Close The Schools And Dump Criminal Aliens On Obama`s Doorstep!—My Suggestions To End Arizona`s Budget Crisis
Arizona is getting off to a very bad start in 2010. It
is flat broke. Drastic actions are necessary to save the
state from total fiscal collapse.
Governor Janice K. Brewer has actually dared mention the
unmentionable: doing something about
the costs of illegal immigration.
Warnings of impending disaster came on the first day of
Tucson News Channel 13
had the dire news (there is a video report also):
education payment is expected to drain state resources
down to zero. What happens next will affect anyone who
works for or with state government. It`s what happens
when you run out of money. You can`t pay your bills."[Arizona
could be weeks away from going broke,
Jan 01, 2010, by Barbara Grijalva]
Blogger and radio host
Dave Levine wasn`t impressed with the Ch13 news
article because it evaded the illegal immigration issue.
Levine fired back with this:
“This is a whitewash! I don`t mean the title of the
story or the fact that a bankrupt Arizona is imminent. I
mean, the writer—who may very well be related to
pro-illegal alien activist Congressman
Raul Grijalva—doesn`t even mention the words
`illegal aliens` when talking about Arizona`s impending
bankruptcy. As many law and order conservatives know,
only a portion of the 30 to 40 million illegal aliens
Levine`s guess at
the number is too high, but most such guesses
are too low.]
in the U.S. pay state and Federal taxes. Why? Because
many of them work under the table.”[Arizona
Could Be Just Weeks Away From Going Broke (our thanks to
americanpatrol.com for posting this).
Posted by The Dave Levine Show on January 2, 2010]
As an Arizonan, I was naturally intrigued. So on the
first business day of the new year, Monday, January 4th,
I called the
Arizona State Treasurer`s office to find out when
exactly my state government would run out of money.
What I discovered was deeply disturbing—the Arizona
already completely drained of funds as of January 1,
The entire state
fund had been used to fund the state`s education
system for one month.
time I talked to them, no money was left to pay for
Imaginatively, on January 6, 2010
State Treasurer Dean Martin
sent Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano a bill for
$1 billion to compensate Arizona for the costs of
incarcerating criminal illegal aliens (press
Ironically, as you can see from the invoice, Treasurer
Martin is doing nothing more than sending the same
Napolitano, when Governor of Arizona, had made to
the US Attorney General in 2008.
Dean Martin sent the invoice to Napolitano, the
MainStream Media ridiculed the request as a publicity
stunt to jump start his campaign for governor:
denied that Wednesday`s press conference was a bid to
gain publicity for his 2010 campaign, whether for
governor or another term as treasurer.“
wants feds to pay for jailed illegals, by Howard
Fischer, Capitol Media Services January 6, 2010]
remain in denial about the urgency of Arizona`s fiscal
(Napolitano and Dean Martin have been butting heads over
the state budget for quite awhile. A year ago, before
she left to be the DHS secretary, an argument broke out
between them at a meeting of the State Loan Commission.
Napolitano angrily stomped out of the meeting without
addressing Martin`s questions. It was a childish moment
for Napolitano—and very ominous for the fiscal future of
Arizona. Read the story
here and watch
the TV12 video here.)
Napolitano hasn`t yet responded to Martin`s request. But
even if the federal government agrees to pay the full
bill, Arizona will still not be able to balance its
Some experts, for example
University of Arizona economist Marshall Vest, think
it`s now too late for spending cuts and that taxes will
have to be raised. He says:
“The budget gap
cannot be closed through spending cuts alone. K-12
education spending totals roughly $4 billion, Medicaid
and health $2 billion, community colleges and
universities $1.3 billion, prisons $1 billion, $700
million for welfare, and $1 billion for everything else.
Health-related spending is mandated either by the
federal government or voters, K-12 is formula-driven and
voter-mandated, and federal stimulus dollars for K-12
and higher education are subject to `maintenance of
effort` clauses that limit further cuts without
forfeiting federal dollars.
UA Economist Marshall Vest: State Budget Crisis "Looks
To Be Unsolvable",
by Jim Nintzel,
The Tucson Weekly, Dec. 14, 2009.
Of course, Vest could be expected to claim schools can`t
be shut down, since he is employed by a school. Vest
completely failed to mention that in 2003
FAIR estimated that Arizona spent almost $1 billion
dollars to educate illegal aliens, and the
citizen children of illegals.
Virginia Abernethy estimated
the tab to be at least $1.25 billion.
East Valley Tribune story reporting this estimate wasn`t titled
"Illegals Rip Off
Arizona Schools For $$$", but
Migrant foe tied to racism.)
total, the federal government owes Arizona over $2
billion just to compensate the state for the illegal
alien impact on prisons and schools. That is a lot of
money—but it doesn`t include the various other unfunded
mandates that burdens Arizona, such as emergency health
care for illegal aliens, or for the infrastructure costs
this in perspective: illegal immigration could amount to
at least half of Arizona`s budget deficit! ($1 billion
for prisons, $1 billion for schools—the deficit is
estimated at $4.5 billion. Yes, these are big round
numbers—it`s that kind of problem.)
This warning from Governor Janice K. Brewer`s January 11
State of the State address makes the problem
“The biggest external threat to our budget comes from
the federal government — oppressive health care
mandates, job-killing environmental restrictions, and
to pay for costs associated with illegal immigration.”
Governor said she would publish her own budget plan on
Friday. It will no doubt rely on the professional
politicians` preferred solution to everything: raise
taxes. But she added
box is wide open”.
