ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BANKRUPTING AMERICA
"Everything is free in America!"
Really? Two billion unfortunates in third-world nations hunger for a chance to migrate to America.
While in-migration in small numbers may be sensible for specific reasons, bringing countless third-world people to the U.S. with no strategic plan or goals proves foolish and dangerous. Sufficient reasons exist for first-world nations to enforce their immigration laws: to protect jobs and citizens.
Few Americans comprehend the various impacts and financial costs of illegal migration into the United States. Like a cancer, it enters the body while proliferating until, at some point, it compromises, then destroys the integrity of surrounding tissue. Illegal "migration" encroaches on legal American taxpayers who work honestly within their system.
The costly overhead, the "fringe-benefits" � tend to sneak up on us.
At first, communities and individual taxpayers don't notice it. But soon, it grows beyond normalcy � toward malignancy.
With more than 20 million illegal aliens working and living in the United States today, that malignancy spreads out of control in every state where a sizable population of aliens congregates.
According to the well-respected U.S. Center for Immigration Studies (www.cis.org), incarcerated convicted illegal aliens make up 29 percent of federal, state and local prisons at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. This number doubles when the costs for apprehension, the justice system, public defenders, interpreters, prosecutors and the courts add to the total.
Gig Conaughton, reporter for the North County Times, Escondido, California, wrote a piece exposing the horrific costs of illegal aliens in one county.
Conaughton wrote, "A county-commissioned study estimated that illegal immigrants directly cost the county of San Diego and taxpayers $101 million last year, and indirectly cost an additional $155 million in unpaid medical care. Public school costs and a myriad of social-services increase the actual costs, but are not included in the count."
Illegal alien "migrants" cost the county roughly $75 million in criminal justice costs, such as jailing, prosecuting and public defender efforts � and $26 million in health, social and other costs. Experts said the estimates proved very conservative. Please remember, our laws only require that we provide emergency medical services.
Conaughton wrote, "Spokesman Horn, who pushed hard for the study to be done, said Friday that he planned to use the report to lobby the federal government, through Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, for help. He also said he thought the $255 million figure was too low � in part because he thought it underestimated the illegal immigrant population � and did not take education costs into account."
Bilbray champions enforcement of existing immigration laws.
"Bilbray, who campaigned for the study along with Horn when both were running for election in 2006, issued a written statement saying he was eager to work with Horn to get federal reimbursement," Conaughton wrote. 'When it comes to illegal immigration,' Bilbray said in his statement, 'the federal government is the biggest deadbeat dad in America.'"
Net costs to provide services to illegals increased 500 percent in 7 years.
"In 2001, county supervisors released a study compiled by researchers for the United States-Mexico Border Counties Coalition that said San Diego County spent more than $50.3 million in 1999 on criminal justice and medical care for illegal immigrants," Conaughton wrote.
"I'm not even asking that question," Horn said. "I spend taxpayer money for taxpayer services. That's my charge. My issue with the federal and state government is that they're asking me to spend my LOCAL taxpayer money on people who don't even belong here � and are here unlawfully."
The San Diego report exposed shocking costs to taxpayers in one county. With California hosting more than five million illegal aliens and their kids and grand-kids, a 2005 report showed "migrants" cost state taxpayers more than $10.2 billion annually � for primary, secondary and tertiary services. That's money that could reduce the $38 billion state debt!
Like California, Colorado citizen-taxpayers pay gigantic costs.
In my state of Colorado, our finances struggle under the load of more than 500,000 illegals at a cost of $1 billion annually (Source: www.cairco.org) for primary, secondary and tertiary services. Some sources estimate triple that cost!
These precious dollars pay for K-12 education, emergency medical costs, optional medical costs, the additional burden on the justice system and the public defender, and incarceration of convicted criminal aliens. Other costs covered include uninsured illegals in vehicular accidents, school breakfast and lunch programs as well as things like housing assistance.
Under the radar, most Americans don't realize half of illegal aliens work off the books and pay no taxes. The 2005 Bear Stearns Report showed a related loss of $301 billion in uncollected IRS income taxes annually, for the 2003 base year.
To make it worse, migrants yearly send more than $60 billion in cash remittances back to home countries� thus bleeding the U.S. treasury. These illegal aliens forget to report their job-wages when applying for "free" services.
BIG "business;" children and grand-children born here to illegal aliens.
"Instant citizens" create another drain on taxpayers' earnings. The average delivery costs $5,000 to $7,000 � depending on location. The pre-natal and postnatal care adds another $5,000. Is this 'birthing' a big item? Various experts tell us the number of such births in 2006 was somewhere between 400,000 and 1,200,000 babies.
The direct and indirect costs are thus somewhere between 4.4 BIL and 13.2 BIL U.S. dollars � per year � and that doesn't include the subsequent $3.5 BIL to $10.5 BIL � per year � for education. The real kicker occurs when each child gains free access to K-12 education and free breakfast and lunch program for 13 years of schooling. The cost of one year of school averages $7,000.00 � and the feeding programs, born by American taxpayers, soar into the billions of dollars.
How many children of illegal aliens attend U.S. schools?
The "official numbers" grossly understate the reality.
If we tabulate 20-28 million illegal aliens here now � plus their 4-9 million kids and grand-kids � and two-thirds of those kids attend schools � we pay to educate some 4-9 million kids. Factor-in birth costs, prenatal care, postnatal care, medical costs for children with birth-defects and other "complications," special needs kids, schooling and lunch programs � and we're talking big bucks. Do the math!
The U.S. continues as the only first-world nation to endorse the old-paradigm � granting full citizenship and benefits to each child "Born in the USA ." France and Britain and all of the other first-world nations nullified that benefit many years ago, as counterproductive.
California Rep. Dan Lungren introduced HR 1940 to stop birthright citizenship.
He said, "It's a debate worth having, considering an estimated 400,000 to 1,200,000 babies are born in the United States every year to illegal immigrant parents. Those babies receive automatic U.S. citizenship � at great cost to U.S. citizen-taxpayers. If citizenship is to have true meaning, foreign-nationals with no allegiance to the United States should not be able to lay claim to it on behalf of their offspring."
Hidden Costs; not discussed in polite company
As the financial costs grow, few speak about job losses and wages depressed for America's working poor. "Unemployment" proves a touchy subject, so the official numbers continue being grossly understated. In truth, 14-18 million U.S. citizen-taxpayers endure unemployment. They head to the unemployment lines, soup kitchens, homelessness and food stamps. Their family members suffer endlessly, but the "progressive" media maintains "silent assertion."
Do not forget the middle class! They suffer job losses in roofing, dry-walling, construction, cab driving, landscaping, house painting, paving and restaurant work � just to name a few. We must also remember that each of these "breadwinners" usually features a spouse-partner, a few kids, and aging parents.
No one escapes the ravages of illegal migration.
Ask yourself this question. With more than 20 million "migrants" doing THIS MUCH DAMAGE, what happens to American workers and communities tomorrow, and the next day � when we add another 10 or 20 or 30 million more illegal aliens into our country?
If you are not enraged, you are part of the problem.
Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His published books include: "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS" ; �STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE�; �IMMIGRATION�S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES�; �MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA: INTO THE WIND�A TEEN NOVEL�; �BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION�; �AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTIA.� His next book: �TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP.� He lives in Denver, Colorado.
His latest book. �IMMIGRATION�S UNARMED INVASION�DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.�
First of all, it spreads across America as thousands of Mexico�s and Central America�s and South America�s unending poor cross U.S. borders nightly. When they can�t find a job, they become wards of our welfare systems, medical services, schools, food programs and prisons.