No one, of course, can tell us how many illegal immingrants took to the streets over the past couple of weeks to join the superbly orchestrated and magnificently publicized primarily Latino social rant against what they believe to be oppressive and "unfair" legislation dealing with the criminality of illegal entry into the United States.
Bill Johnson, writing yesterday in the Rocky Mountain News under the headline, "Hispanic marches did my soul some good," tells us that:
"I have been tickled to all get-out these past few days by the stammering and excuse-making of the heretofore loudest of the anti-immigrant fear-mongers. To this exact minute, they still cannot coherently explain the stunningly public presence of hundreds of thousands nationwide who took to the streets Monday to protest legislation that would make felons of the undocumented and those who step forward to assist them.
"It was almost impossible not to laugh out loud at the feebleness of the response to the demonstrations by Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Republican congressman from Littleton who has risen to national prominence with his calls for ridding America of illegal immigrants."
Johnson being "tickled" in response to what he characterizes as a "...stunningly public presence of hundreds of thousands..." of Latino/Hispanic (and their supporters) social ranters in American streets is, at once, evidence of the naivete with which the illegal immigration issue is being viewed by LOL liberals (Johnson) and, in addition, evidence of a very serious diminution of the principle that this nation, the United States of America, is a nation-state based upon the rule of law, not men. Johnson's silly op-ed piece seems to suggest that the "...stunningly public presence..." of men (and women) marching through the streets somehow invalidates that time-honored principle.
Consider: In Florida alone, about $1.5 Billion is spent on "educating" illegal immigrants. In Florida, $165 Million is spent on medicating illegal immigrants. $155 Million is spent in Florida on the incarceration of illegal immigrants. In consideration of all "services" provided to illegal immigrants in Florida, the cost approaches $2Billion.
Or, consider for a moment data from the Center for Immigration Studies:
WASHINGTON (August 25, 2004) -- A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies is one of the first to estimate the impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Based on Census Bureau data, the study estimates that households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more in government services than they paid in taxes in 2002. These figures are only for the federal government; costs at the state and local level are also likely to be significant. The study also finds that if illegals were given amnesty, the fiscal deficit at the federal level would grow to nearly $29 billion.
Among the findings:
Illegal alien households are estimated to use $2,700 a year more in services than they pay in taxes, creating a total fiscal burden of nearly $10.4 billion on the federal budget in 2002.
Among the largest federal costs: 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).
If illegal aliens were legalized and began to pay taxes and use services like legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual fiscal deficit at the federal level would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total federal deficit of $29 billion.
With nearly two-third of illegals lacking a high school diploma, the primary reason they create a fiscal deficit is their low education levels and resulting low incomes and tax payments Â not their legal status or their unwillingness to work.
Amnesty increases costs because illegals would still be largely unskilled, and thus their tax payments would continue to be very modest, but once legalized they would be able to access many more government services.
The fact that legal immigrants with little schooling are a fiscal drain on federal coffers does not mean that legal immigrants overall are a drain. Many legal immigrants are highly skilled.
Because many of the costs are due to their U.S.-born children, who are awarded U.S. citizenship at birth, barring illegals themselves from federal programs will not significantly reduce costs.
Although they create a net drain on the federal government, the average illegal household pays more than $4,200 a year in federal taxes, for a total of nearly $16 billion.
However, they impose annual costs of more than $26.3 billion, or about $6,950 per illegal household.
About 43 percent, or $7 billion, of the federal taxes illegals pay go to Social Security and Medicare.
Employers do not see the costs associated with less-educated immigrant workers because the costs are spread out among all taxpayers.
All of this because American corporations, LLCs and small and large contractors exploit the Mexican illegal immigrant to the extent that the "chump change" paid to illegal immigrants for framing, roofing, foundation work, etc. is, without a doubt, not only feeding the voracious greed of American entrepreneurs, but is also holding that carrot out for more and more and more illegal immigrants to cross the southern border. The consequence, of course, is that a new culture of absolute poverty is being created in this country which, of course, the American taxpayer is subsidizing to the tune of at least $10 Billion a year.
Regardless of the militaristic orchestration of the national demonstrations by Latinos (Mexican flags a flying and the desecration of the Stars and Stripes at first, then, wallah! white shirts and the celebration of the Stars and Stripes during the second round of rantings) one fact remains tantamount: illegal immigrationon into this country is a criminal act. Period.
No, Bill Johnson, I was not surprised by the numbers of Latinos that took to the streets to rant against immigration reform. You see, when it's estimated that there are at least ten to twelve million illegal immigrants in the US today and, with the apparent promise from the Bush administration of amnesty for the criminal act those illegal immigrants have unabashedly committed against American sovereignty, it's a pretty good bet there are more than twenty million illegals in this country and more coming every day. So, Bill, laugh out loud all you want. I can only hope you'll still be laughing when the full consequences of this ignoble neglect of American sovereignty is realized; when the full impact of this new culture of poverty is eventually revealed to even you, Bill.