In Defense Of Illegal Immigrants!

Editorial of the Week.
In Defense of Illegal Immigrants

Hardly a day goes by on the Internet without articles and claims being made against the presence of millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. They are accused of causing crime, being lazy, working too hard, taking jobs away from Americans and not paying school taxes even though their children attend public schools. These charges lack any evidence of validity. Illegal and legal immigrants are vital aspects of the American economic system and social community. The charges leveled against them are the exact same made against immigrants throughout the history of America.

According to statistics gathered by the Immigration Policy Center, although foreign born people make up 35% of the California population, they only account for 17% of the prison population. In the adult population of 18-40(statistically, this age group accounts for most crimes) those born in the United States were 10 times more likely to be in prisons than those born abroad. Between 1994-2005, violent crime in America declined by 31% and property crimes by 26% despite the arrival of millions of illegal immigrants. Of course, these charges have historically been made against Italian Americans and during the first half of the twentieth century, Jewish gangsters were the subject of great fear and concern.

Most immigrant critics fail to grasp how immigrants–legal or illegal are important factors in our economy. For example, thousands of bodegas sell bread, eggs, milk, meats, canned goods that come from local and national American sources. The purchasing power of immigrants is an economic stimulus providing jobs for native born Americans. Immigrants who own homes pay property taxes, those who rent also pay property taxes in the form of their rent payment. They purchase goods at stores and pay taxes. At the turn of the 20th century, prejudice against Jews which blocked them from advancement in major industries like steel, oil, coal mining, automobiles, etc.. made hard working and enterprising Jews create new industries like movies, radio, and television. The creative talents of both skilled and unskilled immigrants helps the American economy rather than stifling it.

My parents were east European poor Jewish immigrants. My father spoke Yiddish with friends and since all of his customer of his Kosher butcher were Jewish, he interacted with people using both Yiddish and English. Anti-immigrant critics accuse Hispanic immigrants of not helping their children to learn. Like Hispanic immigrants today, my parent wanted their children to get an education. My parents were unable to assist me with homework, but they offered love.

Japan, an historically antagonistic nation towards the idea of immigration, will soon pass legislation which is aimed at a Japan in 2040 that is 10% immigrant in composition. Japan now wants both skilled and unskilled immigrants because of their declining birthrate. In reality, a major factor in decline of wages for working class people is the collapse of the union movement, not the presence of unskilled immigrants. If a vibrant union movement could emerge in America it would result in higher wages and better working conditions for members of the working class.

We forget that people crossed the borders of Canada and Mexico for over a hundred years which, in effect, was the entry of illegal immigrants. It’s time to cease blaming illegal immigrants and get them on the road to naturalization.

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  • zeezil

    Overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, vanishing farm land and green space, diminishing resources, crumbling infrastructure, overcrowded schools and emergency rooms, lack of affordable housing, crime, pollution, depressed wages, increased tax burdens, the balkanization of our communities, the overall decline in quality of life, are all the result of unconstrained immigration. Too many people competing for limited resources!

    There is no problem confronting America’s Citizens that would not be measurably improved by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws.

    Assertions that there are jobs that Americans’ won’t do, or that there will be a worker shortage defy all logic. American Citizens did every job before the crushing influx of immigration changed the rules. Plain and simple businesses and employers don’t like having to compete for the workers they need.

    Suggestions that there won’t be enough workers are dangerously misguided, particularly in our overpopulated nation. America has been considered population stable for decades. Births to American Citizens are equal to the number of deaths of American Citizens.

    Even if all immigration were stopped tomorrow, our nation would never be any less overpopulated than it is right now! There would never be any fewer working age adults in our population.

    Too many people competing for diminishing resources is not sound economic, environmental, social or cultural policy!

    Arguments that there will be a shortage of workers are merely the histrionics of businesses trying to drive wages and benefits even lower. These assertions are based on outdated and unsustainable social security and social services models and are intended to justify even more population and further increase tax burdens on America’s taxpayers.

    Virtually every industrialized nation, including China, Mexico, and most recently the entire European Union has taken steps to end illegal immigration, and to curtail legal immigration to only that which is prudent, demonstrably necessary, and above all other considerations, in the best interests of their native populations. It’s dangerous to suggest that the United States should not do likewise!

