs then they shouldn’t receive ANY government help period!

    • Lewis/Virginia


  • Freedom road

    What data are they using to show the billions saved by them not free loading off our system?! I bet they just swept that under the rug!

  • Freedom road

    These made up numbers are so bogus it’s not funny!

  • Lewis/Virginia
  • Mo Schaer

    As a child the local strawberry patch hired all us kids to harvest the berries at 5 cent per quart. No one worried about age and as I recall I was 10 years old. We kids loved the job and bought all our fireworks with the money. Harvest time and planting can be done with our kids and they would have money to buy a car etc. Use the school buses to haul the illegals north and south and send them to their own country and let them protest and try to get welfare from their own governments.

  • AJ

    There many connivers in Alabama whose livelihoods depend on distorting the truth: liberal professors, southern poverty law center (doing their utmost to keep us impoverished), etc. Yes, some growers will suffer from having to hire legal workers and follow the law, instead of getting away with SLAVERY. My goodness, to hear a liberal tell it, slavery is bad UNTIL conservatives try to abolish it, then they desire it!!!!! I despise seeing illegal immigrants squatting in fear, trying to hide in the shadows, taking scraps instead of being compensated fairly for their work. Why they won’t even report a murder because it would mean turning themselves in. The cost may be greater in some respects, but there is a definite up side to having a level playing field where ALL MEN ARE EQUAL. In the end it won’t be the cost which matters, it will be the rate of return. Come grow with us; the opportunities are out-of-sight.

  • Julian

    He makes the totally unjustified assumption that out of work Alabamians and other US citizens won’t take these jobs. He also ignores what it cost Alabama to provide services for these nontax paying workers. His figures like so many of his ilk (the MSM) ignore anything that does not fit their agenda. He is right about one thing many growers would rather get their labor real cheap and let the taxpayers pick up the tab for the social services.

  • mark

    How much will be saved on education and medical care for illegals? If you think that illegals just pick fruit and vegatables then you are badly mistaken, take a look at any construction site. Then when they have children they grow up and compete for your childrens jobs!!!

  • Phillip in TX

    The person who did the “study” sounds like the south end of a north bound mule! If the “illegals” had done things correctly, coming to work “legally”, there would not be a problem!

    As far as the “illegals” having to leave, cry me a river!

  • OGmuddbone

    I saw some great comments and I think that in addition to putting welfare folks to work, we should also put the prisoners from the jails and prisons to work as well. That is free labor from folks who seem to have nothing better to do anyway, or are doing time for a crime, maybe learning a work ethic whilst in jail or prison would be a better way than weights and a library.

  • SweetOlBob

    I am an Alabamian. As such, I deeply resent the billions illegals are costing my State in food for their children in school (which is mostly wasted), the cost of transportation, books, instruction, and virtual baby sitting of their children, as well as welfare for them and their parents.

    And the cost of virtually raising illegals “Anchor Babies”.

    Don’t forget to add the cost of unpaid emergency room treatment for everything from a splinter to a stubbed toe. And the inconvenience to Alabama citizens who have to wait for treatment in facilities crowded with illegals.

    Wanna talk about costs ? Talk about this !

  • Ariviste

    This information is strange, because just this past week I read that Alabama’s unemployment had gone from 9.8 to 8.1 because of illegals leaving the states and others taking over the jobs they left. Schools, according to the article had also enjoyed great benefits. I can’t remember the source of the article I read, but it was not the first time I had read similar information.

  • Mary

    In any poll or report one needs to CONSIDER the source. Don’t believe liberal college professors-they too have an agenda.

  • Douglas PANNEBAKER

    80,000 vacated jobs left by illegals, means 80,000 jobs for welfare recipients, unemployed farmers & teenagers needing summer jobs.

  • James

    In reply to Lewis/Virginia:
    Suddenly the real picture starts to come into focus. I can now see very well what the real problem with this article is. A mining engineer trained individual discussing economics. This article is as useful as if he was trying to discuss photo-journalism on the dark side of the moon