“According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, Florida ranked third after California and Texas in unauthorized immigrants in 2008, with a little over 1 million, compared with Arizona’s 500,000. A more recent report by the Department of Homeland Security pegs the number of unauthorized immigrants here at 720,000, or 7 percent of the state’s population. That’s down 10 percent from a decade ago, in what is seen as a reflection of the economic downturn.

With an 11.7 percent unemployment rate — among the nation’s highest — and a projected $6 billion budget shortfall this year, Floridians have become keenly aware of the cost of illegal immigration.”

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(Hat tip – Barbara “Hair on Fire” Espinosa)