    Currently, there are 193 recognized countries in the world. All 193 of those countries have established immigration policies. All 193 of those countries view illegal entry into their country as a crime. Therefore, all 193 countries take the stance that illegal immigration is a violation of their national sovereignty and is not conducive to their well being. Nor is to be tolerated. The U.S. is one of those 193 countries. Should we not agree with the entire rest of the world?

  • zeezil

    Face it folks, illegal aliens “coming here for a better life” are all either using stolen American citizen’s IDs or are fabricating social security numbers for their illegal use to work for that “better life.” What about the American citizen’ better life? Having your ID stolen for illegal use somehow just doesn’t seem to contribute to our “better life.”

    IF YOU AREN’T MAD, YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION.

    Allowing illegal aliens to remain and operate here is not a good way to build a system of law and order. Allowing illegal aliens to illegally enter and operate here is a good way to build a system of anarchy and criminal enterprise.
    Those who want to come to America legally, play by the rules and be a productive contributor to our economy and society, obey the law and assimilate into our culture will be welcomed by all citizens. Those that don’t not only will not be welcomed, they must be told to leave. Illegal aliens must be deported upon discovery and our borders must be secured to prevent this abuse to American citizens.

  • zeezil

    Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal immigration.

    As everyone knows, America is experiencing an epidemic of identity theft. In the last five years alone, complaints to the Federal Trade Commission from U.S. residents who have had their identity stolen have skyrocketed 60 percent, to 258,427 in 2007—one-third of all consumer fraud complaints that the commission receives. What’s less well understood, however, is how illegal immigration is helping to fuel this rash of crime. Seeking access to jobs, credit, and driver’s licenses, many undocumented aliens are using the personal data of real Americans on forged documents. The immigrants’ identity theft has become so pervasive that the need to combat it is “a disturbing front in the war against illegal immigration,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    The FTC’s latest statistics help show why. The top five states in terms of reported identity theft in 2007 all have large immigrant populations—the border states of Arizona, California, and Texas, as well as Florida and Nevada. People who pilfer legitimate identities in these states are much more likely than in other parts of the country to use them to gain employment unlawfully—the most common reason that illegal aliens steal personal information. In Arizona, for instance, 36 percent of all identity theft is for employment purposes, compared with only 5 percent in Maine, a state with far fewer illegal aliens. “To many law enforcement leaders in Arizona, this suggests that Arizona’s identity-theft epidemic is directly linked to the problem of illegal immigration,” says a recent report by Identity Theft 911, an Arizona company that helps businesses and individuals protect themselves.

    http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_2_snd-identity_theft.html

  • zeezil

    The way I see it, every illegal alien-held job is one less job for an American.

    There is no possible counter argument to that. Illegals only doing the work Americans won’t do is ridiculous. Americans don’t do construction jobs like tile work, flooring, framing, roofing, plumbing and gardening? Americans won’t work in factories, meat packing plants, fabrication shops, etc? And this notion that illegal Mexican immigrants want to eventually become U.S. citizens is equally nutty. What evidence is there of that? They make substantially more money, send it home, buy a hacienda and retire much better than they would if they had stayed home and worked in Mexico.

    Illegal aliens cost the American taxpayer untold billions of dollars every year. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It was legal immigrants and native born citizens that built America. The immigrants who first migrated here hundreds of years ago did so legally, and never thought of doing something illegal to gain citizenship. That’s the difference between then and now.

    So if you like overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, pollution, environmental damage, crumbling infrastructure due to overuse, diminishing resources, higher taxes, millions of fewer jobs for Americans, higher unemployment rates, less tax revenue for the U.S. Treasury and state governments due to under-the-table payrolls, more crime, gangs, graffiti, drive-by shootings and increased home invasions, more expensive health care and utility bills due to deadbeats, re-introduction of diseases previously eradicated, less available housing, unlicensed and uninsured drivers on the road, overcrowded and woefully inadequate schools with poorly educated students, food stamp-welfare-assisted housing budgets blown. in-state college tuition for illegals, more drugs, overflowing jails, fraudulent documents and identity theft, more drunk drivers, higher rents due to low supply, the balkanization of our communities, a large and growing population with loyalty to other nations, an onslaught on our national culture and identity leading to an overall decline in our quality of life and pressing “one” for English, then you should be happy with the status quo

