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How Illegal Aliens are Bankrupting and Disenfranchising the American Middle and Working Classes
A Different Drummer/Middle American News ^ | December, 2003 | Nicholas Stix

Posted on 12/28/2003 10:49:51 AM PST by mrustow

Legend has long held that illegal aliens give American citizens cheap lettuce and cheap child care. Excepting for agribusiness and the upper classes, that legend is, in reality, a nightmare, in which the American middle and working classes pay and pay and pay for illegal immigration, and get nothing but grief in return.

In states with heavy illegal alien populations, the budget of a middle-class family is full of hidden illegal alien surcharges. As a result, today’s middle-class American family with two full-time working parents has less discretionary income than its traditional forebear, in which the father alone was breadwinner. (Conditions are that much worse for families torn apart by divorce or the death of a parent.) And things are only getting worse. In California, for example, immigration writer Ed Rubenstein estimates that legal and illegal immigration combine to cost American-born California taxpayers $21.7 billion per year, for a 6.6% annual surcharge. And as Rubenstein points out, legal immigrants also have a voracious appetite for social services: “California immigrant households received a net subsidy from combined federal, state, and local programs averaging $6,145 in 1996.”

Compared to previous generations, middle-class Americans today pay outrageous prices, as a proportion of their incomes, for homes, in order to be able to protect their children from “bad schools.” So say the mother-daughter writing team of Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, and journalist Steve Sailer.

In Warren and Tyagi’s new book, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke, they write that "The brunt of the price increases has fallen on families with children. Data from the Federal Reserve show that [after inflation] the median home value for the average childless individual increased by 23 percent between 1983 and 1998 … For married couples with children, however, housing prices shot up 79 percent—more than three times faster."

And yet, the white American working class can only dream of such headaches. For its members, home ownership - in any neighborhood - is increasingly an impossible dream. And when economists talk about what illegal immigration costs the typical American worker, the averages (see below) include millions of workers who have been locked out of entire industries by employers who refuse to hire Americans, or by illegal immigrant workers who will not tolerate Americans in their midst. This is the ugly truth behind the propaganda of immigration enthusiasts, who insist that illegal aliens are doing "Jobs that Americans won't do."

In 1968, Congress passed the Bilingual Education Act (aka Title VII), which mandated teaching Hispanic children in Spanish and English, which in practice has meant in Spanish only. (The BEA was officially “eliminated” by the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, yet NCLB did not eliminate bilingual education, which radical U.S. Department of Education officials force more aggressively than ever on the public schools.)

In states buffeted by high levels of illegal immigration, including the entire American Southwest, Florida, New York, and Illinois, the public schools are being inundated by unassimilable, illegal immigrants and the children of illegal immigrants, including foreign street gangs. Such schools are typically dominated by incompetent, racist, Hispanic (in Florida, often by Haitian) nationalists at the staff, faculty, and administrative level, who increasingly dispense with the teaching of English. And the foreign nationalist “educators” get paid more than do their English-speaking counterparts!

In California, which has approximately four million illegal immigrants (out of 9 million-13 million nationally), illegal immigrants have destroyed a public school system that for generations was the envy of the nation. For middle-class, American parents to leave their children in such hostile environments would constitute neglect. And so, while some parents have placed their children in often expensive private schools, others have sought safe public school districts. Realtors have cashed in. Thus must middle-class Americans pay exorbitant taxes to maintain public schools from which they have been disenfranchised, or buy overpriced homes, while people who are here illegally use the schools for free.

Throughout the American Southwest, public and private hospitals alike face the prospect of shutting down, because of the onslaught of illegal immigrants. State and local laws prohibit hospital emergency rooms from turning away any patient, based on his inability to pay, or from inquiring into a patient’s citizenship status.

Exploiting such laws, illegal immigrants use emergency rooms for primary medical care, including for the common cold, so as to get out of paying for their care. Meanwhile, American patients with real medical emergencies, whose taxes maintain those hospitals and who pay for their own medical care, are turned away.

News reports tell of Californians with medical emergencies who are forced to drive from hospital to hospital, since facilities close their emergency rooms to new patients as early as noontime. Bizarrely, such reports never mention the role of illegal immigration in causing the medical crisis. Instead, one hears only of “uninsured” patients, amid suggestions that the system needs massive transfusions of tax dollars, and that America needs European or Canadian-style socialized (“universal”) health care. None of the stories this reporter has seen, has told of illegal aliens ever being turned away from medical facilities, no matter how trivial their complaint. Thus are Americans disenfranchised by the very medical system they pay so much to maintain.

And Americans pay higher auto insurance rates, to make up for illegal aliens who drive illegally and without insurance, and cause accidents.

Illegal immigrants’ defrauding of California’s generous welfare system has long been a scandal. Such welfare fraud is now a national scandal, as state and local governments operating stealth amnesty programs violate the Constitution, in negotiating directly with Mexico and other foreign governments, to accept the “matricula consular,” an insecure form of ID used exclusively by illegal aliens, and in issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Illegals may then use either the matricula consular or state driver’s licence to receive welfare benefits from officials who are not permitted to ask an applicant his citizenship status. Meanwhile, a driver’s license can be used to illegally register to vote.

