12 October 2005

Por Tu Maldito Amor

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President Bush says that his support for illegal aliens is based on the "fact" that illegals keep coming here to "do jobs that Americans won't do." I wonder what jobs he's referring to?

I see illegals working as landscapers, as cement workers, as roofers, as painters, carpenters, and busboys. I was a busboy.

I don't think that Bush has his head screwed on right. I don't know precisely what type of agenda he has but he definitely has one. And it seems to be in favor of illegal immigration. "Por tu maldito amor" is a song by mariachi megastar Vincente Fernandez. The song title means "For your terrible Love" and relates how the singer's love for a woman is tearing him apart. Bush must be spending time in the White House with the strains of mariachi music flowing through the air, slamming tequila and crying over his lost loves. How can Bush support such a policy? He must not be able to see the ramifications - the divisiveness, the tax losses, taking jobs from Americans, and the decline in work quality (on skilled labor jobs). Illegal immigration is a costly business to advocate. According to the Center for Immigration Studies , the real cost of illegal immigration is in the billions. 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 — 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.

The main reason that it is so costly is that, if given amnesty, illegals will continue to use welfare programs - further burdening the system but to an even greater degree. The vast majority of illegal aliens will continue to have very low incomes, and make very modest tax payments. However, legal status would allow them to use many more programs.

In the immortal words of William Holden in Network: I’m mad as hell and I can't take it any more!

Por favor presidente - despiertate!

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