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High cost of immigration
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 2/14/03 | John Dougherty

Posted on 02/14/2003 8:15:11 AM PST by Republic of Texas

High cost of immigration

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 14, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

SAN YSIDRO PORT OF ENTRY – Each day during the school year scores of Mexican children bearing backpacks and school books trek back and forth across the border to be educated in American public schools.

Daily as well, Mexican ambulance crews transport uninsured south-of-the-border citizens to American hospitals because they know laws here forbid U.S. medical providers from turning them away.

Migrants – legal and illegal – returning to Mexico at the port of entry near San Diego

Meanwhile, U.S. and Mexican politicians are plotting to merge both nations' social security systems, even as the economic impact of immigration – legal and otherwise – is dooming budgets in some states, like California.

Add to this mix a high (and climbing) unemployment rate among legitimate U.S. citizens – many jobs that have been taken by illegal aliens – and indeed, in many respects, American taxpayers find themselves not supporting one country but two – at least.

According to a study done by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based group that supports immigration reductions, "the cost of immigration to our society is enormous." Based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, FAIR says "we are admitting over 1 million mostly poor people into our society every year – a society that is already challenged to deal with the poverty of its natives."

The most recent estimates, the group says, place costs of immigration – legal and otherwise – at $61 billion in 2000 alone. And before the chorus of "immigrant rights" groups counter that "even illegal immigrants pay taxes," this mammoth figure represents costs after immigrants' tax contributions are factored in. Indeed, legal immigrants are more expensive – they account for $35 billion of that figure.

These costs are repetitive and come from many sources – sources that grow more expensive every year. "As high as the cost is now, the rising tide of immigration will lift it even higher in years to come. By the end of 2002, the annual net cost of immigration will have risen $66 billion," said FAIR.

For example, the study said that, based on 1996 figures, total immigrant receipt of means-tested welfare benefits came to $180 billion, though "the real costs are probably even higher than these estimates, which do not take into account the effects of immigration in displacing American workers from their jobs and depressing wages," FAIR said.

And analysts say poverty-stricken immigrants will continue to be the norm. "… Immigrants arriving in the past decade or so are earning less compared to native-born Americans than immigrants who arrived in earlier decades," said a 1995 National Bureau of Economic Research study, "Immigration and the Welfare State."

Here are a couple more quick figures, again based on 1996 estimates:

The cost of educating legal and illegal immigrants, aged K-12, in the nation's public schools is more than $20 billion – most of this burden is borne by states bordering Mexico (one of which is California, which is teetering on economic meltdown);

"ESL," or English as a second language, and bilingual education alone costs more than $4 billion;

Immigrants collect more than $26 billion in Social Security benefits annually;

The nation spends greater than $15 billion a year on immigrant-related Medicaid expenditures

Immigration costs local governments $20-21 billion annually.

In all, while immigrants pay around $95 billion in taxes, they consume about $145 billion in public services. That's a net cost about $50 billion, or one-sixth of the Bush administration's projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2004. Economically speaking, therefore, America derives no benefit by continuing its "open borders" policy.

Yet, even as local and state governments fight to find ways to trim services because of, in part, extra immigrant-driven costs, American citizens will suffer because few of the same people seeking the budget cuts want to do much to trim immigration.

FAIR says: "Americans should demand that Congress reduce the immigrant flow and alter the criteria for admission to ameliorate the cost of immigration to our society … Immigration creates an enormous fiscal burden on America and its citizens – a burden that Congress has levied upon us through short-sighted and haphazard immigration policy."

Yet on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, in his economic report to Congress, said just the opposite, to explain how the administration can reduce its deficits: "Short of a major increase in immigration, economic growth cannot be safely counted upon to eliminate deficits and the difficult choices that will be required to restore fiscal discipline."

Adding costs will trim deficits, Mr. Greenspan? Only in Washington is this called sound policy.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a staff reporter and columnist for WorldNetDaily, and author of the special report, "Election 2000: How the Military Vote Was Suppressed."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: illegal; immigrantlist; immigration; mexico
For all the immigration apologists who claim illegal immigrants contribute more than they take.
1 posted on 02/14/2003 8:15:11 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas
bttt
2 posted on 02/14/2003 8:17:06 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas
The illusion that we have borders is falling away as fast as the American citizen is beginning to realize their importance in having any nation at all.
3 posted on 02/14/2003 8:20:27 AM PST by junta
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To: junta
Absolutely. We are fools to waste time securing a peaceful democracy in Iraq, if we don't protect our own borders at home.
4 posted on 02/14/2003 8:23:54 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Sabertooth; madfly
ping
5 posted on 02/14/2003 8:24:34 AM PST by SCalGal (Tag line sale: 10% off)
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To: Republic of Texas
Thanks for posting this article. In California we bear a huge burden because our President wants to import poverty, and our state is going broke, yet there is NO mention in the liberal rags of the huge cost of immigration, legal and illegal. This subject is never mentioned by our stupid governor, and the pro-immigration bleeding hearts are preaching on a daily basis.

