Nevada now has the highest percentage of illegal immigrants in its workforce of any U.S. state. According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington-based think tank, approximately 170,000 workers, or 12.2% of the state's total workforce, are illegal immigrants. That's twice the national average. The burden Nevadans must bear as a result of this flood of illegal immigrants is extraordinary. It's estimated that illegal immigrants costs Nevada about $630 million each year - roughly 70% of the state's current budget shortfall.
If the federal government doesn't fulfill its responsibility, then states have the right to step forward. Randy Kirner understands this common sense concept and the importance of jobs for Nevada citizens. He understands that citizens should not be paying for educating, providing social services and incarcerating illegal immigrants. A cost savings of $630 million could be used for other programs, for example, to enhance education at the K-12 and the university system.