I hear the cuckoo birds calling on this story. WARNING: LOON ALERT! You have been warned. Proceed with caution but be careful as to not get bit by the loony bird.

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNSNews.com Thursday that illegal immigration has not contributed to his city’s budget problems, but, on the contrary, that illegal immigration adds to the “economic might” of California.

“In California, I think there’s a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state,” said Villaraigosa.

Facing a state budget shortfall of more than $18 billion, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected today to release a revised state budget for the state fiscal year that begins on July 1 that will include dramatic cuts in state programs.

Villaraigosa supported the move the Los Angeles City Council took this week to approve a boycott of the state of Arizona because of a new Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of persons they legally come into contact with when there is a reasonable basis to suspect that person is an illegal alien. After Villaraigosa testified at a congressional hearing on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked him what impact illegal immigration has had on the fiscal situation of his city, which is now running a $485 million deficit.

Villaraigosa told CNSNews.com he believes immigration in general is a net plus for the country, that most of the estimated 12 million people in the country illegally contribute to the “economic might of the nation,” and that the illegal immigrants in California contribute to the “economic might of the state.”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here you have Mr Villaraigosa speaking in his own words: you can’t make this stuff up.

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