How Illegal Immigration Affects Local, State, and Federal Governments – 2015

At this point there’s no arguing that our government is purposely ignoring its own laws, which is allowing thousands of illegal immigrants (criminals) to enter into our country everyday. This lack of authority drastically affects our cost of living and way of life. With the facts stated in this article, there’s no denying the cons far out way the pros. So why is this happening? That’s the million dollar question of the day. Some people would say it’s to grow the economy through cheap labor, and others would say it’s being done because it’s the humane thing to do. Regardless of what the politicians or what our President’s objectives/opinions are, reality tells us that this illegal immigration crisis is –

  •  illegal
  • extremely costly to our local, state, and federal government’s social, criminal, education, and disease control programs
  • massively increasing our security risks
  • reducing our rights/liberties
  • taking away jobs from legal tax paying citizens 
  • discriminating against those who are legally waiting in line (sometimes for 2-3 years) to become U.S. citizens
  • completely contradicting a nation based on the rule of law

Under federal law, any non-U.S. citizen is an alien. Aliens who have entered the United States without permission, or who have violated the terms of their admission, are identified under the law as illegal aliens. This procedure for handling immigration cases is designed to speed up the process of deportation; it should not be interpreted as an indication that illegal immigration is not a criminal violation. Because illegal aliens are not U.S. citizens, they are not entitled to the full panoply of rights and privileges under the Constitution as are citizens. Thus, they can be held subject to a non-judicial ruling instead of a jury trial for their criminal violation of immigration law.

Judicial Watch obtained the Spanish-language flyers through a Freedom of Information Act request that found the Obama administration released flyers to the Mexican Embassy which stated –

“You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.This implication, he asserted, “should have a direct impact on the fate of the immigration bill now being debated in Congress. These disclosures further confirm the fact that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to protect our borders or enforce our immigration laws, Fitton said. And the coordination with a foreign government to attack the policies of an American state is contemptible.”

Since President Obama came into office, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation has increased at 10 times the rate of job creation, the annual spending on SNAP has doubled, and one in seven Americans now participates in SNAP.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said of this discovery –

“USDA is actively working with the Mexican government to promote food stamps for illegal aliens.” 

Fair (Federation For American Immigration Reform)

The fact that these executive actions are unconstitutional and illegal must not be overlooked when discussing their economic effects. An economy that rewards those who are most willing to break the law is not a sound one. The rule of law is the only basis for sustained prosperity, which is one reason why the past 45 years of unprecedented levels of illegal immigration have corresponded with increasing income inequality. President Obama, having asserted that he is the sole limiting authority on the extent of his executive powers, is now claiming that he can circumvent the economic consequences of his actions by  presenting an alternative reality where outcomes are determined by wish-fulfillment. The unemployment rate has been dropping over the last few years not because there are fewer unemployed Americans but because there are more who are dropping out the labor force and are no longer officially counted as unemployed. The jobs that have been created since the U.S. economy started its “recovery” have been mostly low-wage and part-time –the kind of jobs that illegal aliens compete with Americans for. There are 8.7 million people unemployed and 92.8 million not in the labor force. A paltry 15,000 more jobs a year, even if they were to materialize, would do nothing to alleviate the jobless crisis in America, especially when all net job growth since 2007 has gone to foreign workers. Amnesty will not boost the economy, even though it might raise the GDP slightly, because amnesty does not address the underlying weakness of our economy: namely the shortage of well-paying, career oriented jobs. The argument that an amnesty boosts earnings for previously illegal aliens and this therefore “stimulates” the broader economy falls flat when subjected to scrutiny. Most illegal aliens are already making more than minimum wage so only a small percentage would see any earnings increase due to legalization. True, there may be some greater job mobility and that could create a very small bump in the GDP as amnestied aliens gain more bargaining power. It is also true that this may result in greater displacement for native workers, resulting in a loss in GDP and increased fiscal costs of providing for unemployed workers. This only emphasizes the point that the current immigration system grows the economy in such a way that any benefits do not accrue to most Americans. What the benefits touted by the White House really amount to is an embrace of the “trickledown theory” of economics that the Democratic Party has decried for decades but embraced in policy –as has the Republican leadership. They are supporting an economic system that allows multinational corporations to increase their profit margins by reducing labor costs, and allows multi-millionaires to hire more cooks, nannies, and gardeners because wages are so low. At the same time, what might remain of the middle class suffers the burden of subsidizing low-wage immigrant labor. This is somehow supposed to benefit  Americans because “growth is good.” If immigrants are increasingly performing jobs that Americans are no longer performing, the solution is not to bring in more immigrants. We need to ask ourselves why there are jobs in America that Americans are reluctant to take; and then we need to figure out a way to change that. Does anyone really believe that immigrants only take jobs American’s won’t do? How are President Obama’s immigration policies going to strengthen the middle class, or make young people in Ferguson, Missouri  believe that a brighter future awaits them? We need to make sure that Americans have incentives to work, and those who do want to work have opportunities. There is no shortage of good American workers. There is a shortage of good jobs available to Americans and immigration, beyond any doubt, contributes to that problem. Our government has helped to create a disincentive for some Americans to work, and the impossibility that many of those who do work can support themselves and their families. What is a good job? One that pays a living wage, allowing a worker to take care of his or her family without having to depend on government assistance. President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty is only going to make the problem worse, and the report put out by the White House on the “benefits” of executive action on immigration only reinforces that fact.

