Jul 30

CNN.Money Spins Pro-Illegal Alien Mythology (Part II)

Here are five myths about undocumented [illegal] immigrants, and why they’re wrong. CNN.money 11/20/14. (Editor’s Note: This is part two of our refutation of this article. We dealt with the first two “myths” in the previous fact check. Now we deal with the last three “myths.”)

Myth #3: They Drain the System. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other public benefits. . . . Also, undocumented immigrants are eligible for schooling and emergency medical care. But most economists see providing these benefits as an investment for the future, when these children become workers and taxpayers.

Fact  Check: As noted in our previous post, the Heritage Foundation found that illegal aliens annually consume $54.5 billion more in services at all levels of government that they pay in taxes. Defenders of illegal aliens often reply that children of illegal aliens born in America are responsible for a large share of these costs. Under current interpretation of the law they are defined as American citizens, and thus qualify for all benefits available to citizens. The defenders claim that because the young people are citizens, it is not appropriate to classify the costs they incur to illegal immigration. This argument is disingenuous to say the least. First of all, they would not be here if their parents had not entered our country illegally. Their costs are the direct consequence of that lawbreaking. Secondly, no one can honesty argue that the illegal parents aren’t benefitting themselves when their citizen children receive benefits.

The defenders also maintain that public education for the children of illegal aliens, both those born here and in their parents’ countries origin, should be counted as a fiscal asset—rather than a liability—because it is an “investment” to provide future benefits for our society. In truth, it is a very poor investment which offers little if any future net gain.

Children of illegal aliens often have limited English proficiency, which makes it more costly to educate them than American-born pupils. Also, educating them diverts limited funding from the education of U.S.-born children—which will diminish their future job opportunities and ability to pay taxes. In many of the school districts with large numbers of illegal aliens, the U.S.-born children are often disadvantaged to begin with. When the children of illegal aliens graduate they will be competing in a job market where wages levels have been stagnant for decades. Continuing mass immigration, legal and illegal, significantly contributes to this depression of wages.

Myth # 4: They take American jobs. The American economy needs immigrant workers. The belief that immigrants take jobs that can otherwise be done by hard-working Americans has been disputed by an overwhelming number of economic research studies and data.

Fact check: Some data illegal alien defenders commonly don’t cite is that with a few exceptions such as agriculture, native-born Americans are the majority of workers in all job categories. Thus when illegal aliens enter those fields, it is patently false to say they are doing jobs Americans refuse to do. Furthermore, there is no shortage of native-born Americans of working age who are not employed. Their numbers have increased in recent years, while the employment immigrants (legal and illegal) has surged. A low-wage economy discourages many Americans—particularly those who are at the lower end of our economic scale—from entering the labor force, and once again immigration contributes to this situation.

A final rebuttal to the claim that we “need more immigrant workers” is the impending surge of automation in coming decades. According to a study done at Oxford University, within twenty years nearly half of the jobs in the U.S. now done by people will be automated. As part of this trend, increased mechanization of agriculture will offer a means to end dependence on foreign farm hands. With machines doing so many jobs, there will be less justification than ever for the claim that we need “more foreign workers.”

Myth # 5: It’s just a matter of following the law. Many Americans want immigrants to enter the country legally. But under current laws, there are very few options for legal immigration . . . the wait for any kind of status is long and frustrating.

Fact Check: Legal immigration, running at around one million a year, is hardly restricted. Indeed it is excessive. In any case, it is not America’s duty to provide for the convenience of foreigners who want to come here. A sensible immigration policy is one based on what serves the interests and needs of our country.

 

 

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Jul 29

Illegal Freed Under Obama Directives Goes on Ohio Rampage, One Dead

An illegal alien from Mexico, detained by Ohio deputies on July 7 and reported to the U.S. Border Patrol when he admitted that he was in the U.S. illegally — but freed from local custody when the Border Patrol declined to come pick him up — went on a crime spree Monday in Lake County, Ohio.  A 60-year-old woman was left dead, another woman wounded, and a 14-year-old girl managed to escape a rape attempt.  

