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  • TO WALTER AND ACELAW (2) 5 IMMIGRATION MYTHS

    Myth Number 1: Immigrants take jobs away from Americans.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have shown that quite the opposite is true: Immigrants create jobs. Specifically various recent studies have shown that:


    Immigrants are more likely to be self-employed and start new businesses. Small businesses, 18 percent of which are started by immigrants, account for up to 80 percent of the new jobs available in the United States each year.
    Slightly more than 10 percent of the U.S. industrial workforce, or roughly 2.2 million Americans, are employed by foreign companies doing business in the United States. Additionally, the top 105 multinational corporations doing business here have U.S. affiliates that are so large they would qualify for the Fortune 500 list solely on the basis of their stateside operations.



    Myth Number 2: America is being overrun by immigrants.
    This, unfortunately, is another case where perception is out of sync with reality. To be sure, the number of immigrants living in the United States is larger than ever before, but these numbers are relatively small as a percentage of the population. More importantly, the percentage of immigrants in the total population has decreased. So far, no single decade has topped 1901-1910 for immigration admissions. Further, even though the United States has one of the world's most generous refugee resettlement programs, less than 1.5 percent of the world's refugee population finds its way to the United States.

    Perhaps the misperception regarding numbers of immigrants rests in the fact that in the 1980s, three-quarters of all immigrants entering the United States settled in just six states: California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois. Also, the vast majority of immigrants settle in urban areas. In 1990, 93 percent of foreign-born Americans lived in metropolitan areas, compared with 73 percent of native-born Americans.



    Myth Number 3: Most immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy.

    Once again, nothing could be further from the truth:


    Immigrants collectively earn $240 billion a year, pay $90 billion a year in taxes, and receive $5 billion in welfare.
    New immigrants must prove that they won't be a burden before they are allowed to enter the United States. Compared to the native-born population, immigrants are more likely to be employed, save more of their earnings, and are more likely to start new businesses.
    Immigrants have a slightly higher per capita income than natives and a slightly lower household income. But, their income levels rise over time: Among those entering before 1980, median household income in 1989 was $35,733 (vs. $30,176 for natives) and per capita income was $19,423 (vs. $14,367 for natives).
    Non-refugee immigrants of working age are less prone to welfare than natives.



    Myth Number 4: Immigrants aren't really interested in becoming part of American society.
    All evidence points to the contrary. Immigrants are very interested in being part of our society. In fact, the grandparents and parents of immigrant children have expressed some concern that their youngsters are assimilating too quickly.


    Immigrants want to learn and speak English. Reports from throughout the United States indicate that the demand for classes in English as a second language far outstrips supply. After 15 years in America, 75 percent of Spanish-speaking immigrants speak English on a regular basis. The children of immigrants, although bilingual, prefer English to their native tongue at astounding rates.
    Immigrants and refugees intermarry outside their group at a rate of 1 in 3. The rate is even higher, 1 out of 2, for their children.



    Myth Number 5: Immigrants contribute little to American society.
    Baloney. Besides their significant economic contributions, immigrants continually have helped shape and mold the fabric of our society.


    Immigrants, for the most part, are firm believers in family unity. They are more likely than natives to live in families: 76 percent vs. 70 percent. They also tend to have more children: 2.25 vs 1.93. Immigrants are more likely to be married: 60 percent vs. 55 percent. Only 8 percent of immigrants are divorced or separated compared to 11 percent of natives.
    Immigrants recognize the value of an education. While many lack a high school education, they are just as likely as natives to hold a college degree: 20 percent. That rate rose during the 1980s: Among those admitted in 1987-1990, 29 percent held a college degree. Immigrants are also twice as likely as natives to hold Ph.D.'s.
    Immigrants respect the law as much, if not more, than native born Americans. They are less likely than natives to be confined to a state prison. Among the five states with the most immigrants--California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas--only New York has a greater share of immigrants in its prisons than in its general population.
    So, who are these people we call immigrants? They could be your parents, your grandparents, your teachers, your friends, your doctors, your policemen, your grocer, your waiter, your cook, your babysitter, your gardener, your lawyer, your favorite actor, actress, or sports hero, your mayor, your congressman or senator, your shopkeeper. Immigrants permeate the fabric of America. They are an integral and important part of our society, its goals and its values. They are the backbone that helps make this country great. They are what sets us apart from every nation in this world. In short, they are us.

  • #2
    Are we talking legal immirants, no problem,illegals you full of it.

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    • #3
      SO THEN MAKE THE ILLEGALS, LEGAL!

