Dallas County to bill Mexico

posted at 4:04 pm on June 21, 2006 by Bryan

The city of Dallas, TX is a “sanctuary city,” meaning its police are not allowed to inquire into anyone’s immigration status. The county of Dallas, TX gets hit with millions of dollars in unreimbursed costs from providing health care to illegal aliens. At some point, the city and county really ought to have a meeting about all this. In the mean time, Dallas County is putting together a bill to send south:

County Judge Margaret Keliher says they’re still adding up the costs. She says they know of at least 15 million dollars spent, on the first 48 hours of care given undocumented immigrants. She says a letter will be going to the President of Mexico and the local Mexican Consulate demanding reimbursement.

Good luck with that.

Update: A reader sends in a little note about a Bank of America service called SafeSend. It’s BoA’s free remittance tranmission service–to Mexico. Check out the Google search results for “bank of america safesend.” Only one country shows up in the subtitle. By attracting remittance-senders and letting them send off their money for free, BoA is making money off illegal immigration in a rather direct way.

Perhaps Dallas County can send Mexico City its health care invoice through Bank of America.

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Good luck with that, indeed. They have to know this is symbolic at best. Good try though.

Cary on June 21, 2006 at 4:21 PM

It’d be nice if more municipalities started doing that. Just for the PR. Even if only symbolic.

Iblis on June 21, 2006 at 4:26 PM

There was a story in the Houston Chronicle a few days ago about healthcare costs for illegals reaching 100 million. I wish the Mayor would send Mexico a bill for that as well.

the observer on June 21, 2006 at 4:35 PM

I thought I heard that some cities are suing the federal government for not enforcing our immigration laws and expecting the locals to pick up the tab for that.

bbz123 on June 21, 2006 at 4:35 PM

Brilliant. Seriously brilliant. Congratulations to Dallas County for “thinking outside the box.”

EFG on June 21, 2006 at 4:41 PM

Now if they could just get the fencepole out of their arses and allow the cops to arrest anybody who can’t prove he’s a citizen… then we might actually see some REAL improvement.


RobertHuntingdon on June 21, 2006 at 4:48 PM

Good, first the sherrif from Oregon, now Dallas, who’s next?

I think we should work hard to expose the costs of illegals to taxpayers.

I also think there should be law that news media must report on the citizen-or-not status of every criminal they run a story on. That would open some eyes, too.

NTWR on June 21, 2006 at 4:50 PM

I’ve sent this on to Tom Wiens, a Colorado State Senator who strongly opposes sanctuary cities. It would be a wonderful thing if 30 to 40 cities ALL did the same thing, billing Mexico for at least the health care costs we spend on their people.
Next step, surcharge on the remittances sent ‘home’ by Illegals. Keep some of that $50 Billion they send to Mexico for Health Care and then maybe incarceration costs. Even build more jails just for Illegals…. on their own dime. Privatize this and it will be up and running in 6 months.

shooter on June 21, 2006 at 4:56 PM


All of us should write Vicnete Fox a letter asking for reimbursement. I’m going to do it today. It would be great knowing he’s getting millions of letters from legal tax paying citizens from the good ol USA demanding something back for all that we have paid for in the last 20 years. WRITE PRESENDENTE FOX TODAY!!!!

SparkyFD on June 21, 2006 at 5:06 PM

There is only one option..


If it costs us 1000 dollar to arrest and deport one of them, the problem will still only cost us 11 billion to fix.

easy87us on June 21, 2006 at 5:36 PM

I think you are missing the point with Mexico: I believe that they are deliberate in their policy to have their population sponge US health care not only for the benefit of their own citizens but also to weaken the United States. Who believes that Mexico is a friend and not a covert enemy to the United States and it’s citizens?

In short sending them a bill is like giving Mexico a report card on how well their policies are working. Save your effort, redouble your effort, by contacting the representatives of the United States, Federal, State and local, and demand that everyone who lives here obey the law like you must!

omegaram on June 21, 2006 at 5:36 PM

I am thrilled. I own a half a rental house in Garlan, TX, which is in Dallas County and the cash flow stinks because of the country taxes.

MikeG on June 21, 2006 at 5:38 PM

Hey, I have another idea. Don’t send the bill to Mexico (it would help them by letting them how much they are depriving US citizens of for the benefit of their illegal aliens)- send the bill to the Federal Government!

The Federal government is partly to blame for not enforcing immigration law – and the county for being a Sanctuary. Whatever county wants to be a sanctuary and not cooperate with enforcing Federal law should be billed for the cost to pander to the illegal alien.

See how much San Francisco likes it when they have to pay the bill!

omegaram on June 21, 2006 at 5:42 PM

Cut off the water supply (i.e., the employers that hire the illegals). Only then will the problem go away. Start fining the employers (not just Wal-mart, whose subcontract cleaning crew was caught with illegals), but even the landscapers…ALL of them !!!

gary on June 21, 2006 at 5:43 PM

Hey, I suggested that earlier this month we should bill Vicente Fox and Mexico!

Kokonut on June 21, 2006 at 5:44 PM

Wouldn’t hurt to try and we can still make a case out of that Vicente Fox doesn’t care for his own people.

