Undocumented workers too costly for taxpayers

July 1, 2013 

As I keep hearing in the media how good 11 million undocumented workers are going to benefit our country, let's just look to one small aspect in our local community of the benefit of these undocumented workers.

The 12th Judicial Circuit Court spends over $272,875 for translators in less than a year. The taxpayers of Manatee County should be outraged for such an expenditure to interpret Spanish into the official English language.

However, on the other side of the aisle, in the Family Courts where the judges are deciding on our most valuable assets, our innocent children, you need to bring your own interpreter at your own expense to hear your case.

Yet we have to provide this same service free of charge to our local criminal suspects. It's bad enough we have to provide a public defender for them and translate their plea deals as well. What's wrong with this picture?

I can think of better ways that the taxpayers of Manatee County could distribute over $5,000 a week to more worthwhile endeavors that would be benefiting our community than giving expensive English lessons to crime suspects.

On the national level, illegal immigration costs taxpayers $45 billion a year in health care, education and incarceration expenses.

This is one "benefit" our country or county taxpayers don't need.

Glen Gibellina


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