February 8, 2005
If we are ever going to reduce illegal immigration, it may be the states that will have to take the lead.
The Bush administration is not leading.
Arizona voters made it plain last November that they want to control their borders and cutoff most aid for any illegals in their state.
Colorado may be next.
State Representative David Schultheis is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate all but emergency aid for illegals.
Schultheis is asking his colleagues to pass the measure or he says the voters will do it for them in a November, 2006 ballot referendum.
It is an outrage that we continue to provide services paid for with the tax dollars of citizens and legal residents to people who break our laws getting here and sometimes break more laws while they are here.
I have grown weary of hearing excuses about how these illegals take jobs no one else wants. How about training the people on welfare and other public assistance to take these jobs?
There is no excuse for breaking the law, otherwise a poor man would be justified robbing a bank or stealing food from the supermarket.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.