A California group is urging Congress’ deficit-reduction super committee not to cut spending on immigration and customs enforcement, a move it maintains would force states to bear even more of the burden of illegal immigration.
Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) said in a statement that the strong enforcement of laws against illegal immigration would actually save the federal government money in the long run and is “one area that should not be cut.”
"We understand that every American has concerns about certain parts of the budget, but the committee must distinguish between those cuts that actually reduce costs, and those that impose costs elsewhere,” said CAPS Chairman Marilyn DeYoung.
DeYoung added enforcement of current laws would also reduce tax expenditures in other parts of the budget associated with providing public services and benefits to illegal immigrants.
“Immigration enforcement makes sense for our budget, our economy, and our national security,” she said.
The committee has been charged with recommending at least $1.2 trillion in across the board budget cuts over 10 years. Those cuts will be triggered automatically if it does not act by November.
DeYoung noted that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement budget now stands at $5.82 billion, and the Customs and Border Protection budget is $11.84 billion.
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