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by Kathleen Gotto

How many illegal immigrants are there in the country, and why has Congress failed to act to deport them to comply with federal immigration law?

(Apr. 4, 2011) — The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) issued a 2010 study, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” which stated that  the annual costs of illegal immigration at all levels of government, including federal, state and local, to be approximately $113 billion.  Of that, $29 billion is expended by the federal government and $84 billion is expended by both the state and local governments.  That amounts to $1,117 per American household.

The report estimates that the education of illegal immigrant children “constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion.”

FAIR was founded in 1979 and is based in Washington, DC.  Its president, Dan Stein, has testified more than 50 times before Congress.  According to Wikipedia, representatives of FAIR have “been called to testify in front of the United States Congress, on immigration bills, more than any other organization in the country.”

According to Bob Dane, FAIR’s director of communications, FAIR’s goal is to reduce immigration to 300,000 people annually.   In an interview with All Right Magazine, Dane stated that “Stopping illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration is critical to every aspect of our well being…The annual level of admissions has been running higher for longer than ever before in our history.”

The Perryman Report of 2008, which refers to illegal immigrants as “the undocumented population,” states that illegal immigrants actually add $245 billion in Gross Domestic Product to America’s economy and perform 2.8 million jobs. The organization Americans for Immigration Reform (AIR), which published the Perryman Report, claims that “an enforcement only” policy will “will result in a disproportionate impact onvcritical American industries such as food production, energy production, construction, manufacturing, real estate, hotels and hospitality services, health services, maintenance and repair, business services, manufacturing, and others.”

While the FAIR study also estimates tax collections from those illegal aliens working in both the under- and above-ground economies, such receipts fail to even come close to the costs incurred.  FAIR states that even if the tax collected from illegal aliens were more, it would fail to offset the costs expended to support them because eventually U.S. workers (both unemployed and underemployed) will rejoin the workforce and would replace illegal alien workers.

FAIR has stated that the cost of support for illegal immigration to California’s taxpayers alone is more than $10.5 billion per year, which amounts to $1,183 per California citizen household.  That amount includes medical care, education, and incarceration for illegal alien care.  The state and local taxes collected from illegal aliens do not even come close to offsetting the cost to support them.  At most, even if $1.6 billion in tax revenues were collected from illegal aliens, it would still leave a $9 billion dollar deficit.

One report states that illegal immigrants actually take away jobs from U.S. citizens.  The website End Illegal Immigration reported that in 2008, there were nearly 12,000,000 illegal immigrants in the country and that the term “undocumented worker” is “a political term or slogan crafted by biased members of the media, illegal aliens and amnesty supporting groups.”

In 2009 KBPS News listed the states with the greatest numbers of illegal aliens.  At that time, they were California (2.6 million), Texas (1.7 million), Florida (720,000), New York (550,000) and Illinois (540,000).  The report stated that there were approximately 200,000 illegal immigrants working in San Diego County alone.

Congressman Brian Bilbray, serving California’s 50th District, gave his perspective on his state’s illegal immigration problem by stating, “If illegals were coming in and taking the professors’ jobs and the lawyers’ jobs, there would be a lot more outcry in Washington and Sacramento about doing something about it.”

Bilbray sees the biggest losers as being the California taxpayers, because they are the ones paying for the services that illegal aliens enjoy.  He goes on to say, “The fact is, there are a few who are making money off this, and they’re expecting the general population to carry this. You’ve got to stop that.  The trouble is the very wealthy and the very powerful are the ones who are making the most out of this, who are making the most profit out of this.”

A report in a California newspaper states that many children of illegal immigrants become victims when their parents are deported.

The Department of Homeland Security arrived at the illegal immigrant population of 10.8 million by using a “residual” methodology, which describes the numbers of people remaining after estimates of foreign legal residents of all categories are subtracted from estimates of the foreign-born population.  The report refers to illegal immigrants as the “unauthorized immigrant population.”

It has been reported that an “enormous number” of Americans lose their lives each year at the hands of illegal immigrants.  Another website details the cultural, criminal, educational, employment and terrorism impact of illegal immigration on the United States.

Last year a nun was killed in Virginia by a 23-year-old illegal immigrant from Bolivia.  One website has documented dozens of people, including police officers, who have been murdered, maimed, or become victims of violent crime perpetrated by illegal immigrants.  An illegal immigrant with a “long record” of driving offenses in Michigan caused the loss of both legs of an 18-year-old victim in December 2002.  A father of a teenager who lost her life along with her friend in Virginia two years ago tells his story to Human Events here.

Another report states that Mexico’s policy toward illegal immigrants to its country is much harsher than that of the United States.

Update, April 5, 2011: The organization Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC)  is reporting that the Obama regime has supplied guns to Mexican drug cartels, which ALIPAC equates to “arming a sizable paramilitary force overseeing the invasion of the United States.”  ALIPAC  “is calling on supporters to demand that Congress use investigations, prosecutions, impeachments, military tribunals, and treason charges if necessary to bring justice to those who betrayed American citizens by arming drug and illegal alien importing invaders.”

If Obama and the departments under his control are arming enemies of the United States, is that not treason?

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  1. Whoa, this ALIPAC issue is big! The brewing scandal of letting weapons “walk” across our southern border has taken on a whole new light and needs to be investigated thoroughly. How can obama and others in his regime NOT be traitors to this country??