WORSE THAN ILLEGAL ALIENS?
By: Jim Moore
A lot of patriotic Americans are telling us the terrible truth about the problems of
legalizing illegal immigrants, and if we are smart we'll forget who's doing the talking,
and just think about what they're saying.
Pat Buchanan: "If George Bush's amnesty for between 8 million and 14 million is
enacted, you can kiss the old America goodbye.
Tom DeWeese: What incentive does anyone have to take the legal route when the nation just
decides to give up and grant illegal immigrants amnesty?"
Tom Tancredo: "I continue to ask why the leaders of cities like Los Angeles, Houston,
Chicago and Phoenix prohibit cooperation with immigration enforcement agencies when over
106,000 illegal alien felons remain at large in our country."
Mike Blair: "There is not a single platoon of American soldiers in
place along the American border with Mexico, which is almost regularly invaded by Mexican
Army troops shielding Mexican bandits smuggling drugs and illegal aliens across the
An obvious question: What makes these citizens and others of like mind so adamant about
combating the amnesty problem? And what makes them so sure that the immigration problem we
have is THAT critical? America. after all, is often called, not incorrectly, a land
of immigrants, is it not?
A not-so-obvious answer: The people---and there are many more of them--- who are making
these kinds of observations are individuals who have studied the immigration problem; have
first-hand knowledge of its danger to the U.S.; are personally affected by the alien
invasion; know about existing (but ignored) U.S. immigrations laws; or are just plain mad
as hell that George Bush can dream up reasons to fight wars around the world, but doesn't
give a tinker's damn about protecting our own sovereign borders.
To begin with, unless you have read Buchanan's book, "The Death of the West",
with its the eye-opening statistics about the aliens that are stampeding into America, you
may be apt to put statements like those above (in this case, even Buchanan's) in the
category of generalities.
So let's take a look at Mexican fence-jumping from a more gutty, down-in-the-dirt angle:
Mike Krikorian, of National Review Online, reports that a revealing panel discussion about
illegal aliens recently took place at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington,
D.C. What the panel talked about was a comprehensive analysis of the subject, entitled,
"The High Cost of Cheap Labor" written by Dr. Steven Camarota, Director of
The study centered around the administration's plan to legalize the illegal aliens now
living in America.
For starters, the study shows that illegal aliens now cost the U.S. $10 billion a
year---and giving them amnesty would nearly triple that cost.
Now, that also might impress you as a "generality" since nobody we know is on
speaking terms with illegal aliens, and besides, who can count to ten billion?
So, using Census Bureau data, let's do some investigating and find out where all that
money goes, thanks to the many benefits we give to the "free lunch" Mexicans
(and other) aliens who don't belong here.
Among other things, Dr. Camarota's study shows that:
* Illegal alien households use about $2,700 a year more in government services than they
pay in taxes. That's an extra $10.4 billion that WE have to come up with.
* If illegals were legalized, paid their taxes, and used existing services, the annual
fiscal deficit would still increase from $2,700 to $7,700 per household. Overall, that's
$29 billion more of OUR tax dollars.
* Legalizing aliens will increase costs to you, because they would be able to use many
more government services. Services that WE are now paying for.
*Combined costs of federal programs ($8 billion) that legalized aliens will get gratis:
Medicaid, treatment for the uninsured, food programs, cost of prison and court systems,
and aid to schools. Lucky them, It's US who are picking up the tab.
*Since most illegals have very limited schooling, their low education levels, and
resultant low incomes and tax payments, create a larger fiscal deficit. Which WE have to
The fact is, what the study reveals clear and simple: the fiscal deficit is created
because so many illegals are unskilled, thus they have lower incomes, and thus pay less in
taxes. Which means that WE take the hit.
It didn't used to be this way. In the past, unskilled workers used less government
services (there weren't as many), therefore the immigrants of yesterday did not cause the
fiscal problems that today's immigrants do. And, of course, the nature of America's
economy has drastically changed.
So, the conclusion Dr. Camarota arrives at is, "large-scale, unskilled immigration is
incompatible with current economic conditions and an extensive welfare state."
Meaning: unskilled immigration, legal or otherwise, MUST be reduced.
However---and Camarota's analysis makes this quite clear--- given the costs of illegal
aliens and of any amnesty, it probably makes more sense to enforce our existing
immigration laws and reduce illegal immigration.
At any rate, it's nice to know that somebody is discussing "all aspects" of
amnesty for illegal aliens. We only hope that you, George Bush, read Dr. Camarota's
conclusions, forget partisan politics for once, and do the right thing for the country.
Change your mind again.
"Published originally at
EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."
Jim Moore is a
free-lance political writer and is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
Jim Moore can be reached at Jmoore1819@aol.com
Published in the August 30, 2004 issue
of Ether Zone.
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