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The Costs Of Illegal Immigrants
April 14th, 2006
Updated August 15, 2008 - May 10, 2010
by columnist
David Lawrence Dewey
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In 1990 the illegal aliens/immigrant population was about 4 Million. In 2,000, that increased to an estimated 9 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.

In 1986, The Immigration and Refugee Control Act (IRCA), passed Congress which was to give a "one-time" pass of amnesty to illegal immigrants in the country then. From 1986 to 1990, illegal immigrants increased again to 4 million. According to the 1990 Census and the Pew Hispanic Center in 1990, approximately 60% illegal immigrants were from Mexico, 20% from other Latin America countries, 12% from Asian countries, 5% from Europe and Canada and 2% from Africa.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service summary release dated Jan. 31, 2003, the U.S. Census data said there were 7 million undocumented people residing in the United States as of December 2002.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, in March of 2005, there were 11.1 million illegal immigrants in the country. This is an increase of over 4 million in just 3 years. As of March 2005, 56% of illegal immigrants are coming from Mexico, 22% from other Latin American countries, 13% from Asia, 6% from Europe and Canada, and 3% from Africa. 2005 Pew Hispanic Report

Now, in 2006, based on U.S. Border Estimates of 10,000 daily illegal immigrants that are crossing the border since March 2005, it is estimated that there are now between 14.1 and 15 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. States. And it could be as high as 20 Million. This is a 28% increase from 2003 to 2005 influx of illegal immigrants coming into the country. 60% of this number, or 6,000 are coming from Mexico each and every day. Costs for education, welfare, food stamps, medical care, housing, energy assistance for illegal immigrants has soared and is staggering. There is also the costs of housing illegal immigrants in prisons and jails for crimes they commit in U.S. after crossing the border. In addition, illegal immigrants send over $30 billion dollars annual back to relatives in Mexico. Who is paying for it? The American Taxpayer.

The population of undocumented residents in the United States increased by about 23 percent during the four-year period: 2001 to 2005, according to the analysis of government data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a private research group.

Overall, the U.S. foreign-born population, was 35.7 million last year based on 2000 Census data and calculations for 2005. Those of Mexican descent again comprised the largest group of foreign born descent - more than 11 million, or 32 percent. This does not count the Mexican illegal aliens which is estimated at another 10.5 Million, with some saying it could be as high as 14-15 Million.

15 years ago, the Hispanic population which included illegal aliens/immigrants in the U.S. was approximately 11% of the U.S. population. In 2006, it is estimated at 32%, a 21% increase in 15 years. Why in the world have the politicians in Washington been stalling on doing anything concerning illegal aliens and illegal immigrants?

81% of illegal aliens, or approximately 8.2 Million, are from Mexico and Latin American countries.

This will give you an example of how much illegal aliens are costing the U.S. Department of Corrections for jailing illegal aliens in this country who have committed crimes.

On March 17, 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill (S. 188) to re-authorize the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) for six years. SCAAP helps state and local governments with the prison and jail costs of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes not related to their immigration status. The bill authorized $750 million for fiscal year (FY) 2006, $850 million for FY 2007, and $950 million per year for FY 2008 through FY 2011. The program received $297 million in FY 2005. No funding was requested for SCAAP in the President's FY 2006 budget, therefore States were going to have to foot the bill in 2006. However, the Senate adopted a Sense of the Senate amendment to the FY 2006 budget resolution that $750 million was appropriated for SCAAP in 2006.

After reading this column, I hope you will contact your Congressman and tell them at least two things:

1:) Those that here illegally, NO AMNESTY, they must home or be arrested - they are here illegally.
2:) A wall must built on the border to stop the flow, it is averaging now 10,000 daily crossing the border.

You are the only ones that can get the politicians to do what needs to be done, please call, fax or write your Congressman today. There are links at the bottom of this article that will direct you to contact information for your Congressman.


What's Wrong With This Picture?
Is This America or Mexico ?

What you are seeing has occurred in the hundreds of protests by illegal immigrants across the country recently. I never thought I would see the day of seeing this in America. If you said, "Mexico", you are correct. It is illegal immigrant demonstrators in San Diego a few weeks ago waving the Mexican flag.

I have received thousands of emails from Americans that were very upset seeing this. America has its own flag. Do we need another flag, especially a flag from a country that DOES not take care of its own, but instead shoves them into the U.S. by actually printing a 31 page booklet in 2004 entitled,"Guide for the Mexican Migrant,"showing illegals how to "safely" cross the border without being caught ?

Waving the Mexican Flag in America
These people need to go home...
if they want to wave their Mexican flag

The politicians in Washington need to get off their collective behinds and do something NOW about this serious issue of illegal immigrants.

This issue has been boiling and getting worse over last 8 years. I want to make one thing very perfectly clear. I am not a racist by any means. The data and facts you will read are simply the data and facts.

There are those in the illegal immigrant movement that are attacking journalists for simply stating the facts and data, instead calling these journalists racists. I am not a racist, I am simply stating the facts, the data, the truth.

Here are the facts and data:

We've Done This Before -

The Immigration and Refugee Control Act (IRCA), passed in 1986, was touted as a "one-time-only" amnesty to end illegal immigration, to provide a clear path for foreign workers to find legal jobs in the US, and to protect US workers from underground cheap labor. I DID NOT support it. It made NO sense. It promised to provide tough employer sanctions that would shut off the lure of employment for illegal workers and therefore halt the invasion that was causing so many problems, especially in the states bordering on Mexico. Has it worked? NO - illegal immigrants from Mexico have increased to over 10,000 illegal border crossings daily into the country. That is 3 million a year.

