Sunday, December 14, 2008

Illegal Immigration taking toll on Economy

Immigrants / migrant workers come here on a work visa, and when it expires its time to go back. No one is saying they can't or shouldn't work here; the problem is they aren’t leaving when their visas expire as no one is enforcing that. For some reason illegals feel they don't have to obey our customs. There are immigrants and there are illegal immigrants, there is a difference. Immigrants, who want to stay, get in line and apply for US citizenship the same way all immigrants in the past did. To me once you become a citizen you are no longer an immigrant. We don't need new laws written, what we need is our government to provide the personnel to enforce our existing immigration laws. We need to make it harder for illegals to receive an education, to get a job, and get medical, that make it less enticing to stay, or more of an incentive to gain citizenship.

The argument that illegals pay taxes depends on what side of the fence (no pun intended) you’re on. If you’re paying $2000 a year in taxes, but receiving $25,000 in benefits it just doesn't balance out. As a citizen I go to the emergency room and have to pay $300, as an illegal with no coverage Charity Care picks up the tab. Which we all pay for and are why our health care costs are so expensive.

Everyone one of us had family who immigrated here. But they worked to become citizens, and didn't expect handouts. My grandfather couldn't speak English and learned it, his first job as a milkman, then as a janitor and then bought his own farm. His proudest day was when he became a citizen.

What we are talking about is ILLEGAL immigrants, why is it so hard to differentiate between the two?

As a kid, as an American, I have worked as a janitor, I have worked in construction, I have bused tables, stocked shelves, washed dishes and as an adult whatever it took to make money to support my family and pay for college. To say there are Americans who won't work these jobs is a crock of bull.

Farmers, construction all want cheap labor that’s OK. Just enforce the work visas for immigrants. Not leaving after your time is up is what makes you illegal. The contractors are screwing themselves and it also affects the unions. When illegals become semi skilled or feel they have enough knowledge to go on their own, who do you think they are going to hire?

They hire their buddies across the border who then come here and cut costs on framing, sheet rocking, masonry, etc. Even though they charge less, they still make more then they would back home. Plus the money is sent back across the border, not going back into the economy that’s giving them a living.

An illegal sends US money home, and they receive the government freebies that come with being an illegal.

I don't receive the free benefits that illegals get and must pay for my kids education, I don't receive it free. I pay for my hospitalization; I don't receive Charity Care from the state. I need to pay taxes to keep my house, I don't receive housing assistance. Not only do Americans pay their own way, they pay higher to support the free programs for illegals.

Then we have the illegals come here and demand rights. If they want rights go back to their country and demonstrate there, but they won't because they will be seen again. It's amazing how illegals can come from nothing and then come here and complain about wanting more.

When the media writes an article about immigrants, they talk about them as if everyone is the same. Talk about illegals, not about immigrants who came here to work hard and become citizens. It is unjust and unfair to grant amnesty to illegals, when millions of immigrants studied and earned the right to come here legally and be called an American.

Illegal immigration causes an enormous drain on public funds. Taxes paid by ILLEGAL immigrants do not cover the cost of services received by them. We will not be able to provide quality education, health care, and retirement security for our citizens if we continue to bring in endless numbers of poor, unskilled immigrants.

Waves of illegal immigrants willing to work at substandard wages and working conditions depresses the wages of American workers, hitting hardest at minority workers and those without high school degrees.

Illegal immigration adds to tremendous population growth with the over crowding of our school classrooms, consuming already limited affordable housing, and straining precious natural resources like water, energy, and forestland

Hospitals receive funded monies to accommodate Charity Care Emergency Medical Assistance. So in essence we are legally paying for services to illegal immigrants

We need to stop giving illegal aliens jobs, education, ID’s and housing.

We need a program to end illegal immigration; that means ensuring that people who enter illegally or overstay their lawful status will not be able to obtain employment, public assistance benefits, public education, public housing, or any other taxpayer-funded benefits.

Yes it will cost us, but the savings of what it is costing the counties, communities and school districts will be astronomical.

It is costing the state’s taxpayers nearly $2.1 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration due to the illegal alien population residing in New Jersey alone.

Based on Census Bureau data, studies estimate that households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more in government services than they paid in taxes. If illegals had been given amnesty, the fiscal deficit at the federal level would grow to nearly $29 billion.

The average illegal household pays more than $4,200 a year in federal taxes, for a total of nearly $16 billion, but they impose annual costs of more than $26.3 billion, or about $6,950 per illegal household.

Amnesty would increase costs because many illegal immigrants are largely unskilled; their tax payments would be very modest. However, once legalized they would have access to many more government services.

Illegal aliens receive free public education; states grant illegal aliens college scholarships and reduced in-state tuition. An estimated 11.7 percent of the K-12 public school students in New Jersey are children of illegal aliens.

Free medical care at taxpayer expense. Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will receive Charity Care paid by the State. Taxpayer-funded, unreimbursed medical outlays for health care provided to the state’s illegal alien population amount to an estimated $200 million a year.

All are great incentives for illegal aliens to enter the US illegally.

Over 17% of our Federal Prison population consists of illegal aliens. The uncompensated cost of incarcerating deportable illegal aliens in New Jersey’s state and local prisons, amounts to about $50 million a year.

Iranians have been caught sneaking over the border. Over 100,000 illegal aliens from the Middle East currently reside in the U.S. If we can’t deal with the influx of illegal aliens in the US, how would we protect ourselves from terrorism?

The costs associated with illegal immigration, Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).

A proposal requiring employers to fire workers who falsify identity documents, is favored by Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Americans, 74% believe that they should be required to provide documents proving they are in the country legally if a person wants to rent an apartment.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans believe it is very important to improve border enforcement and reduce illegal immigration, a view that is held by 80% of Republicans.

By a margin of (60% to 28%), Americans believe it is more important to gain control of the nation’s borders than to “legalize the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States.”

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans support doubling the number of border agents.

A majority of Americans (54%) oppose the current U.S. law that grants automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens born in the United States, 63% opposes automatic citizenship.

The options we have are simple. We either accept the costs created by the presence of the large pool of illegal aliens, or enforce our laws by reducing the numbers of illegal aliens in the United States.

When we have groups in our nation flying their flag above ours, when we have people entering our country illegally and demanding that we as an American people live by their standards, we will have lost our traditions and our heritage.

Ask any illegal if they would be willing to die to protect our freedom in order to remain a permanent citizen of our country.

We are either American or un-American. Our veterans who fought and died for our rights and individual freedoms will have fought in vain.

How many more can this ship we call America take on, before it capsizes?

Joe Sinagra

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