There are many people in this country that extoll the virtues of illegal immigrants. Their opinions are based from knee jerk reactions and invalid data spread by the National Media outlets!
First there is a reason we have an Immigration system. These Laws expect that those that want to live in America or become Americans will follow the Law. These Laws were designed to secure our nation from those that intend to hurt Americans or cause damage to this Country.
There are many reasons to ”document” arrivals in this nation.
Health; Have they received the vaccinations that are needed to protect the health of Americans. Many may think this is a very low priority for such a healthy Nation, in fact it is top priority if you are a healthy nation to keep it healthy. As a State worker I watched Tuberculosis go from almost unheard of to a State epidemic in a few short months. TB was brought into the U.S by illegal immigrants who most likely from South America. TB can be “carried” without the individual knowing that they are infectious. This can only be discovered by a medical exam. Illegal Immigrants enter without a Medical examination!
I also saw Chicken pox return in waves as it was introduced by illegal immigrants. And this strain was different enough that many who had Chicken Pox as children ended up with Chicken Pox again!
Some other diseases that have returned are;
2. Whooping Cough
4. Scarlet Fever
5. Bubonic Plague
Another reason Illegal Immigrants hurt America is they are not all hard working people here looking for a better life. We have seen an up curve in Criminal Illegal Immigrants over the years! These people are involved in all forms of criminal activity. Their undocumented status helps them to evade justice for the crimes they commit. The “OPEN” borders policies that are being pushed by many mean these people enter with a clean slate. But letting them start clean is not enough for most of them to adopt a Lawful life here in the USA. I will not get to deep into this as the numbers of illegals in our countries prisons proves the point!
Even CNN’s number show that 177,960 were deported in 2014 as convicted criminals! With 11.5 million supposedly in the U.S.. That 1in 64 illegal immigrants were deported in just 2014. and there are 73,665 in prison populations or about 5% nation wide. So illegal immigrants make up 1/30th of the general population but 1/20th of the prison population. Higher than average!
So there is a cost that the pro-illegal-immigrant people do not quote!
The next area is Taxes; This is not my strong suit. But in the end some illegal’s pay taxes. On the other hand studies say they over state dependents by a large margin. An even larger number of illegal’s are dodging taxes completely.
Illegal immigrants pay an effective tax rate of 8%.
“In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes,” a report from the right-leaning Heritage Foundation think tank said in 2013. “This [deficit's] cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers.”
This site states that in 2012 62% of illegal Immigrants were on public assistance, even though it was illegal for them to draw those benefits! But those that are pro-illegal deny these figures. It is obvious that there are many illegals on public assistance and that they do not pay enough taxes to overcome the burden that they put on the tax payers in this country!
Jobs; seems pretty simple but it is not simple. The pro-illegals claim that the illegal immigrants only take jobs that Americans will not work. This is patently false. Illegal immigrants are overrepresented in farming occupations (26%) and construction occupations (15%). In all industries and occupations, though, they are outnumbered by U.S.-born workers. But they are present in most work forces except Law Enforcement and Government jobs where U.S. citizenship is required. So yes they are taking jobs from Americans in most fields. Their willingness to take lower wages also depresses the work force wages paid! In fact the people most hurt by illegal immigrants are American Minorities. The illegals compete for jobs that are more scarce but they are willing to take lower wages and end up with the lion share of those jobs.
Illegal effects on the economy;
They tend to send a large portion of their earnings home to their families in their home Countries. This money is not spent here in the U.S.. They cause the local wages to be depressed and they do not spend as much in the retail businesses. Overall this dampens the economy of any place that has a lot of illegal immigrants!
How they hurt America in a nut shell;
Because of their “undocumented status” their employers evade paying billions into Social security, EIDL and other programs that they are having use of! They have no insurance so injuries are Emergency room visits which they then avoid paying the bill on. This raises medical cost to us. The cost of the Public Assistance being illegally obtained is staggering. This money could have been used for better schools and resources, it could have been used to fix our roads and bridges and dams. The Infrastructure that keeps America as an advanced nation. They have brought diseases from their home countries and gave them to us. Some of these had been negligible for decades! And those that are truly criminal, victimize Americans almost at will. They import and sell drugs and commit criminal offenses when they should not even be here!
Those that come here to BE Americans, and live by American Laws should be given a path to Citizenship. That path should not be amnesty!