Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Immigration Impact on America

A few facts and figures that you need to know. Let's count the cost together, shall we?

Population

  • The United States receives more immigrants every year than the rest of the world combined.
  • The number of illegal aliens in this country is estimated at between 8 million and 12 million.
  • Immigration, both legal and illegal, accounts for nearly 80 percent of U.S. population growth in the past decade.
  • About 1.4 million illegal aliens come to the United States yearly. Roughly half of those stay.
  • If immigration continues at the current rate, the US population of 285 million will rise to 400 million in 50 years.

Costs

  • The net cost of immigration is $70 billion a year.
  • Mexican nationals sent $10.5 billion in remittances to Mexico in 2002. Remittances to Mexico are the second-highest source of income, exceeding tourism, and lagging behind only oil revenues.
  • The 1986 amnesty program cost $78 Billion to American citizens in services and benefits, or about $26,000 per legalized immigrant.
  • Medical Care for illegal aliens, required under the “emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act,” costs American taxpayers $3.7 billion in Medicare and Medicaid funds.
  • Immigration accounts for most of the increase in public school enrollment in the past 20 years.
  • Mexico is the 10th richest country in the world and has the fourth-highest number of billionaires. It is the fifth-leading exporter of oil in the world and has twice the oil reserves of the United States.

Crime

  • More than 20 percent of the inmates in federal prisons in the U.S. are illegal aliens, and the criminal-alien prison population cost taxpayers about $1 billion annually.
  • Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel, who has been agitating for the United States to grant amnesty to the Mexican illegal aliens, said on July 28, 2003, that his country will never help the Unied States secure its southern border.
  • Two-thirds of the cocaine coming into the United States comes via the U.S.-Mexico border, along with 50 percent of all the heroin in this country and 95 percent of the marijuana.
  • Twenty cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Seattle and Portland, Maine have adopted “sanctuary laws” banning police from asking people about their immigration status.

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Source: Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services Records and the U.S. Census Bureau