Kokonut on June 21, 2006 at 5:46 PM

LA Times editorial has a piece on the death of the amnesty bill and they think we are losing it. Rush Limbaugh got it right…

A governing party running out of steam? Folks, let me tell you what happened here. This was another conservative crackdown. The LA Times thinks this represents a Republican crackup. This is a conservative crackdown. You have done it again. The members of the House heard you and they have put the brakes on a horrible piece of legislation. The LA Times is obviously from the school of thought that legislation for legislation’s sake is the answer to all problems.

As I told you, we are winning.

easy87us on June 21, 2006 at 5:59 PM

Thanks shooter, good links.

It will be entertaining to see how many ways the MSM tries to spin the defeat of the amnesty bill as something bad for Bush. It’s a HUGE win for conservatives!

Down with the amnesty bill. Keep the pressure on until it’s completely cold, not just postponed.

NTWR on June 21, 2006 at 6:41 PM

Another “moral victory” for the left.

Kokonut on June 21, 2006 at 6:46 PM

Way to go Dallas! (I thought I’d never say that, being a former Houstonian!)

pullingmyhairout on June 21, 2006 at 7:30 PM

Since Mexico has a form of socialized medicine, it is not unreasonable to bill the Mexican government for the treatment of Mexican nationals.

DAT60A3 on June 21, 2006 at 8:00 PM

We need to start sending bill after bill for the costs of taking care of Mexican illegal immigrants. This would be a first step in an eventual lawsuit in which billions of dollars could be recovered.

Some louse representing Fox spoke about filing suit against our President, and America if we dared to allow our National Guard to detain his people illegally crossing into the country. While I doubt that their effort would go very far I do believe that we have a legal right to get recompense for our loses.


Even Cigarman could win this one IMHO. :o)

DannoJyd on June 21, 2006 at 11:46 PM


There is a lot more information at http://www.texastowncar.com. This data that we (30 retired military) dug up over 9 months shows conservatively that every Texas household pays approximately $1200 in additional state and local taxes due to the presences of illegal aliens in Texas.

texast on June 22, 2006 at 7:10 AM

I’d like to bill Prez Fox for increases in our property taxes–the huge influx of Hispanic students in our district has forced the hiring of more ELL (English language learners,formerly called English as a second language)teachers.
This department as well as increases in Special Ed has busted our budget. Just one school went from one ELL teacher and one para to 5 teachers and 3 paras.The fact that more and more Hispanics also are in special ed,(because of not speaking English,or maybe the fact that they come here so very far behind,)is taking time away form the kids who are autistic and borderline retarded.
The teachers and social services LOVE it. It insures their jobs and benefits.Hire more,increase taxes,it’s for the children!
The “children”,hell, its for THEM.
More kitchen help hired too, for early AM free breakfasts.
More bus drivers.Interpreters. Counselors. Etc etc etc.
The NEA and SEIU are in heaven.
The SEIU union, by the way,were the ones in the orange shirts handing out flags to the si,se puede demonstrators last May.They are the school’s para,kitchen,and custodial union.They are far,far left,and very activist with International ANSWER.

lizzee on June 22, 2006 at 9:06 AM

Funny how when illegals are costing you money, they are easy to identify and count, but when illegals are making you money, it is impossible to identify them, and they slip though your nets like d__n slippery eels.

Someone said we should use illegals to build the fence. I say we have to use illegals to build the fence since Americans won’t do that work anymore, according to the White House.

Since we know they will be building the fence anyway, we should also have them build a big railway down to Tiajuana. That won’t cost us anything extra, since they are the only ones who build railroads in America anymore. Next we put them on the train. They will be staffing the trains anyway, since Americans wont do those jobs either.

When the train gets to the border, we will demand their employers pay fines for every illegal. At that point the slippery little eels will slip though the employers’ nets and wiggle right back to Tiajuana. If they dont go back we hang the Mexican flag upside down below the American flag and sing the Star Spangled Banner in English until they beg to leave.

Next we put out a want-ad in countries overseas for the couple million jobs that Americans really might not fill due to the comparative value of our welfare system.

It should take about 2 seconds to fill those jobs.

We should also pass a federal law requiring that states place citizenship on all state id and require state ID cards to be examined at polling places.

Those refusing id cards must vote conditionally, but their vote would not be counted until they submit proof of citizenship to release the vote.

entagor on June 22, 2006 at 4:51 PM

Maybe the States should bill the Mexican ‘Federal-ies’ for greasing tourists that cross the border on foot or by bus. The Federalies will take a $10 bill; however if you have a unbroken $20, that will do.

Just starting from 1980, that’s somewhere in the billions.

ar_basin on June 23, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Cut off the water supply (i.e., the employers that hire the illegals). Only then will the problem go away. Start fining the employers (not just Wal-mart, whose subcontract cleaning crew was caught with illegals), but even the landscapers…ALL of them !!!

gary on June 21, 2006 at 5:43 PM


You make an interesting point, even if it sounds weird.


I found this NPR article that proves that Illegal Aliens will self deport. Basically the story reads that a Sheriff is harassing Illegals.

Read from their own words.

“In two, three months, we might go back to Mexico and not come back again,” Alejandra says. “I even have a brother-in-law, his company has told him he has one more month and then there will be no more work for him. So we’re going to have to go.”

ar_basin on June 23, 2006 at 12:06 PM