Florida: One Collier County Commissioner says illegal immigrants are costing taxpayers around $70 million a year
From the classrooms to the emergency rooms, commissioner Fred Coyle says the cost of illegal immigrants is weighing down Collier residents.
"They can't pay for their services, so we have to pay for those," said Coyle. “Those who come here illegally, in my opinion, are not welcome. They put an inordinate burden on our economy and it should not be tolerated.”
Coyle said he puts the blame for the county's problems on the federal government for not doing enough to secure the borders and blames the state for cutting local funds.
"If our state and federal government would do their jobs, we wouldn't have this additional expense of $70 million every year in Collier County," said Coyle.
Coyle has teamed up with the Collier County Sheriff's Office and several other organizations to form a task force designed to tackle the illegal immigrant problem in the county.
"We are one of the few counties in the entire nation that is doing this sort of thing [on its own]," said Coyle.
Coyle says the group’s goal is to lower that $70 million burden on taxpayers.
Another place that Coyle says has been hit hard by illegal immigrants is the Collier County Jail.
Coyle said it costs taxpayers an extra $9 million a year to house illegal immigrants.
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