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The Bible and borders - By Bryan Fischer ...Acts 17:26: "And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place..."
...The bulk of the second half of Joshua is a record of the promised land being divided up among the 12 tribes. What is striking is how thorough and detailed the description of each tribal boundary is. In Joshua 15 the word "boundary" is found no less than 15 times in describing the perimeter of Judah.
...In a largely forgotten passage, Numbers 20:14-21, we read that Moses sought permission from the king of Edom to cross his border and pass through his land. When permission was refused, Moses didn't force his way in; he respected the king's decision and went around Edom to the East. Moses couched his original request this way: "Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well...we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory." The king's response? "You shall not pass through."
Moses tries a second time to secure an entrance visa. "We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more." The king of Edom was utterly impervious to this plea for so much as a tourist visa. "You shall not pass through."
How did Moses react to this denial of permission to immigrate into and through the sovereign territory of another nation? Did he barge ahead anyway? Try to sneak in under cover of darkness? Did he launch a military strike to secure passage? Nope. "Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him."
The lesson? Each nation's sovereignty is marked by its boundary, and each nation has the moral right to decide who will be given permission to enter its sovereign territory. Moses recognized this, and so should we. The only exception is under circumstances of a just war. Bottom line: borders are biblical, and are there by God's sovereign design. And they are to be respected by everyone.
“Build a wall.” (Charles Krauthammer for PragerU) Democrats dismiss the idea as wasteful, crude, and even racist. But in the real world, it’s the necessary first step to solving America’s illegal immigration problem. In this new video, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer explains why building a wall, while not the entire solution, must be done before we can talk about anything else. Click here to watch the video.
"...Of course, no barrier will be foolproof. But it doesn’t have to be. It simply has to reduce the river to a manageable trickle. Once we do, everything becomes possible – including dealing with our 11 million illegal immigrants. So, let’s fix that. Track the visas, do E-Verify, build the damn barrier. It’s ridiculous to say that it can’t be done. And who would certify that the border is back in our control? I would have a neutral party, perhaps a commission of retired jurists, issue the judgment. Once they do, we legalize the 11 million, granting them the right to stay and work here. We can’t give them citizenship. That’s a bridge too far. You don’t get to join the political destiny of the country by entering it illegally. But any children born here would be American – which means that over time the issue resolves itself."
Since 2007 Visa Overstays have Outnumbered Undocumented Border Crossers by a Half Million - By Robert Warren Donald Kerwin Center for Migration Studies - Visa overstays exceeded illegal border crossings, Entries Without Inspection (EWI), every year since 2007, the report says, and 600,000 more overstays than EWIs have arrived since 2007. Most illegal immigrants in the U.S. come from Mexico, the DHS figures used to compile the report show, about one-third of them visa overstays. This translates into 4.5 million visa overstays from Mexico in the year that was studied. California has the largest number of overstays (890,000), followed by New York (520,000), Texas (475,000), and Florida (435,000). Not surprisingly, California and Texas have the biggest chunk of illegal border crossers from Mexico, with 1.7 million and 1.3 million respectively. Other states, such as Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, also have large numbers of visa overstays, the report states.
Report: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Residents Now an Immigrant or Under 18 Child of an Immigrant - By CAROLINE MAY - More than 61 million immigrants and their U.S.-born children under the age of 18 now reside in the United States, according to a new Center for Immigration Studies analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. The CIS report estimates that of the 61 million total, three-fourths or 45.3 million, are legal immigrants and their children. The remaining 15.7 million are illegal immigrants and their children.
Memo to GOP: Curb Immigration or Quit | Commentary - By Sen. Jeff Sessions and Rep. Dave Brat - America is about to break every known immigration record. And yet you are unlikely to hear a word about it. The Census Bureau projects that the foreign-born share of the U.S. population will soon eclipse the highest levels ever documented, and will continue surging to new record highs each year to come. Yet activists and politicians who support unprecedented levels of immigration are never asked to explain how they believe such a policy will affect social stability, community cohesion or political assimilation. They can simply cry out, “We must pass immigration reform!” without ever explaining what they believe “immigration reform” means. Immigration reform should mean improvements to immigration policy to benefit Americans. But in Washington, immigration reform has devolved into a euphemism for legislation that opens America’s borders, floods her labor markets and gives corporations the legal right to import new foreign workers to replace their existing employees at lower pay.
Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare - Alan Gomez - USAToday - About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration. Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.
No change in 35 years: Just 34% of Hispanic immigrants proficient in English By PAUL BEDARD (11/12/15) Just 34 percent of Hispanic immigrants are proficient in English, the same percentage as in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. But the share of U.S.-born Hispanics who speak English "very well" is on the rise and high, at 89 percent. And that's important because U.S.-born Latinos outnumber foreign born by two-to-one. Said Pew in its latest survey on Hispanic trends, the "share of foreign-born Latinos who speak English proficiently is little changed since 1980, even though the number that is English-proficient has grown. In 2013, 34 percent of foreign-born Latinos spoke English proficiently, numbering 6.5 million. In 1980, that share was 31 percent and numbered 1.3 million."
Record 63.2 million non-English speaking residents, surge in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish - By PAUL BEDARD - More than one in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home, a record, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In an analysis of the recent Census American Community Survey, a huge surge was recorded in those who speak Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and Urdu, Pakistan's national language. The report from the Center for Immigration Studies documented the growth of immigrants in the United States and provided evidence of concerns new immigrants are slow to assimilate into American culture, namely by speaking English at home.
The words of the very man who authored the amendment in 1866, Michigan Sen.
Jacob M. Howard - (ConservativeTribune.com) - According to The
Federalist Papers Project, This has led to the use of the term “anchor
babies” to describe such persons, as the citizenship they are
granted upon birth acts as an anchor to keep the family from being deported,
despite their lack of legal status. But that simply isn’t what was intended
by the 14th Amendment, as proven by the words of the very man who authored
the amendment in 1866, Michigan Sen. Jacob M. Howard. Howard explained in
writing exactly what the scope of the law was when he introduced it,
making it quite clear that it was referring to granting citizenship to the
recently freed slaves only, not foreigners or even Native Americans.
- "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
Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 - "Citizens by birth or choice of a
common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The
name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always
exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local
"[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a
body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so
doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they
bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their
descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon
become one people." ..."You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life,
and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ."
(letter to John Adams, 15 November 1794) Reference: The Writings of George
Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799, Fitzpatrick, Ed.,
- The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent
and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and
religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and
privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the
enjoyment." --Address to the Members of the Volunteer
Association of Ireland, 1783 -The Patriot Post
Founders' Quote Daily
- "Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in
this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society,
conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these
rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly
be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular." --letter to Hugh White, 1801 Benjamin
Franklin, Those Who Would Remove to America, 1784 - "Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them
all, and therefore the old inhabitants are not jealous of them; the laws protect
them sufficiently so that they have no need of the patronage of great men; and
every one will enjoy securely the profits of his industry. But if he does not
bring a fortune with him, he must work and be industrious to live."
