State of Oklahoma Archives: on Immigration

Joe Carr: Refugees cost millions in school & medical costs

Joe Carr has been arguing that Tennessee's refugee population is bad for the state because they cost us money. So, they commissioned a study. The estimates show Tennessee taxpayers spent $40 million last year to educate school-age refugees and $26 million to cover those on TennCare. But refugees remit more than $103 million in taxes.

That sure sounds like refugees add a lot to our state. But Carr is now dismissing the study, saying, "We don't know if it's flawed." Apparently one of the flaws is that the study doesn't take into account how many immigrants might be in prison.

Well, it costs roughly $25,000 a year to house a prisoner. We also know that there are roughly 21,000 inmates in our prisons--0.3% of the population. Even if 1% of all refugees were incarcerated--more than triple that rate--that would cost Tennessee $14 million. Even if we take out the money for our hypothetical prisoners, refugees in general are still making a huge positive economic contribution to the state.

Source: Nashville Scene on 2014 Oklahoma Senate debate Nov 14, 2013

Jim Bridenstine: Secure the borders to stop movement of narcotics and slaves

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the US as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes. The laws of the US must be enforced unless they are changed by legislative process. We must secure the borders of the United States so that illegal movement of persons, narcotics, slaves and weapons across the border is stopped.

Source: Oklahoma Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Andrew Rice: Opposes Mexico Totalization Agreement & benefits to illegals

Q: If the President signs the final Executive Totalization Social Security Agreement with Mexico it could lead to Social Security benefits going to individuals who worked in the U.S. while illegal. Do you support the Totalization Agreement?

A: Yes, I would oppose the President signing this agreement.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to 2008 Oklahoma Senate Debate Oct 10, 2008

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