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      • #4
        Great Message Aguila,
        when you talk using great arguments like that and real numbers then people who don't like immigrants have nothing to say.

        we are no taking anything from any body. And nobody should look down on a person that is just trying to get a better life working hard for it.

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        • #5
          They pay more in taxes than they receive in services (or do they?)
          By Mark Andrew Dwyer

          Alamance Independent
          http://www.alamanceind.com/editor/editor_13.html
          February 23, 2003

          The United States offers its residents a variety of valuable benefits, such as high standard of living, social and medical security net, high quality (although expensive) education, an access to state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, stable currency, and an unparalleled safety from both foreign and domestic threats.

          In today's struggling and dangerous world, all these benefits are rarities and they don't come cheap. It takes money to live in America and one needs a handsome income in order to afford it. Even if offered a wage of twelve dollars per hour, a vast majority of five million+ (and still coming) illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] from Mexico have practically no chance to earn enough to cover these costs for themselves and their dependents.

          And their high fertility rates multiply their income deficiency, thus making the imbalance between what they contribute and what they receive even worse.

          As a result, by their mere presence in this country, they slow down the economic progress and negatively impact the quality of governmental services and the living standard of all those Americans who don't profit directly from their "cheap" labor.

          Here are the details.

          President Bush's recent $2.3 trillion budget proposal, if approved by the U.S. Congress, would levy a $7,000 a year average tax burden on each American resident, including the elderly and the new-born babies.

          This is the per capita cost of having the federal government, without which there would be no United States of America as we know it, and of enjoying government services that benefit all those who reside in this country. In other words, for a family of six (quite a popular model among the five million+ illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] of Mexican ancestry), the Feds need to collect roughly $42,000 a year in federal tax just to break even.

          Now, are you telling me that an illegal alien who has to feed his wife and four children is paying 42 grand to the IRS? I don't think so.

          If an immigrant family pays less in federal taxes than their fair share ($7,000 a year per a family member) then it means that they receive more in federal services than they pay for, even if they don't collect welfare checks or other forms of federal assistance.

          And this imbalance does not even account for other benefits, not being paid for by the federal government, that the illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] are drawing from America's wealth.

          They use the existing infrastructure they haven't built. They benefit from living in a functional and well-organized country that took two hundred years of hard work and ingenuity of previous generations of Americans to build and improve.

          They profit from strong American economy and low price consumer market that they did not create. On the top of that, they pay no sales tax in America on part of the money they earn here but send back to Mexico (or whatever countries of their origin might be).

          And by living in overcrowded low-cost dwellings, they don't pay enough per capita property taxes to offset the cost of local services they and their numerous children claim and receive.

          To make things even worse, they usually have no health insurance, which translates onto hundreds of millions of dollars they draw each year from American public health care system.

          Here is more bad news.

          In State of California, which absorbs the biggest share of mass Mexican illegal immigration, the average tax burden is substantially higher than in the rest of the U.S. Governor's Davis'es budget 2003-04 proposal calls for total spending of over $96.4 billion (or about $2,750 per resident a year), roughly $33.6 billion of which is supposed to come from California personal income tax.

          If approved, it would levy about $1,000 a year of state income tax average burden on each resident of California (which is only about one third of $2,750 that the state will spend for the benefit of average resident), or about $6,000 a year per family of six.

          This, combined with the above $42,000 federal tax figure, yields $48,000 a year (or $8,000 per family member) that an illegal immigrant family [illegal aliens] of six living in California has to pay in state and federal income taxes alone in order to be not considered a burden for the society.

          Well, it takes two people working 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year for $12 an hour (which is quite high a wage for a "cheap" laborer), to make $48,000 a year (2 x 40 x 50 x 12 dollars).

          So, even if both parents in a family of six work full time, there is absolutely no way how they could pay their fair share of the tax burden (48 grand a year), and then you and I have to pick up the hefty tab. Think about these facts before repeating the open border lobby mantra that the immigrants [illegal aliens] pay more in taxes than they receive in services. (And remember that the open border lobby "tactfully" keeps quiet about the alarming rate at which the quickly growing population of illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] uses up our limited natural resources and contributes to pollution, deterioration of the environment, green house effect, global warming, etc.)

          Here is the conclusion.

          We, the majority of American taxpayers are being soaked big time so that the farm and meat packing plant owners can profit handsomely from their "cheap" laborers. And the ****ers want to make us believe that it's for our benefit. So, call your U.S. representatives today. Tell them to seal our Southern border and to put mass illegal immigration to stop.

