Jeff Jacoby got my blood boiling here, saying it's a bad sign illegals are leaving. My email to ole Jeff is at the end of his piece below.
A bad sign - illegal immigrants are leaving
By Jeff Jacoby
September 6, 2009
WHAT EVER HAPPENED to the furor over illegal immigration?
Two years ago, the denunciation of “crimmigrants’’ was approaching fever pitch, especially in conservative precincts, and woe betide any candidate who appeared before a Republican audience and failed to denounce “amnesty’’ with every ounce of conviction he could muster.
Now, however, the hysteria seems to have cooled a bit. There was no bellowing when President Obama reiterated during a Mexican summit last month that he intends to press for “a pathway to citizenship’’ for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States. News stories highlighted instead his acknowledgment that overhauling immigration law would have to wait until next year at the earliest.
Perhaps the brawl over the issue has been upstaged by the brawl over ObamaCare, in which immigration has been reduced to a supporting role. Or maybe the lowering of the decibel level is a reaction to something else: a significant decline in the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States.
For some time now, news reports have been calling attention to the flow of immigrants back to their homelands. Recent headlines tell the story: “Bad economy forcing immigrants to reconsider US’’ (CNN); “More Mexican immigrants returning home’’ (Orange County Register); “Fewer Cubans make crossing to Fla.; economy cited’’ (Associated Press); “Job losses push immigrants out’’ (Chattanooga Times Free Press).
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors sharp immigration restrictions, the population of illegal aliens in the United States declined by almost 14 percent, or 1.7 million people, between the summer of 2007 and the spring of 2009. Analyzing Census Bureau data, researchers Steven Camarota and Karen Jensenius calculate that the number of immigrants entering the country illegally has fallen by one-third, while the number returning home has more than doubled. “Both increased immigration enforcement and the recession seem to explain this decline,’’ they write.
Certainly enforcement is up. The Obama administration, like the Bush administration in its second term, has made a point of tightening the border and punishing employers who hire illegals. “The share of the US border that has a fence has increased significantly in the last three years and the number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled,’’ the CIS report notes. Removal and deportation of unlawful aliens “has increased dramatically,’’ as federal agents have repeatedly raided workplaces where immigrants are employed.
But as the slew of news stories focusing on the economy suggest, what is primarily driving the immigration outflow is the recession. In good economic times, immigrants pour into the United States; at other times, the influx slows or reverses. It has ever been thus, and - barring the implementation of a border and workplace crackdown more ruthless than anything most Americans would tolerate - ever will be.
During the recent boom, the US economy was creating 400,000 new low-skill jobs per year. Immigrants surged in droves to fill those jobs, most of them illegally since US immigration law provides almost no lawful option for unskilled immigrants with no American relatives. Immigration is a measure of economic robustness, and the news that 1.7 million fewer illegal immigrants live within our borders is a datum to regret, not celebrate.
Research published by the Cato Institute last month debunks the notion that preventing illegal immigrants from entering or working in the United States is good for the economy. “Increased enforcement and reduced low-skill immigration have a significant negative impact on the income of US households,’’ economists Peter Dixon and Maureen Rimmer write. Whatever savings might be achieved in public expenditures “would be more than offset by losses in economic output and job opportunities for more-skilled American workers.’’
Legalizing low-skilled immigrants, on the other hand, expands the US economy and leads to the creation of new higher-skilled jobs. Result: “significant income gains for American workers and households’’ - gains the authors estimate at $180 billion a year.
The benefits of immigration, a potent growth hormone, have always outweighed the costs. Men and women willing to uproot their lives, to brave daunting obstacles in order to come to America and work hard, are men and women we should welcome with open arms. Calling them “crimmigrants’’ won’t accomplish anything. Letting more of them enter legally would.
Subject: If they're leaving, why don't you tell my next door neighbors, all 23 of them?
Date: 9/6/2009 1:30:32 P.M. Central Daylight Time
I am a Minuteman, or was, when I worked the border in October, 2005 in New Mexico and saw first hand the terror under which people who live there suffer day by day. I also saw how the coyetes exploit the illegals, including rape and murder.
I don't object to legal immigration. But the problem with those effete libertarians at Cato is that they are so obsessed with the way things ought to work that they don't pay a damn bit of attention to how they DO work.
And how do they work?
A. Anchor babies lead to welfare entitlement.
B. EMTALA -- the mandating of treatment for, among others, illegals, has helped to wreck our health care system, putting hospitals out of business. Subtract the millions of illegals from that equation, and the Obamanoids wouldn't have half a leg to stand on when they bleat about the plight of the "uninsured," which by the way, they are using to jam more government control down our throats. How's that working out, Cato, you libertarian loons?
C. The Democrats (the other half of the illegal conspiracy after the industry-arse-licking GOP -- and don't you DARE misuse the name "republican" when you refer to those sell-out for money pukes) want as many illegals as they can here so they can:
1. push their racial identity politics (there is no one more obsessed with race as a Nazi Gauleiter of Lower Silesia than a modern day "liberal") and
2. pack the voting booths with amnestied millions. And what will they vote for? Why more welfare benefits and bigger, more oppressive government. They will dance with the collectivist party what brung 'em.
Now, if you want to set up a system whereby everybody leaves, and I mean everybody who isn't already legally in line, and then reregister at the border to work, and work only. No more anchor babies. No more bogus SSNs. It is not necessary to deport them -- just throw some high-profile millionaires in prison, doing hard time, for a decade or so. Everybody else will find it expedient to quit exploiting these people. Cut off the exploitation of the cracks in the welfare system. The border folk will get to have a break in the terror they suffer, and we might actually be able to save the Republic from the collectivist assholes and their GOP enablers before they permanently wreck it.
Now, I'll throw a sop to Cato, and cancel the drug war at the same time. It's not worth spit in the wind, and is a greater threat to our liberties than illegal immigration, but not by much. But it's time Cato woke up and smelled what they are shoveling on open borders -- tyranny wrapped in soft dulcet lies and smelling like the collectivist shit it actually is.
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