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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!Immigration; America’s FutureThe world has gone through a revolutionand it has changed a lot. We have cut the death rates around the worldwith modern medicine and new farming methods. For example, we sprayed todestroy mosquitoes in Sri Lanka in the 1950s. In one year, the averagelife of everyone in Sri Lanka was extended by eight years because the numberof people dying from malaria suddenly declined.
This was a great human achievement. Butwe cut the death rate without cutting the birth rate. Now population issoaring. There were about one billion people living in the world when theStatue of Liberty was built.
There are 4.5 billion today. World populationis growing at an enormous rate. The world is going to add a billion peoplein the next eleven years, that’s 224,000 every day! Experts say there willbe at least 1.
65 billion more people living in the world in the next twentyyears.We must understand what these numbers meanfor the U.S. Let’s look at the question of jobs. The International Labororganization projects a twenty-year increase of 600 to 700 million peoplewho will be seeking jobs.Eighty-eight percent of the world’s populationgrowth takes place in the Third World. More than a billion people todayare paid about 150 dollars a year, which is less than the average Americanearns in a week.
And growing numbers of these poorly paid Third World citizenswant to come to the United States.In the 1970s, all other countries thataccept immigrants started controlling the number of people they would allowinto their countries. The United States did not. This means that the hugenumbers of immigrants who are turned down elsewhere will turn to the UnitedStates. The number of immigrants is staggering. The human suffering theyrepresent is a nightmare.Latin America’s population is now 390 millionpeople.
It will be 800 million in the year 2025. Mexico’s population hastripled since the Second World War. One third of the population of Mexicois under ten years of age, as a result, in just ten years, Mexico’s unemploymentrate will increase 30 percent, as these children become young adults, insearch of work. There were in 1990 an estimated four million illegal aliensin 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 forthe 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 shouldbe toward immigration. At this point in history, American immigration policiesare in a mess.Our borders are totally out of control.Our border patrol arrests 3000 illegal immigrants per day, or 1.2 millionper year, and Two illegal immigrants get in for every one caught. And thosecaught just try again!More than 1 million people are enteringthe U.
S. legally every year.;From 1983 through 1992, 8.7 million of thesenewcomers arrived-the highest number in any 10-year period since 1910.
A record 1.8 million were granted permanent residence in 1991. Becausepresent law stresses family unification, these arrivals can bring overtheir spouses, sons and daughters: some 3.5 million are now in line tocome 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 fewyears ago, immigrants seeking asylum were rare. In 1975, a total of 200applications were received in the U.S. Suddenly, asylum is the plea ofchoice in the U.S., and around the world, often as a cover for economicmigration. U.S.
applications were up to 103,000 last year, and the backlogtops 300,000 cases. Under the present asylum rules, practically anyonewho declares that he or she is fleeing political oppression has a goodchance to enter the U.S. Chinese are almost always admitted, for example,if they claim that China’s birth-control policies have limited the numberof children they can have. Right now, once aliens enter the U.S., it isalmost impossible to deport them, even if they have no valid documents.Thousands of those who enter illegally request asylum only if they arecaught.
The review process can take 10 years or more, and applicants oftensimply disappear while it is under way. Asylum cases are piling up fasterthan they can be cleared, with the Immigration and Naturalization Servicefalling farther behind every year. At her confirmation hearings at theend of September, Doris Meissner, Clinton’s nominee as commissioner ofthe Immigration and Naturalization Services, conceded, ”The asylum systemis broken, and we need to fix it.”Adding the numbers of legal and illegalimmigrants, 50 percent of all U.S. population growth comes from immigration.
While Americans try to have smaller families, immigration threatens ournation. If immigration rates continue to be this high, more than seventymillion people will be added to the United States population in just fiftyyears, with no end in sight. We are taking in more people than all of therest 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 everycountry needs a border. And yet, our borders are full of holes. We haveclearly lost control over our future. Our children will pay the price ofuncontrolled immigration.The United States is no longer an emptycontinent. In 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was built, there were 58million 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 seemore people without jobs.Supporters of immigration use many argumentsto support their side. Let’s look at a few of these arguments: Illegalimmigrants take jobs no Americans want. The fact is that the average illegalimmigrant arrested in Denver, Colorado, made more than seven dollars anhour. Many were making over 100 dollars per day.
