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From: Linda Carter (e-mail her)
Re: Today`s Letter: An Arizona Reader Reports That—Surprise!—Enforcement Works
Arizona may no longer be the beacon for illegal immigrants that it was before.
But, the state`s dramatic demographic shift over the last decade has put Arizona on the brink of bankruptcy. According to a recent news story, Arizona`s reserves are "zero" [Arizona Could Be Just Weeks Away from Going Broke, by Barbara Grijalva, KOLD News 13, January 1, 2010]
Like neighboring California, Arizona faces a severe budget gap and may have to issue IOUs to cover shortfalls.
For example, Arizona K-12 schools educate approximately 800,000 illegal alien children and Hispanic anchor babies. Although estimates for the cost to educate each pupil vary, an average of $6,000 is generally accepted.
Accordingly, by imposing an immigration moratorium Arizona could save nearly $5 billion.
Carter teaches social sciences at the Phoenix Union High School.