Today’s Washington Examiner posted an article about various municipal counties encouraging illegal aliens to participate in the 2010 census. Why is that important? The article points out that each illegal alien is worth about $1,000 in federal funding. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are an estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States at this time, down from 11.6 million in 2008. At $1,000 each, that is $10.8 billion going to support illegal aliens. Meanwhile, there is talk about cutting Social Security, which Americans under the age of 80 have paid into all their lives. This is just wrong. Why are we funding something that is illegal? Illegal immigrants are not paying taxes, social secuiry, or legally participating in the American workplace. We need to make our immigration laws more reasonable so that the people who are here illegally that are hard working and want to contribute to our economy can be here legally and those who are simply taking federal handouts can be sent home.