Mitchell believes the state of Illinois must do more to stem the
tide of illegal immigration. He supports the new Arizona law, which
gives law enforcement officials the ability to check the residency
status of suspected illegal aliens. He and Adam Brown, Republican
candidate for the House District 101 seat, have launched a petition
drive in support of a tougher immigration law for Illinois.
Mitchell has been an outspoken critic of Illinois' lax immigration
laws and the estimated $500 million spent annually by the state on
welfare benefits for illegal aliens.
"The state is broke," Mitchell said. "Yet we continue to spend
billions of taxpayer dollars on welfare for illegal aliens. Just
this week, a new study indicated that illegal immigration costs
Illinois taxpayers nearly $4.6 billion. This comes on the heels of
the state audit of the All Kids program, which showed that 75
percent of the enrollees are undocumented immigrants. Enough is
In May, Auditor General William Holland released the results of
an audit of the All Kids program, which indicated that 75 percent of
enrollees were undocumented immigrants. The All Kids program, a
remnant of the administration of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, provides
health care coverage for children, regardless of family income or
immigration status. All Kids enrollees aren't eligible for federal
Medicaid funds, so the entire cost of providing health insurance to
illegal immigrants is paid for by Illinois taxpayers.
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"The state of Illinois isn't paying its bills," Mitchell said.
"The state has a $13 billion deficit and owes our schools, health
care providers and social services $6 billion. Here in Decatur, our
schools are owed $5.8 million. In times like these, I think most
people would agree that the state has no business giving welfare
benefits to illegal immigrants."
Mitchell slammed the All Kids program, calling it an incentive
for illegal immigrants to come to Illinois.
"I warned against this when All Kids originally passed," Mitchell
said. "I was one of 28 House members to vote against Blagojevich's
All Kids scam."
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