According to a new report, Illegal Immigration costs U.S. Taxpayers a whopping $113 Billion annually and the government is arguing over where to cut the budget? Seems to me that arresting the flow and expense of illegal immigration would be a great place to start. Then again we would all hear how unfair that would be from the likes of the Mexican Government to those liberals in this country that cannot comprehend that no matter what illegals may bring economically it will never offset the overwhelming costs associated with turning a blind eye to real and meaningful immigration reform.
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez has already embarked on a 20 city illegal immigration tour to put pressure on President Barack Obama to "keep his promise" before the Democrats may lose their majority in the Senate. Personally, I don't see much of a power shift in 2012 with both sides of the aisle misplaying their hands almost daily. That of course is another story. Luis Gutierrez has not only been an ardent supporter of illegal immigrants, but, immigration reform that unfairly favors Hispanics. I happen to find that disgusting and wrong on so many levels that it is hard to even pick a point at where to begin on the subject.
However, since the title of this post mentioned $113 Billion, let us begin there. That $113 Billion is what federal, state and local governments shell out year after year to subsidize illegal immigration. Of that total, $29 billion is paid out at the federal level. The remaining $84 billion is picked up by state and local levels. I believe that the federal number is skewed to the low side but either way, the total cost is obviously staggering when other programs are being looked at for the chopping block that will deprive lawful residents the assistance they deserve and require. If Paul Ryan had his way with his Path To Prosperity, I am sure that entitlements and welfare programs would be eliminated without regard to the impact it would have on American citizens. But, I would like to help Mr. Ryan on his path to prosperity plan and if he needs a place to start, then this issue is a bleeping golden one.
Luis Gutierrez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus joined 100 Members of Congress to introduce H.R. 4321, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP Act). In essence, that bill would allow for 12 million illegals currently living on the fringes of society, to be given amnesty if they complied with certain provisions. One of the conditions is that illegals must learn English, which I think is a bang-up idea since there is no reason in the world to provide bilingual government instructions for one ethnic group over another. I have always found that highly offensive since I had no such assistance when I came to this country. Another provision would require illegals to pay a $500 fine, which might sound reasonable for some, but that fine doesn't come anywhere near clearing the cost imbalance associated with illegal immigration. A $500 fine would generate $6 billion. So, what do we do about the $107 billion shortfall, plus the costs associated with creating yet another layer of bureaucracy, the Commission on Labor Markets and Immigration that is called for under H.R. 4321?
Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that implementing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 would continue to drain the treasuries of federal, state and local governments alike. Now, I really do understand the liberal argument that illegals contribute to the economy, but, I really have to wonder when liberals will finally wake up and realize that we could not ever recover all the monies lost to illegal immigration. Luis Gutierrez, and the Hispanic Caucus probably needs to consider bolstering the amount of the fine to $10,000 for each family member before we can even consider this plan realistic. There is absolutely no point in arguing the fact that extended illegal family members add to much of the substantial costs to the system, as a whole. It is, as they say, an undeniable fact associated with the problem.
Look, I have absolutely nothing against anyone, especially our neighbors from south of the border, Poland, Ireland, etc..For the most part, the majority of these people just want to come here to work hard and build a better life. However, we also know that many of these illegal immigrants are immediately put behind the eight-ball by some unscrupulous business owners. The threat of deportation hangs over them while some owners even resort to ripping them off for overtime and other wages earned. It certainly is not anything unheard of.
But, that is exactly why I believe that we need real immigration reform. There must be strict adherence to rules and conditions to attain legal residency status in the United States. Of course that also happens to be the right thing to do, but somehow, many in government do not want to expend the energy to do exactly that. It really makes you wonder how many in government profit off of the illegals? We already know about former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's husband making out like a bandit by hiring illegals for his canning operation. But I would like to know who else in our government benefits by this perpetuation of cheap and unaccountable labor? We know why the Mexican government advocates it, but what is our reasoning outside of the obvious which is cheap labor?
Every American should question why Washington hasn't gotten off their collective asses to solve this divisive issue. More importantly they should also be asking "what is the why behind it." I have always said that everyone deserves and needs equal protection under the law. But, that also means that all people would be required to abide by the letter of the law. After all, it is a two-way street.
Besides, isn't Illegal Immigration nothing but an oxymoron?
Our media talking heads and do nothing politicians insist on wagging the dog while forgetting that our nation was built upon the rule of law and that is where we must remain as a civil and functioning society. Anything short of protecting those ideals, would bring about anarchy. At that point you may as well then just remove all the border restrictions and repeal every law and liberty we currently have under the U.S. Constitution.
In the meantime, our nation's economic well-being is headed for an all out collapse, yet we have extreme political rhetoric and finger-pointing coming from both sides of the aisle. Both sides continue to ignore that there are tremendous costs and waste in government. Illegal Immigration is but one factor that must be addressed
immediately. Blatant fraud of our welfare system must also be rooted out, while eliminating layer upon layer of bureaucracy. What we have today is unsustainable. As I said in my earlier post, government is wasting far too much money on everything from pills to missiles. Blatant government waste must be addressed first. Period!
Sure, the tough choices must to be made, but they must also be the right choices. Quite frankly, I am convinced that our elected leaders from both sides of the aisle are incapable of that. Whether it is for their own personal greed or whatever else happens to shake the money tree, elected leaders refuse to look at the obvious cuts right in front of their noses.
You know, like those 113 Billion reasons associated with Illegal Immigration?