Immigration ; America’s Future

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Immigration
; America’s Future
The world has gone through a revolution
and it has changed a lot. We have cut the death rates around the world
with modern medicine and new farming methods. For example, we sprayed to
destroy mosquitoes in Sri Lanka in the 1950s. In one year, the average
life of everyone in Sri Lanka was extended by eight years because the number
of people dying from malaria suddenly declined.


This was a great human achievement. But
we cut the death rate without cutting the birth rate. Now population is
soaring. There were about one billion people living in the world when the
Statue of Liberty was built. There are 4.5 billion today. World population
is growing at an enormous rate. The world is going to add a billion people
in the next eleven years, that’s 224,000 every day! Experts say there will
be at least 1.65 billion more people living in the world in the next twenty
years.

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We must understand what these numbers mean
for the U.S. Let’s look at the question of jobs. The International Labor
organization projects a twenty-year increase of 600 to 700 million people
who will be seeking jobs.


Eighty-eight percent of the world’s population
growth takes place in the Third World. More than a billion people today
are paid about 150 dollars a year, which is less than the average American
earns in a week. And growing numbers of these poorly paid Third World citizens
want to come to the United States.


In the 1970s, all other countries that
accept immigrants started controlling the number of people they would allow
into their countries. The United States did not. This means that the huge
numbers of immigrants who are turned down elsewhere will turn to the United
States. The number of immigrants is staggering. The human suffering they
represent is a nightmare.


Latin America’s population is now 390 million
people. It will be 800 million in the year 2025. Mexico’s population has
tripled since the Second World War. One third of the population of Mexico
is under ten years of age, as a result, in just ten years, Mexico’s unemployment
rate will increase 30 percent, as these children become young adults, in
search of work. There were in 1990 an estimated four million illegal aliens
in the United States, and about 55 percent of them were from Mexico.


These people look to the United States.


Human population has always moved, like waves, to fresh lands. But for
the first time in human history, there are no fresh lands, no new continents.


We will have to think and decide with great care what our policy should
be toward immigration. At this point in history, American immigration policies
are in a mess.


Our borders are totally out of control.


Our border patrol arrests 3000 illegal immigrants per day, or 1.2 million
per year, and Two illegal immigrants get in for every one caught. And those
caught just try again!
More than 1 million people are entering
the U.S. legally every year.;From 1983 through 1992, 8.7 million of these
newcomers arrived-the highest number in any 10-year period since 1910.


A record 1.8 million were granted permanent residence in 1991. Because
present law stresses family unification, these arrivals can bring over
their spouses, sons and daughters: some 3.5 million are now in line to
come in. Once here, they can bring in their direct relatives. As a result,
there exists no visible limit to the number of legal entries. Until a few
years ago, immigrants seeking asylum were rare. In 1975, a total of 200
applications were received in the U.S. Suddenly, asylum is the plea of
choice in the U.S., and around the world, often as a cover for economic
migration. U.S. applications were up to 103,000 last year, and the backlog
tops 300,000 cases. Under the present asylum rules, practically anyone
who declares that he or she is fleeing political oppression has a good
chance to enter the U.S. Chinese are almost always admitted, for example,
if they claim that China’s birth-control policies have limited the number
of children they can have. Right now, once aliens enter the U.S., it is
almost impossible to deport them, even if they have no valid documents.


Thousands of those who enter illegally request asylum only if they are
caught. The review process can take 10 years or more, and applicants often
simply disappear while it is under way. Asylum cases are piling up faster
than they can be cleared, with the Immigration and Naturalization Service
falling farther behind every year. At her confirmation hearings at the
end of September, Doris Meissner, Clinton’s nominee as commissioner of
the Immigration and Naturalization Services, conceded, ”The asylum system
is broken, and we need to fix it.”
Adding the numbers of legal and illegal
immigrants, 50 percent of all U.S. population growth comes from immigration.


While Americans try to have smaller families, immigration threatens our
nation. If immigration rates continue to be this high, more than seventy
million people will be added to the United States population in just fifty
years, with no end in sight. We are taking in more people than all of the
rest of the world combined. As have all the other countries of the word,
America needs to control its borders. As every house needs a door, so every
country needs a border. And yet, our borders are full of holes. We have
clearly lost control over our future. Our children will pay the price of
uncontrolled immigration.


The United States is no longer an empty
continent. In 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was built, there were 58
million people in the United States. In 1984 there were 240 million people,
that’s four times the total population in less then a century The U.S.

cannot and should not be the home of last resort for all the world s poor,
huddled masses. We are not doing a good job with our own poor, as we see
more people without jobs.


