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What part of unsustainable do Liberals not understand? – Illegal Immigration (Part 3)

The costs to Americans continue. Although many liberals argue that (other than breaking immigration laws) immigrants are hard-working and law-abiding, there are a disproportionate amount of criminals among them. In 2003 the U.S. Justice Department estimated that 270,000 illegal immi- grants served jail time. The average incarceration costs are $25,000 a year. That is, of course, tax money. If you paid $25,000 in taxes one year every cent went to feeding, housing, and keeping healthy a criminal immigrant who shouldn’t even be in America. Wouldn’t you rather they simply hadn’t been let in America, and you had the choice of what to do with that money? Maybe you’re more altruistic than that, but most conservatives don’t like the thought that America is spending over $6.7 Billion every year on keeping illegal immigrants in jail. About 17% of federal prison residents are illegal immigrants, even though they only make up about 3% of the population.

The jail costs are just a fractions of the costs that criminals incur. The costs of damage to properties, the costs of lost labor when someone is mur- dered or damages, the hospital costs for victims of violent crime, the costs of therapy when someone is a victim of rape, the costs of families who need to go on Welfare or other government programs when they loose their head- of-household to a murder, the costs in police time investigating crimes, the costs of providing a lawyer, a judge, and a jury to a criminal. The list goes on. Every crime costs society money.

I don’t want to risk focusing on the money and perpetuating the idea that all conservatives care about is being wealthy. How about the costs in human rights?

In March 2000, Congress made public Department of Justice statistics showing that, over the previous five years, the INS had released over 35,000 criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Over 11,000 of those released went on to commit serious crimes, over 1,800 of which were violent ones [including 98 homicides, 142 sexual assaults, and 44 kidnappings].

In 2001, thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court, the INS was forced to release into our society over 3,000 criminal aliens [who collectively had been convicted of 125 homicides, 387 sex offenses, and 772 assault charges].

That is the Department of Justice information for just a couple of years. It is also just the criminals who ended up in jail. Thanks to criminal defense lawyers, who do their best to make sure human rights aren’t violated, most criminals do not end up in jail. How many people have lost their lives to illegal immigrants? How many women and children have been raped or beaten by someone who should not be in our country? How many children have lost their fathers, how many wives have lost husbands, to murderers who are in America because liberals don’t think it’s fair to keep them out? There is a disproportionately large percentage of criminals among the illegal immigrants. They are not all criminals, but leaving our borders open lets in more thieves, rapists and murderers than we already have. Do the human lives lost to the criminal illegal immigrants balance the compassion we are showing them letting them in?

There are other costs, of course. The 2006 Census Bureau data shows that 51% of all Mexican immigrant households use at least one major welfare program and 28% use more than one program. There are so many costs, it effects every facet of the government. Everything needs to be translated into Spanish now, all government brochures, mailings, welfare, Medicaid, WIC information. All the information is sent out in two languages, so the government can be sure that the illegal immigrants know exactly what benefits are available and how to get them. That is twice as much paper, the postage costs more. Someone is being paid to translate the information. All the WIC, Medicaid and other welfare offices (probably most government of- fices by now) are staffed by Spanish and English speakers. Websites have to be maintained in two languages. Think about everything you buy that has a Spanish translation on it. Think about every package you have opened that has two sets of instructions. Do you think that doesn’t cost the company anything? They are passing the extra costs on to the consumer. So, what is the total cost? Estimates range by billions of dollars. California alone is spending $7.7 billion on education each year, the rest of the country could easily double or triple that. The jail costs are over $6.7 billion per year, not including the investigation and prosecution costs. The welfare costs are at least $2,700 per illegal immigrant household at the federal level each year, and the Heritage Foundation estimates that the costs for a family headed by a high school drop-out (61% of Mexican families) could be as much as $20,000 per year. If there are 12,000,000 illegal immigrants (the low estimate), that would mean 3,000,000 four-member households, at $2,700 – $20,000 a year. That is 8.1 billion at the very lowest, and as much as $60 billion per year in government handouts. So, just looking at education, criminal costs and welfare programs illegal immigrants are costing at the very least $30.2 billion annually in tax money. It could easily be over $100 billion, and then we can throw in random other costs like hospital costs (which are the other most significant) and random things like postage for mailing every person collecting welfare benefits twice as much paper so they can receive Spanish and English copies. It adds up.

