Monday, August 23, 2010

The Real Cost of Illegal Immigration

Like the liberal left is so fond of saying, the U.S. is a nation of immigrants.

I know that I come from Italian and Scottish heritages, whereas others can proudly claim connections to other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America… and the list goes on.

Incidentally, the liberal left is also fond of claiming that our Founding Fathers were immigrants too. Like many things, however, they’re misinformed on that. Washington, Jefferson, Adams and most of their other easily recognizable compatriots were actually third or fourth generation colonial Americans. But for the purposes of this conversation, that’s a bunny trail I won’t stray any further down.

My Scottish ancestors could likely share that claim, while the Italian side stepped off the boat at Ellis Island and registered themselves.

They didn’t sneak in and claim privileges they hadn’t earned and didn’t deserve. Instead, they worked hard in order to give themselves and their children better lives. (Let’s just forget any alleged mafia ties, as those guys still came over here legally or were legal citizens in the first place, despite their penchant for less positive pursuits afterwards.)

Yet too many of us foolishly insist that everybody has the right to access this country’s wealth and hard work, regardless for their blatant lack of respect for it.

That misguided need to validate everybody poses significant risk to the people who staked their claim here the right way.

Having Nothing to Do With Illegal Immigration

As my subhead indicates, this section is a shameless switch away from the topic of illegal immigration.

There are just three fascinating new stories that caught my attention this morning, which I couldn’t work into the immigration debate no matter how hard I tried too. So I decided to list them all here in order of the “least” ridiculous to the most:

3) Philly Requiring Bloggers to Pay $300 for a Business License

As if the government doesn’t already take enough of our money in property taxes,
wage taxes and taxes through purchases, now they’re going to tax our hobbies
too? What’s next, a tax on oxygen?

2) LA Unveils $578M School, Costliest in the Nation

And we wonder why California is in such dire financial straits.

1) Brad Pitt is ‘Willing to Look at the Death Penalty’ in Bizarre Rant Against BP

There are no words to describe how stupid this man is. All I can say is that, now that he’s getting older and less pretty, he might want to consider using his brain a bit more.

Back to Illegal Immigration

Thanks for indulging my interest in such unrelated topics. Now back to illegal immigration, which is an amazingly expensive issue:

- According to a study by the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, the 24 counties along the Mexican border spent $1.23 billion from 1999 to 2006 processing illegal immigrants.

- According to the Heritage Foundation, “at the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes. And illegal aliens cost the state of California between $9 billion and $38 billion in public services in 2007.

- According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigration costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year.

And you want crime statistics? How about these:

- “Federal investigators believe that as much as 2.2 million kilograms of cocaine and 11.6 kilograms of marijuana were smuggled into the United States via the Mexican border in 2005.” Don’t you think that would drop significantly if we took the issue of illegal immigration a bit more seriously and actually did something about our borders?

- Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace (D) noted a few years back that, “There is an increasing gang activity problem… and studies have shown that the majority of those gang members are illegal aliens.” And as Forsyth County District Attorney Tom Keith (R) said, “You cannot say ‘drugs’ without saying ‘gangs’ without saying ‘illegal aliens.’”

- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts “‘Operation Predator,’ which targets foreign nationals who commit sex crimes against children. To date, more than 10,000 individuals have been arrested through this ICE initiative, resulting in more than 5,500 deportations.” That was as of 2007.

Now don’t get me wrong. As I glossed over my own heritage before, there are certainly legal citizens who commit crimes and hurt people every which way. But wouldn’t it be nice if we had more resources and money to spend on dealing with those “legal” residents?

That would happen if we cracked down on illegal immigration. And in the end, that’s what this entire issue is about. It isn’t about racism. It’s about protecting ourselves, our finances and our laws.

Like a Facebook group I belong to says: “It’s not racism stupid! You are here ILLEGALLY!”

Hopeful immigrants of all ethnic origins are more than welcome to apply. They’re just also asked to respect the U.S.

And if they don’t, then we should.

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