Details on the alien’s possible criminal background are unknown at this time.  http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/lake-county/2015/07/27/reports-shots-allegedly-fired-on-the-greenway-in-lake-county/30742851/

Under current Obama directives, an estimated 87% of illegals in the U.S. are not subject to deportation, despite the law. Only illegals known to be convicted felons or national security threats are generally considered for deportation.

Posted 7/29/15 by Andrew Lewis

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Jul 28

No, O’Reilly, Illegal Aliens Are Not ‘Law Abiding’

Retired immigration officer Michael Cutler takes issue with a statement by Fox News star Bill O’Reilly that he had no problem with “law abiding illegal aliens” who are “simply” working in the United States.  O’Reilly has led the campaign to shame Congress into passing “Kate’s Law” to give heavy mandatory prison sentences for illegal reentry by illegal aliens previously convicted of aggravated felonies and deported.

Cutler notes that the immigration system must have integrity and that the immigration laws are essential to protecting national security, public safety, and the jobs of Americans.  Cavalier attitudes toward visas, border security and massive alien lawbreaking led us to 12 million or more illegals here today — and were a factor allowing most of the 9/11 terrorists to enter and remain in the U.S. until their attack.

Read more here:  http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/259598/illegal-aliens-are-not-law-abiding-michael-cutler

Posted 7/28/15 by Margaret Hull

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Jul 28

Bush Promises Amnesty — in Spanish

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush did an interview on the Spanish-language Telemundo TV network. Speaking in Spanish, he amnesty for illegal aliens. Of his family he stated, “We are very Hispanic, in that we speak Spanish in the house. Columba [his wife] is a good Mexican, proud of her citizenship of this country, of course, but we eat Mexican food in the home. My children are Hispanic in many aspects. We don’t talk about it, but the Hispanic influence is an important part of my life.”

Read more at washingtonpost.com.

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Jul 27

Immigration Changing Virginia From GOP to Democrat State

“The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson–and once one of the most reliably-red of red states–is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold.”

So begins Julia Hahn of Breitbart News, in an outstanding news story backed with comprehensive analysis, ‘New California: Mass Immigration Turning Virginia Blue.’  She cites a University of Virginia study that notes: “Until 1970, only 1 in 100 Virginians was born outside of the United States; by 2012 1 in every 9 Virginians is foreign-born.”  Most of the immigrants to Virginia are Hispanic or Asian, and most vote for Democrats, as do their children.

The same transformation is occurring across the nation.  Hahn quotes a Reuters article on U.S. visa policy: “Immigrants favor Democratic candidates and liberal policies by a wide margin, surveys show, and they have moved formerly competitive states like Illinois firmly into the Democratic column and could turn Republican strongholds like Georgia and Texas into battlegrounds in the years to come.”  A 2014 report by University of Maryland professor James Gimpel, similarly found that, “the enormous flow of legal immigrants in to the country — 29.5 million 1980 to 2012 — has remade the nation’s electorate in favor of the Democratic Party.”

This fact-filled news article is must reading:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/26/new-california-mass-immigration-turning-virginia-blue/

Posted 7/27/15 by Andrew Lewis

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Jul 26

Judge Orders Release of Illegal Alien Parents With Children

Illegal immigrant parents and children should usually be released rather than held in custody, a federal judge in California ruled on Friday in a decision that could free thousands more illegals to disappear into the U.S..  The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee, appointed by President Obama and the first Chinese-American to serve as a federal district judge, gives the Obama administration a week to appeal before she will begin ordering the release of the illegals.

Obama Homeland Security officials had been using family detention as a key measure in trying to slow the surge of illegal Central Americans with children.  Judge Gee cited “deplorable conditions” in the detention centers in support of her decision.

