In an interview with GQ
, General Powell has this to say:
America could not survive without immigration. Even the undocumented immigrants are contributing to our economy.[GQ ICON: COLIN POWELL: GQ Features on men.style.com]
Er, that`s a negative, General. Undocumented immigrants cost the economy more than they contribute. Yes, they pick strawberries cheaply, but they contribute that to the growers, not the the economy in general.
Their consumption of public services, which includes schools, hospitals, welfare in general, and law enforcement costs means that the average illegal immigrant costs a lot more in a year than he produces, and a heck of a lot more than he pays in taxes.