"Those who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to
settle in America."
Random Thoughts By
Of all the arguments for giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, the most
foolish is the argument that we can't find and expel all of them. There is
not a law on the books that someone has not violated, including laws against
murder, and we certainly have not found and prosecuted all the violators --
whether murderers or traffic law violators. But do we then legalize all the
illegalities we haven't been able to detect and prosecute?
9 prerequisites for talking amnesty PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
Providing a 'path to citizenship' isn't the 'Christian' thing to do -
Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from
last year's defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who
don't have Republican Party victories in their game plan. One of the worst of
these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for
Milton Friedman – Illegal Immigration – PT 1 (5m28s) --
Milton Friedman -
Illegal Immigration - PT 2 (3m18s) (2 of 2) Professor Friedman
fields a question on the dynamics of illegal immigration. http://LibertyPen.com
Resources & Action
The Immigration number Impact on the American Way of Life: For the first
200 years the immigration level was close to 250,000 a year. After 1990, with
the "extended family" legislation, the LEGAL immigration level has been
ONE MILLION a year AND the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION level has also been ONE MILLION a
year. Do you think that has had an impact on America's economy, social services,
schools, health care, infrastructure, etc. and the American Way of Life? Roy
Beck of NumbersUSA.com demonstrates
these numbers in the video below (4:50).
Howard wrote, in part, “that every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States.” But Howard continued, “This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.” The 14th Amendment was created to confer citizenship upon only the former slaves who had recently been freed during the Civil War. It was not intended to be make a citizen of any person who just so happened to be born on U.S. soil to foreign parents in the country, legally or otherwise.
The words of the very man who authored the amendment in 1866, Michigan Sen.
Jacob M. Howard - (ConservativeTribune.com) - According to The
Federalist Papers Project, This has led to the use of the term “anchor
babies” to describe such persons, as the citizenship they are
granted upon birth acts as an anchor to keep the family from being deported,
despite their lack of legal status. But that simply isn’t what was intended
by the 14th Amendment, as proven by the words of the very man who authored
the amendment in 1866, Michigan Sen. Jacob M. Howard. Howard explained in
writing exactly what the scope of the law was when he introduced it,
making it quite clear that it was referring to granting citizenship to the
recently freed slaves only, not foreigners or even Native Americans.
Theodore Roosevelt - "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."
George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 - "Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."
George Washington - "[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people." ..."You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ." (letter to John Adams, 15 November 1794) Reference: The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799, Fitzpatrick, Ed., vol. 34
George Washington - The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment." --Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, 1783 -The Patriot Post Founders' Quote Daily
Thomas Jefferson - "Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular." --letter to Hugh White, 1801
Benjamin Franklin, Those Who Would Remove to America, 1784 - "Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them all, and therefore the old inhabitants are not jealous of them; the laws protect them sufficiently so that they have no need of the patronage of great men; and every one will enjoy securely the profits of his industry. But if he does not bring a fortune with him, he must work and be industrious to live."
"Those who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America."
Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell - Of all the arguments for giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, the most foolish is the argument that we can't find and expel all of them. There is not a law on the books that someone has not violated, including laws against murder, and we certainly have not found and prosecuted all the violators -- whether murderers or traffic law violators. But do we then legalize all the illegalities we haven't been able to detect and prosecute?
9 prerequisites for talking amnesty PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY Providing a 'path to citizenship' isn't the 'Christian' thing to do - Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from last year's defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who don't have Republican Party victories in their game plan. One of the worst of these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for immigration amnesty... (more)
Milton Friedman – Illegal Immigration – PT 1 (5m28s) -- Milton Friedman - Illegal Immigration - PT 2 (3m18s) (2 of 2) Professor Friedman fields a question on the dynamics of illegal immigration. http://LibertyPen.com
Resources & Action
The Immigration number Impact on the American Way of Life: For the first 200 years the immigration level was close to 250,000 a year. After 1990, with the "extended family" legislation, the LEGAL immigration level has been ONE MILLION a year AND the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION level has also been ONE MILLION a year. Do you think that has had an impact on America's economy, social services, schools, health care, infrastructure, etc. and the American Way of Life? Roy Beck of NumbersUSA.com demonstrates these numbers in the video below (4:50).
Immigration "solutions" - By Thomas Sowell - "Immigrants in past centuries came here to become Americans, not to remain foreigners, much less to proclaim the rights of their homelands to reclaim American soil, as some of the Mexican activist groups have done... Today, immigrant spokesmen promote grievances, not gratitude, much less patriotism." (04/12/06: Immigration ‘solutions’, Part IV 04/12/06: Immigration ‘solutions’, Part III 04/12/06: Immigration ‘solutions’, Part II 04/11/06: Immigration ‘solutions’)
President Dwight Eisenhower and ‘Operation Wetback’ - by Common Constitutionalist - The year was 1953 and 3 million illegal aliens were residing in the United States. That doesn't seem like much by today's standards, but our population was just a fraction of what it is now. It was the same year one of America's greatest generals became president: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike called it as he saw it quoting a New York Times article: "The rise in illegal border crossing by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more than 1 million cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the federal government."
A couple of things should have jumped off the page. First, the fact that the New York Times would ever publish such a thing and second, just imagine anyone, much less the president, quoting that passage. Today, he would be perp-walked out of the Oval Office for a hate crime. Needless to say, Eisenhower had a real problem with illegal aliens.
In 1954 he appointed retired general Joseph Swing to head up the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and gave him full authority to do what he had to do to stop the flow of illegals and deport the ones already here. "Jumpin Joe," as he was called from his days in the 11th airborne, got to work and did so with a mere 1075 agents. He tasked 750 of those agents to travel to Southern California and Arizona to round up 1000 illegals per day.
"Operation Wetback," as they called it, began on June 17, 1954. By the end of July, they had caught 50,000 in just those two states. And what happened then, is what we have been saying for years. Another half-million fled the country on their own rather than be arrested. This is called self-deportation, and when illegals know an administration is serious, that's what happens, and what would happen again.
The agents then moved on to Texas where they apprehended another 80,000 "wetbacks" and another 700,000 self-deported. The illegals very quickly understood that Eisenhower wasn't going to mess around. Consequently, illegal immigration decreased by 95% in the 1950s. After Ike left office, it was back to a relaxed attitude under Kennedy and every other president since, including Reagan. Eisenhower proved it could be done, if one has the will to do it. Simply give the order that it be done and charge the right people to do it! Frankly, he was the last president actually to do his job according to the law. That’s rather sad. Ike was able to rid us of the flood of almost 3,000,000 illegals with little more than 1000 agents, so never accept from anyone that it "Can't Be Done!"
Operation Wetback. Yes, Wetback - More facts probably not taught in most American history classes. What do Hoover, Truman & Eisenhower Have in Common? Here is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn't know of this until it was pointed out to me.
Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.
