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.


About whyimconservative

I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom with a Biochemistry degree living in Austin. I love my kids, my husband and my country. I want to explain why I'm conservative.

Posted on September 22, 2011, in Illegal Immigration and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m going to disagree with you on this one. This is my one big non-conservative opinion (I guess I’m more libertarian than conservative). Most of the problems you describe are the problems that the lowest economic class always has. It used to be the Germans, for a long time it was the Irish. People come here for better lives, but for a while, life is worse (I can totally see you rolling your eyes right now). My hispanic neighbor said that living in America was more work than living in Mexico, but she preferred it because it’s safer and there are more opportunities. Cesar Milan (the dog whisperer guy) came over illegally and look what he’s done. If they want to live out a life of crime, it would be much easier in a place like Mexico where corruption is rampant. Give them enough time and they will assimilate into our culture and make us better. We want the movers and the shakers here. The people that are willing to make their lives better even if it takes a lot of work. Legally would be better than illegally of course, but I think we should continue to take reasonable efforts to enforce border laws and not waste more valuable taxpayer dollars going to extreme efforts. (Unfortunately, the welfare system is almost made to be taken advantage of, so of course anybody who can use it does, but I don’t think you can blame that on ethnicity.)

    • You’re right, of course. (Mostly – Poor Asian communities don’t have crime problems like some other ethnicities. I don’t know about the Germans and Irish; I wasn’t around :¬) But, yes, they should have the opportunity to be here.

  2. We cant predict that if some one is living illegally according to new immigration policies then he is also doing some other crime we can check for many people who are living their life very honestly and still they are not fit for living.

    • I honestly do not understand this sentence. I find it difficult to believe you are a lawyer, since lawyers need to communicate well, use proper grammar and express themselves in a way that can be understood. If you have an important point to make, please try again and I will respond.

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