Harmful Immigration Executive Orders

Fair

“Illegal aliens come to the United States to take jobs that offer them greater opportunity, and they are often welcomed by U.S. employers who are able to hire them for wages lower than they would have to pay to hire U.S. workers. This employment is illegal under a law enacted in 1986, but some employers ignore the law and hire illegal workers in the underground economy. Others simply accept fake employment documents and hire the illegal workers as if they were legal. Because there is no requirement to verify documents presented by workers, employers can easily evade compliance.”

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers

“Transnational criminal enterprises have annually invested millions of dollars to create and staff international drug and human smuggling networks inside the United States; thus it is no surprise that they continue to accelerate their efforts to get trusted representatives in place as a means to guarantee continued success. 

We must never lose sight of the fact that the United States is the market place for the bulk of transnational criminal businesses engaged in human trafficking and the smuggling, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. Organized crime on this scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection. 

Most heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana marketed in the United States is produced outside of our country, and then smuggled into the United States,” they wrote. “The placement of trusted foreign employees inside the United States is imperative to insure success in continuing to supply the demand, and returning the profits to the foreign organization. Members of these vicious transnational crime syndicates are already well established in more than 2,000 American cities and their numbers are increasing as networks expand and demands accelerate. These transnational criminals present a real and present danger to all Americans, and they live among us.

Sanctuary cities established throughout the United States discourage even the most basic law enforcement initiatives within their boundaries against these predatory criminals,” they wrote. “Encouraged by Congress and a disinterested mainstream news media, these havens deny the American public their constitutional right to national security and public safety while providing relative safety for dangerous foreign criminals.

Congress must abandon their focus on rewarding illegal behavior for millions of persons by the grant of amnesty in favor of protecting American citizens who suffer daily at the hands of these seasoned criminals,” they wrote. “To do otherwise makes a mockery of our laws, and encourages countless millions more from around the globe to do the same. Transnational organized crime nationwide has flourished under these conditions.”

Illegal immigration facts:

  • It has been estimated that U.S. taxpayers spend $12,000,000,000 a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants.
  • It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually.
  • Mexican drug cartels make approximately 6.6 billion dollars a year exporting illegal drugs to the United States.
  • According to the Texas Department of Public Safety – illegal immigrants committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.
  • It is being projected that the Senate immigration bill will bring 33 million more people to the United States over the next decade. 
  • Thanks to illegal immigration, California’s overstretched health care system is on the verge of collapse.  Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the past decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants who were simply not able to pay for the services that they were receiving.  As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded.  This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths.  At this point, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people
  • The cost of illegal immigration and amnesty could amount to $6.3 trillion
  • In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes
  • Obama’s amnesty order would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare.

The Heritage Foundation

Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:

  • Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
  • Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.

Here is a link to their report – The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

Unfortunately today, we have a system of immigration that greatly rewards lawless behavior. We have made coming into this country through the front door exceedingly difficult, but we have left the back door completely wide open. This type of policy and thinking is counterproductive to logic and it’s wasting billions of tax payer hard-earned dollars.

According to President Obama, the main issues facing this country today is Global Warming and Gun Control. Considering the facts listed above, I would say it’s fair to say his agendas are completely obvious.

The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine!

 

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