When we can find a way to keep the more than $25 billion and rising annual cost of illegal aliens in the state of California confined to the state of California and the California taxpayers, then I say it's all fine well and good. The problem is that that just isn't the case. The cost of California's illegals are passed on to all of the rest of the nations taxpayers.
Every so often someone here raises the canard of the red states costing the federal government more than they contribute. Just a quick look at the state of California's finances is enough to disprove that.
We've been told that Governor Brown's 2013-2014 state budget was balanced and that there is even a surplus of about $800 million. In reality the state's budget is nowhere near balanced, let alone having a surplus. To use Jerry Browns own words, California faces "a wall of debt", none of it on the budget. Nice accounting trick to remove all of your debt from the budget to make it balance, If I did that in my business I would be in prison!
In truth, California has an actual debt owing, somewhere in the neighborhood of $27 billion, including $10 billion owed to the federal government (borrowed to fund the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund, which the state's lawmakers seem to have no intention of ever paying back).
The fact that California began borrowing from the federal government for it's Unemployment Insurance fund in 2009 and continues to do so now, demonstrates the fallacy of prior and current claims of balanced budgets.
The $27 billion is by no means the extent of California's debt. The California Legislature Analyst informed the Governor and the democrat led legislature of over $1 trillion of debt, most of this in the form of unfunded pensions and medical liabilities owed to state employees.
Brown's 2013-2014 budget increased spending by more than 26% over the next four years, yet ignored the Legislative Analyst's advice to increase contributions to the state's teacher's pension fund by $4.5 billion to address a $73 billion short fall.
It should also be noted that the state's main public employee retirement fund is underfunded to the tune of $329 billion and the unfunded medical benefit deficit is in the neighborhood of $64 billion and according to Jerry Brown it is expected to grow by 59% in the next 4 years!
Now keep in mind that all of this debt is kept off of the budget, when you realize that then you can see how the state has a surplus. But once you see that the budget takes into account a retroactive $500 million cap and trade tax that has raised nowhere near $500 million, the $800 million surplus evaporates into California's thin air.
I see no problem with Governor Brown and the taxpayers of California inviting as many illegal aliens to California as they want, so long as they pay back the $10 billion California has borrowed from the federal government before taking on any more debt, pay off their debts and creditors without aid from the federal government before taking on any more debt, contain the cost of their illegal alien population to the state of California and California's taxpayers without shifting the costs to the rest of the nations taxpayers.
Once we find a way to confine the California's illegals and their costs to the state of California I have no problem with the Governor inviting as many illegals to California as the California taxpayers are willing to allow and support without borrowing money from the rest of the country's taxpayers, the problem is they invite them and they become the problem and expense of the rest of us!