Repeated letters to the ?senators and ?representatives go unanswered. Simply stated, we're being outnumbered.

6 posted on 02/14/2003 8:31:35 AM PST by janetgreen
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To: janetgreen
The same thing is happening in Texas, but I think Calif. is about 10 years ahead of us on the stupid/liberal/PC meter. Even conservative Texas is being slowly overwhelmed by liberals, and immigrants who want to facilitate a socialist government in this country.
7 posted on 02/14/2003 8:43:43 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Republic of Texas
Yes, and it has been an absolute eye-opener to me and other conservatives here (there actually are some of us) that a Republican? President would do this to us. Despite some of his other policies that I have agreed with, this one huge issue of unlimited immigration will prevent me from voting for him again, or for any other politician who agrees with him on this.
8 posted on 02/14/2003 8:49:31 AM PST by janetgreen
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To: Republic of Texas
FAIR says "we are admitting over 1 million mostly poor people into our society every year – a society that is already challenged to deal with the poverty of its natives."

While I agree strongly with FAIR's position on immigration, I take exception to invoking "the poverty of its natives". Poverty in the U.S. is primarily behavioral. Doing your best in school (even a poor one), being an honest and willing worker, staying clean and sober, continuing to upgrade your skills and education through life and being willing to relocate for work virtually guarantees your escape from poverty. There's no guarantee you'll get rich that way, but you'll be better off than 90% of the worlds population.

These are the very things that attract the "good" immigrants here (so the RATS in the senate can filibuster them).

9 posted on 02/14/2003 9:05:56 AM PST by JimRed
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To: JimRed
OOPs, I forgot: < /rant>
10 posted on 02/14/2003 9:08:12 AM PST by JimRed
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To: Republic of Texas
For all the immigration apologists who claim illegal immigrants contribute more than they take.

I hope you aren't waiting for those apologists to show up here...

11 posted on 02/14/2003 9:16:07 AM PST by skeeter (Sona si Latine loqueris)
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To: Republic of Texas
Are you FReepers starting to understand that your man in Washington has NO intentions of changing this- in fact he may accelerate it. Does it not bother you that these borders are wide open? Do you now see that this "Two-Party Cartel" Has NO intentions of protecting us. The international elites have highjacked our government & only when you vote outside of this group will we be the true winners.
12 posted on 02/14/2003 9:36:17 AM PST by Digger
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To: *immigrant_list; madfly; Tancredo Fan; Marine Inspector; Joe Hadenuf; Tailgunner Joe; ShuShu; ...
The most recent estimates, the group says, place costs of immigration – legal and otherwise – at $61 billion in 2000 alone. And before the chorus of "immigrant rights" groups counter that "even illegal immigrants pay taxes," this mammoth figure represents costs after immigrants' tax contributions are factored in. Indeed, legal immigrants are more expensive – they account for $35 billion of that figure.
13 posted on 02/14/2003 9:43:59 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: Republic of Texas
bttt
14 posted on 02/14/2003 9:45:16 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Republic of Texas
And yet another reason to round em up and ship em back. If it wasnt for the U.S. economy Mexico would totally go under. Think about how much money is leached out of our economy and wired to people in Mexico. When I used to wait tables in a small restaraunt in the Houston area most of the busers were Mexican. They would send half their paychecks home every week. To people up north there isn't a problem. They dont have to wait in line at local hospitals behind illegal's that arent going to pay. They arent concerned with the issue of people that cannot properly communicate because they dont know English. It's about time for someone to do something.

Drunknsage
15 posted on 02/14/2003 9:57:34 AM PST by drunknsage
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To: drunknsage
There was a news article around Christmas about immigrants (legal or illegal?) send about 2 billion dollars a year back to Mexico.
16 posted on 02/14/2003 10:26:25 AM PST by maranatha
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To: Republic of Texas
"We are fools to waste time securing a peaceful democracy in Iraq, if we don't protect our own borders at home."

bears repeating

17 posted on 02/14/2003 5:03:00 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: maranatha
Make that 9 billion a year out of the US economy and into the Mexican economy yearly. We have a one party system and it's not pro-American citizen.
18 posted on 02/14/2003 5:05:57 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
The beat goes on......
19 posted on 02/14/2003 5:38:45 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
This thread will die like the rest of these Immigration threads.

There is cool-aid that has NEVER been matched in the history of the U.S. going around and the FR has the biggest cup. This situation is here to stay. If anyone every gets a platform for this issue he will be labeled a racist and he will be demonized so bad that no one will every open their mouth again.

20 posted on 02/14/2003 5:47:03 PM PST by Afronaut
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To: Afronaut
I tend to agree. No nation could sustain an epic invasion like this and survive. America wont either, unless it changes.

Sadly you are right. All of the concern and outrage always seems to be directed at borders many thousands of miles away, while we have completely lost control of our own borders, right here, in our own homeland.

Strange days..

21 posted on 02/14/2003 6:50:58 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Republic of Texas
bttt
22 posted on 01/20/2004 5:48:25 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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