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Open borders advocates are livid that the State of Arizona has enacted a new law authorizing State law enforcement personnel to arrest illegal aliens. The Reverend Al Sharpton is threatening to march. The mayor of San Francisco has declared Arizona off limits as a travel destination. The national government of Mexico has issued travel warnings. President Barack Obama is contemplating bringing a federal lawsuit against the State. Some are calling for a boycott of the State.

So, why all the fuss?

The State of Arizona is rightly sick and tired of the federal government’s refusal to protect our nation (and the State of Arizona specifically) from this foreign invasion that is commonly referred to as “illegal immigration.” In other words, the State of Arizona has said, “If the federal government won’t enforce the law, we will.” I say, good for them! Now, the other border states (Texas, New Mexico, and California) should do the same thing. Arizona has it right, and the vast majority of the American people know it.

As an aside, if you are considering a visit to the American Southwest this summer, why not support the brave legislators and governor of Arizona, and make a point to spend your leisure dollars in Arizona? And when you do, write a letter to the State capitol and tell them. Even more importantly, I suggest that everyone contact their own State representatives, senators, and governors, and urge them to enact a similar law–to the one Arizona passed–in your State.

And since the national news media refuses to set the record straight on the subject of illegal immigration (one could even say that the national news media is deliberately covering up the record), let’s do that right here and now.

First, let’s talk about numbers. Even though the Census Bureau (CB) estimates 11 million illegal aliens live in America, the real numbers are much higher. Even CB officials admit that many illegal aliens purposely avoid the census count. A more reliable count is provided by Bear Stearns. It puts the number of illegal aliens at around 20 million. Former US Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who was Chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, puts the number at over 18 million.

According to Tennesseans for Responsible Immigration Policies (TNRIP), 6,000 immigrants arrive in America EVERY DAY. That equates to more than 2 million EVERY YEAR. In many communities in the Southwest, including Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas, Hispanics now comprise a majority of the population. But numbers of illegal aliens are quickly beginning to mount in cities throughout the United States.

For example, TNRIP documents the fact that the Hispanic population grew in three Tennessee counties by more than 70% between 2000 and 2004. In one of those counties (Robertson) it grew over 95% during that time. In seven Tennessee counties, the Hispanic population grew by more than 40%. Now, Tennessee can hardly be considered a “border state.” The fact is, what is happening in Tennessee is happening all over the United States. And lest you think this is all harmless, think again.

According to TNRIP, the financial cost of this foreign invasion to U.S. taxpayers is staggering! Here is a breakdown of the annual costs:

Education: $22.5 billion
Bi-lingual Education: $3.3 billion
AFDC: $2.4 billion
SSI: $2.9 billion
Social Security: $24.8 billion
Housing Assistance: $2.6 billion
Criminal Justice: $2.6 billion
Jobs Lost by Americans: $10.8 billion
Other Programs: $51.4 billion
Food Stamps: $7 billion
Health Care: $1.4 billion

The first study of the net cost of illegal immigration to American taxpayers was conducted in 1997 by Dr. Donald Huddle, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Rice University. This study concluded that from 1970 to 1997, illegal immigration had cost taxpayers over $69 billion. Obviously, the financial numbers have exploded since then.

Furthermore, during 1996 alone, more than 2.3 million American workers were displaced by (mostly) illegal aliens. Harvard Professor George Borjas estimates that today American workers lose $133 billion per year in wage depression and job loss.

Back in 2007 it was reported, “LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that a new report shows illegal aliens and their families collected over $35 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in July.

“In the report, illegals are said to have collected nearly $20 million in welfare assistance for July 2007 and an additional $15 million in monthly food stamp allocations for an estimated annual cost of $440 million.

“‘Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,’ said Antonovich. ‘In addition to $220 million for public safety and $400 million for healthcare, the $440 million in welfare allocations bring the total cost to County taxpayers that exceeds $1 billion a year–this does not include the skyrocketing cost of education.’”