Increasing numbers of states are following New York’s example, and granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens, at the same time that they charge law-abiding, American citizens from other states two and three times the in-state rate. And as illegal aliens are taking the initiative, suing colleges in Virginia for the right to break the law, illegals in the other states will surely follow suit. Thus do those who, as a matter of law, have no civil rights, demand and receive such rights at the expense of Americans, who are robbed of theirs. Meanwhile, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.) seeks to make the lawsuits moot, as his DREAM Act would repeal the federal law prohibiting the granting of in-state tuition to illegals.

Again, it is the citizens who must pay for the illegals. And via affirmative action, unqualified, illegal college applicants are admitted ahead of qualified Americans, foreclosing on the already limited opportunities for the children of the white, working poor to improve their lot. (A multitude of programs exist for such children's black and Hispanic counterparts.)

But that isn’t the half of it. As columnist Paul Craig Roberts has pointed out, unqualified immigrants – including illegals – enjoy affirmative action privileges, in getting jobs in place of qualified, American citizens.

It is no wonder that for years, Americans have been fleeing California, whose population has been buoyed exclusively through incoming illegal immigrants.

But flight is just a stopgap. Today, California; tomorrow, Idaho.

As economist George Borjas has shown, America’s immigration policy costs every American worker an average of $2,578 in annual income, in the form of depressed wages, in addition to all the hidden surcharges I listed above. And with every stealth amnesty, more illegals stream across America’s borders to all her states. And as the unfortunate American residents of far-flung Lewiston, Maine have learned, the federal government is inviting foreigners to come here LEGALLY, to partake of welfare programs that disenfranchised Americans must pay for.

Finally, as Steve Sailer has reported, illegal immigration is disenfranchising Americans through the unconstitutional creation of “rotten boroughs,” in which only a small portion of the populace may legally vote. Rotten boroughs arise because congressional districts are created based on numbers of “residents,” rather than citizens.

Unlike the wealthy liberals who support every sort of handout for immigrants, Middle Americans who actually have to work for a living, cannot afford an unlimited number of hidden, illegal immigration taxes and surcharges. Like the classic science fiction movie, the current situation could be called, Invasion of the Citizen Snatchers. Or simply, as in the title of Michelle Malkin’s book, Invasion.

Originally published in the December, 2000, Middle American News.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: California; US: Florida; US: Idaho; US: Illinois; US: Maine; US: New York; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; ameliawarrentyagi; amnesty; bilingualeducation; ccrm; dreamact; edrubenstein; elizabethwarren; georgeborjas; healthcarecosts; housinginflation; illegalimmigration; immigration; invasion; matriculaconsular; orrinhatch; paulcraigroberts; samfrancis; samuelfrancis; stevesailer; tancredo; tancredo2004; thenannystate; thewelfarestate; welfarestate
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To: gawd
here's an idea: legalize them.

Uh, did you forget the part about "legal" immigrants raping our social services and sucking the rest of our paychecks "down" to compensate for their rabid usage of the system? The problem is, they don't make/contribute enough to pay for their usage. Legal or illegal, they are killing the American dream.

And next time grow a bigger brain and try not to jump on the "'ism" bandwagon. Use of the word "bigot, racism, homophobe, etc." generally mask an individuals inability to grasp logical concepts and support an argument.

181 posted on 12/28/2003 3:09:51 PM PST by YoungKentuckyConservative
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To: elli1
Here is some more information for you to ignore or even worse spin.
182 posted on 12/28/2003 3:24:02 PM PST by raybbr
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To: YoungKentuckyConservative
Uh, did you forget the part about "legal" immigrants raping our social services and sucking the rest of our paychecks "down" to compensate for their rabid usage of the system? The problem is, they don't make/contribute enough to pay for their usage. Legal or illegal, they are killing the American dream.

I've heard this line a dozen times on this thread and the answer is always the same: abolish the welfare state, not immigration.

183 posted on 12/28/2003 3:24:47 PM PST by gawd
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To: gawd
... this is about keeping "wetbacks" OUT. pure and simple.

Now your starting to get it.

184 posted on 12/28/2003 3:26:33 PM PST by raybbr
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To: karen999
Right On Target!

185 posted on 12/28/2003 3:26:53 PM PST by Major_Risktaker
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To: gawd
Go to Mexico, as a non-Mexican citizen, and try to set up housekeeping and get a job in violation of Mexican immigration laws and see how far you get before Mexican law falls on your head like a ton of bricks.

stupid mexican laws are not an excuse for stupid american laws.

But you believe, as you noted in another post, that everyone on the Planet Earth has a "right" to the "American Dream" and that there should be no controls whatsoever on immigration.

As another poster mentioned, that would include 300 million untouchables from India, 400 million Chinese, 100 million Bangla Deshis and on and on and on.

