On a list of hot button and polarizing topics, there aren’t many that can top our nation’s problem with illegal immigration. The mere mention of any type of immigration reform can excite the masses in an instant. It’s baffling to this humble observer how political our nation’s finances, way of life and security has become. No matter the way you decide to dice it, illegal immigration is a bigger problem that the Left is willing to cede to the opposition or public. Maybe not so much cede as to admit to the increasing impact it’s having on our nation. So, for a moment and if you have them, put aside that it’s instantly a race or any other derogatory issue that’s typically thrown into an argument to quiet any reason from becoming audible. There are real problems facing our country. And the walls are appearing to close in faster than we can figure out any semblance of a solution.
I really can’t see that President Obama and his administration have made one valid effort to curb the tide of illegal immigration at all. The words have been there. But not the actions. How can you sue a state for enforcing your rule and then reward a sanctuary city who doesn’t? Seriously? How does this remotely pass the smell test? I think what gets lost is what’s said by politicians and what’s not said. As a whole, I think America is okay with immigration. What they don’t like and are adamant about drastically changing is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. It’s strange how when you put the stress on the right word, you feel different. The operative word is and always should be illegal.
To just glance at the financial impact illegal immigration has on our country, you’d see that it’s overwhelming once placed into context . According to a July 2010 report by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/USCostStudy_2010.pdf?docID=4921, illegal immigration costs America and, ultimately, the American taxpayer $113 billion. What a staggering amount. Most of that is placed upon the local and state governments to foot. Not an in depth analysis but some quick stats that deserve to be mentioned. On the federal level, $2.1 billion is spent on education, $4.6 billion on welfare benefits and almost $6 million on medical. But the biggest total of federal expenditures for illegal immigration is law enforcement at $8.7 billion. And yet, nothing has deterred the influx of illegals into the United States.
In a time of budget cuts and near austerity measures, the topic of education seems to be on most people’s mind. While the federal government is responsible for just over the $2 million, the states pour out over $50 million. With California, New York and Texas accounting for almost half ($19million). Really? The burden of the states seems insurmountable simply because the government refuses to follow, enforce and ALLOW the states to enforce the law of the land.
To understand the burden of the problem, here are the figures of how much the cost of illegal immigration has on state budgets and increasing deficits. New Jersey has a projected budget deficit of $10 million with Texas having one around $13.5 million. The estimated cost for the education due to lack of enforcement is $2.2 million and $5.1 million, respectively. That’s over a third of Texas’ red ink. But the clear winner of the cost is California. With that state headed for inevitable financial collapse, $9.2 million of their $28 million deficit goes to the education of non- residents.
These are absurd figures, to say the least. The American taxpayer continues to finance a policy that has a bark worse than its bite. To offer full disclosure and add fuel to the liberal fire, American citizens BORN to illegal immigrants account for about 65% of the 4.7 million students factored into the report. But to include these children is fair. Due to the fact that, if there was better enforcement , that number would, theoretically, be considerably lower. At a time when education is more important than ever, the President and Washington’s lawmakers have a duty to put our children’s future first, as well as ours.
On almost the opposite end of that spectrum, the cost of law enforcement (or lack thereof) is the largest chunk our government shells out every year for illegal immigration. At $8.7 million, the burden of the taxpayers is 27% of the total monies paid out for this problem. Once you factor in the state and local responsibility, the amount skyrockets to an estimated $194 billion. To gauge how much just $1 billion can be, let’s say that you were given said $1 billion dollars on your eighteenth birthday. The only stipulation being that you place it in a non-interest bearing account or in an oversized walk-in closet. You could spend almost $44,000 a day, EVERY day, and never run out of money. Even if you lived to be 80 years old. More than half a billion dollars are spent on a problem that, I feel, is not as complicated to solve as it may seem.
Again, enforcement by the federal government is as close to non-existent as you can get. Allowing the states to see results from their efforts is the key. Yet due to political and liberal reasons, their hands are tied. Regardless of the money spend to curb our problem, illegal immigrants are consistently detained, deported or even released, BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES, only to return back to the jails they so easily left. Of course, the most famous is the debate in Arizona. Since the bill was passed in the State Legislature and signed into law by the governor, there have been more than a handful of states that have either passed a similar bill or have one on the table. Why can’t the President and His Affable Deputy Holder heed what has become a common solution among the states of the Union.