  • zeezil

    You should now be painfully aware that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. The most recent tragedy of four Cottonwood, MN children killed (and the many injured) by an illegal alien driver is a terrible reminder of the failure of our government to simply enforce existing immigration laws. At least on two occasions, local police encountered the perpetrator for infractions of the law, yet did nothing. Due to their ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach which is obviously supported by the police chiefs, city administrators and even the state legislature, four innocent American children are now dead. State legislators must take charge of their own constituent’s welfare and work to require ALL laws are followed and enforced. Obviously, American citizens cannot pick and choose which laws they will follow, but illegal aliens, with government and law enforcement complicity, can. Following the law, abiding by the law and supporting the law is “work” that illegal aliens just won’t do. Two different groups have emerged in America today due to the effect of illegal immigration, those who have to obey the law (citizens) and those who don’t (illegal aliens). How shameful that is.

    It is not racist, bigoted or xenophobic to demand that our country’s borders be secured and to support immigration law enforcement. It is racist, bigoted and xenophobic by illegal aliens, their facilitators and advocates to demand that we allow them free reign with impunity in our country, simply because of who they are. Don’t fall for their ploy, exhibit a staunch backbone and tell them we are the most diverse nation on the face of the earth and welcome more LEGAL immigrants that the rest of the entire world combined does every year. However, where we draw the line is with the “illegal” portion of the term illegal immigrant. Those who want to come to America legally, play by the rules, pay taxes and be a productive contributor to our economy and society, obey the law and assimilate into our culture will be welcomed by all citizens. Those that don’t not only will not be welcomed, they should be told to leave.

    Political power is the real reason immigration advocacy groups are opposed to immigration law enforcement and successful immigration enforcement programs. Any failure by legislators to act and take away the sanctuary status of cities will ultimately lead to a radical shift and upheaval in American demographics resulting in the disenfranchisement of many American citizens.

    Have you heard the saying, when California sneezes, the rest of the country catches the flu? Generally what starts in California eventually spreads to the rest of the country. That is, unless a state takes measures to resist it. Unless every state realistically tackles illegal immigration by instituting Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT, which California has refused to do, this is what you can expect:

    As of 2006, California contained greater than 25% of the total illegal alien population within the U.S. Many of these illegals concentrate in Los Angeles. New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007 – up $3 million dollars from September. Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits are going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $20 million in welfare assistance for November 2007 and over $16 million in monthly food stamp allocations for a projected annual cost of $444 million. “This new information shows an alarming increase in the devastating impact Illegal immigration continues to have on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich, LA County Supervisor. “With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $444 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”

    Just keep in mind that the $37 million a month is for only one county in one state and is only welfare and foodstamp benefits. It doesn’t include hospital care, education, fraud, wage depression, crime, depreciation of housing values, the portion of bad loans given to illegal aliens by banks, insurance costs and the myriad of other burdensome expenses that illegal aliens put on the backs of American citizens. There are 29 sanctuary cities in California and because of that there should be little wonder why so many illegal aliens stay in this state. They basically operate with impunity and even if they get arrested for a serious crime there is little chance of them being deported. They can sign up for welfare and food stamps with no questions asked and the hospitals provide them with free care as long as there are still emergency rooms that can’t turn them away for lack of funds. All things considered, California has rolled out the welcome mat for them.

    Is there any wonder that California is right now in a fiscal crisis emergency with a budget deficit greater than $14 billion and growing? Reliable estimates calculate illegal aliens cost the state $10.5 billion each year! So what’s Schwarzenegger’s solution? A 10 percent across-the-board reduction in state agency funding,, transferring $2 billion in spending to the next fiscal year and increasing taxes. Why not cut all public services to those not in the U.S. legally? Just a simple thought on my part that would go a long way to putting California back on its feet. A bell should be ringing in your head about right now that tells you this is what is coming throughout America if you refuse to demand that legislators stop illegal immigration, remove illegal aliens and enforce our laws.