Federal Law -
These People Are Here Illegally
Regardless of What Anyone Says...
They Have Broken The Law, They Are Criminals

Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, “Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States who: Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.

Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "when the citizens of a country do not enforce the laws they have written, it can only lead the country into anarchy." - In other words, "civil unrest".

Has The Above Law Been Enforced?

No - You saw the proof in the hundreds of thousands of illegal protestors you saw on the News!

Where were immigration services at these protests to check if this people were legal to be in the U.S.? Why weren't those who were actually talking to television reporters, saying they were illegally here arrested and deported?

Here Are Facts You Need To Know

Most of the data below has come from U.S. Census records, The Pew Hispanic Center and the Federation for American Immigration Reform

I received the following email from one of my readers, a Hispanic woman who LEGALLY entered the country and became a citizen. I admire people like this woman for she says it like it is. I have omitted her name for privacy reasons.

Dear Mr. Dewey:

I hope you will be doing a article about illegal immigrants.

As a person of Hispanic descent from Mexico who legally entered this country and became a citizen, I am very upset that our government officials are talking about giving these people amnesty again. Didn't they already do that in 1986 and it was suppose to be only a one time thing.

I am upset because my property tax bill keeps climbing every year to cover schools, health care costs and local colleges costs for these illegal immigrants, while my own children donít qualify for financial aid for college. Government agencies may claim that illegal immigrants donít qualify for state-funded programs, but what about the children they start having once they illegally get here and have children here - then they do? The politicians are not seeing that.

Another thing, right here on my own street are three illegal immigrant women from Mexico. Each of them brought anywhere from 1 to 4 children with them born in Mexico. Then they have another child here in the United States which means they can now stay because of the child born here. These woman are collecting welfare, foods stamps, basically free health care saying their husbands left them, when it fact their husbands have not and are traveling the country working. Now I ask you, why should I, an American Citizen and taxpayer being forced to pay for these people. These people need to be sent back to Mexico and the Mexican government needs to fix the corruption and standard of living in Mexico so that these people will not want to come to the United States. And our government needs to stop being so nice to the Mexican government about this issue also. We need a wall built across the border, I tell you, this is the only way we are going to stop these people.

My comments are not welcome by many in my Hispanic community, but the bottom line is money and the illegal immigrants are a financial burden to the communities, to the states and the country. President Bush and all the other sleeping politicians need a wake-up call about this issue. Please write an article and provide the facts to the public - they need to know before it is too late.

Sincerely, One of Your Readers In San Diego, CA.

You the American voter/taxpayer have the facts. Now it is up to you. The explosive wave of illegal immigration that has been seen especially the last five years is an outrageous scandal and betrayal of the public trust by our elected Congressmen in Washington. They have done nothing to address this issue since 1986 when they gave the 4 million illegals in the country then amnesty.

I cannot provide you with anything more to convince you of the importance of what must be done concerning this issue. What little I have presented to you in this article, is just the tip of the iceberg of the financial and social costs of illegal aliens in this country.

One thing I forgot to mention are the "gangs" that are showing up from southern Latin American countries.

These are gangs more ruthless that you can imagine. The most dangerous "gang" in the U.S. is the, Mara Salvatruchas 13 gang, also known as MS-13, ( Mara means posse, and the 13 represents where the gang first started, California.) Where did these gang members come from, Central and South America, especially Salvador, crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Police authorities and the FBI ignored this growing gang that has now grown to over 70,000 members in 33 states, mainly because of a lack of funding and manpower. As the current rate of "new" members being accepted into the "gangs", MS-13 is expected to grow to over 500,000 in five years. It is also being called the "Mexican Mafia" in the U.S. for they are bringing into their fold illegals from Mexico. This gang is the most violent gang known to date in the U.S. They use machetes most of the time to kill or injure to near death.

Two summers ago, the body of a young woman who had informed against her boyfriend who was a gang member was found on the banks of the Shenandoah River, repeadtly stabbed and her head nearly severed. Last May, gang members in Alexandria, VA, armed with machetes, hacked away at a member of a rival American gang, slicing his fingers off, then this ears, then his toes. To put it bluntly, we do not need these kind of people in America. They have no understanding of what values are, much less what is right and wrong. They need to be sent back to where they came, or better yet, prevented from entering the country.

1990 to 2004 - Where Illegal Immigrants Lived.

In 1990, 88 percent of the illegal immigrant population lived in six states - California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey. By 2004, those states accounted for 61 percent of the nation's undocumented illegal/alien population. The top state is California, where nearly one-quarter of the undocumented reside, followed by Texas (14 percent) and Florida (9 percent). Next on the list were New York (7 percent), Arizona (5 percent), Illinois (4 percent), New Jersey (4 percent), and North Carolina (3 percent).

Arizona and North Carolina are two of the fastest-growing states in the nation overall and have metropolitan areas booming with new construction, restaurants and service-oriented businesses - job sectors that often hire undocumented illegal workers. Take Walmart for example who hired contractors for cleaning services in their stores who recently got hit with a $7 million dollar fine for hiring illegal immigrants for $2.00 an hour. Just think how many jobs that took away from U.S. citizens.

In March of 2005, I wrote a column, "Is It Time To Really Close The Border?". You may want to read that column also. I tried to warn then what was going to happen in 2006.

I hope it is not too late for you the American voter/taxpayer to do something. Our politicians, both Republicans and Democrats have sat on their collective behinds too long on this issue. You must let them hear your voice. Please contact your Congressman today and tell them:

U.S. Senators Email Addresses

U.S. House Of Representatives

~ David Lawrence Dewey

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