Harry Truman deported over two million Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals! The program was called â€˜Operation Wetbackâ€™ so that American WWII and Korean veterans had a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!
Now, if they could deport the illegal's back then, they can sure do it today! If you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself. Reminder. Donâ€™t forget to pay your taxesâ€¦12 million Illegal Aliens are depending on you!
To save you the trouble of doing a Google search, here's what Wikipedia says. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wetback Now, Operation Wetback was successful, but not totally legal. And it wasn't legal in the sense that it sent many American citizens of illegal Mexican parents to Mexico. The solution to that would be that if they are under 18, they go but are free to come back as citizens when they are of legal age. And I'd be willing to be nice enough to help them find jobs, not put them on welfare.
Patrick Henry - "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
George Washington - "The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment."
"Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."
Theodore Roosevelt - "The one absolute way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities. we have but one flag. We must also learn one language and that language is English."
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1919: "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 man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but is something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...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, railed repeatedly against "hyphenated Americans" and the prospect of a nation "brought to ruins" by a "tangle of squabbling nationalities." In a statement to the Kansas City Star in 1918: "Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country, English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools." He also insisted that America has no room for what he called "fifty-fifty allegiance." In a 1917 speech said, "It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native-born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us."
American institutions rest solely on good citizenship. They were created by people who had a background of self-government. New arrivals should be limited to our capacity to absorb them into the ranks of good citizenship. America must be kept American. For this purpose, it is necessary to continue a policy of restricted immigration. It would lie well to make such immigration of a selective nature with some inspection at the source, and based either on a prior census or upon the record of naturalization. Either method would insure the admission of those with the largest capacity and best intention of becoming citizens. I am convinced that our present economic and social conditions warrant a limitation of those to be admitted. We should find additional safety in a law requiring the immediate registration of all aliens. Those who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America."- "Restricted immigration is not an offensive but purely a defensive action. It is not adopted in criticism of others in the slightest degree, but solely for the purpose of protecting ourselves. We cast no aspersions on any race or creed, but we must remember that every object of our institutions of society and government will fail unless America be kept American.
"Settlers came here from mixed motives...Generally defined, they were seeking a broader freedom. They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance to the principle of self-government...It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness." ..."They had a genius for organized society on the foundations of piety, righteousness, liberty, and obedience of the law...Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?" President Calvin Coolidge - Memorial Day Address, MAY 31, 1923
John F. Kennedy - "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
Michael Reagan - "We are really enabling immigrants to avoid learning English and assimilating into our culture because we give them everything they need so they don't have to learn to speak English or become part of the traditional melting pot. By enabling these people, we build an enclave for them that looks like the one they ran away from at home..."
Myths vs. Facts
Illegals kill over 9,000 annually - Grassfire November 28, 2006
According to Rep. Steve King, illegal
aliens commit 12 murders every day in the U.S. and kill another 13 daily through
drunk driving incidents.
That's more than 9,000 people killed every year by illegal aliens. As World Net Daily's Joseph Farah points out, that means more people are murdered by illegal aliens in one year than have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since their inception.
Rep. King also notes that on average eight children are sexually abused by illegal aliens every day -- that's over 2,920 annually. And that's just a small portion of the illegal alien crime wave.
4.1 million crimes by illegal aliens
As we reported in Grassfire's booklet, "The Truth About The Illegal Invasion," some 325,000 criminal illegal aliens will be incarcerated in state and federal prisons this fiscal year. A GAO study found that illegal aliens commit, on average, 12.6 criminal offenses. This means incarcerated illegal aliens have committed over 4.1 million crimes -- and that does not include illegal alien criminals who are not incarcerated. And we
learned from Rep. Tom Tancredo that thousands of illegals are coming from terrorist and suspect nations.
So, what do we do?
It is very clear that the President and the Democrat-controlled Congress are "chomping at the bit" to pass amnesty. The only way to stop this is to rally a massive grassroots uprising.
Action Item -- alert your friends
I am asking you to pass this message on to your friends, co-workers, family members who may not be aware of how serious the illegal invasion crime epidemic is. Encourage them to take a stand to stop the illegal invasion by signing our petition:
We have set a goal of rallying 1 million citizens before the Bush-Pelosi amnesty push gets rolling, but we need your help.
Finally, thanks to everyone who is standing with Grassfire as a "Border Watchman." Our custom lapel pins are due in any day now. To reserve your pin and, more importantly, help Grassfire launch "Operation Border Watchman", go here:
Thanks for the stand you are taking!
Steve Elliott, President
Rep. Steve King's statement:
World Net Daily article:
Grassfire's "Illegal Invasion" booklet:
11 million illegal aliens live in America. Each year the American tax burden for them is $68 billion. Also each year bilingual education costs are $28 billion, plus $7 billion a year in Welfare, plus $133 billion in American job losses. Nearly 1 million legal immigrants and an unknown number of illegal immigrants come to America each year, when studies show America currently can only absorb 300,000 a year. 400,000 foreigners now collect Social Security and Medicare, 25% of Federal prisoners are immigrants.
Read FAIR's talking points and analysis of guest worker amnesty
proposals and arm yourself for the coming debate, updated January 2006 (PDF)
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
When Congress passed Section 245(i) for illegal alien amnesty, they ignored a
loophole which FAIR
identified and exposed which allows deportable aliens with ties to terrorist
organizations to still be able to obtain green cards. Visit
FAIR for an in-depth report
on the impact of immigration in your state.
Sign up for the FAIR Alert Newsletter.
"There are two dirty little secrets behind the debate over the illegal alien issue that even the advocates of securing the borders first have failed to discuss. The first secret is that the estimated twelve to twenty million aliens living and working illegally in the United States have to commit identity theft to secure employment. The second secret is that without illegals' payroll tax contributions, filed under stolen or fraudulent Social Security numbers, the Social Security system would collapse years earlier than estimated... Illegal aliens represent cheap labor for employers and billions of dollars to the government to temporarily prop up the failing Social Security system. Congress is not only doing nothing to restructure Social Security, but its wink-and-nod policy toward illegal aliens and their employers encourages massive identity theft and ruined financial standing for millions of Americans. Common sense solutions exist, but the political will to enact them is missing... Illegal aliens present a challenge to national security, and a false sense of temporary security to our failing Social Security system. Failure to fix the problem just makes the problem worse. That's not a secret. It's common sense." Herman Cain
English in America: A Study of Linguistic Integration U.S. English Foundation Inc.
No argument justifies amnesty for illegal aliens by Phyllis Schlafly (5/3/2004) A favorite argument of the people who support amnesty for illegal aliens goes something like this: Current immigration laws, just like Prohibition and the 55 mph speed limit, cannot be enforced, so we might as well adjust to reality. That is like telling a woman, "You can't fight your rapist, so relax and enjoy it." There must be a better solution.
Muslims: They Immigrate, But Do They Assimilate? by Thomas D. Segel
Immigration is adding to overcrowding schools ($7 billion taxpayer dollars annually), plus roadway gridlock and associated costs, plus raising the cost of living, and undermining homeland security.