The counter-argument is that the immigrants are contributing monetarily, and that it evens out, maybe even contributes to America. I think the data and a logical look at the situation shows that this isn’t true. Lets start by stating the obvious. If 50% of the immigrants qualify for welfare, they aren’t making enough money to be eligible to pay income taxes. All the ones who don’t qualify for welfare probably aren’t making significantly more. Obviously some of them are, but if 50% are below the qualifying income than the other 50% are probably close, with just a few exceptions. The few that do qualify to pay income taxes probably aren’t making up for the rest that aren’t. There is also the fact that many illegal immigrants are working illegally, for cash, and don’t pay any income tax, social security tax, local tax, state tax, or anything else that shows up on your pay stub. Once again, it is impossible to know how many immigrants have cash paying jobs, because they aren’t being tracked! But I know they are out there. The summer before I started college I worked as a server at Perkins, a breakfast restaurant. There was a bus-boy there who worked for cash. Anytime a police officer came in for breakfast or lunch, he would disappear for a couple of hours. If it happens in a small city in Northern Indiana, I’ll bet it happens all the time in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and every other large city. So, I can’t give you an estimate, but I’ve seen it happen so I know it does. Those people don’t pay taxes. Some people say, well, they may not pay income taxes, but they are spending money, they are paying taxes, the money goes back into the U.S. economy. I’m sure some of it does. I also know that there are many Mexican markets and Mexican restaurants where the Hispanic community gathers. They spend their money there, and it doesn’t go back into the American economy at all. Many immigrants send all their spare money back to their families in their home countries, and so the money leaves America. The immigrants continue not paying taxes, and continue draining America tax dollars.

Do you see why this is a problem? If it costs the government more for someone to live here than they are contributing to the economy, then it results in a net loss. The more who come here the greater the loss. If the majority of their children also begin lifestyles of living in a welfare state, then the problem continues growing. If the first generation came here legally, worked hard, and trained all their children to study hard in school so they could grow up to be doctors and lawyers, then I wouldn’t have any kind of problem with it. Even if the first generation had to collect some welfare benefits, at least they would be doing it legally and we would know that they would be creating a generation that will contribute to America in the future. Does that sound familiar at all? I don’t know anyone complaining about the Asian immigrants.

Unfortunately, that is not typically the case for the Hispanic group. This is not racist. It is not hateful. It is simply a fact that they are a drain on the economy, they consume more than they create, they don’t contribute to the government, and the rising generation does not look to be any better. They rape, steal and kill at a disproportionate rate. They qualify for and use welfare benefits at a disproportionate rate. Some of them, obviously, do not fall into these categories. But the majority of them do. This is what I have seen, and research seems to confirm it. As a group, Hispanic immigrants are damaging America and costing Americans money. Because of this I believe the borders need to be sealed, illegal immigrants should be deported, government benefits should not be available to non-citizens and companies hiring illegal immigrants should be punished.

What is worth fighting for?

I saw ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for the first time a few days ago.  Despite being an edited version, it was still one of the most violent movies I’ve ever seen.  As I was watching it, it hit me, in a way I don’t think I’ve ever grasped before, how horrific war is.  Watching it, I think I had a glimmer of realization that these were real young men, young men, most of them probably younger than I am.  They had lives, and mothers, and many of their lives ended.  There is no way for me to adequately describe how I felt as I comprehended for a moment how young these men were, and what they went through, killing and fearing for their lives.  I thought of my sons, and knew that I would never want them to endure such a thing.  I wondered if it was worth it.

 

My husband was in the military from 1997-2002.  Ten years ago was the deadliest terrorist attack on Americans, ever.  At that point we were not married, and when I heard about the attacks one of my first thoughts was that I would never see him again.  I remember the whole day, watching CNN in all our classes all day.  When I got home my mom sent me out with her car so I could sit in a long line at the gas station and fill the tank.  (I’m younger than you thought, right?)  I remember crying at the steering wheel, waiting in line for gas, thinking my heart would break because I would never see the man I loved again.  But, it never once crossed my mind that we would not fight.  There would be retaliation, of course, because we had been attacked and it is the military’s job to protect us.  He had voluntarily joined, and protecting American lives is the function of the military.  And since that day, ten years ago, there have been no more terrorist attacks on American soil.

