Doing Immigration Right! We have an actual example.
So the “DreamACT” – better known here as Nightmare on Main St – is, at least for the moment, dead. Now would be a good time to reflect on the so-called “immigration problem”.
Let’s start with some commonly accepted facts.
- There are somewhere between 12MM and 20MM illegal aliens living in the US.
- The Mexican border couldn’t be much more porous.
- The current Administration could care less about actually enforcing immigration law.
- Illegal aliens bring significant cost factors to local/state governments in health care, education and crime.
The Center for Immigration Studies has published a number of studies on the cost of illegal immigration. At the state level, for many states, California and Arizona especially, the cost of illegal aliens is equal to or greater than the state’s budget deficits.
In a new study, at the federal level they found this…
Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost $10.4 billion, or $2,700 per illegal household.
Among the largest costs are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).
On average, the costs that illegal households impose on federal coffers are less than half that of other households, but their tax payments are only one-fourth that of other households.
If illegal aliens were given amnesty and began to pay taxes and use services like households headed by legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual net fiscal deficit would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total net cost of $29 billion.
Those are just a few of the low-lights. The bottom line, in a time of severe economic recession with real – as in U6 – unemployment running at about 17%, and deficits running in the uncounted trillions of dollars, illegal aliens are a major contributor to the hardships being felt by American families.
And with respect to unemployment, the CIS study note the following:
The vast majority of illegals hold jobs.
There are between 12MM and 20MM illegal aliens in the US. Those jobs would make a huge dent in the unemployment statistics.
“OK, so what?” you say. Well, one place in the US has actually DONE something about illegal aliens. And, it’s not Arizona. They’re not even on the Mexican border. They’re close enough to Washington DC that you’d think maybe a legislator or two would have noticed what was happening. I’m talking about Prince William County in Virginia.
While many localities in America are facing budget shortfalls and mounting debt, one county in Virginia has escaped massive deficits and instead measurably reduced the overall size of government.
Prince William County (PWC) is the second largest county in Virginia and now the number-one job growth locality in the region – with one of the lowest tax burdens – a distinction the chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, Corey Stewart, contends is directly attributable to the disciplined implementation of conservative principles and a harsh crackdown on illegal immigration.
In 2007 the county adopted a very strict illegal immigration policy, which, according to a study by the University of Virginia and the Police Executive Research Forum has likely resulted in a 46.7% drop in aggravated assaults and a 32% drop in violent crime.
Stewart told The Daily Caller that one of the best cost cutters was the reduction in the number of illegal immigrants in the county.
“It gave us the ability to cut costs because the cost driver for the county is the school and we had such an influx of limited-English speaking students between 2002-2007 and those limited-English students are extra costly to the school system. That was the prime cost driver, the influx of those students,” Stewart said, citing the importance of being able to reduce the number of expensive English as a Second Language classes, which had increased over 250% in the previous five years.
Every area of PWC has made reductions and, as of today, the county has cut more than $140 million from the cost of government, and is employing the lowest number of full-time government workers in the D.C. region. Indeed, residents of the county pay tax bills nearly 30% lower than in neighboring counties.
The business community has responded, PWC is now the number one job growth county in Virginia and the D.C. region and number two in terms of job growth on the East Coast.
“It proves that when government gets off the backs of businesses and reduces the size of government, business will respond and create those jobs. It is not the job of government to create jobs. It is the job of government to get off out of the way,” Stewart said.
Oh, and a pretty significant drop in violent crime too. Gosh. I guess those “peaceful folks who are just looking for better times for their families” must have avoided Virginia like the plague.
Here’s the bottom line gentle reader. The “immigration lobby” has been lying through their teeth for decades. Illegal aliens are a major drain on our economy and a threat to the American Dream for those who are here legally, whether natural born citizens or legal immigrants. Aliens have taken jobs that could employ US citizens. They are using government welfare programs at both the federal and state levels at rates that are destroying our schools, our hospitals and our local governments.
It’s time we stopped the DreamACT kinds of foolishness and got serious. The US is being invaded by Mexico, and the invasion is every bit as real as if the Mexican Army had crossed the southern border with tanks and infantry. Actually, it’s worse. I would guess the Mexican Army would get rebuffed by the Nogales Police force. They certainly wouldn’t stand a chance against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The real invasion is much more dangerous to our country because not only do most people not seem to care – at least it isn’t a high priority – many people, including the President and at least 55 members of the US Senate, seem to think we should give them amnesty and make them US Citizens. And then you folks in Kansas can find the same joy we know here in Arizona. If you’re going shopping, you better speak Spanish if you are going to need assistance in a store.
So, what to do? Here’s a short, and by no means inclusive list. It’s just a place to start.
- Require an e-Verify report on every employee. Current as well as new hires.
- Require an e-Verify report on every adult in order to rent housing.
- Make it a felony to employ or rent to illegal aliens. Can’t be dropped to a misdemeanor, first time felony.
- A small amount of real jail time for every business owners/managers who employ illegal aliens. Even one or two months per head will be fine.
- Same penalties for realtors/landlords/leasing agents who rent to illegals.
- Serious fines that cannot be discharged in BK and carry over to the owner/board of directors personally if the business can’t pay. $25,000 per head is a good number.
There are lots of other measures I’d like to see and will no doubt write about as time goes by. Things like no citizenship for children born to illegals for starters. Oh, and build a wall along the southern border and use the US military to secure it. If someone breaches the wall, shoot them on sight.
Folks, don’t kid yourselves. We’re at war with Mexico. Act accordingly and expect your government to do the same. And to the good folks in Prince William County, thank you for a great object lesson in making government work for it’s citizens.
- “Dream Act Defeated: Let’s Start the Deportations!!” and related posts (davidduke.com)
- No more illegal alien waivers (michellemalkin.com)
- Students look to 2012 after immigration bill fails (hosted.ap.org)
- King: End Illegal Alien “Anchor Babies” (theiowarepublican.com)