According to data from the U. S. Census Bureau, bi-lingual education is costing taxpayers $7.4 billion annually. The Center for Immigration Studies in Washington has calculated that it illegal aliens have cost American workers $133 billion in job losses. Immigrants are 75% more likely to use food stamps, medical benefits, and housing assistance at a cost of $68 billion per year. More than 25% of federal prisoners are illegal aliens. 7,000 new cases of leprosy in the past three years came in from Mexico, India, and Brazil. 16,000 new cases of multiple-drug-resistant, incurable tuberculosis. Contact your Congressmen and ask them to protect our borders.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 cost $27 million in tax revenue to have ballots printed in foreign languages at over 1000 polling locations. H.J. Resolution 94 is a Constitutional Amendment, if ratified would overturn all federal, state, and local multilingual laws and establish English as the official language.
President Clinton's Executive Order 13166 mandates government agencies and even hospitals and venders at government facilities to print documents in foreign languages and provide on-demand translators for non-English-speaking persons. The English Language Unity Act (H.R. 997) would establish English as America's official language of law, "public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs, and policies."
California Scholar Says Most 'New Immigrants' Fail to Assimilate (AgapePress) - A California college professor who grew up in a heavily Hispanic-populated area says there has been a major paradigm shift in the type of immigrants that live in California now.
Subsidizing illegal immigration Americans concerned about our nation's increasingly serious illegal immigration problem â€“ and that's most of us, by the way â€“ are suffering another insult, but it's one you may not have realized. Last week the Mexican central bank made a startling announcement. Officials there reported money sent home from U.S.-based "migrants" â€“ read "illegal aliens" â€“ topped foreign investment and tourism dollars, and is now second only to oil revenues -
"Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs. Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes. Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally." -- ”Senator Harry Reid introducing the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, which proposed a dramatic reduction in legal immigration, revocation of citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens, and it even called for wiretaps for alien smuggling operations. Of course that was before he was against all those things...Patriot Post Digest 06-14
Illegal alien protesters' Mexican flag waving offends fifth-generation Hispanic American - Al Garza is the national executive director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a movement aimed at urging U.S. officials to act to secure America's borders and curb illegal immigration. Garza notes that he was deeply offended, particularly as a combat veteran and an American of Hispanic descent, by demonstrations that took place recently, in which illegal aliens and their supporters displayed Mexican flags on U.S. soil. "The protesters obviously felt they had the right to not only be illegal in our area and our country," he says, "but also to protest with the Mexican flag, pulling ours down and putting theirs up. I thought that was a pretty awful display, to say the least." But Garza believes the Mexican flag-waving display has already backfired. Even as the event happened, he observes, the Minutemen were receiving an increasing number of calls from outraged citizens, asking where they could sign up to join the Minuteman Project. "I think they finally realize who the true Americans are," Garza says. "We're not the vigilantes that a lot of people were portraying us to be. We're compassionate; we just believe in this cause, chiefly because we know for a fact that our borders are not secure. They're porous. They're dangerous." The Minutemen volunteers were flying the U.S. flag along the U.S. borders yesterday, as they urged other Americans to join them in observing "Take an American Flag to Work Day." [Chad Groening] AgapePress News Briefs â€” April 7, 2006
National petition urging our elected officials to do everything in their power to Secure Our Borders and stop the flow of illegal aliens entering into our nation. See Taking Action for details, myths & truths.
TB or not TB? by Cal Thomas (6/14/2005 ) If anyone needs another reason to oppose illegal immigration, to which the Bush Administration continues to turn a blind eye, how about the spread of a deadly communicable disease?
The Immigrant 'Cheap Labor' Myth By Jon E. Dougherty - The truth is, immigrants -- legal and illegal -- inflict a net drain on the U.S. economy, when you factor in all of the expenses associated with providing them taxpayer- and consumer-supported benefits and services. While it is true there are some industries benefiting from cheap labor -- agriculture, for one -- bare-bones, unbiased, non-partisan statistics prove beyond reproach that illegal immigrants are costing the nation much more than they contribute to it. "The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants go to the federal treasury," says an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. "The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government services, both because of their relative poverty and their higher fertility.
Facts to Ponder Alabama Republican Assembly Update December 20, 2006
1. 40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L.A. County).
(All the above from the Los Angeles Times)
Other facts to consider:
- Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.
- Over 70% of the United States' annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration.
- The cost of immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was, (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay), a NET $70 BILLION/ year, [Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University ]. The lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) for the average adult Mexican immigrant is a NEGATIVE number.
- 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
Grassfire.org Alliance: Fact or Fiction: Illegals do the work that Americans won't do? Since picking up the banner in the battle to secure our borders from the steady stream of illegals more than two years ago, Grassfire has heard (as many of you are as well) all the rhetoric from those who disagree with our position. Now in an effort to help you bring greater clarity and understanding to the border crisis when discussing it with friends and family, we dispel some of the more popular half-truths and lies being told about the illegal immigration crisis.
++Myth #1--Illegal aliens pay taxes that benefit our economy Not true.
Most illegals are paid in cash and therefore pay no taxes.Even in instances
where they do pay taxes (only possible if they use a fraudulent social
security number or tax ID) they don't pay enough to cover their expenses. A
visit to any L.A. County maternity ward will give you ample proof of this.
There thousands of women each year have babies free of charge (and many return
to have more).Additionally, the vast majority learn who to use the system to
acquire food stamps and financial assistance.
++ Myth #2--Illegals come to the U.S. for jobs to support their families back in their homeland. This is partly true. However record numbers of those illegally crossing the borders are women and children! What's more, there are also record numbers of dead-beat dads who simply abandon
++ Myth #3--Illegals don't affect politics because they can't vote Not true. The fact that they are counted in the census gives them political power. Since representatives in Congress are fixed, it creates a situation in state's that have a heavy influence of illegals. Those "illegals" will likely be represented. As such, it takes away representation from people in other states--people who are here legally.
++ Myth #4--Illegals do the work that Americans won't do Not true. Americans will do the work provided they are paid a reasonable wage. But profit-greedy employers and corporations are increasingly favoring cheap labor. Their profits soar, but at the expense of American taxpayers who have to subsidize the labor costs by supplying the illegal workforce (and their families) with welfare, education, medical, housing assistance. Employers of these people simply turn a deaf ear.
++ Myth #5--Illegal Immigration doesn't really affect me Not true. As we have reported in the past, in non-border states like Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey, illegal immigration is rampant. That means in each of these states, benefits allocated to citizens are being taxed and stressed by illegal infiltration. If the problem becomes severe enough (as in California and Arizona) those services dry up. In both L.A., and Tucson, AZ hospitals have been forced to close due to the incredible strain of illegals.