  • zeezil

    The Congressional Budget Office in December 2007 (CBO: The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments) stated the tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants. Illegal immigrants are a NET COST LOSS and a burden to the budgets of all states. This cost is largely borne by the states and citizen taxpayers. Federal payments allocated by Washington fall far short in reimbursing state and local government expenditures.

    The annual cost for uncompensated emergency care to Mexican Border States (California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas) is $200 million. California taxpayers paid $79 million for illegal alien health care. Texas paid $74 million. –Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center.

    The average annual cost per child for education is $7,161, totaling $109 billion to educate illegal aliens annually. The average cost of bilingual education is $1,200 per illegal student. U.S. schools annually educate 1.1 million illegal children. -Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center.

    A major cost factor in the conduct of school operations relates to the vast number of children of illegal immigrants in our classroom and the special-training dictates for many of those students being taught in their native language — some 82 languages in San Diego County, 112 languages in Los Angeles County. – North County Times, March 2008. In New York City alone, more than 200 languages are spoken in the public schools. –NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

    $108.2 million is spent each year by U.S. border counties in the four state region to pay for law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency healthcare services to illegal immigrants, states a February 2008 report from the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition (USMBCC). Current federal reimbursement returns only 11.5 cents on the dollar to counties for handling criminal illegal immigrant services.

    From 1999 through 2006, the 24 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border spent a cumulative $1.23 billion on services to process criminal undocumented immigrants through the law enforcement and criminal justice system. In fiscal year 2006 alone, the cost was $192 million. Yet, the federal government has only reimbursed these 24 counties $4.7 million for detaining criminal undocumented immigrants for fiscal year 2006 (and $54.8 million since 1999). These are staggering costs considering the rural nature and poverty level of most of these border counties. The costs to process undocumented immigrants come at the expense of basic, vital services to county residents. (Undocumented Immigrants in U.S. Border Counties: The Costs of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Services; U.S.-Mexico Border Counties Coalition February 2008)

    The average illegal immigrant family uses $2,700/year more in services than it pays in taxes. In 2002, this amounted to a $10.4 billion drain on the federal budget. Some of the greatest federal costs included: 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). According to the CIS report, since most of the illegal aliens currently in the workforce do not have a high school diploma, they only qualify for low paying jobs. That translates into low federal tax payments. Should illegal aliens ever receive an amnesty, it is estimated that net deficit costs would triple to $7,700 per household due to eligibility to all federal, state and local services. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalrelease.html

    Furthermore; nationwide, 40% of households headed by an illegal alien receive welfare benefits and 56% have no health insurance. Standard & Poor’s reports that education of illegal alien children costs the states and federal government $11 billion dollars per year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hduG9Dw0oYg

    Heritage Foundation research shows in FY 2004, at the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes (those that actually paid taxes). The average low skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year. That is approximately $9000 for EACH immigrant household of which at least 50% are illegal aliens.

    In California, each illegal immigrant will take $50,000 in services from the state beyond what he will contribute in taxes during his lifetime. -The Immigration Solution; Manhattan Institute, 2007

    Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation calculates that each immigrant who is a high school dropout, as most Mexican immigrants are, will end up costing taxpayers $85,000 over his lifetime.

    Taxpayers in our country pay more than $100 billion every year on health care and other services for illegal immigrants, including education, law enforcement costs, and housing. – Congressman Dean Heller-Jan. 2008 http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20080127/OPINION/729401847

    A Harvard University study released in January 2008 found that illegal aliens depressed wages in Arizona by $1.4 billion dollars. Hardest hit were low skilled legal workers whose wages fell by 5%. Wage suppression of American workers is a consistent effect throughout the country due to the employment of illegal aliens. http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0109biz-illlegalscost0110-ON.html

    40% of the decline in employment of black men is due to immigration. Foreign workers are taking American’s jobs and depressing wages. And while Americans from all backgrounds are being harmed, lower to middle income African American workers are being disproportionately affected. –Dr. Frank Morris, former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; February 2008.