Well, here are my suggestions.
Arizonan, I believe there are solutions to Arizona`s
budget woes that don`t require tax increases or severe
benefit cuts to our poor and needy.
people of Arizona apply common sense to solve the
crisis, and they are willing to make some tough choices,
the budget crisis can at least be forestalled.
The first thing that must be done:
release all of the
criminal aliens imprisoned in Arizona.
They will be put in buses and given a free ride to
Washington DC. The buses could drop them off right
in front of the White House.
Arizona will gladly let the federal government decide what to do with these
illegal aliens, who have been jailed for crimes such as
rape, theft, drug dealing,
human smuggling, etc. But Arizona can no longer
shoulder the burden of jailing these criminals until the
federal government gives full compensation.
The billion dollars saved from vacating prisons will allow the state to run
for several months.
The second step:
stop all funding for Arizona`s education system.
Students will take an extended vacation during the beautiful winter season
(hurray!) until the budget issue is resolved. When
school re-opens the students can make up the time in a
summer session. In the meantime Arizona students will
get a valuable lesson on budgets and economics.
The third step: After the schools close, administrators,
politicians, and PTAs will have plenty of time to
audit the education system
to figure out how
many illegal alien students are enrolled.
Once that number is determined, and a list is made of
who they are, all of the
illegal alien students will be cut from the school
new will be required in terms of documentation to
determine which students are in the schools illegally.
Schools are already supposed to require
proof of residency
and a valid birth certificate in order to enroll. They
know who the illegal aliens are—the ones who are
Reduced enrollments will allow for the closing of
unnecessary schools and the consolidation of redundant
resources. Additional funds could be raised as
newly-vacated school yards are sold for other
purposes, such as shopping malls or for industrial
uses—or maybe to build more homes and parks!
Sadly, many teachers and administrators will lose their
jobs as facilities close. It is imperative that the
first employees to be pink-slipped will be those on
temporary work visas like H-1B. No American should
lose their job until every single non-citizen worker has
been fired first.
If, after all of those steps, the budget cuts still
don`t balance the budget, then we should look at the
problem of “anchor
babies“ (children whose
illegal—but who are regarded as citizens under the
current interpretation of the 14th
legislation or litigation cannot resolve this problem
quickly enough, maybe the illegal alien parents should
be persuaded go home, and take their children with them.
Without a doubt, eliminating illegal aliens from our
will invite legal challenges—probably all the way to
the Supreme Court.
cost of the lawyers to defend Arizona`s actions
would be far less than the cost of educating students
who don`t belong in the United States anyway.
the schools clean out the illegal aliens, they can be
course, Arizona could just send a billion dollar bill to
But this can`t
happen until Arizona educational bureaucrats are willing
to be honest about the number of illegal aliens in our
schools. So far, they have resisted transparency.
For example, my local Kyrene School District claims that
transparency on budget issues is one of
its policy goals. But when it comes to the cost of
illegal immigration it obfuscates the issue.
out just how stubborn and evasive the bureaucrats can be
when, with another concerned citizen, I confronted the
school board on two different occasions to find out how
many illegal aliens attend Kyrene schools. The board
stonewalled me us on this basic question of fact.
The superintendent of the governing board didn`t answer
my questions but instead passed the buck by requesting
send a letter to their lawyer, Janis Merill. She
responded with vague answers and innuendo. She used
Plyler vs. Doe to justify the secrecy but never
explained specifically how, and made vague references to
other Arizona laws.
notorious Supreme Court ruling that is widely
interpreted as requiring school districts to educate
illegal aliens—but it doesn`t prevent schools from
counting the number of illegals.
My reading of the decision: it
doesn`t necessarily forbid states from denying
educations to illegal aliens as long as the state can
come up with a better reason than Texas used to cut
illegal students. Preventing bankruptcy is a pretty
compelling argument. The case must be re-argued as soon
The Kyrene School Board and their lawyer illustrate why
SB1172—a bill sponsored by state representative
Russell Pearce requiring schools to tabulate the
number of illegal alien students.
Last year Pearce`s bill passed the Senate Education
Committee but stalled in the
Senate Rules Committee. The bill never made it to
the House, perhaps due to pressure from the ACLU who
threatened to sue Arizona if the bill passed:
“The 4-2 vote by the Senate Committee on Education
Accountability and Reform came even after an attorney
for the American Civil Liberties Union said it would
violate federal law. Alessandra Meetze said if lawmakers
SB 1172 into law, her group will sue.
sue,` responded Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who crafted
the legislation.” [Senate
bill would ask student immigration status,
By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, June 24,
2009, June 24, 2009]
Pearce plans to re-introduce the bill this year. But it
won`t be in time to save the state from economic
The plan I suggest might sound
draconian. But there will be far more suffering and
angst if something isn`t done very quickly to balance
the state budget. The way things are going, the schools
will have to close anyway—it will be just a matter of
sell state-owned buildings and to resort to
accounting flim-flam are at best a short-term solution
to stay afloat.
President Obama, or the tooth fairy, bail out Arizona`s
schools, the problem won`t go away. Free education
encourages more illegal aliens to attend our schools.
The resulting increases in the number of students
perpetuate the problem and are ultimately
unsustainable—it`s a just particular case of America`s
overall post-1965 immigration disaster.
Arizonans need to close the schools—and dump our
criminal aliens on Obama`s doorstep—NOW!
Rob Sanchez (email
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