+ + Your nation. Your borders. Your voice! Because you share Grassfire's concern for border security, we urge you to forward this message to 25- 30 of your friends and family. This is not just a border state issue. Rather, it is a national epidemic that needs immediate addressing. Grassfire is currently mobilizing tens of thousands of citizens who want Congress to aggressively respond to this obvious security threat. Over the next two weeks, we are urging those who have already signed our "Secure the Borders" petition to help us rally an additional 40,000 signers. Once we reach the 200,000 threshold, Grassfire will take your petitions directly to Congress and demand the voice of the people be heard. Thanks for taking immediate action with us.
A Comprehensive Immigration Plan The GOP Can Steal (Please) - By Derek Hunter - First: Seal the borders. No one gets in, from anywhere, until we deal with those who are already here. That means heavy patrols on the southern border and immediate removal of those sneaking across. No excuses, no exceptions. Those seeking refugee status have the rest of the world to choose from; we have to get our house in order.
Second: Create a “Purple Card” to be offered to those here illegally who can prove they are employed. For lack of a better word, it is a form of amnesty. It will allow them to continue to work legally for a set number of years, after which it can be renewed if no crimes, not even misdemeanors, have been committed. If convicted of a crime, you’re out, no matter what. Illegal aliens will have one year after the border is sealed to apply for a Purple Card. They must provide fingerprints that will remain on file permanently and be accessible to law enforcement. There will be a processing fee. If they can’t come up with it, they add so little to the country that they should not qualify. After they are checked out and receive a Purple Card, they are free to work in this country for the specified number of years, renewable in perpetuity, as long as they are law abiding. They must verify they are working six months of every year. If they are unemployed for more than two months in any given 12-month period, they’re out. If they’re here to work, as we’re told, a work requirement shouldn’t be an issue. By accepting the Purple Card, they receive the right to work and freely move about the country, as well as to leave and return. But they never, ever can obtain U.S. citizenship. Their children, guests in our country just as they are, cannot become U.S. citizens, even those born here during their Purple Card time. We will educate them, but they are not Americans. For that they must go through the legal process in their home country.
Third: They will pay all taxes owed from their earnings, including all FICA taxes. But they will be barred from ever collecting Social Security, qualifying for Medicaid or enrolling in Medicare. That is the price of admission, the price for violating our laws. If, as Democrats say, immigration reform is about getting people “out of the shadows,” this does that. If, as Republicans say, they’re only here to work and help their families, this does that too. If it’s about something else, like creating voters who will undercut Americans’ votes, this will be opposed. We’re told illegal aliens only want to work to support their families. This allows for that. There will be minimal disruption of the economy since those illegal aliens actually here to work will be free to do just that. Others, criminals and non-contributors, will be weeded out. This must be coupled with an expedited deportation process.
Adios, America! - By
Phyllis Schlafly -
Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political
commentary that nobody else dares to say in her newest book, "Adios,
America!" It's aptly titled; she makes the case that it is goodbye to the
America we know and love if we don't stop diluting our population with
people who don't love America, don't respect our Constitution and laws,
don't even speak our language, and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes.
...Coulter gives hundreds of specific examples of major crimes committed by
illegal immigrants and, in particular, crimes against very young women and
girls. She shows the devious ways that the media conceal the fact that these
horrendous crimes are committed by illegal immigrants whom our government
never should have let into our country.
...There are many devious ways that foreigners can get into the U.S. and then cash in on our generous welfare system. One route is the family unification policy, which qualifies for entry all varieties of alleged relatives, plus fake marriages by foreigners to U.S. citizens. The racket called asylum allows a foreigner to claim without proof that he faces persecution in his home country, and then he can qualify for admission to the U.S. plus generous financial support by the U.S. taxpayers. The Tsarnaev family, whose sons bombed the Boston Marathon, were admitted after phony claims of persecution and then cashed in for $100,000 in U.S. handouts. Coulter exposes the giant deception covered by the trendy liberal goal of "diversity," which excused dumping 100,000 Somalis on Minnesota. We've allowed 30 million Mexicans to settle inside our country; that's one-quarter of Mexico's entire population of 120 million. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office reported that the minimum estimate of criminal aliens in U.S. prisons and jails was 351,000, a figure that includes only a portion of the criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local facilities.
...Coulter asks a relevant question: "Why can't we adopt Israel's policy on immigration?" What do you think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would do if thousands of Israelis were being murdered by uninvited foreigners coming illegally into Israel? If you guessed, "Give them in-state college tuition, driver's licenses, and free medical care," you would be laughed at. But that's what President Obama gives to our illegal aliens. Coulter's book quotes scores of news reports describing the horrendous crimes committed by aliens against U.S. citizens, but somehow the news reports consistently fail to mention that the criminal was an alien. Here's a typical headline: "Man wanted for Raping Girl, 11, Robbing Her Family." The news story never used the word "immigrant," but described the criminal only as a "man" or "a 26-year-old man."
What if the illegals left? By Tina Griego - I, Tina
Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled,
"Mexican Visitor's Lament."
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "Illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?"
Hmmm, I thought, what would happen? So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below. It's a good question... it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? The answers I found may surprise you!
In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.
In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchilds would move back "home," mostly to Mexico. That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone. Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals. Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our gridlocked cities in Colorado. Denver's 4% unem ployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.
In Florida, 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America, the rule of law, and English.
In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.
If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home,' the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.
No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.
We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.
In cities like L.A., 20,000 members of the '18th Street Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!
Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America's economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn't return to the aliens' home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America 's economy which currently suffers an $8.7 trillion debt. $8.7 trillion debt!!!
At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country - brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.
Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the 'progressives' on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases.
Over one million of Mexico's poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, in what the New York Times called, 'colonias' or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.
The New York Times reported them to be America's new 'Third World' inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonials. (I've seen them personally in Texas and Arizona; it's sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)
By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico. We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico. We already invite a million people into our country legally annually, more than all other countries combined. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.
It's time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.
Interesting Statistics! Here are 14 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:
1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens (that's Billion with a 'B')
3. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!
5. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year.
7. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in t he US.
11. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border.
12. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.
13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.
14. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States!
Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR !
Nevada, which does not have a mandatory E-verify law, leads the nation in per capita illegal immigration; 10 percent of all workers in the state are in the country illegally. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are 1,367,000 workers in Nevada. Of those workers, 140,000 are unauthorized immigrants. This is 10% of Nevada's labor force, up 9.4% from 2009. In the Silver State, illegal immigrants make up 7.2% of the population, also leading the United States in the highest number of illegal immigrants per capita. This is up from 6.8% in 2009.
Report Draws Direct Link Between Immigration and Unemployment for American Workers (Jan 2011) by Ira Mehlman - While unemployment in the United States remains stubbornly high (officially 9.4%, but actually closer to 17% when discouraged workers and people relegated to part-time work are factored in), the picture for immigrants is much brighter. According to a forthcoming report from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, some 1.1 million legal and illegal immigrants entered the U.S. labor force between 2008 and 2010. Over the same period, employment for American workers declined by 6.26 million jobs.