You believe that unlimited entry by outsiders into where you live is a "right" of those outsiders and you call those who disagree "stupid"?

Tell you what, talk is cheap.

Back up your Utopian rhetoric with action.

If you promise to permanently share your house with them, I will personally walk the streets and homeless shelters of Seattle to find ten homeless people to move in with you.

Draw up that promise as a legally binding contract and I will sign that contract obligating myself to pay airfare for those people from Seattle to your nearest major airport and taxi service from the airport to your front door.

186 posted on 12/28/2003 3:29:59 PM PST by Polybius
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To: WayneM
"If someone who is found here illegally, kick them out. If an employer is hiring illegals, throw the book at them. It's really not that complicated."

Exactly, why has it all become so complicated? Why give them amnesty?

Here's another suggestion (tongue-in-cheek) since jobs are being outsourced to India why not outsource some of the jobs to them in mexico? (dont flame me, just kidding)

Just keep them out of our Country!! Protect our borders!
187 posted on 12/28/2003 3:31:31 PM PST by stopem
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To: gawd
Ever heard of Irish bootleggers? Italian mafia? Al Capone?

So now we have the Russian mafia, the Colombian drug traffickers, etc.
Hey... let's let em all in!
Come live the American dream!
< /sarcasm >

188 posted on 12/28/2003 3:32:18 PM PST by calcowgirl (No on Propositions 55, 56, 57, 58)
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To: liberallyconservative
Thy flaming arrow missed thou target.

189 posted on 12/28/2003 3:32:56 PM PST by Major_Risktaker
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To: mrustow
The economic consequences of this illegal alien crisis are dire, but not as dire as the political ones. This issue more than any other single issue threatens our nationalism. In that sense, it is nationalism versus the new world order. A nation can be defined in many ways, but a nation that thrives and prospers must have borders which are recognizable and respected. A nation must also have laws which are universally understood and uniformly enforced. By those criteria, I question how much longer we can claim to be a nation, given that we do not have the political will in either party to deal with this crisis. We are becoming nothing more than a free lunch counter in the new world order. During the Depression hoboes had a way of marking homes that were easy pickens for a free lunch. So it is with our country, we have become an easy mark and little more than a patsy pitstop on the way to the new world order.
190 posted on 12/28/2003 3:35:37 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: mrustow
Smells like a class war to me.

It is a war against the middle class, law-abiding, tax-paying American lead by Republicans and demoRats alike.

Neither party gives a rats a$$ about the damage they are doing to their fellow countrymen, they are too busy counting the increased profits from illegal alien labor in the Repub's case, and the potential millions of new voters in the Rat party case.

Oh yeah, and the public be damned, let them eat cake, etc.

191 posted on 12/28/2003 3:40:49 PM PST by Walkin Man
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To: calcowgirl
So now we have the Russian mafia, the Colombian drug traffickers, etc.

the russian mafia exists because the government bans or restricts gambling and prostitution. colombian mafia exists because of the War On Drugs. 99% of organized crime exist because of government restrictions on something people are willing to pay for.

192 posted on 12/28/2003 3:43:53 PM PST by gawd
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To: mrustow
What I find shocking is not what the article says. I am very familiar with that.

What is shocking is the article was first published in DECEMBER 2000 and nothing has been done to correct this situation. In fact, it is worse!

193 posted on 12/28/2003 3:44:15 PM PST by Gritty (If we won't deport illegal aliens, maybe deporting American citizens on welfare will save some money)
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To: Dave S
Mother Teresa WAS a Capitalist!!
194 posted on 12/28/2003 3:45:31 PM PST by DLfromthedesert (Saddam is toast, but we pander to Vicente.)
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To: FreedomSurge; gawd
"ain't talking about amnesty. I'm talking about unconditional, free immigration for all able-bodied persons without a criminal record. everyone has a right to the American Dream"

Based on your criteria, why shouldn't we bring in 300 million untouchables from India, 100 million Banglideshis, 400 million Chinese, and 400 million from the continent of Africa?

That's way too few, when you figure in the 4 billion people who want to come here!

195 posted on 12/28/2003 4:00:10 PM PST by mrustow
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To: Gritty
It says December, 2003.
196 posted on 12/28/2003 4:01:20 PM PST by mrustow
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To: Dave S
I'm just saying if you play with the numbers like the author did you can make Mother Terresa look like a capitalist.

How did he play with numbers, or do you just not like the facts he lays out?

197 posted on 12/28/2003 4:04:50 PM PST by mrustow
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To: gawd
Only Americans have the right to the American dream. If you’d like a shot at the American dream and you’re not an American then simply fill out a form, pay your fee and then wait your damn turn.
198 posted on 12/28/2003 4:05:04 PM PST by Flashman_at_the_charge
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To: gawd
See #190.
199 posted on 12/28/2003 4:05:30 PM PST by mrustow
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To: mrustow
#190: cryptic rumbling about a "new world order". no mention of black helicopters?
200 posted on 12/28/2003 4:10:09 PM PST by gawd
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