Supporters of immigration use many arguments
to support their side. Let’s look at a few of these arguments: Illegal
immigrants take jobs no Americans want. The fact is that the average illegal
immigrant arrested in Denver, Colorado, made more than seven dollars an
hour. Many were making over 100 dollars per day. Denver identified 43 illegal
aliens making 100 dollars per day as roofers, while 438 people were registered
in their employment services who would have loved those jobs. The average
illegal immigrant arrested in Chicago makes $5.65 an hour. More than thirty
million American workers make less than that. A common belief is that aliens
fulfill many of the least desirable jobs. However, most experts agree that
in today’s economy, there is no shortage of Americans competing for many
of these same jobs. Actually, many Americans already work in these low-paying
jobs. For example: the poor black woman, who works as a seamstress, Her
boss asked her to train a new employee, an illegal immigrant. As soon as
she finished training her new charge, she was fired. Her position, of course,
went to the illegal immigrant, who was willing to work for less pay, and
under deplorable working conditions. This is one example of how illegal
workers depress wages, and slow, stall or prevent unionization or improvements
to working conditions.


Another myth cited by supporters of immigration
is that illegal immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and do not go on welfare.


The sad truth is that these folks seem to learn the ropes of the welfare
system with incredible speed.


Today’s illegal immigrants apply for and
receive benefits from the government that citizens need. According to Donald
L. Huddle, an economist at Rice University in Texas, legal and illegal
immigrants cost the nation a net 42.5 billion dollars in 1992. The Huddle
study also found that in 1992, more than 2 million Americans were displaced
from their jobs by illegal immigrants. This resulted in an additional 11.9
billion dollars in public assistance.


In California alone, they cost more than
18 billion dollars a year. California currently has an estimated 300,000
illegal immigrants now attending grades’ 0-12. This will costs the California
tax payers an estimated 1.5 billion dollars. This is 10 percent of the
students currently enrolled in our elementary schools today! California
has 49.8 percent of the countries illegal aliens, therefore, California
pays multiple costs for its leaky borders.


Providing health care for illegal immigrants
costs California tax payers 400 million dollars annually. Illegals drain
about two billion dollars a year for incarceration, schooling and Medicaid
from the budgets of such major destination states as Texas, Florida and
California. For California alone, a 1993 study by the California Legislature
estimates criminal justice costs involving illegal immigrants to be 385
million dollars to the state, with an additional 112 million dollars to
local or county government. This is a total cost of 497 million dollars,
paid by the California tax payer, each and every year! Illinois did a study
showing that it paid 66 million dollars in unemployment benefits to illegal
immigrants in one year, despite a law that was supposed to stop illegal
immigrants from getting unemployment benefits. Los Angeles estimates that
it spends 269 million dollars in social services on illegal immigrants
each year. Every person added to our population drains our natural resources
and contributes to the destruction of our environment.


In a Pulitzer-Prize-winning study, the
Des Moines Register found that for every person added to our population,
1.5 acres of the richest farm land goes out of production to make way for
new houses, roads, and shopping centers. If this continues, the United
States will stop shipping food to other countries shortly after the year
2000. How can the United States feed the hungry people of the world? The
national majority now says it favors cutting back on legal immigration.


A TIME/CNN poll determined last week that 77 percent of those surveyed
felt the government was not doing enough to keep out illegal immigrants.


For years now, the battle has raged between the federal authorities who
are supposed to police the borders and the states who pay the price if
they fail.


In an attempt to reduce illegal immigration,
Nevada Senator Harry Reid, has introduced a bill that would establish an
annual limit of 300,000 newcomers, including ”immediate relatives,” and
a national identification card. Congress passed legislation in 1986 that
stipulates fines and other penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal
aliens. The bill includes provisions to grant amnesty to illegal aliens
who were in the United States prior to January 1, 1982, and to aid farmers
who have relied on illegal aliens to harvest their crops.


Does anyone benefit from the rising tide
of illegal immigration? Businesses that can profit from employing illegals
at low wages do. And many illegals are better off here than in their own
countries. But many others are exploited by dishonest employers and are
treated like slaves. These immigrants are denied the rights and privileges
we want every person in the United States to enjoy.


In closing, we must all realize this issue
will not go away. Other generations of Americans made great sacrifices
so that we today can enjoy the freedom, the quality of life, and the standard
of living that we have. When I think of what uncontrolled immigration will
do to the dreams of my parents and grandparents, what it will mean to the
future of my children, I realize that we will find a way to control immigration.


Because we must.