June 25, 2007

Immigration Reform

Although the previous post is a tongue-in-cheek look at headlines just 22 years into the future, there is cause for concern with many of the "headlines", such as the "Mexifornia" reference.

As Congress looks to enact the most comprehensive immigration reform package in decades, the airwaves are filled with rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats as to why their package is best for the country.

But is granting amnesty to approximately 12 million illegal immigrants already in this country the answer? Hillary Clinton thinks it is. According to Americans for Better Immigration, Senator Clinton has earned a grade of D- for her position on immigration.

In fact, you can view Senator Clinton's immigration voting record by copying the following link into your browser: http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=NY&VIPID=896.

The cost of illegals to our school systems is staggering. According to FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), the total K-12 school expenditure for illegal immigrants costs states nearly $12 billion annually, and when the children born here to illegal aliens are added, the costs more than double to $28.6 billion. New York's portion is over $3 billion.

This enormous expenditure of the taxpayers’ hard-earned contributions does not, however, represent the total costs. Special programs for non-English speakers are an additional fiscal burden as well as a hindrance to the overall learning environment. A recent study found that dual language programs represent an additional expense of $290 to $879 per pupil depending on the size of the class. In addition, because these children of illegal aliens come from families that are most often living in poverty, there is also a major expenditure for them on supplemental feeding programs in the schools. Those ancillary expenditures have not been included in the calculations.

The human cost is much greater. Each of the names that follow were murder or crime victims at the hands of an illegal: Kris Eggle, David Nadel, Tanee Natividad, Darlene Squires, David March, Barbara Vidlak, Tricia Taylor, Ron Cornell, Holly Swartz, Marjorie Monnett, Marjorie's son Bruce and Bruce's girlfriend Sierra Klug, six-year-old Jose Soto, Sister Helen Chaska, Oregon State Police Trooper Bret Clodfelter, Officer Sheila Herring, Angie Morfin, Laura Ayala, Dana Pevia, Sean Marti and his daughter Sage, 5 months old, Maria Suarez, Phoenix Police Officer Robert Sitek, David Lazarus, Officer Marc Atkinson and Christina Long. These are just the tip of the iceberg. The stories of these people and many more whose lives were destroyed at the hands of an illegal can be found at: http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/text/crimevictims.html

The link between illegal immigration and terrorism has also increased significantly. On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas’ vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings.

The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas. But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression.

Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security documents. He lied to the agents about who he was, where he came from and what he was doing.

It would take nearly a week of interviews with federal agents before Alfonso Salinas would give his real name: Ayman Sulmane Kamal, a Muslim born in Egypt - a country designated as “special-interest” by the United States for sponsoring terrorism.

As black and white as the issue seems, a change in United States policy on immigration would impact us right here in Niagara County. There are dozens of farms throughout our region that rely on illegals to farm their crops. If you aren't sure, take a ride out to Ransomville some day and watch the traffic in and out of Porter Country Mart or Rite Aid.

If these illegals are reclassified or deported, what is the impact on local farmers and the cost of doing business, and what would the impact be on the prices of produce grown locally? The cheap labor that illegals provide certainly saves us money at the grocery store.

Whatever the answer, the immigration reform package currently being contemplated by the federal government may have both national and local implications.


Antonio Bandana said...

So often, we get caught up in a debate over political semantics and end up ignoring the hard-shell realities of what we're talking about.

According to ImmigrationCounters.com, here are some of the realities that Flake-Gutierrez would airbrush out of the picture:

Number of Illegal Aliens in the Country

Money Wired to Mexico City since January, 2006

Cost of Social Security Services for Illegal Aliens since 1996

Number of Children of Illegal Aliens in Public Schools

Cost of Illegal Aliens in K-12 Since 1996:
$13, 965,063,431.00

Number of Illegal Aliens Incarcerated

Cost of Incarcerations Since 2001

Number of Illegal Aliens Fugitives

Skilled Jobs Taken by Illegal Aliens

Figures can trick your eyes. Take particular note that items 2,3,5, and 7 reflect BILLION not millions of dollars -- and that item 3 exceeds one-third of a TRILLION dollars.

Can you imagine how much it will cost taxpayers if we triple the number of Illegals entering this country!!

WilliamWallace said...

That is a sick reminder of why each person should be responsible for their own retirement, education, not the government with their 'redistribution of wealth programs'. But until people realize this, I want my money going at least to people here legally in the country.

Shipping them out of the country is a fair idea, but extremely costly and unrealistic. The solution must be the reverse of what brought them here. Make the penalties on employers for employing illegals so stiff that the illegals will be forced to go home because they can't find work here, and failure for an employer to obey the law could jeopardize the employer's right to do business, on top of a harsh fine.

Theodore Roosevelt said...

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

antonio bandana said...

It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1, 890.00 and each can also get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00.
This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years can only receive a monthly maximum of $1, 012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!