          It's time for the American nation to halt the importation of families who cannot or are not willing to pay their fair share of state and federal income taxes (a minimum of $8,000 per family member per year, that is).

          If it were my call then I would also suggest adding an IQ test as a requirement for admission, with a passing score of 98 (a national average). And if the prospective immigrants have a problem with any of these, they always have a choice to stay where they are.

          --

          "The net cost of immigration is $70 billion a year." - George Borjas, Harvard professor. 2002 "Immigration is estimated to cost Californians $1,300 per household annually in additional taxes." -- Costly immigration, Paul Craig Roberts


          "Immigration costs U.S. born workers $133 billion a year in job losses." - Economics professor George Borjas


          Overall, migrants from around the world send $30 billion to relatives back home. $23 billion last year to Latin America and the Caribbean. $10 billion was sent home to Mexico alone. Filipino workers send $6 billion a year and 10,000 cash transfers are sent to China each month, averaging $2,000 to $3,000 each.
          Here, rescued by VDARE.COM, are the NRC's key findings (1996 dollars):

          Native-born Californian households paid $1,174 annually in federal, state and local taxes in a net subsidy to the immigrant presence in their state.

          Just in state taxes alone, excluding federal and local taxes, native-born California native-born households paid $895 annually in a net subsidy to the immigrant presence.

          California immigrant households received a net subsidy from combined Federal, state, and local programs averaging $6,145 in 1996. Immigrant households received an average $24,507 in combined Federal, state, and local spending. They paid an average of $18,362 in taxes.

          California immigrant households received a net subsidy of $2,632 from California state taxpayers. They received an average $4,973 in state spending and paid an average $2,341 in state taxes.


          Adjusting for inflation and growth in the immigrant population since the NRC report, we estimate California immigrants now receive about $9.3 billion more in state expenditures than they pay in state taxes. (See table)

          Conclusion: nearly one-quarter (24.5%) of California's current $38 billion state budget deficit stems directly from immigration.

          Including federal and local spending, after adjusting again for inflation and foreign population growth, the total net subsidy to California's immigrants amounts to $21.7 billion per year.

          Or, to put it another way, that $21.7 billion is equivalent to 6.6% of the combined Federal, state, and local taxes paid by California natives.

          In effect, native-born Californians face a 6.6% surcharge on their Federal, state, and local taxes to pay for California's immigrants.

          California is in an extraordinarily deep fiscal hole. Its budget deficit of $38 billion was an astonishing one-third of the state's annual spending.

          And the Immigrant Welfare Winner Is...
          By Ed Rubenstein

          In my last column, I noted that the 1996 welfare reform had failed to end the scandal of immigrant welfare dependency"”which means American taxpayers are still being compelled to finance their own dispossession.

          Now the news you're all waiting for: who won the latest Immigrant Welfare Sweepstakes?

          And the winner is...surprisingly hard to find. For some mysterious reason, the government chooses not to make this interesting information easily available. And no academic seems to have updated Harvard University economist George Borjas' calculations from 1990 Census data, republished as an appendix to Peter Brimelow's Alien Nation.

          Nevertheless, on the basis of what we have (Ta-Ra!):

          First place: Immigrants from the Dominican Republic! Nearly three in five (58.7%) Dominican immigrant households received at least one means-tested program in 2002.

          Runner-up: Immigrants from Mexico! Over one in three (35.7%) Mexican immigrant households are on welfare. About a quarter (24.9%) of illegal Mexican immigrants receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children.

          Dead last: less than one in thirteen (7.3%) immigrant households from Canada receive benefits.



          http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=34198
          Illegals crushing L.A. health system?
          Report says 'epidemic' crisis threatens capacity to serve citizens

          Posted: August 21, 2003
          1:00 a.m. Eastern

          By Jon Dougherty
          © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

          The cost to provide medical care to illegal immigrants is severely affecting the ability of Los Angeles County and other parts of California to provide health services to all its residents as numerous emergency rooms close and hospitals plunge deeper into debt.

          According to a new report by Project USA, an immigration reform group that supports immigration limits and restrictions, illegals who routinely use emergency rooms as free clinics are costing L.A. County and state taxpayers $340 million annually a figure that rises each year, even as lawmakers in Sacramento struggle to dig the state out of its $38 billion budget deficit.

