Cost of Illegal Immigration Message Catches On

In July of 2010, (with an ensuing revision in February of 2011) FAIR’s Research department released a detailed report that closely examined the fiscal burden imposed by illegal aliens on all U.S. taxpayers. The result of the analysis was that illegal immigration costs the U.S. well over $100 billion per year, a staggering amount even if we weren’t facing a recession and crippling debt. This burden can be reduced over time as illegal aliens are sent home or leave on their own.

The report has been around for some months now, but during recent GOP presidential debates its result has been used as a major talking point to emphasize the size of this problem and that action is needed now. During the GOP debate on September 18, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), in response to a question about immigration, talked about the great burden illegal immigration imposes on the United States, while citing FAIR’s cost data.

We can’t continue to sweep this issue under the rug. These costs will continue to grow as more people cross our borders illegally. $113 billion is a lot of money that could be put to better use in solving other problems, helping stimulate our economy, and encouraging more fiscally responsible government. I am glad that candidates and civic leaders are finally paying attention and proposing solutions to this problem.

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    Don’t blow off mindless steam in comments or blogs; stop the unceasing complaining and aim your anger and frustration, at the politicians in Washington This chaos caused by unfettered immigration has not been just caused by the Obama administration, but former Bush, Clinton and others. THIS IS YOUR MONEY, TAXPAYERS MONEY–LEGISLATORS ARE SPENDING IN FINANCIALLY ACCOMMODATING ILLEGAL MIGRANTS AND IMMIGRANTS. On SPAN today I saw a smug featured Homeland Security Janet Napolitano making excuses for the Department Of In-Justice. Still informing us that our borders are secure, so why is Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina far from the border, fighting to save their small treasuries from Economic illegal aliens?

    The inception of incessant immigration happened on Ronald Reagan’s dime, known as the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act (IRCA) also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli bill. It was apparent from the start that this systematic legalization didn’t work, but because of the loopholes involved the original estimated 3.5, turned into 6 million unauthorized persons whole claimed amnesty. Now our country through fraudulent and abuse we are now carrying an estimated 20 million through chain migration and the unceasing millions of illegal aliens who have broken border rules and 40 percent who over stayed legal visas. The main attraction is criminal minded business owners, who since 1986 have felt comfortably in hiring discount labor. This includes the villains in the farming industry, who have violated labor laws, by keeping wages low and attributing to poor living conditions. Agriculture must also carry the guilt in placing the weight of education for their children and family health care on taxpayers.

    This is a brief description of the Simpson/ Mazzoli law:

    • Requirement for employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status.
    • Made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants.
    • Granting amnesty to certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants.
    • Granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously.

    The whole bill was a total disaster, as business owners has shown since that time, violated the law and ignored the American people. Both the Republicans and Democrats, pushed by the Liberals remained either ignorant to the fact or intentionally covertly assisted in this fiasco. The cost for this fraudulent outrageous experiment carried a price tag over a ten year period of $78 Billion dollars.
    Today—an estimated for full immigration reform, Amnesty, as assessed by THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, a mind blowing $2.6 TRILLION OF YOUR DOLLARS.

    A labor economics Professor Vernon Briggs, of Cornell University stated:

    “The toleration of illegal immigration undermines all of our labor; it rips at the social fabric. It’s a race to the bottom. The one who plays by the rules is penalized… a guest worker program guarantees wages will never go up and there is no way American citizens can compete with guest workers.”

    The only way to cut illegal aliens off from sparse jobs and show them who is really in charge, is informing our Legislators to embrace Rep. Lamar Smith” LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” Pay attention and use the free faxing system to qualify the E-verify law. This is the same Washington switchboard number to insist that your local or federal politician to push a vote on the “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT”. Contact Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ; House Chairman of Ways & Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI.)

    Call ALL these Other Members of the Ways & Means Committee to phone or fax for free. Your arguments and irate anger on the Internet, will most be ignored. But aides in the offices of these lawmakers cannot escape your voices and your wrath. Just keep on calling without hesitation, because the Liberal quacks, Democrat hard liners and the GOP minority establishment don’t want this law imposed. They are not working for Americans any more, but for the open border advocates and the corporate ‘K’ street lobbyists.


    Never was immigration enforcement about any race of people, it strictly about how you enter America. Both political parties are to blame, as how can you enforce a law on anybody—WHEN IT’S JUST A CIVIL OFFENCE? IT MUST BE DRUMMED INTO THE HEAD OF POLITICIANS, THAT ONLY BY ENACTING ILLEGAL ENTRY AS A FELONY, WHICH WILL MAKE FOREIGN NATIONALS TO STAY IN THERE HOMELAND AND NOT TAKE THE CHANCE OF BEING IMPRISONED.

    NEBRASKA, Rep. Berg, Rick (GOP) (202-225-2611) ; NEBRASKA, Rep. Smith, Adrian (GOP) (202-225-6435); LOUISIANA, Rep. Boustany, Charles (GOP) (202-225-2031); MICHIGAN, Rep. Camp, Dave (GOP) (202-225-3561) & (202-225-2031); KENTUCKY, Rep. Davis, Geoff (GOP) (202-225-3465); PENNSYLVANIA, Rep. Gerlach, Jim (GOP)(202-225-4315); KANSAS, Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (GOP)(202-225-6601); MINNESOTA, Rep. Paulsen, Erik (GOP)(202-225-2871); WASHINGTON, Rep. Reichert, Dave (GOP) (202-225-7761); WISCONSIN, Rep. Ryan, Paul (GOP) (202-225-3031) Tell these disinclined lawmakers that you are a voter and that they will be hearing from you in 2012.

    Whoever is pursuing the Presidency better push the mandatory E-Verify to their Audience, as the TEA PARTY is avidly listening to every word. In the following debates, either Perry, Romney, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Paul, Huntsman, Santorum and Johnson will be under pressure to approve THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT (Bill H.R. 2885)

    As an addition through CHAIN MIGRATION and children of illegal aliens is accelerating past the 300.000 yearly entering our nation that taxpayers are forced to pay. This is outlandish paramount circumstance that economic illegal aliens, who steal into America, must have their violation supplemented by American dollars.

    If you want to fax, go to NumbersUSA or please call 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. Representative’s office to urge action in this next session in Congress. The TEA PARTY will not tolerate Sanctuary cities, Dream Acts, another Amnesty or any Immigration Reform that circumvents the law.

    In our future elections and specifically the 2012 presidential vote, we must firmly oversee our absentee ballots and in the voting precincts. It is proven beyond any shadow of doubt, that illegal aliens are voting, which could be a major problems in close elections; but canvassing organizations of leftists activists and some Democrats are registering illegal aliens as in Texas, without restraint. This is not an isolated case, but rampant throughout this country. Read about voter fraud on the Internet.

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    US becomes a center of poverty-wage manufacturing
    29 September 2011
    Earlier this month, the World Socialist Web Site reported that production workers are now being hired at $12 an hour at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, and that BMW has opened a new assembly line in Spartanburg, South Carolina that employs mostly contract workers earning $15 per hour.
    These wages, among the lowest for autoworkers anywhere in the developed world, are the result of the unrelenting assault on living standards of American workers over the last three decades. This has reached new heights since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008.
    With the full backing of the Obama administration, US and foreign-based corporations are exploiting levels of mass unemployment and poverty not seen since the Great Depression in order to transform the US into a cheap labor platform in direct competition with Mexico, China and other low-wage countries.