For further details:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/25/judge-rules-illegal-immigrant-parents-children-sho/

Posted 7/25/15 by Margaret Hull

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Jul 24

Obama Policies Protect 87 Percent of Illegal Aliens

Thanks to the Obama Administration’s increasingly lax immigration law enforcement, says a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), 87 percent of the 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. have “a degree of protection” from enforcement. Five years ago, the percentage was 73 percent. The report also concludes that existing Obama policies will reduce deportations of illegal aliens from the interior by 25,000 annually.

Read more at breitbart.com.

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Jul 24

House Votes to Cut Funds to Sanctuary Cities

In response to the national outrage over the killing of Kate Steinle, the U.S. House on Thursday voted  241-179 to cut off federal law enforcement grants to cities like San Francisco that free criminal aliens in violation of federal law.  The vote on the bill by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was largely along party lines, with some Democrats saying that “good policing” justified sanctuary policies.

The Obama administration threatened a veto if the measure should pass the Senate and reach the president’s desk, continuing to insist that the only solution to the nation’s immigration problems was passage of “comprehensive [amnesty] reform” legislation.

Source:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/house-passes-bill-punish-sanctuary-cities/

Posted 7/24/15 by Andrew Lewis

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Jul 23

CNN.Money Spins Pro-Illegal Alien Mythology (Part I)

Here are 5 myths about undocumented immigrants, and why they’re wrong. Myth # 1: They don’t pay taxes. Undocumented immigrants are already U.S. taxpayers. Collectively they paid an estimated $10.6 billion to state and local taxes in 2010, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a research organization that works on tax policy issues. Myth # 2: They don’t pay into Social Security. The truth is that undocumented immigrants contribute more in payroll taxes they will ever consume in [Social Security] benefits. Money.cnn 11/20/14 (We will cover the next three “myths” in our next posting.)

Fact Check: No serious critic of illegal immigration claims that “undocumented” (i.e., illegal) immigrants don’t pay taxes. It’s virtually impossible to live in the U.S. without paying some taxes, among them sales taxes if you purchase an item and property taxes (indirectly) if you rent a place to live. Illegal aliens also pay state and federal taxes, although quite often they do not. According to some estimates, as many as half of them are paid under the table, and thus pay no state or federal taxes.

As for the figure of taxes paid by illegal aliens, the ITEP issued a new report this year stating that in 2012 illegal aliens paid a total of $12 billion in state and local taxes. This is an impressive figure, but it is meaningless without a comparison with the total of state and tax dollars that illegal aliens consume. ITEP doesn’t provide such a comparison. But a study by the Heritage Foundation has done so.

That study maintains that illegal aliens paid $17.6 billion in local and state taxes in 2013, a sum much larger than ITEP’s estimate for the previous year. Nevertheless, the study also found that all the expenditures on illegal aliens at all levels of government exceeded all the local, state, and federal taxes they paid by a total of $54.5 billion. This is the key statistic. It shows that illegal aliens are a net fiscal loss to society.

Given this net loss, it doesn’t really matter what illegal aliens pay into Social Security. What they are paying in there is more than offset by fiscal losses elsewhere. Furthermore, their presence in the job market has the effect of lowering wages levels, thus decreasing the tax base. The resulting loss of Social Security taxes must be weighed against their contributions.

Nor is it necessarily true that they will never receive any Social Security benefits. If Obama’s amnesty decree is upheld by the courts, many will get legal status and eventual access to Social Security. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently asked the Social Security Administration (SSA) what would happen if the amnesty goes into effect in the near future. The SSA replied that 16.000 would receive Social Security within the following two years and that nearly 700,000 would be recipients within the next four decades. Illegal immigration is no bargain for Social Security. (To be continued.)

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Jul 23

Report Reveals Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas

An internal study by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety found that illegals committed 611,234 known crimes, including 2,993 murders in Texas between 2008 and 2014.  The actual number is actually much greater because the study only included crimes where the alien arrested had previously been fingerprinted.

Read the details here:  http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2015/07/22/alien-crime-wave-in-texas-611234-crimes-2993-murders/

Posted 7/23/15 by Andrew Lewis

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