Denver identified 43 illegalaliens making 100 dollars per day as roofers, while 438 people were registeredin their employment services who would have loved those jobs. The averageillegal immigrant arrested in Chicago makes $5.65 an hour.
More than thirtymillion American workers make less than that. A common belief is that aliensfulfill many of the least desirable jobs. However, most experts agree thatin today’s economy, there is no shortage of Americans competing for manyof these same jobs.
Actually, many Americans already work in these low-payingjobs. For example: the poor black woman, who works as a seamstress, Herboss asked her to train a new employee, an illegal immigrant. As soon asshe 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, andunder deplorable working conditions. This is one example of how illegalworkers depress wages, and slow, stall or prevent unionization or improvementsto working conditions.Another myth cited by supporters of immigrationis 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 welfaresystem with incredible speed.
Today’s illegal immigrants apply for andreceive benefits from the government that citizens need. According to DonaldL. Huddle, an economist at Rice University in Texas, legal and illegalimmigrants cost the nation a net 42.5 billion dollars in 1992. The Huddlestudy also found that in 1992, more than 2 million Americans were displacedfrom their jobs by illegal immigrants. This resulted in an additional 11.
9billion dollars in public assistance.In California alone, they cost more than18 billion dollars a year. California currently has an estimated 300,000illegal immigrants now attending grades’ 0-12. This will costs the Californiatax payers an estimated 1.5 billion dollars.
This is 10 percent of thestudents currently enrolled in our elementary schools today! Californiahas 49.8 percent of the countries illegal aliens, therefore, Californiapays multiple costs for its leaky borders.Providing health care for illegal immigrantscosts California tax payers 400 million dollars annually. Illegals drainabout two billion dollars a year for incarceration, schooling and Medicaidfrom the budgets of such major destination states as Texas, Florida andCalifornia.
For California alone, a 1993 study by the California Legislatureestimates criminal justice costs involving illegal immigrants to be 385million dollars to the state, with an additional 112 million dollars tolocal 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 studyshowing that it paid 66 million dollars in unemployment benefits to illegalimmigrants in one year, despite a law that was supposed to stop illegalimmigrants from getting unemployment benefits. Los Angeles estimates thatit spends 269 million dollars in social services on illegal immigrantseach year. Every person added to our population drains our natural resourcesand contributes to the destruction of our environment.In a Pulitzer-Prize-winning study, theDes 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 fornew houses, roads, and shopping centers. If this continues, the UnitedStates will stop shipping food to other countries shortly after the year2000. How can the United States feed the hungry people of the world? Thenational majority now says it favors cutting back on legal immigration.A TIME/CNN poll determined last week that 77 percent of those surveyedfelt the government was not doing enough to keep out illegal immigrants.For years now, the battle has raged between the federal authorities whoare supposed to police the borders and the states who pay the price ifthey fail.
In an attempt to reduce illegal immigration,Nevada Senator Harry Reid, has introduced a bill that would establish anannual limit of 300,000 newcomers, including ”immediate relatives,” anda national identification card. Congress passed legislation in 1986 thatstipulates fines and other penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegalaliens. The bill includes provisions to grant amnesty to illegal alienswho were in the United States prior to January 1, 1982, and to aid farmerswho have relied on illegal aliens to harvest their crops.Does anyone benefit from the rising tideof illegal immigration? Businesses that can profit from employing illegalsat low wages do. And many illegals are better off here than in their owncountries. But many others are exploited by dishonest employers and aretreated like slaves.
These immigrants are denied the rights and privilegeswe want every person in the United States to enjoy.In closing, we must all realize this issuewill not go away. Other generations of Americans made great sacrificesso that we today can enjoy the freedom, the quality of life, and the standardof living that we have. When I think of what uncontrolled immigration willdo to the dreams of my parents and grandparents, what it will mean to thefuture of my children, I realize that we will find a way to control immigration.Because we must.