Bob Heye, KATU-TV (Portland, Oregon), December 18, 2007
Remember that immigration raid at Portland’s Fresh Del Monte packing plant back in June?
While federal officials cracked down on workers who were here illegally, the City of Portland turned around and offered $20,000 in aid to the workers’ families.
City officials said it was a temporary effort aimed mostly at helping innocent children, but some say the city went too far in handing out taxpayer’s money.
Vern Cook, who is on the board of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, could not disagree more.
He said taxpayers should not get stuck paying the bill for supporting children of parents who have no legal right to be in the United States in the first place.
“This is a particular situation of homelessness where they are here illegally, so they can’t hold a job legally to earn the money that they need,” he said. “Whose fault is that? It’s their fault.”