According to some estimates, there are as many as 30 million illegal aliens in the United States today. The vast majority of them pay absolutely no federal or state income taxes. And yet they seem more than happy to take advantage of the free social services and benefits offered to them. In fact, stories of how "good" life in America is just encourages more and more immigrants to come to the United States illegally. Not that all immigration is bad. The United States will always be able to use immigrants who come in the "front door" legally. In fact, my wife is originally from Canada. But those who would break the law by entering the U.S. illegally also are the same kind of people who are serial criminals, join gangs, deal drugs, bring diseases and are economic parasites. So can the U.S. economy ever fully recover if we continue to carry tens of millions of illegal aliens on our backs? If Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress open the door for illegal aliens even further, will it create a social and economic nightmare that none of us would even dare to imagine?
Today, there are approximately 20 million American workers who are unemployed or who are underemployed. More than 36 million Americans are on food stamps and that number continues to increase each month. Over 13 million American children now live in poverty. We cannot provide for the people that are already here, and yet the U.S. government is making virtually no effort to stem the flood of illegal immigrants that are streaming into this nation.
In fact, it is projected that the United States will add another 100 million people over the next 25 years. Where in the world will they get jobs? How in the world will we take care of them all?
With the U.S. economy already on the verge of complete and total collapse, can we afford to continue to allow the problem citizens of other nations to pour into ours? Already, drug violence has turned many areas of northern Mexico into absolute war zones. Juarez, Mexico (which is just across the U.S. border) has become the murder capital of the western hemisphere. Much of that violence has begun to spill over into areas of the southwestern United States.
For example, NPR recently described one incident in the Juarez Valley that involved American citizens....
A couple of weeks ago, gunmen in the Juarez Valley killed the Mexican relative of a Fort Hancock high school student. When the student's family in Fort Hancock heard about it, they crossed the border at 10 a.m. to see the body, and took the student with them.
"By 10:30, they had stabbed the relatives that went with him, which included his grandparents, with an ice pick," says school superintendent Jose Franco. "My understanding is that the gentleman is like 90 years old, and they poked his eyes out with an ice pick. I believe those people are still in intensive care here in a hospital in the U.S."
Is this how we want to live?
To illustrate how draining illegal immigration is on the U.S. economy, an anonymous piece that has been floating around the Internet entitled "Joe versus Jose" is reproduced below. Try not to get too angry as you read this....
Here is an example of why hiring illegal aliens is not economically
productive for the State of California...or any other state for that matter.
You have 2 families..."Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have
2 parents, 2 children and live in California . "Joe Legal" works in
construction, has a Social Security Number, and makes $25.00 per hour
with payroll taxes deducted.... "Jose Illegal" also works in construction,
has "NO" Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash per hour
"under the table".
$25.00 per hour x 40 hours $1000.00 per week, $52,000 per year...
Now take 30% away for state & federal tax...
Joe Legal now has $31,231.00
$15.00 per hour x 40 hours $600.00 per week, $31,200.00 per year...
Jose Illegal pays no taxes...
Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00
Joe Legal pays Medical and Dental Insurance with limited coverage
$1000.00 per month $12,000.00 per year
Joe Legal now has $19,231.00
Jose Illegal has full Medical and Dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year
Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00
Joe Legal makes too much money to be eligible for Food Stamps or welfare - Joe Legal pays for food $1,000.00 per month $12,000.00
per year - Joe Legal now has $ 7,231.00
Jose Illegal has no documented income, so he is eligible for Food Stamps and Welfare - Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00
Joe Legal pays rent $1,000.00 per month - $12,000.00 per year
Joe Legal is now in the hole minus (-) $4,769.00
Jose Illegal receives a $500 per month Federal rent subsidy...
Jose Illegal pays rent $500.00 per month (section 8 housing)
$6,000.00 per year - Jose Illegal still has $25,200.00
Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job
after work or his wife must work. Jose Illegal has nights and
weekends off to enjoy with his family (and eat out!).
Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same school.
Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches
Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored breakfast & lunch,
and they also qualify to be bused to school at taxpayer expense.
Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL program.
Joe Legal's children have to find a way to get to school and go home
after school as, "latch-key kids" with no adult supervision.
Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services,
but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.
Jose Illegal can send most of his money back home to Mexico to build a
new home for retirement, and have money to buy a new truck
(and still have Medi-Cal benefits while living in a foreign country;
until someone turns him in to authorities....if they ever find out)
Joe Legal is still in the hole.
But an even bigger problem may be the rampant lawlessness that many of these illegal aliens bring. Crime, gangs and drug dealing are dramatically exploding all the way from Texas to southern California.
There are fewer and fewer areas that you can call "safe" in the southwestern United States.
But now Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress want to give illegal aliens amnesty.
If Barack Obama's amnesty for illegal aliens gets passed, will more ranchers like Rob Krentz get murdered?
Trying to make an honest and safe living anywhere near the Mexican border is becoming a very difficult thing to do.
In fact, one sheriff recently told the residents of one Texas border town that they better "arm themselves". As he warned them of the dangers that they are now facing, he delivered this sobering warning....
"As they say the old story is, it's better to be tried by 12 than carried by six. Damn it, I don't want to see six people carrying you."
Immigrants that are going to be productive members of society are going to come in legally. But we have made the legal process for immigrating extremely complex and very expensive. So we have actually discouraged legal immigration while at the same time highly rewarding those who come in illegally. What kind of sense does that make?
Of course it seems like very little of what our political leaders do these days makes sense. As the number of illegal aliens increases to 40 million or even 50 million, what in the world is that going to do to America?
And once the damage is done, is there any chance that it can ever be reversed?