    The World Bank reports (Worldwide Remittance Flow to Developing Nations Report) for 2006, $68.1 billion dollars were sent by migrant workers (more than 50% illegal aliens) mostly from the U.S. to Latin America. Mexico received 24.4 billion, South America 24.4, Central America 11 billion and the Caribbean 8.4 billion. This is a direct transfer of a huge portion of our economy to the third world; largely by a group of people (illegal aliens) who are not even authorized to work in our country much less have an established presence here.

    The U.S. government estimates that since 2003, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have repatriated $22 billion to Mexico from the U.S., which is 20% of all money sent to Mexico from it’s citizens residing, legally and illegally here during this interval. Drug money remittances have accelerated since 2002 when the U.S. government allowed banks to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card. This has enabled these crime groups to engage in money laundering. (U.S. State Department report; March 2008)

    Questions you should be asking include “Why is even $1 of taxpayer money being consumed providing services and paying for the huge cost burden of illegal aliens in every state of America? Why are we allowing business and corporations to import cheap foreign labor (both legal and illegal) to drive down wages and put Americans out of work? Why are we importing a foreign workforce that transfers a significant amount of money from our economy to foreign nations?”

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    1. You mention the large number of children speaking foreign languages. I would assume the vast majority of those children are from legal immigration.
    2. Provide statistics illegal immigrant crime is disproportionate to their numbers. Actually, crime groups like the Russian Jewish Mafia came here as legal immigrants in the 1970s. I know of no crime group created by illegal immigrants that matches the Russian Jewish Mafia. Do you?
    3. Please present your views. But, I cannot allow you to write several long comments.
    4. There is no evidence American workers want those jobs anymore than native born Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries wanted the jobs done by the 20 million immigrants who arrived between 1890-1924. Everything you wrote was said about YOUR ANCESTORS.
    5. You ignore the wealth created by immigrants.

  • jer Mynor

    FRED: #1. NO, the vast majority in this country are not legals who speak their own language…
    it is these legal children who have learned the language of our land.
    Many ‘illegals ‘refuse to learn, because as stated by many of them in ‘personal interviews”, they do not want to become citizens….

    After they have gotten all of the ‘freebies’ offered by this ‘phony’ Govt.they intend to return to their own homeland…therefore those who are returning dont have any use for the language. They have the highest per capita of “drop-outs” in the Calif. system.
    The amount of money sent back to their home-land is for their personal family and when they reach the amt. of U.S. $ they can retire on, they
    are gone, in that amt. of time (7-8) years.
    Check out : http://www.immigrationcounter.com

    #2. YES, the m-13 hispanic gang is one of the top crime gangs in the ”world’, they far out number the Russian Mafia, they are one step lower than the Asian gangs ,who total millions.

    I take it you do not count TERRORISTS in your writings, well perhaps you should , since they out-number the Asian gangs and the Hispanics, and the Mafia..

    #4. you obviously do not have all of the statistics at hand , but let me offer you some numbers from the Construction Workers Union in TEXAS. There were 16,000 U.S.Workers in the business in Texas, and every one of them has been replaced by “illegal” immigrants…..who will work for 1/2 the wages per hour that U.S. workers do, saving the Companies $ 17 MILLION per DAY…..at the expense of Citizens.
    That is only one outfit of U.S. Workers, and only in ONE state….!!!
    There has been $ 1.4 TRILLION dollars made off the “cheaper” backs of invaders , since the year 2000. ONE Trillion minutes ago, Dinosaurs roamed this planet….

    Ancestors took jobs that were open , as we needed immigrants for jobs in the country , and they learned the language, and most impressive,
    they did it all LEGAL…..

    #5. Now, if the illegals (cost) us 5.65 Billion per year , please show me where, as you are brain-washed into believing, that they far produced over this amount, to be an asset to this country…

    I’m sorry, but you are far out there with your stats….
    The worst part of the illegals taking jobs Americans wont do, is a propaganda statement put out by the LaRaza, and The other Latino organizations, and you took a very large bite of it…

    Americans have raised their children and now by our own crooked DEMO congress, we are forced by law, to support these invaders and pay for their babies also…
    American immigration was a needed program, but the LEGAL immigrants, did not cost the Govt. any money, since they could get jobs in no time at all since there were many jobs….

