This morning's Republic has an interesting Venn Diagram that shows the breakdown of people living in the US. I thought this was an interesting conclusion.
"...Only about 23% to 26% of Hispanics in Arizona are undocumented immigrants."
Only? Like one fourth is a small number? After all, it equates to 500,000 people who are here illegally...you know, a number equivalent to the entire population of Tucson.
So if half of those 500,000 are children and it costs $10,000 per year to educate a child who lives in a non-english speaking home then the state is "only" spending $2,500,000,000 PER YEAR educating them.
But folks who follow this issue understand that the $2.5 billion number is actually way too low. That's because kids who are born to illegal aliens are considered citizens, so educating them is a cost of illegal immigration, but those numbers don't show up in the total.
So the next time the Republic presents a chart, maybe they should leave the editorial commentary out of it.