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Really Are Here Illegally
Like we didn't already know...
The Pew Hispanic
Center, a think tank based in Washington D.C. recently came
out with a study that can only be listed under
the “duh” category. First, it says that there are
11 million people here illegally. That is probably wrong. Earlier
studies put the number at closer to 20 million, and since the
Pew number is based on census data (data which relies on voluntary
responses that even the Democrats blame for undercounting minorities
and the poor), the higher number is probably closer to correct.
Pew tells us some things that we already know. Like 55% of
those in this country illegally are from Mexico, and those who
come from Mexico illegally outnumber those who are here legally
by a two to one margin. In addition, about 80 to 85 per cent
of those coming from Mexico in recent years are illegal, and
the number of illegals in this country has increased by about
25%. The largest portion of those illegals resides here in California.
The question is why?
My friends on the left will say that those here illegally “do the jobs American citizens won’t
do” like gardening, nanny and maid work, farming, janitorial,
and other “low wage” jobs. That may be true as far
as it goes, but it doesn’t explain why things are so out
of control here in California.
illegal problem is easily explainable, however, when one considers
how we treat those who get into our state
illegally. All states are required to provide emergency hospital
care to people regardless of citizenship. They are also required
to provide a free public education to anybody who lives in their
state. Attempts to stop these practices with Proposition 187
here in California were ruled unconstitutional by a federal court,
keeping those mandates in place. The federal government should
be compensating our state for those costs, and for the costs
of jailing and imprisoning illegal aliens, but has fallen woefully
short of paying for their obligation to us.
But those requirements
exist in every state. The reason they stay in California in
the greatest numbers is because beyond
the huge labor market and large cities to get lost in, they get
welfare, free food, free medical care and in-state college tuition
that they cannot get in Mexico. Mexico does not have a social
welfare system anywhere comparable to that available in California,
and if someone can get into this state, that person can get health
care and welfare, no questions asked, and send that money home
to the family in Mexico. If they can find a job on top of that,
then that’s just more money they can send home, but the
biggest benefit is given by the state government at taxpayer’s
expense. The federal government does not contribute one dime
of their tax collections to the state’s effort to subsidize
illegal entry into this country, so California taxpayers foot
the entire bill. Those taxpayers are justifiably outraged.
This “pay the illegals welfare” program was instituted
in 1999. Illegal immigration has expanded dramatically during
the years since then, and California has been paying the bill
for that dramatic increase. The rest of the country is somewhat
shocked by this increase, but they don’t do much, because
most states don’t pay a dime to illegals for public services.
Only in California do illegals profit so much from their stay
here. Meanwhile, police agencies in places like Los Angeles have
standing orders NOT to disturb criminals who are also in violation
of immigration laws, creating a safe haven for even the worst
of our uninvited guests. Arizona took a major step to limit illegal
alien spending to only those things mandated by the federal government,
a move which will make California even more attractive to those
who wish to cross the border illegally.
That makes the illegal
problem a California problem, not an employer problem or a “Bush” problem. Until California
is willing to say “no welfare for illegals,” illegals
will continue to come and stay, and you and I will continue to
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.