    Today there arent that many jobs for Citizens , especially since even our own GOVT. has hired thousands of illegals inside the U.S. Govt.

    We cannot give in to the money- hungry Power people who do not care if they turn this country into a third world piece of junk….

    The laws are not enforced, illegally entering this country is a mis-demeanor, however, so is shop-
    lifting , a third degree violation of law, but you still must go to court for even these smaller infractions of Law….
    you simply cannot ignore the law as you are professing ,these people must be made to obey the laws of our land, as if the situation were reversed, Mexican jails would be overflowing, by their laws and it says, you CANNOT be any type of financial burden on the Mexican Govt, for NOTHING !!!
    When you FORCE people to follow the GOVT.s Laws, and make us pay these monies to support those who failed to obey the LAW, then there is outrage, and its all over the country…
    States are making their own laws against invaders….since the traitors in Congress wont stop taking lobbyists money…….
    If 86% of Americans want them out , this country has always been a Democracy with the majority ruling……you are in the low minority…sorry for that…!!!

  • Paul1939

    First, I visited the Immigration Policy Center website and couldn’t find a single report of any analysis of crime statistics. What is the source of your data stating,”although foreign born people make up 35% of the California population, they only account for 17% of the prison population?”

    As is usually the case with the pro-illegal alien open borders crowd, you are conflating legal immigrants with illegal aliens while talking about illegal aliens. I know that reliable data about illegal aliens and their impact on US citizens is not readily available, undoubtedly because the government doesn’t want the public to know the real magnitude of the terrible consequences their presence has, and will increasingly have on the US citizen. That said, the information available on the web ranges from reasonably accurate to outright lies. Both types of information can be found on sites from both sides of the debate. One has to be careful when looking at the available data. The American people, however, are beginning to see first hand the consequences of the massive numbers of both legal immigrants and illegal aliens that have flooded into our country since the early 1970s are having on their communities and that is why the opposition to more immigration is rapidly increasing. The public can see what approximately 100 million immigrants have had, and they don’t don’t much of an improvement in their lives and their kids future as a result of massive immigration. The increasing opposition to both legal immigration and illegal aliens has made the pro-illegal alien open border crowd fearful that amnesty will be defeated if they can’t make it happen soon. That is why we are flooded with articles like this, full of BS.

    It doesn’t make a difference to the US citizen victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens how many are in the LA jail system. Not a single US citizen should have been victimized by an illegal alien had the US government done it job. Government officials, business owners and supporters like Fred Stopsky have blood on their hands.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Do you have any evidence the percent of illegal immigrants in jail is disproportionate to their percentage in the population. If so, please provide it.
    It is common knowledge for those who teach the history of crime, as I do, that crime rates fell all over America during the 1990s despite the arrival of illegal immigrants. Check crime rates in major cities in the 1990s.

  • Phil

    In the 1960′s there was a book “The Population Bomb”.
    According to the author who was a college professor
    countries needed to stabilize their populations.
    If they didn’t there would be shortages of natural
    resources. We might run out of trees and water.
    The method to stabilize the population was for
    families to not have more than 2.4 children.
    This would result in the birth rate equaling the death
    rate and zero population growth.
    Most advanced countries have zero population growth now.
    This seems to have created a problem since if an
    economy grows there will be more jobs with no
    one to fill them.
    For zero population growth to work the
    economy would need to be carefully regulated
    so that few new jobs are created.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    The Japanese government is presently preparing new legislation which will bring 10,000,000 immigrants into the country in the coming decades. No immigrants and Japan economically collapses.

  • wwb

    although foreign born people make up 35% of the California population, they only account for 17% of the prison population?”

    Blur the line and the truth by adding legal immigrants with illegal immigrants to get the answers you want. Shame on you.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    I really have no idea as to the point you wish to make.

  • http://twitter.com/berriesandblood Shelley

    Would have been good to include the horrific abuses that three out of five immigrants endure…like rape, not being paid for a day’s labor, physical abuse, abandonment….even those with papers are abused having their papers taken and held, not being allowed to come and go, beatings, rape and intimidation. Not to mention HUMAN TRAFFICKING….by American laborers!!!!!!!!!!!!