Reuters, the author of the study, Andrew Sum, makes it clear that the hiring
boom for new immigrants - about 35% of whom are in the country illegally - has
come directly at the expense of American workers. "Employers have chosen to use
new immigrants over native-born workers and have continued to displace large
numbers of blue-collar workers and young adults without college degrees," states
The study finds that employers favor immigrant workers - particularly illegal aliens - because they work for lower wages, do not demand health care and other benefits, and because businesses can avoid paying payroll taxes.
The majority of immigrant workers who entered the U.S. labor force between 2008 and 2010 took jobs that could be done by unemployed American workers. These include jobs in construction, hotels and food services, retail trade, sanitation and cleaning. The report amounts to a devastating indictment of America's political leadership that has allowed millions of American workers and their families to suffer by maintaining immigration policies that prevent them from gaining access to jobs in their own country.
CBO: 748,000 Granted U.S. Permanent Residency Status in 2009 Because
They Had Immediate Family Legally in USA (CNSNews.com) - Foreign
nationals with family ties to American citizens and green-card holders accounted
for about two-thirds (748,000) of the total 1.1 million individuals who were
granted legal permanent residency status by the U.S. government in 2009,
according to the Congressional Budget Office. Once an LPR or U.S. citizen, an
individual can sponsor the admittance of immediate family members into the U.S.
Why the 14th Amendment Does Not Confer Citizenship on the Children of Illegal Excerpt from testimony of Edward J. Erler before the Subcommittee on Immigration & Claims June 25, 1997: Senator Jacob Howard, the author of the citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, defined who would fall within the "jurisdiction of the United States": [E]very person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.
Mass Immigration Comes at the Expense of American Kids, Finds New Report from FAIR - Excessive immigration to the United States â€” both legal and illegal â€” is harming the interests of Americans in many ways. A new report by FAIR demonstrates how our poorly conceived and poorly enforced immigration policies are harming American school children. Immigration and English Language Learners in Nevada: A Case Study of Clark and Washoe Counties finds that coping with the rapid increase in the number of non-English proficient students is taking a dramatic toll on resources and education quality in one highly affected state. Between 1989 and 2009, the number of students in Nevada public schools classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) grew from 5,173 to 78,732 and now accounts for 18 percent of total enrollment. During the same period, the performance of Nevada schools plummeted, as measured by student performance on standardized tests, and now ranks 50th out of 51 public school systems in the country, surpassing only the District of Columbia.
101 Years in America, But Unable to Speak English - KRGV-TV in Brownsville, Texas reported that Eulalia Garcia Maturey of that city has became a United States citizen. That's terrific for her and it could have been a great story about the American melting pot, but there are a few flies in the pot. Ms. Maturey is one hundred and one years old. She arrived (legally) in the U.S. as an infant with her parents on October 12, 1909, one hundred and one years to the day before she became a citizen. ...When the Maturey family was asked the reason for her deciding to become a citizen after all these years, they didn't say it was because she loves this country, they said it was because her old border crossing card was no longer valid for getting back into the U.S. after visiting her family in Mexico. . . she needed a passport. Thus it is clear that from her infancy to her old age our nation failed to encourage this lady to become integrated into our society or feel a true attachment to our country. When she admitted she became a citizen because she needed the right documents, this one little old lady speaking in Spanish did a better job of exposing that failure than the most eloquent of English speakers could possibly have done. When KRGV aired this story, it ended with Ms. Maturey's niece, Yolanda Ovalle, speaking of how happy her aunt was to be a U.S. citizen. Ovalle, evidently in her fifties, needed someone to translate her own comments from Spanish into English. Welcome to the United States.
Illegal Immigration in Missouri - MUST READ! by Bob Dennis - If the illegals in California saw the laws that have been passed in the ST of MO, what would they have done??? In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the Official language of Missouri. Nearly 90% voting in favor! English became the official language for ALL governmental proceeding in Missouri. It also means no individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English. In 2008 a measure was passed that requires our Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be here illegally. It allows Missouri law enforcement offices to receive training to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill makes it clear that illegal immigrants will NOT have access to taxpayers benefits such as food stamps and health care through Missouri HealthNET. In 2009 a measure was passed that ensures Missouri's public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are here illegally. The law also requires all post-secondary institutions of higher education to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States. So while Arizona has made national news for its new law, it is important to remember Missouri has been proactive in addressing this growing problem. Missouri has sent a clear message that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in our state and they are certainly NOT welcome to receive public benefits at the cost of Missouri taxpayers!
Felons by the thousands among infiltrating hordes Documentary also uncovers alarming link between illegal aliens and radical Islamists By Anita Crane Â© 2010 WorldNetDaily - Tens of thousands of convicted felons, including murderers and sex offenders, regularly are breaching the United States national boundary along just one section of the shared line with Mexico, according to a revealing new documentary called "Southern Exposure: Battle for the Border." Eyefull Video Productions, located in the migration hotbed of Tucson, Ariz., has produced a made-for-TV special about the U.S./Mexico border crisis. It suggests that the invading hordes also may have an agenda of damage to the U.S. far beyond ordinary crime such as robbery, looting and even homicide.
...Wald said that in fiscal year 2008-2009, there were 378,000 apprehensions by the Border Patrol in the Tucson sector alone, which is only 262 linear miles. In the documentary, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Michael Scioli says the USBP estimates that agents apprehend one out of every three or four illegal migrants. He says that 15 percent of the aliens caught in the Tucson sector are convicted felons. That's 57,000 convicts. "I'm talking about major things: homicides, sex offenders is one of the top three â€“ hugely sex offenders," Scioli
...Misner said, "Of that 15 percent of bad guys, there were lots of MS-13s, La Familia, Sure, all the Mexican and South American gangs. So the ones that didn't get caught, which is more than did get caught, they come and they do their same gang thing here in the United States." Considering the Border Patrol's conservative estimate, if one third of the Tucson trespassers were apprehended last year, another 756,000 entered through that sector and are dispersed throughout the U.S. Likewise, if 15 percent are convicts, approximately 113,400 dangerous individuals entered the U.S. through that one sector in just one year. Yet there are 13 Border Patrol sectors and agents are responsible for more than 8,600 linear miles. It's possible that more than a million migrants illegally enter the U.S. every year. And, according to "Southern Exposure," the mass migration crisis began in the 1990s.
THERE IS NO UPSIDE TO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS By Tom Garcia Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida's 24th Congressional District - The Washington Times - While it may be true that some Hispanic-Americans might nurture a solidarity with their more recently arrived ethnic cousins, is this where their own true interests lie? Are their real-world interests associated with the illegal arrival of millions of neighbors from their old countries or with their fellow American citizens, with the old world they left behind or the new society of which they are a part? Isn't the ethnic demagoguery associated with the so-called "pathway to citizenship" in effect a pathway to Balkanization?
