Editor's note: This corrects the headline.
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama called the border between the United States and Mexico "secure." He offered an illegal immigration reform plan that gives amnesty to those currently here illegally after they meet a few requirements, and wants to allow non-resident high school students the opportunity to gain legal status by going to college or serving in the military.
I couldn't disagree more.
Illegal immigration is a serious problem in California. Of the 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States, 2.6 million live in California. Overall, illegal immigrants cost California taxpayers over $10.5 billion annually. Just the cost to imprison illegal immigrants is $1.1 billion a year. At a time when the state is struggling to balance its budget and each and every program is on the chopping block, taxpayers cannot afford these costs.