Consider, too, this recent report by Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector. According to Byron York at National Review, “Rector found that in 2004, the most recent year for which figures are available, low-skill households received an average of $32,138 per household–the great majority in the form of means-tested aid and direct benefits. (Rector excluded from that figure the cost of public goods and interest; with those included, he says, each low-skill household receives an average of $43,084.) Against that, Rector found that low-skill households paid an average of $9,689 in taxes. (The biggest chunk of that was the Social Security tax–$2,509–followed by state and local taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, and federal income taxes, but Rector counted everything, including highway levies and lottery purchases.) In the final calculation, he found, the average low-skill household received $22,449 more in benefits than it paid in taxes–the $32,138 in benefits, excluding public goods, minus the $9,689 in taxes.

“Taking that $22,449, and multiplying it by the 17.7 million low-skill households, Rector found that the total deficit for such households was $397 billion in 2004. ‘Over the next ten years the total cost of low-skill households to the taxpayer (immediate benefits minus taxes paid) is likely to be at least $3.9 trillion,’ Rector writes. ‘This number would go up significantly if changes in immigration policy lead to substantial increases in the number of low-skill immigrants entering the country and receiving services.’”

See York’s column at:

It has been noted that 75% of people on LA’s most-wanted list are illegal aliens. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are here illegally, and roughly 30% of inmates in the federal prisons are illegal aliens.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegals from south of the border. According to Tancredo, gang membership by illegal aliens in many states is 50%, and in Phoenix, Arizona, illegal aliens constitute 34% of child-molestation and 40% of auto theft cases.

Furthermore, illegal aliens murder (on average) 12 Americans EVERY DAY, according to Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa). Plus, illegals that drive drunk kill another 13 Americans EVERY DAY. That means illegal aliens kill more Americans EVERY YEAR than have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in total.

See the report at:

Of course, Arizonans are still reeling from the recent high profile murder of a fellow citizen on his own property by an illegal.

Law enforcement agencies are very much cognizant of a surge in Latin American “ultra-violent” gangs that have sprung up in more than 40 US states. According to the FBI, one gang called MS-13 has been identified in 42 states. Another group called the 18th Street Gang is in 37 states. According to FBI MS-13 National Gang Task Force director Brian Truchon, “When the gang migrates throughout the U.S., there is always a road back to L.A. From L.A., there is always a road back to Central America.”

Retired lawman Jim Kouri wrote, “According to Lt. Steve Rogers, a decorated cop and award-winning writer, there are tens of thousands of murderers, rapists, child predators, robbers and drug dealers who are illegally in the United States. One study shows over 200,000 criminal aliens are preying on U.S. citizens.”

What the Arizona law does is authorize its law enforcement personnel to ENFORCE THE LAW. No one in Arizona is talking about racial profiling or violating citizens’ constitutional rights. In fact, the new Arizona law actually mirrors already established federal law. But the federal government has hamstrung State and local police agencies in their attempts to arrest illegals for decades. Now, Arizona policemen can arrest illegals for being in the State of Arizona illegally, and have them deported: something they should have been doing (and have every right to do) all along. No wonder the vast majority of the American people (not to mention the citizens of Arizona) supports the Arizona law.

But there is a greater issue here: the right of the State of Arizona to protect, defend, and govern itself. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the State sovereignty movement is growing like a wildfire. Whether it is Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Alaska, or a couple dozen other states, legislators are beginning to awaken to the constitutional and moral responsibility of each State to govern itself. And when the central government in Washington, D.C., abridges or impedes that responsibility, it is the right and duty of states to resist.

This is why I tell people everywhere I speak, What is going on in [Your State] is infinitely more important than anything that goes on in Washington, D.C. Without the approbation of the State, DC’s actions and attitudes are irrelevant. This is why we need county sheriffs, State legislators, State judges, State attorneys general, and governors who–along with their State’s citizenry–understand the Constitution and are willing to courageously hold the line for freedom and constitutional government in their respective states. And by passing this anti-illegal alien bill, the State of Arizona did just that–the chagrin and consternation of open borders advocates notwithstanding.

