Should U.S. taxpayers be expected to finance millions of the 12 million uneducated, unskilled, and often un-American illegal immigrants? I can defend the position that we should not finance legal immigrants? With Obama’s legalization of at least five million illegal aliens, he will turn America into a banana republic–without bananas. While many of the aliens covered are decent, hardworking people, many are not. I think this tragic immigration policy will create political, financial, and cultural anarchy.
Since people from Mexico and South America have lower skills, they are more likely to request public assistance, gorge the public school system, overwhelm the health care industry, and spike the crime reports. Bigotry? Not at all. Just the facts. We know that 15% of California K-12 students are children of illegal aliens. Furthermore, they cost California citizens over 11 billion dollars per year for health, education, and incarceration. No wonder, the state is bankrupt. Did you know that 26% of U. S. Federal prisoners are illegal aliens? They are not in prison for being gatecrashers but for committing crimes in the U.S.
We should be concerned about illegal and legal immigration since there are 35 million immigrants in the U.S. Harvard economist George Borjas affirmed that “the United States has been granting entry visas to persons who have relatives in the United States, with no regard to their skills or economic potential.” He said that, “Immigrants today are less skilled than their predecessors, more likely to require public assistance, and far more likely to have children who remain in poor, segregated communities.” Obama was correct when he said that immigrants have been a “net plus for our economy and our society,” but is a total fabrication if one looks at the last fifty years or illegal immigration. This new policy will cost us plenty in many ways.
Borjas says, immigration is positively bad news for America’s poor. The wages of America’s high school dropouts have fallen 10% since the 1980s relative to the wages of more educated workers. Borjas declares that about a third of that decline is because of immigration. Almost 30 percent of the immigrants now living in this country are of Mexican origin. Borjas can be trusted with his stats since he is “America’s leading immigration economist” according to BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal.
The empirical evidence suggests that immigration is exacerbating this problem of poverty according to Professor Borjas. Surely all thinking people would agree that any immigration policy should not be detrimental to the present population. That is suicidal.
We must admit that if large numbers of Mexicans, legal or illegal, enter the U.S. it will relieve some of Mexico’s social and economic problems, but what will it do to ours? By what twisted logic are U.S. citizens expected to take their hard-earned money to provide for foreigners, especially foreigners who are criminals? Maybe it can be justified if you worship at the shrine of global government, but no thinking person does that, do they?
Obama responded to the medical needs of the avalanche of illegals by immediately requiring Arizona to ship federal emergency medical supplies to a holding center in Nogales. He has not been so swift to provide for veterans who risked their lives for us. Moreover, Obama set up housing for the illegals on military bases at a cost of $225.00 per person per day. He was quick to promise, during his reelection in 2007, that he would not permit inaction regarding homeless vets but he has yet to open any military bases to house one family.
The pro-immigration people tell us that immigrants don’t take jobs, they make jobs and pay taxes. However, while that is true in some individual cases, it is not true in the aggregate. George Borjas estimates that the immigrants’ cash welfare benefits alone cost about $1 billion more than is paid by them in taxes each year. Almost 30% of California’s immigrants from Mexico are on welfare.
We are told that Mexicans are needed as agricultural workers, work that Americans will not do, but a more correct statement is that they take jobs that Americans don’t want to work at the going wage. When times get tough, Americans will work at any job to put food on the table. Don’t you feel good knowing that Mexicans are working at very low wages to make more profit for the agri-businesses?
In recent years your income slowed while immigration did not. It is suicide to continue on the path of disaster we are traveling. Take action now. If not, we will see dozens of “Detroits” across the nation.
Congress must stop Obama’s “Get Out of Jail Card” and “Pass Go, Collect Welfare” schemes.
Impeach the President.
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