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          • #6
            5 Truths of immigration
            1)The majority of immigrants are here illegally and therefore breaking the law.
            2)30% ofprisons are filled with illegal aliens of which the average american citizen must pay.
            3)The so called "lower paying jobs" that immigrants take are actually cash,under the table jobs which have no taxes or social security held.
            4) The U.S. is the only country to have no border enforcement, and the government has waited so long to do anything about that their hands are tied.
            5) The governments of mexico and others actively participate in the entrance of illegals into the us.

            sorry to rain on your parade boder crossers these are the facts!!

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            • #7
              California candidates should face the big issue
              By Phyllis Schlafly

              Copley News Service

              The California recall will probably dominate national news until the Oct. 7

              election, but the dog that hasn't barked yet is how the candidates are going to deal with the big problem they are pretending not to notice. That is the cost imposed by illegal aliens on the state budget, hospitals, schools and prisons.

              The massive numbers are changing the demographics and the economy in profound ways. Over the last decade, 1 million people have illegally entered California from Mexico, while 2 million Americans have fled California to nearby Western states in search of lower taxes, less regulation of business, better schools, less crowded highways and safer communities.

              California's problem was caused by the federal government's failure to

              enforce our immigration laws plus the pandering to the illegals by California Gov.

              Gray Davis and his administration. Californians tried to protect themselves from this federal default in 1994, when nearly 60 percent of the voters passed Proposition 187 to deny most state-funded services to illegal aliens.

              A single federal judge appointed by President Carter overturned the vote of the people, sitting on the case until Davis became governor, who then kept Prop. 187 permanently inoperative by refusing to appeal this judicial outrage.

              Despite a decade-long smear campaign by the people who profit from open borders, surveys show that Prop. 187 would easily pass again if it were re-submitted to the voters.

              Two authors have just presented a wealth of documentation about the high price Californians are paying for accepting this flood of low-cost labor from south of the border. A groundbreaking investigation by Fred ****ey of the Los Angeles Times shows how illegal aliens are "creating a Third World chaos in the California economy," and the new book "Mexifornia" by Hoover Institution fellow and California State University Fresno professor Victor Davis Hanson sets forth the disastrous economic and moral results of our open-borders policies.

              The Los Angeles Times reports that 950,000 illegals live in the five counties comprising the greater Los Angeles area. Their economic activity is mostly underground, which means the employers pay low cash wages, no overtime, no benefits and no taxes.

              Businessmen who don't go along with this under-the-table racket are at a 20 percent disadvantage with their competitors. Los Angeles talk-radio host Terry Anderson, an African-American, says the same auto repair jobs that blacks used to hold at $25 an hour are now worked by illegals at $8.

              John Chiang of the State Board of Equalization, California's tax oversight agency, estimates that the state loses $7 billion a year in unpaid taxes because of the underground sector. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 30.6 percent of Hispanics receive means-tested government benefits compared to 9 percent of whites. Tax revenues simply can't keep pace with the rising demand for government services.

              Of course, the illegal aliens don't have health insurance, so when hospitals, which are forbidden to ask about citizenship, accept them as patients, the costs are loaded onto the backs of local taxpayers and patients who do pay their bills. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the cost of medical care provided to illegal aliens in California last year was $980 million.

              California schools are an academic and financial disaster. Even though California spends $2.2 billion to educate children who are illegally in this country, nearly half of Hispanic adults have not graduated from high school.

              "Mexifornia" describes how a de facto alliance of the "corporate/libertarian right" and the "multicultural left" has unwittingly reduced the standard of living for workers of all races and spawned a virulent and separatist race industry. The book shows that the illegal Mexicans refrain from assimilating like Italian, Jewish and Polish immigrants of earlier times, but instead congregate in impoverished communities where only Spanish is spoken.

              This cheap-labor separatism creates a two-tiered economic and social structure. The illegals have no hope of rising into the middle class and become increasingly resentful of the system in which they remain forever doing menial jobs to maintain Americans in a lifestyle that, by Mexican standards, appears to be one of ostentatious luxury.

              Almost 25 percent of all inmates in California prisons are from Mexico.

              Hanson describes the young illegal aliens who vandalize, steal and deal drugs, as having this anti-U.S. attitude: "It's our land anyway, not yours."

              Hanson makes the moral argument that current policies have undermined our common culture and harmed the very people the politicians claim to help. He calls for "sweeping restrictions on immigration," an end to the "separatist

              ideology" and a "stronger mandate for assimilation" emphasizing American culture and language.

              Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and the author of "Feminist Fantasies." She can be contacted by e-mail at phyllis@eagleforum.org.

              © Copley News Service

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