By Elois Zeanah
There is a direct link between the taxes you pay and illegal immigration. To set the stage: There are two economic magnets that attract illegal aliens to the U.S. — jobs and free benefits. You hear much about jobs but you hear little about free benefits. This is unfortunate since taxpayers pay untold billions of dollars every year to support illegal aliens.
$90 billion is spent every year just on welfare for illegal aliens. These are hidden taxes. A report by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that government today spends over $300 billion every year on welfare for Mexican households — both legal and illegal. If we round out the $90 billion each year to ILLEGAL immigrants, taxpayers pay about $200 billion more on LEGAL Mexican households. Undoubtedly, many if not most of the legal Mexican households are a result of anchor babies and amnesty 20 years ago. If Congress passes amnesty again (politicians now call it a path-to-citizenship), we’re told this $300 billion per year cost for welfare on Mexican households could go out of sight, skyrocketing into nearly a trillion dollars every year.
I single out welfare because social spending is the largest item in our federal budget. And immigration is a huge part of this. We pay more for welfare than we pay for our military. The third largest expense in the federal budget is interest paid on the national debt. The national debt recently exploded to a historic $9.2 trillion. In 2007, interest on the national debt was a whopping $430 billion of tax money. Whoosh! Like vapor! $430 billion disappeared from our economy. The U.S. has dug a hole so deep in debt that foreign investors hold more than half of U.S. government debt securities. China is one of our biggest creditors.
Do you remember when we were kids, we were told that if we dug a hole deep enough, we’d end up in China? Well, it was true after all. Taxpayers get nothing for the $430 billion in interest payments. Instead of building jobs and helping our economy, our poor, our seniors, our veterans, our schools, and shoring up Medicare, Medicaid, our military, Social Security and roads and bridges, $430 billion a year is pushed through the hole of debt.
Billions end up in China. China then uses our tax dollars to build a stronger military to compete against ours, to engage in space warfare, and to buy U.S. businesses. Economics is complex but common sense is not. Is it in our best interest to make China (or any foreign government) Uncle Sam’s banker? Consider some of the problems that China forces upon the U.S.: Unsafe products such as toxic toothpaste and toys, contaminated meat, unfair trade dealings, and threatening military maneuvers. Should the U.S. get tough with China to stop this? Yes. But do we? No. How can you get tough with your banker?
In 20 years our public debt has more than tripled. Interest on this debt has increased from $195 billion to $430 billion. How long has it been since the U.S. passed amnesty — and American taxpayers started paying to support illegal aliens? Illegal immigration contributes mightily to our national debt. It is one of the biggest contributors to the crises in education, entitlement programs, healthcare, and the federal deficit. Yet two acts would solve so many problems — without tax increases.
If the U.S. would stop giving automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens, the U.S. would get rid of a powerful magnet for illegal immigration and, at the same time, solve funding crises in all the programs without tax increases! A bill was introduced in Congress to do just that on April 19, 2007. It is House Bill 1940. If you have not signed this petition, please do so. If your U.S. Representatives have not co-sponsored this bill, please request they do so. (These are discussed elsewhere on this website.) The second way to stop giving scarce tax dollars to illegal aliens is for the federal or state governments to mandate that business verify the legal status of workers. This is so simple. It is free and fast through E-Verify. There is no excuse for the federal or state government not to do this. Together, H.R. 1940 and E-Verify would stop taking tax dollars from needy programs and poor citizens and giving them to illegal households. It has been proven that illegal immigrants leave states that verify the legal status of workers. If illegal aliens who come to the U.S. for employment can’t find jobs, they won’t stay. If illegal aliens who come to the U. S. for welfare can’t get free benefits by having anchor babies, they won’t stay.
Funding crises cannot be solved if the U.S. continues to gamble our fortunes on illegal immigration. If they do, they will tax the Middle Class into oblivion. And I don’t have to tell you the fate of our beloved rich Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam is on life support. We still have time to save Uncle Sam, but for how long? Decisions regarding illegal immigration will guide and could change our country forever.
The National Academy of Sciences told us 10 years ago that a high school dropout immigrant imposes a net cost on taxpayers of about $100,000 over the immigrant’s lifetime. “In the last 20 years through both legal and illegal immigration, we’ve imported about 11 million high school dropouts. The net costs of those individuals over their lifetimes to the taxpayer will be about $2 trillion. We simply cannot afford as a nation to bring in millions and millions of low-skill individuals who will eat up government services but pay virtually nothing in taxes.”
This price tag of $2 trillion is for the current 11 million immigrants who are high school dropouts — who came to the U.S. over the past 20 years since the 1986 amnesty. Now let’s fast-forward to a forecast for the next 10 years by the 2006 Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. James Sensenbrenner. He stated that demographic studies show that in the next 10 years, 20 million more illegal aliens will come to the U.S. if the status quo continues. “They’ll flood our schools, our healthcare system will collapse … our social services sytem will end up being overtaxed … and we’ll see our economy collapse.”
So what are we to do? Throw up our hands? When I look at the three presidential candidates anad see that red phone ad at 3:00 a.m., I see something different. Who’s calling? Voters. Voters are warning the president not to push that amnesty button which will explode our way of life and blow up the Middle Class.
No politician can truthfully say he or she cares about low taxes, welfare reform, improving education, reducing the federal deficit, and solving problems of healthcare and Social Security if he or she supports illegal immigration or amnesty in any form.
The taxes you pay is tied directly to the costs of illegal immigration. Unless politicians running for the presidency and for Congress understand that we the voters are no longer fooled by their rhetoric and that we expect them to stop spending our taxdollars to support illegal aliens, we could reach that point of crisis that the red phone symbolizes. Voters must place that urgent call.
Sources: Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation; PEW Hispanic Center, “Unauthorized Migrants, Numbers and Characteristics”; CIS “Immigration’s Impact on Public Coffers”;Bureau of Public Debt, U.S. Dept of the Treasury; The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2008; “National Debt load is a fiscal time bomb” by David Lazarus, SFGate.com.