This week the Census Bureau reported that there are 42.4 million legal and illegal immigrants in America that are substantially impacting schools (and other public services), with immigrants making up 23 percent of all public school students. Moreover, the greatest percentage increases are largely from Muslim nations!
According to the Washington Examiner, “The large share of immigrants who arrive as adults with relatively few years of schooling is the primary reason so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, and lack health insurance.” So, if the immigrants don’t pay their share of taxes to support their use of public services, who do you think will do so? Look in the mirror.
About 35 million of the 42.4 million are illegal aliens that do not speak English, have no plans or desire to speak English, and do not give a flip for American culture. They ridicule the notion of America being a melting pot and consider it more of a salad bowl where they can sit, soak, and sour while you pay the bills.
It is obvious that U.S. immigration policies should be in the interest of U.S. citizens! It is insane to think there is any validity in the arguments used by liberals/progressives in this debate. Social policy is not a main interest. Relieving social and economic problems of another nation is not relevant. Nor is it desirable or in our best interest to placate and serve an elite group of U.S. businesspeople. Nor do we make policy decisions to make whiners feel good. What is best for our nation must be the criterion.
The Jordan Commission, headed up by black liberal Barbara Jordan, said it best in its 1995 call to Congress: “Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.” Can any honest, sane person disagree with that?
As of 2016, we are accepting a million legal immigrates each year; a number that should be cut to zero for a five year period. If migrant workers are needed then temporary worker cards can be awarded with strict supervision. When the time has expired, each case can be evaluated and if workers are still needed then the cards can be renewed. Everyone wins since the necessary laborers are found; poor foreign workers have temporary jobs; money is sent home; etc.
We must admit that if large numbers of immigrants, legal or illegal, enter the U.S. it will relieve some of the other nations’ social and economic problems, but what will it do to America’s problems? By what twisted logic are U.S. citizens expected to forfeit their hard-earned money to provide for foreigners, especially those foreigners who are criminals? Remember that the Boston terrorists were on welfare. We are financing our own destruction! (Terrorists are deadbeats. At least five terrorists involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks were receiving welfare benefits from the state, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.)
Should U.S. taxpayers be expected to finance millions of uneducated, unskilled, and often un-American illegal immigrants? I can defend the position that we should not finance legal immigrants? The administration’s legalization of at least five million illegal aliens would destroy a once-great nation.
While many of the aliens are decent, hardworking people, many are not. I think this tragic immigration policy will create political, financial, and cultural anarchy. For sure, it is changing America.
The school system, fire protection, police protection, etc., generate vast expenses that are paid by the taxpayers; but poorly educated immigrants, legal or illegal, do not pay their share. They are tax consumers getting in services far more than they pay in taxes. That means other taxpayers must “carry” the non-payers on their backs.
In times past, most immigrants melted into the pot but not today. They have no desire to assimilate and become Americans. Harvard immigration expert George J. Borjas declared, “In fact, the evidence suggests that there has not been any economic assimilation for the cohorts that entered the country in the 1990s.” Illegal aliens get lost in a huge group of their own kind and don’t need to melt into the pot. They sit, soak, and sour in the salad bowl.
We are told that the U.S. economy depends upon foreign workers; however, Borjas reveals that legal and illegal immigrants in the labor market produce $1.6 trillion per year; however, 97.8% of that money goes to the illegal workers and only “2.2% accrues to native-born Americans.” Borjas suggests that there is more cost to America than financial benefit. The net benefits to American workers from illegal immigrates is 0.06% of our Gross National Product. Studies indicate that immigration reduced the income of native-born high school dropouts up to 5%.
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. Borjas estimates that the immigrants’ cash welfare benefits alone cost about $1 billion more than is paid by them in taxes each year.
Illegal immigrants take jobs at lower wages thereby subsidizing the American businesses that hire them illegally. If laws were enforced against hiring illegals then Americans would be the source from which businesses hire their workers–paying them the going wage and benefits. High-paid American workers “willing to work hard” are often laid off, because illegal immigrants are willing to work just as hard, but for much less money. Whom do you think a business owner is going to hire under those conditions?
We are told that immigrants are needed as agricultural workers, work that Americans will not do, but a more correct statement is that they take jobs that Americans refuse to take at greatly reduced wages! Furthermore, when an American gets a job he must be paid the minimum wage with all required benefits. No wonder businessmen prefer to hire illegal aliens. When times get tough, Americans will work at any job to put food on the table. Don’t you feel good knowing that foreigners are working at very low wages to make more profit for those agribusinesses.
There are many negative results from illegal immigration: bankrupt hospitals, burgeoning schools, welfare funds, soaring crimes; lower wages; fewer jobs for legal Americans; and invasion of violent gangs even into northern cities. The American businessman gets cheap illegal labor; the illegal immigrant gets low wages but far more than possible in Mexico; and he or she often sits, soaks, and sours in America’s salad bowl–while you finance it all!
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