...The overwhelming majority of illegal aliens have less than a high school education, and many are not even literate in their own languages. This doesn't mean they aren't good people, but it does mean they are natural recipients of the welfare state. Once they receive citizenship in the United States, will they be more likely to favor the big-government, wealth-transferring, multiculturalist nanny state promised and promoted by the Democrat Party or the smaller-government, self-reliant, lower-taxing, entrepreneurial, assimilative society championed by the Republican Party?
...Until the borders are really secured, workplace laws are really upheld and the benefits of the welfare state are restricted to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, any consideration of amnesty is a perilous venture into a fantasyland of false promises, unrealistic expectations, the abrogation of the rule of law and the perpetuation of an immoral, systematic exploitation of unending waves of cheap labor from Third World countries. We already have federal laws in place to get the illegal immigration fiasco under control. Congress has not abdicated its responsibility by failing to enact new laws favored by open-borders utopians. No such laws are required, comprehensive or otherwise. The problem is with the executive branch and the Obama administration, which has turned itself into the greatest collection of scofflaws in the country.
...The way to increase the percentage of American-Hispanics voting for the Republican Party is (1) To raise their standard of living (and everyone else's) by a return to free-market principles; (2) by an open appeal to their shared American patriotism and (3) by clearly and unapologetically stating the unequivocal rejection of amnesty in any guise, shape or form. U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin don't love the rule of law less than other Americans and understand that the United States already has the most generous legal immigration policy on earth. Given a clear choice and a positive appeal, many will rally.
Want to sneak into U.S.? There's an app for that - American college prof develops cell-phone tool to help illegals cross border - By Chelsea Schilling - Ricardo Dominguez with his Transborder Immigrant Tool (photo: CALIT2) Illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border now have a cell-phone tool to chart the best route, find food and locate people who will help them enter the country, courtesy of a professor at a state-funded university. Ricardo Dominguez, a University of California, San Diego tenured visual arts professor and activist, designed the Transborder Immigrant Tool, an application much like a global-positioning system used in cars, to help illegals find the best locations for food, water and groups to assist them as they sneak into America. Dominguez is also co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater, or EDT, a group that developed virtual-sit-in technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He also helped set up a website-jamming network called the FloodNet system to attack official sites of the U.S. Border Patrol, White House, G8, Mexican embassy and others.
Immigration Numbers & Projections NumbersUSA's array of innovative website tools provides animated intros and interactive features to help a new generation of Americans understand the role of immigration policy in all kinds of resource and quality-of-life issues. We've had designers & programmers working on this for a year. And they've tested it with focus groups for effectiveness for all Americans, but especially for our fellow citizens who are under 40 and who may have more centrist and environmentalist inclinations. You understand that the massive immigrations numbers have a far reaching impact on our society. This feature is designed to help you with easy visuals to explain to people who have concerns about resources and quality-of-life the implications of allowing current immigration policy to continue. See special sections on oil use and greenspace destruction. We'll be adding other key indicators later. See also: Immigration Numbers & Projections data pages.
FAIR Legislative Update December 7, 2009 Senate Health Bill: Verification Loopholes Will Allow Illegal Aliens to Access Benefits ...Illegal Immigration Continues to Harm Out-of-Work Americans ...Obama Systematically Dismantling Immigration Enforcement ...Illegal Immigration Hurts Maryland Families When They Can Least Afford It
Government Data Imply High Immigrant Crime Rates, Findings Contradict Previous Research - Since the 1970s, the share of the U.S. population that is incarcerated has grown almost exactly in proportion to the share of the population that is immigrant. ...The report, 'Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue,' is authored by Steven Camarota and Jessica Vaughan. Among the findings: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that immigrants (legal and illegal) comprise 20 percent of inmates in prisons and jails. The foreign-born are 15.4 percent of the nation's adult population. However, DHS has not provided a detailed explanation of how the estimates were generated. Under contract to DHS in 2004, Fentress, Inc. reviewed 8.1 million inmate records from state prison systems and 45 large county jails. They found that 22 percent of inmates were foreign-born. But the report did not cover all of the nation's jails. The 287(g) program and related efforts have found high rates of illegal-alien incarceration in some communities.
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Letter: Undocumented White House Guests"Must watch" immigration videos By Chuck Baldwin Without a doubt, illegal immigration is one of this country's most serious problems. The toll exacted by illegals is incalculable. Think of the billions of dollars required to service the tens of millions of illegals already in this country, not to mention the hundreds of thousands that are continuing to sneak across our borders. Think of the cost in terms of human lives. Illegal immigrants murder more Americans every year than have been killed in Iraq since the war began. Think of that. Think of the thousands of Americans who are killed or injured due to illegal aliens who drive drunk. Think of the cost to educate illegals. Think of the cost to incarcerate illegals.
If one wonders why the State of California is bankrupt, look no further than the cost inflicted upon the Golden State by illegal aliens. In spite of the horrific toll inflicted upon the American people by illegal aliens, however, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party has any desire to do anything about it. Republicans within the Chamber of Commerce want cheap labor, and Democrats want votes. Neither the Elephants nor the Donkeys (at the national level) want to protect our borders. In this regard, it matters not whether it is a Democrat or a Republican in the White House. If readers want a resource where much information and documentation regarding illegal immigration and its impact upon the United States is provided, please visit this web page: http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/immigration.html ...
The Big Lie: Illegal Immigration Benefits Americans Jim Kouri, CPP - It's been widely reported that illegal aliens comprise upwards of 27% of the U.S. prison and jail population. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, two agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, claim in several reports that they've apprehended over 100,000 criminal aliens whose offenses go far beyond violation of immigration laws and regulations.
Sadly, only about 25% of expenses for imprisoning criminal aliens is reimbursed by the federal government to state and local governments. This creates a hardship for taxpayers in states with high incarceration rates for criminal aliens. The proponents of open borders or lax immigration enforcement always point to the benefits derived from illegal immigration such as the amount of taxes they pay into the government system. Evidence, however, exists that refutes those claims. For instance, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence that suggests a large number of illegal aliens are paid "off-the-books" therefore those wages are not taxed.
The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants who actually do pay taxes go to the federal treasury.
25 Representatives Join As New Co-Sponsors of Official English Bill H.R. 997 now has 83 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 32 states - Less than two weeks after the measure was introduced, 25 additional legislators have become co-sponsors of H.R. 997, The English Language Unity Act, bringing the total number of supporters to 83. The new co-sponsors include members from both sides of the aisle, different regions of the country, and a mix of long-time and new supporters of official English legislation.
The new co-sponsors of H.R. 997 added this week were: Rep. Rodney Alexander (LA), Rep. Jason Altmire (PA), Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL), Rep. Joe Barton (TX), Rep. John Boozman (AR), Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr. (LA), Rep. Brown-Waite (FL), Rep. Eric Cantor (VA), Rep. Geoff Davis (KY), Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA), Rep. Elton Gallegly (CA), Rep. Ralph Hall (TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (OH), Rep. John Linder (GA), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), Rep. Jerry Moran (KS), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX), Rep. Thomas Petri (WI), Rep. Tom Price (GA), Rep. Denny Rehberg (MT), Rep. Aaron Schock (IL), Rep. Mark Souder (IN), Rep. Gene Taylor (MS), Rep. Joe Wilson (SC). These Representatives join Rep. Steve King and the 58 original co-sponsors of the bill. For a complete list of current co-sponsors, click here.
