Saturday, March 25, 2006

What is the Real Cost of Illegal Immigration?

I keep hearing Americans will have to pay higher prices for goods and services if we lost these workers. I keep hearing that they only do the jobs Americans wont do.

Has anyone bothered to figure out what these cheep laborers are costing us.

1. It costs us about $10,000 per child to educate the illegal children of these workers. The Supreme Court has already ruled that we must educate them.

2. The hospitals are treated as their personal health care system. We the people are then stuck wit the tab by way of government intervention and higher medical costs. This results in higher insurance costs and ultimately forces some Americans to stop having it because of these increased costs. Further we see many Health supplying companies and hospitals in the south are going bankrupt for this reason alone.

3. The southern US states are suffering from a human wave of destruction as illegal entrants meet their needs on their dime. Cars stolen, cloths stolen, food stolen, vandilism....the list is long.

4. Social service such as welfare and food stamps have a don't ask policy that taps into the earnings of the rest of America.

5. The suppressed labor market lowers the standard of living for all Americans.

6. It has been shown that 5% of those in our prisons are Illegals. At an average cost of $23,000 per prisoner, we Americans have to pay this as well.

With just that list, I could add more, both issues I started with would go away. If we could stop paying all the hemorrhaging costs of the illegals the increase in wages may actually result in lower prices.

There are no jobs that Americans won't do. They simply need to be compensated at a reasonable level. Watch "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel if you don't believe this. If there truly is a labor shortage in America we could raise our legal immigration numbers. We don't need to have illegals forced down our throats.

3 Comments:

Blogger Christi said...

This is a hot button issue for most Americans. Let’s just hope the Senate remembers who votes them in - and out. I’m going to be watching a lot of C-Span this week to see exactly how these elected officials feel about enforcing the laws of our nation.

Christi
CommonSenseAmerica.net

6:21 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I notice how these studies of costs don't calculate the costs over the immigrants' lifetimes. Children are freeloaders. They cost a lot. They poop in their pants. They are a drain on society.

But if one were to calculate the cost of a child over its entire life, then one would find that on average children are a net gain.

I can't help but notice how anti-immigration fanatics ignore that.

4:22 AM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger ablur said...

Dave,
Children are a net gain, I have three myself.
The point to the issue is who is paying for this. Many have argued that the illegal immigrant pays rent to live and hence pays taxes which support schooling. Yet, these same people fail to note that our education system has a tax based based on a population density. Most areas have their bases determined on a single family dwelling of 2 adults and 2.5 children.
If we look at the population density of illegals we often find this 3 and 4 times greater. We then have a shortfall in taxes based on calculated density.
This is not an attack on children but a simple demonstration of how out of control expenses to care for these little ones have become.

8:00 PM, April 09, 2006  

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