Wanting immigration reform is not about excluding. To me, it’s actually about inclusion. The including of the American people. ALL of the American citizens. I understand the argument that we’re a country of immigrants. Yada Yada. I buy it. But there is a legal and right way to go about including the immigrants that want to enjoy our freedom and republic. We are still the greatest country in the history of the world. Our way of life is unprecedented in the annals of man. And to be able to maintain our order and democracy, we have to have a solid and decidedly certain course of action to make this happen. The solution? Completely close the border and bottleneck the entries to ensure what is right and just happens. Period.
If this article gets around and some bleeding heart dissenters trickle in (which is exactly what I want), I will get an earful about how it’s discriminatory, fear mongering and, generally, American hating tenets of the conservative answer. But, in all the reasons I can think of, I believe that there is really only one that needs acknowledging.
This one point should drive home the point of my whole solution. I’m reminded of a program I watched on PBS’ Frontline about the history of AIDS. Dr. Don Francis was one of the brilliant doctors who discovered the deadly virus. He was lobbying for more funds for research and treatment from the CDC in January of 1983. They refused to acknowledge the growing problem and the rapid acceleration of the epidemic. One of the arguments against a blood test? Yep. Too discriminatory and panic inducing. His story goes that he finally stood up , pounded his fist on the table and demanded to know how many lives had to be lost before they would listen and move toward solution. So here’s my fist pounding on that table. How many American lives have to be sacrificed before the Obama Administration and the Liberal minions will see that we have to put Americans and their safety first. Period. Hands down. Aside from the financial weight placed upon the Americans, the lives that have been the collateral damage of this conflict should be as minimal as possible. Is that really a whole lot to ask? There is no dollar amount that can or should be placed on the death of a loved one. Regardless of whose feeling get hurt or feathers get ruffled. There is absolutely no reason that we, as a nation, should be okay with ONE SINGLE CITIZEN being slaughtered or killed simply because of what Lady Liberty says on her pedestal just south of where the World Trade Centers once stood in New York Harbor. (give me tired, your weak…)
Just in the past year or so, the news has been peppered with sad stories of innocent lives being thrown on the slab. All for the sake of harmony with the Mexican government. From the numerous border guards, the nun who was run over by a twice deported illegal immigrant to the husband whose wife this past October swore he was killed by Mexican criminals at Falcon Lake along the Texas/Mexico border. Only to be scrutinized as if she was the criminal. How long was it before the government, ON BOTH SIDES, divulged that, in fact, he was? Wasn’t it the current Mexican President Felipe Calderon that called the Arizona law “troublesome’? All the while, his government levies fines and forces deportation for its immigration problems. He seems to be invoking Castro and the Muriel Boat Lift to Miami in the early ‘80’s. Castro was more than happy to unload his criminals. Obama won’t even go along with Calderon on a tit for tat even basis. There have even been reports that al Qaeda is using the U.S.’s lax border security to get in the country to continue their Fatwa. FBI Director Robert Mueller testified that this trend is becoming an increasing trouble spot. The borders have to be closed or, at least, left only slightly ajar.
While closing the borders and administering tighter entrance controls will only partly solve the fiscal issue, the crime that comes along with that should be the main reason for more diligent enforcement. I’ve read the argument that there is no more crime with illegals that there is with the native-born and legal immigrant population. You know what?? I will let them have that point even though I disagree. (27% of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants.) If you could reduce that number, why wouldn’t you? Why does making the process better and more controlled a bad thing? If you’re legal, why wouldn’t you want to prove it? One hundred pennies will continue to make a dollar. You have to start somewhere. I will tell you why I think. Politics. Re-election. Maintaining the current administration’s forge towards a more socialist state. You have to take notice, pay attention to what is happening and correlate the timing. Just like the uncanny coincidence of the killing of Osama bin Laden and this morning’s capture of the leading mob figure on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, Whitey Bulger, the immigration debate and the population it’s most connected is as essential as anything at his re-election.
Hispanics are one of the fastest growing demographic groups here in the United States. They represent more and more of the voting population in key areas during an election cycle. Just like wooing the life draining unions, Democrats and Obama are counting on this particular percentage to assist in carrying them back to complete prominence. Like many politicians and world leaders before him, Obama is a great orator. He knows the hot button to push and the right issues to highlight to get the crowd in a frenzy. He has a mission.
I’m not sure if the country will ever control its borders adequately or successfully. But closing the border until a more secure and less flawed system is in place is the answer for now. We have to put us first. Regardless. Like the cliché’ goes, we have to love, care and believe in ourselves before we can embrace others.
Until next time…..