The English Language Unity Act of 2009 would require the United States government to conduct most official business in English. Specifically, H.R. 997 would limit routine government operations to English, while giving government agencies common sense flexibility to protect public health and safety, national security, and to provide for the needs of commerce and criminal justice systems.
Legislation to make English the official language of the United States has been among the most widely co-sponsored measures in each of the last two Congresses. Similar bills in both the 109th and 110th Congresses (also known as H.R. 997 and introduced by Rep. King) had more than 150 co-sponsors.
Arizona Rancher's Case Illustrates Absurdity, Arrogance and Selective Hypocrisy - Proving that its sanity was not complete, that same jury inexplicably awarded the trespassers $78,000 on claims of assault and "emotional distress." Suppose a man breaks into your home and you threaten to shoot him unless he leaves. He proceeds to use your sofa as a bathroom and begins to cry. Can he now sue you for assault and emotional distress? This is called a jury brainwashed by this nation's liberally-induced stupidity. ...Contrary to the claims of MALDEF, these were not innocent immigrants resting on their journey to a better life. They were illegal trespassers trampling on a nation and property they did not belong in. I do not pretend that Barnett is a choir boy or saint. Perhaps at times he went too far. What I do know is that I respect and understand his outrage at a system which even dares to pretend that he is the bad guy here while painting people who do not respect others rights as noble victims. I wonder what Ms. Perez and MALDEF would do if people entered their homes, destroyed their property and used their backyard as a public bathroom.
Our founders' solutions for illegal immigration by Chuck Norris (Part 1 of 2) - America's founders were also concerned with properly assimilating immigrants so that their presence would be positive upon the culture. George Washington wrote, "By an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."
Thomas Jefferson, hailed as one of the most inclusive among the founders, worried that some immigrants would leave more restrictive governments and not be able to handle American freedoms, leading to cultural corruption and "an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and tender it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass."
And Alexander Hamilton insisted that "the safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on the love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family."
Therefore, our founders enforced four basic requirements for "enrollment and acceptance" into American citizenry that we still utilize (at least in policy) to this day but desperately need to enforce. The Heritage Foundation summarizes: Key criteria for citizenship of the Naturalization Act of 1795 remain part of American law. These include 1) five years of (lawful) residence within the United States; 2) a good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States; 3) the taking of a formal oath to support the Constitution and to renounce any foreign allegiance; and 4) the renunciation of any hereditary titles.
Just think if such immigration tenets were taught in schools like Live Oak High School in Northern California, where kids are confused about allegiances to flags and countries. And just think if the federal government actually enforced such tenets! Arizona (and now 10 other states following suit) wouldn't even need to go out on a limb and create their own immigration law, as states did prior to our Constitution. If we held citizenship in the same high esteem as our founders, and simply enforced the laws we already have, we wouldn't be in this illegal immigration pickle today. ...
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime p roblem in the United States http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period." http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm
14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ". http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml
So using the LOWEST estimates, the annual cost OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, if we send them home, we'll be ahead after the 1st year!!!
The Price of Illegal Immigrants #2 - According to Rep. Steve King, illegal aliens commit 12 murders every day in the U.S. and kill another 13 daily through drunk driving incidents. That's more than 9,000 people killed every year by illegal aliens. As World Net Daily's Joseph Farah points out, that means more people are murdered by illegal aliens in one year than have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since their inception. Rep. King also notes that on average eight children are sexually abused by illegal aliens every day -- that's over 2,920 annually. And that's just a small portion of the illegal alien crime wave.
+ + 4.1 million crimes by illegal aliens - As we reported in
Grassfire's booklet, "The Truth About The Illegal Invasion," some 325,000
criminal illegal aliens will be incarcerated in state and federal prisons this
fiscal year. A GAO study found that illegal aliens commit, on average, 12.6
criminal offenses. This means incarcerated illegal aliens have committed over
4.1 million crimes -- and that does not include illegal alien criminals who are
not incarcerated. And we learned from Rep. Tom Tancredo that thousands of
illegals are coming from terrorist and suspect nations.
+ + So, what do we do? - It is very clear that the President and the Democrat-controlled Congress are "chomping at the bit" to pass amnesty. The only way to stop this is to rally a massive grassroots uprising.
+ + Action Item -- alert your friends - I am asking you to pass this message on to your friends, co-workers, family members who may not be aware of how serious the illegal invasion crime epidemic is. Encourage them to take a stand to stop the illegal invasion by signing our petition:
Immigration Front: Subsidizing (PatriotPost.us) Illegals Illegal aliens are taking advantage of the "additional child tax credit" when filing tax returns and they're getting some $4.2 billion in refunds for their small effort. Illegals who work in the U.S. are required to file taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, and there are two million illegal aliens claiming credits for dependents -- including nieces and nephews -- who don't even live in the U.S., all in order to get thousands of dollars in returns. In one case in southern Indiana, four workers claiming residence in a single trailer claimed 20 dependent children. Those children all still live in Mexico, but the workers still got almost $30,000. When asked about this, one worker said that if the opportunity is there, why not take it? Free money -- what's not to like? The IRS has known about the problem for years, including receiving many warnings from the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration, but hasn't done anything to stop it. And why should they? It's not costing them anything.
New Reality Emerging on Illegal Immigration By Michael Barone (July 14, 2011) - The Pew Hispanic Center, analyzing Census statistics, has estimated that illegal Mexican entrants have been reduced from 525,000 annually in the 2000-04 years to 100,000 in 2010. "The flow has already stopped," Douglas Massey of the Mexican Migration Project at Princeton recently told The New York Times. "The net traffic has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative." One reason is the deep recession and slow economic recovery here in the United States. Tens of thousands of construction jobs, once plentiful in high-immigration states, have disappeared. Foreclosures on mortgages that should never have been granted have been especially high among Hispanics. State laws, like Arizona's law requiring use of the federal e-Verify system to check on immigration status of new hires, have clearly had some impact. And the cost of crossing the border illegally has sharply increased. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates the 2010 illegal population at 11.2 million, down from the 2007 peak of 12.0 million and just about the same level as in 2005. It's probably lower today. Even more important, things have changed in Mexico. Its birth rate has fallen from 7 children per woman in 1971 to 3.2 in 1990 and 2 in 2010, barely enough to prevent population loss. Mexico has finally become a majority middle-class country, former Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda argues in his recent book "Manana Forever?" Mexico has more cars and television sets than households now, most Mexicans have credit cards, and there are almost as many cell phones as people. There has been a boom in higher education, especially in technical schools. The increasing numbers of well-educated Mexicans have no need to go to the United States to live a comfortable and even affluent life. Mexico has grown its way out of poverty.
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