The battle between those who want stricter immigration control and the border wall and those who want to open our borders and take the “illegal” out of illegal immigration continues to rage on, especially now that Democrats are gearing up for the 2020 presidential race. Each side believes whole-heartedly in its stance, yet not everyone is paying attention to the alarming facts surrounding mass-immigration, our economy, and our safety.
In the 1970s, immigration was encouraged as a way to strengthen our country. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, multiple studies were conducted and reportedly proved immigration “to be an excellent investment,” but CIS claims that information was incorrect because the studies “were ambiguous in their actual data.”
“The studies tended to discount concerns about rising fiscal costs of increasingly dependent and less-educated flows of immigrants entering in larger numbers through the non-job-related family reunification, humanitarian and illegal channels. Their rationale was that costs such as public health and public education were really an “investment” or that the less-skilled immigrants entering since 1970 would, with time, gain the skills for labor market success and achieve a greater fiscal contribution A common assumption was that illegal aliens, being ineligible, used little public assistance. But the 1980s were a period of major expansion of the access of illegal aliens to public services.”
The High Cost of Mass-Immigration
It’s not highly-classified sensitive information – we have an illegal immigration crisis, with thousands more crossing our vulnerable borders on a daily basis. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) cautions the number of migrants entering the US could jump to 21 million in just six years. Our country is already home to millions of migrants here without permission. As Liberty Nation reported last year, according to the Migration Policy Institute, in just California:
“…3,019,000 adult illegal immigrants live in the Golden State along with 1.1 million children (975,000 of whom would be considered anchor babies). In total, California is home to 4.12 million illegal immigrants and their children. But how much does this really cost the state? These “undocumented citizens” – as the left has cleverly taken to calling them – consume around 17.7% of the state’s budget – that’s about $30.29 billion per year, or $7,352 each. But that’s only the known costs and doesn’t include a lot of other intangible expenses.”
FAIR’S most recent cost study on illegal immigration estimates a fiscal burden of at least $131.9 billion annually laid squarely at the feet of the US taxpayers. The number of migrants coming to America is growing out of control, and there are several important reasons that attribute to this:
- Unsecured borders.
- Sanctuary states and cities that prohibit local law enforcement from working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
- The promise of jobs. Since we have yet to set up a mandatory E-Verify for all employers, immigrants know they can get a job under the radar.
- Welfare and other assistance programs, giving them pretty much the same benefits Americans receive – sometimes even more.
Supporting sanctuary cities is a very dangerous stance to take. These laws allow dangerous criminals to be released back onto society instead of being referred to ICE for deportation. Criminals can come to the US and feel a little safer, knowing that they can seek sanctuary regardless of their criminal history.
Who’s Telling the Truth?
It seems everyone has a different number regarding how many migrants live in the US and cross our borders. As FAIR explained, “estimating the number of illegal aliens in the United States is … akin to counting the number of raindrops that did not fall during a storm.” No one knows for sure because there are too many variables; however, it’s essential to understand the studies and how they count the alien population:
“Estimating the size, distribution, and characteristics of the illegal alien population is an inexact science. The methods used by those claiming to have calculated a definitive figure should be closely scrutinized because there is no reliable source of information on illegal aliens. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only counts foreign nationals who enter and leave the United States in a lawful manner. The fact is, we do not know how many people cross the border unlawfully and evade immigration authorities. After all, the primary aim of illegal aliens is to avoid detection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE.”
Mass-immigration is a dangerous and serious issue that has ballooned since former president Barrack Obama’s lax immigration control and the continuous efforts of the left to stop President Donald Trump from securing our borders. Not only is it a drain economically, but the sheer number of aliens demanding entrance to and benefits from our country is also a threat to our nation. Crime committed by illegal immigrants is growing exponentially, citizens are being taxed to extinction to support the government and its dependents, our Constitutional rights are in jeopardy, and our borders are being compromised. It’s time to look at the hard facts and stop being social justice warriors.