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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2015 and filed under Viewpoints. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

I would like to offer a fuller view on Robin Goldsworthy’s comments on our public spending on illegal immigrants (“An Alien Idea,” Aug 1). A recent study by immigration scholars at USC (“Looking Forward 2014: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State” [http://www.caimmigrant.org/research-and-analysis/contributions-html/]) reports that in one year California’s undocumented population contributes at least $130 billion to the California gross domestic product, of which L.A. County’s share is about $57 billion.

Bearing in mind that just 1 billon equals 1000 million, we see that the economic contribution of so-called aliens to our economy far exceeds the cost in six months of $291 million ($582 million for a year) which she claims, without citing a source, that the undocumented receive in public funds.

In addition there are expensive, long-term public health problems caused by not providing preventative and other basic health care to all residents.

Roberta Medford
Montrose

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