09/07/07

STUDY ON COST TO COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO OF SERVICES DELIVERED TO ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOWS HUGE IMPACT

Supervisor Bill Horn to Present Recommendations

SAN DIEGO – Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn has received results of a called-for study detailing the cost of services delivered to illegal aliens. The estimated drain on County services is more than $250 million a year.

“The study not only confirms my suspicions,” said Supervisor Horn, “but the findings are worse than I could have imagined. While more than $100 million in taxpayer’s dollars is drained from our budget every year to provide services to people who are in this country illegally, there is another $154 million in costs for unreimbursed emergency medical care. While this is not a direct County cost, it is a huge hit on the community.”

Supervisor Horn called for action on the financial impact of illegal aliens to County services in his State of the County Address as Chairman of the Board in 2006. He is preparing a response to the study and will present his findings to the entire Board of Supervisors at its meeting on September 25, 2007.

Supervisor Horn will be available to the media for interviews today.