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One of the greatest disappointments expressed by former President George W. Bush was his inability to provide amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens. But as is so often the case, the departure of one Presidential administration and the advent of another Presidential administration seldom means great change, loquacious rhetoric by the current President notwithstanding. The plan to provide amnesty for illegal aliens is a classic case in point.
President Barack Obama is determined to succeed where G.W. Bush failed. According to many published reports, he fully intends to grant amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens. In fact, granting amnesty to illegal aliens is on Obama's short list of priorities. That short list includes the nationalization of America's financial systems, the nationalization of America's healthcare and energy systems, expanding the wars in the Middle East, strengthening and increasing global agreements and associations, gun control (perhaps using international treaties where congressional legislation has failed), and amnesty to illegal aliens.
Watch for Obama to make a full-court press for an amnesty proposal next month. He has already appointed working groups to study strategies. Administration sources have said Obama wants amnesty legislation on his desk by this fall at the latest.
One way Obama is preparing the path for amnesty is contained in the massive stimulus bill already passed by Congress and signed into law. According to USA Today, "Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants, particularly in big states such as California where undocumented workers are heavily represented in construction, experts on both sides of the issue say.
"Studies by two conservative think tanks estimate immigrants in the United States illegally could take 300,000 construction jobs, or 15% of the 2 million jobs that new taxpayer-financed projects are predicted to create."
What both Presidents Bush and Obama (and John McCain, too) refuse to acknowledge is the devastating effects that illegal immigration inflicts upon the overall health and safety of the people of United States. In strict financial terms, the numbers are staggering.
According to research by Frosty Wooldridge, over $2 billion is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens every year; $2.5 billion is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens every year; $12 billion is spent on primary and secondary school education every year for children here illegally (and most cannot speak a word of English); $17 billion a year is spent on education for so-called "anchor babies"; and $90 billion a year is spent on illegal aliens for welfare and social services. Add all of the various costs to U.S. taxpayers for illegal aliens and the total is a whopping $338 billion each year.
See Wooldridge's research at
In addition, according to Robert Rector, a scholar at the Heritage Foundation, each illegal alien household will cost the American taxpayers over $1 million dollars over a lifetime. This figure is derived from a meticulous calculation of immediate services received versus any and all taxes paid.
See Rector's report at
Add to the financial costs of illegal immigration the cost of criminal activity perpetrated by illegals, and an even grislier picture appears.
Over $4 million a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens; 29% of all prison inmates are illegal aliens; 13 Americans are killed EVERY DAY by drunk-driving illegal aliens; Latino gangs, such as MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang, are now found in at least 37 states; and in New Mexico, nearly half of jail and prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Additionally, FreeRepublic.com recently released FBI statistics showing that 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles during the First Quarter of 2006 were for illegal aliens. 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix were for illegal aliens. In Albuquerque the percentage was 86%. The Most Wanted lists in those three cities found that 75% were illegal aliens. In the southern Border States, illegal aliens perpetrated 53% of all investigated burglaries. Plus, 71% of all apprehended stolen cars in Border States were stolen by illegal aliens.
Furthermore, according to Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), illegal aliens murder 12 American citizens EVERY DAY. Put that murder statistic in perspective: illegal aliens murder more Americans EVERY YEAR than the total number of U.S. soldiers that have been killed in Iraq in over 5 years of fighting.
See Congressman Steve King's report at
In addition, according to Dr. Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute (VCI), "there are approximately 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States. This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders coming across U.S. borders illegally per day." According to Dr. Schurman-Kauflin, illegals "averaged 4 victims per offender. Nearly 63% had been deported on another offense prior to the sex crime."
Dr. Schurman-Kauflin concludes her report saying, "Illegal immigrants who commit sex crimes first cross the U.S. border illegally. Then they gradually commit worse crimes and are continually released back into society or deported. Those who were deported simply returned illegally again. Only 2% of the offenders in this study has no history of criminal behavior, beyond crossing the border illegally. There is a clear pattern of criminal escalation. From misdemeanors such as assault or DUI, to drug offenses, illegal immigrants who commit sex crimes break U.S. laws repeatedly. They are highly mobile, work in low skilled jobs with their hands, use drugs and alcohol, are generally promiscuous, have little family stability, and choose victims who are easy to attack. Their attacks are particularly brutal, and they use a hands-on method of controlling and/or killing their victims."
See Dr. Schurman-Kauflin's report at
Mind you, this is only a small sampling of the carnage, both fiscally and criminally, that illegal aliens inflict upon America. And yet, G.W. Bush, John McCain, and Barack Obama still desire to provide amnesty and permanent U.S. citizenship to illegal aliens. And unless the American people again rise up to defeat these forthcoming amnesty proposals, that is exactly what will happen.
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