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Letters to the editor, December 25

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Uninvited guests

A study conducted by the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that illegal immigration costs American taxpayers a stunning $134.9 billion a year in education, medical care, law enforcement and welfare. Texas provides $10.9 billion of this cost each year.

For those who claim that illegal immigrants contribute to society by paying taxes, government figures show that only $1.9 billion was recouped by Uncle Sam.

Illegal aliens are net consumers of taxpayer-funded services and the limited taxes some segments of the illegal population pay are in no way significant enough to offset the growing financial burdens imposed by massive numbers of uninvited guests.

More than 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their estimated 4.2 million citizen-children benefit from the U.S. government's generosity. FAIR researchers determined a large percentage of illegal aliens work in the underground economy and frequently avoid paying income taxes.

Of the "dreamers" (mostly adults in their 20s and 30s) that Democrats are so anxious to legalize, over half did not finish high school and a large percentage have had run-ins with law enforcement, making them poor employment risks. This adds to the billions spent on welfare programs.

Alice Gore,

Tax cuts for the rich

So, our Republican Congress writes tax cuts that will enrich this president and at least 18 Republican congressmen, including Ted Cruz.

The attack ads by Democrats will practically write themselves.

These tax cuts overwhelmingly favor the wealthiest people in our nation. Middle-class people living paycheck to paycheck get crumbs.

By 2027, 82 percent of the money freed up from these tax cuts go to the top 5 percent of the wealthiest people -- with 42 percent going to the top 1 percent of the wealthiest people.

In 2025 we will see increased taxation of people making less than $75,000 a year to support tax cuts for the wealthy, while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit. This isn't a simpler tax system and it isn't for the middle class.

How are we going to afford infrastructure after this give-away?

After eight years of hearing Republicans complain about the deficit, the same Republicans add $1.5 trillion to the deficit.

Passage of this bill won't save the GOP. It will bury it.

I remember when the Republican Party stood for family values. Now it stands for greed and perversion.

Deann Fields, 

Cross Roads