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5 Comments in Response to

Comment by TL Winslow
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It's sad to see cheers for Arizona's new law when it will likely only prove to be an expensive merry-go-round because it locks them up at taxpayer expense then hands them over to the feds, who will likely either release them in another state or across the border, after which they will soon return to Arizona or some other state. On the other hand, pro-Mexican immigrant groups are lamely protesting about racial profiling, when papers are colorblind, and everybody is stopped by the police for some triviality sooner or later, which is how Ariz. will catch them, not by their racial appearance. The Democrats meanwhile want a general amnesty for Mexicans now in the U.S., as if there aren't 100+ million more a walk away who want to cross the border next.

Does the U.S. like to tear itself up endlessly over non-solutions when the real solution is so clear now, namely, the Megamerge Dissolution Solution of working with the Mexican people to dissolve their incurably corrupt govt. and failed country in exchange for creating 10+ new states that will become economic zones attracting southward migration, creating new jobs for all 414 million of us, and expanding the border to the oceans where it can finally be effectively controlled? With broad bipartisan support Congress can effect the megamerge in just years instead of wasting time on Democratic and Republican non-solutions. Tell them about the MMDS and the original proposal at

Comment by Anonymous
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 Living in the great state of Arizona I'm all for throwing out the illegals. I'm tired of being told to push 1 for english, of not being able to go Home Depot without being mobed by dozens of illegals.If you don't like the law, get out. You don't have to live here plain and simple. You want to live where everyone is accepted, go to California. If you think this law is bad, why don't you read Mexicos Imigration Laws, I have. Everyone I talk to in this state and in others say the same thing. We're tired of them and their Anchor babies. We're tired of everything being written in spanish, and we're tired of pressing 1 for english. English is the lanuage not spanish. You people don't care about being raped by the banks and Federal Gov,high unemployment,the Feds listening to your phone calls, reading your e-mails, Taxes Our country is going down the toilet and this is what got you riled up ? Sheep.

Comment by Found Zero
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Brock! You SLAYER!

BTW, when he referred to "no on in Arizona", which one of us do you think he was referring to?

Comment by Anonymous
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 Chuckie obviously has not actually READ the bill.

What does that say about him as the presidential candidate that he was?

That he's gullable?  Apparently.

Comment by Brock Lorber
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Holy cognitive dissonance, Batman!

Why, it seems only yesterday Chuck Baldwin wrung his hands and wailed to the flock, “why me? Why do I suffer the animus of the Southern Poverty Law Center? Why do they say I hate?”

Has a week gone by that Chuck Baldwin hasn't cried foul over a little report conjured from the bowels of the Missouri Information Analysis Center that artificially inflated his importance?

Yet, now, Chuck Baldwin applauds, nay, gushes over the legislation that creates prior reasonable suspicion for law enforcement to indefinitely arrest and detain him, without recourse, merely for existing in a manner not sufficiently subservient to his lord, the state.

After what must have been an exhausting survey of everyone in Arizona, Chuck Baldwin claims, “no one in Arizona is talking about racial profiling or violating citizens’ constitutional rights.” Either polling is not as exact a science as theology, or the polling method utilized is flawed, because the words I hear emanating from within the geographical plot arbitrarily designated Arizona are ALL about racial profiling and violations of citizens' rights.

Used only for the stated purpose, this law necessarily entails racial profiling. But, it takes a special leap of faith to believe the stated purpose is the actual purpose.

The purpose of this law is to tag the herd and to bring their actions and PRIVATE property under state control. “Existing” is now permitted only if authorized by the state. Use and disposal of your PRIVATE property is now only permitted if authorized by the state.

There is no other purpose or effect of this law, hate-filled cheering and jeering notwithstanding.

As a quite separate issue, Mr. Baldwin, your list of “costs” (ranging from dubiously sourced to outright fabrications [Steve King? Really?]) is completely irrelevant when not accompanied by the “benefit” side of the ledger. It's those niggling little omissions that land you on the SPLC's Hate Watch list.

Perhaps if you learned basic accounting, you wouldn't be reduced to blegging for donations at the end of your posts.

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