Cross Posted From The Mortgage Guy:
All of the reasons that led to the defeat of the 2007 Bush amnesty remain valid today. When it comes to the economic reasons why it was defeated, those reasons are even more valid today. In 2007, there were 7.4 million Americans unemployed. Today there are 12.3 million Americans unemployed. It’s important to realize that the 12.3 million number is understating the problem because of the millions that have dropped out of the labor work force. A more realistic estimate of under employed and unemployed Americans stands at about 23 million. It is estimated that 8 million jobs are now occupied by illegal aliens.
What possible justification is there for elected officials, who are supposed to be governing on behalf of their citizens, to support any initiative that would be cause for this trend to continue and grow? How is it in the best interests of the constituencies of the supporters of amnesty to allow 8 million jobs to remain occupied by people who broke our laws, violated our sovereignty and don’t belong here in the first place?
Not only is the employment situation much bleaker this time around, government spending is out control and threatens to bring down the entire economy. How would adding 12 million people to the Obamacare roles improve that situation? It won’t. It will worsen it by billions. State and local budgets are equally strained. Providing social benefits for illegal aliens keeps them that way. We couldn’t afford amnesty in 2007 and we certainly can’t afford it now.
Then there are the brainwashed open borders liberals, and some republicans, who spew the “but illegal aliens do pay taxes”. I’ve already seen this popping up on comment boards and forums. But just like in 2007 when they tried to spread this hollow propaganda, it is false this time around too. Yes they do pay taxes. But what they pay pales in comparison to what they cost.
In fact a 2007 CBO study states…
“The tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants. Most of the estimates found that even though unauthorized immigrants pay taxes and other fees to state and local jurisdictions, the resulting revenues offset only a portion of the costs incurred by those jurisdictions for providing services related to education, health care, and law enforcement…”[The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments, December 2007]
Studies cited in the CBO report show revenues paid by illegals fall 20% to 60% short of the costs they impose on state and local governments.
This only addresses state and local costs. There are federal costs as well. A 2010 study done by the Federation of American Immigration Reform puts the total net costs of illegal immigration at $112 billion. That breaks down to $29 billion on the Federal level and $84 billion on the local and state level. The average American household share for paying for illegal aliens is $1,114. Keep in mind this is before factoring in ACA (Obamacare) costs which will skyrocket under amnesty. The bottom line is despite the fact illegal aliens are forced to pay some taxes, there is an exorbitant net cost. Why should the American taxpayer be forced to pay these costs to keep people here that are taking their jobs, social services, education and medical care? It’s like being forced to pay for the bullet used to kill you by firing squad. Don’t believe the lib talking points regurgitators that believe if one says something enough, it becomes true.
It’s not just about costs or the economics of illegal immigration. It’s about the rule of law. One set of laws for everyone with no one above the law. Amnesty provides a separate set of laws for illegal aliens and puts them above the laws that the rest of us must follow. The rule of law is a pillar upon which this country was founded. Amnesty directly erodes this pillar. Especially at a time when the current administration has trashed the rule of law time and time again with bailouts, executive orders, gun running, gun confiscation and on and on. It is clear that the political elite no longer have the consent of the governed and if you don’t know what that ultimately leads to, I suggest you do some research.
When it comes to getting the truth on illegal immigration issues, just like most issues of the day, you cannot rely on mainstream sources. The mainstream media no longer resides in the role of disseminating truthful information. They have taken on the role of leftist propagandists and will unashamedly push anything liberal with lies, obfuscation and half truths. This is how the most failed president in the history of the nation was re-elected. The illegal immigration issue is no different in this regard than say the bailouts, the economy, Obamacare and Benghazi. So be very aware of where your information comes from and what agendas are being served.
So why is amnesty being pushed by our political elite? For the democrats, they want the votes. They will get them too as they very adept at buying votes with taxpayer paid goodies. The vast majority of the illegal alien population is needy. They will vote with their pocket books and put anyone in office that promises them freebies. For republicans, it’s votes too. Somehow they’ve been convinced against logic and history that if they cave to amnesty, they will reap Hispanic votes. History, of course, doesn’t support this.
No matter the reasons for either party supporting illegal alien amnesty one thing is clear. It is a betrayal of the American citizen and they are the majority of these traitor’s constituencies.