 

I don’t know much about the politics of these wars.  They are about oil; Bush lied to us; they are to find WMDs, they are pointless.  I don’t know.  I do know that all the men and women involved in it volunteered.  I know that I support them, and am grateful every day for their sacrifice.  I know that we should respect them.  I know that protesting the wars does nothing to help them accomplish their goals and survive.  I want them to live, and I want them to accomplish their goals as quickly as possible so they can come home and move on with their lives.

 

Overall, though, the question of whether or not it is worth it stayed with me.  (This war is attempting to create some semblance of order in the middle east, and I think at this point is less about protecting Americans from future attacks as it is finishing the attempt to establish a lasting government instead of leaving quickly and allowing it to immediately collapse back into anarchy and groups of terrorists.  Even if I’m wrong, my following thoughts are irrelevant to the current wars)  I thought about the men in the World Wars, many of them proud to stand for America, proud to represent what America was and willing to give their lives for it.  I think of America now, and I can’t help but think; I don’t know if it’s worth that anymore.  America used to stand for freedom.  America stood for growth, it was a moral guide in a world of dictators and communism.  It was a country founded on rights guaranteed because they were given to us by the Creator, not gifted by the government.  Those were things people were willing to die for, so that their families and friends could continue living with those blessings.

 

I can not see that those are the things America stands for today.  People used to come to America because it was a place where you could create wealth.  You could come and work, and that work would produce something that belonged to you.  You could worship without interference from the government.  You could be free.

 

People come now, not to provide for themselves, but to collect what others have worked for and the government has confiscated to give away.  People do not come to America so they can worship freely.  America has become a land where if your religious beliefs are deemed intolerant, you can be ruled against in courts of law and forced out of business or forced to act against your principles.  America has become the land where you are not born free; you are born with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, which you will spend your entire life paying.  Debt is bondage, any way you look at it.  Americans are no longer born free.  You can not simply own anything.  If you have an acre of land you have paid for, you may not have it in a year if you can’t pay taxes on it.  You can own something, own something you worked hard for and paid for and sacrificed for, and it is not really yours.  You spend your entire life paying the government for the privilege of owning it.  America is no longer a moral land.  The only ‘moral’ still being protected is tolerance.  “Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society. When an immoral society has blatantly and proudly violated all the commandments, it insists upon one last virtue, tolerance for its immorality. It will not tolerate condemnation of its perversions. It creates a whole new world in which only the intolerant critic of intolerable evil is evil.”  (Hutton Gibson)

 

And so I look around at the world we live in.  I love this country.  I sincerely believe it is the best country left in the world.  If there was a better country anywhere else, I would gladly move there (which I encourage all liberals in love with socialism to do.  There are countries out there living your dream!  Go there, and give us the chance to salvage America!  If we end up destroying it with our extreme conservative principles, I’m more than happy to let you have the last laugh.)  Despite being the best, it is rapidly failing.  There is little left to be proud of, and little left to protect.  I am daily grateful that I was born here, but I wish there was more I could do to protect it.  It is impossible when the destruction is coming from within.  It is impossible when the source is a hundred million people thinking, “Being in America means I should have a home, food, and health care.  Provided to me.”  There is no protection from a mentality that there are no morals, that every behavior is just as good as any other, and has no negative effect on society.  I would not want my children to die protecting America as it is now; but it would be worth anything to preserve America as it should be.

Another black hole – Illegal Immigration (Part 2)

I am against illegal immigration because it drains America of needed resources. America has some socialist programs in place; mostly welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, social security and public education. The idea behind these programs is to help people who need it. They are, unfortunately, abused. I do not like the idea of being taxed so that a Mexican family getting paid cash working a minimum wage job can send their children to a free public school, collect welfare, get free health care and send all their spare money out of our economy and back to Mexico. I suppose that sounds callous, which is probably where people get the idea that conservatives are selfish and heartless. It is more than that, though. It isn’t my desire to force a family to live in poverty so I can go out to eat once a month or own a bigger home. It is the principle of the program. A system like that cannot support itself, which is self-evident in the fact that the government is trillions of dollars in debt. A government cannot endlessly tax to provide for a class that does nothing but consume. It will eventually implode on itself, and no one will have enough to support themselves.

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