Want to see how stupendously, destructively, and deliberately messed-up our immigration system is?
And don’t forget that the background to the following information is that for years the federal government, which is in charge of enforcement, has refused to effectively police and/or fence off the border to reduce the numbers of new illegal immigrants we’re dealing with. And then, as the following statistics make clear, it refuses to discourage them from staying or to make any serious effort to track them once they’re here. Au contraire.
First, we have the fact that although some illegal immigrants file tax returns, the feds refuse to do anything to catch them. Apparently the desire to get their taxes (and it’s not at all clear how much tax they pay) trumps the desire to deport them:
…[T]he Social Security Administration estimates [I wonder on what basis or how accurately] that 75% of undocumented immigrants are actually on formal payrolls and are paid by check just like anyone else. They get on the payroll by using fake or fraudulent social security numbers or social security numbers of the deceased, which are easily available from counterfeiters for a couple hundred dollars. A growing number of undocumented immigrants now file their income taxes using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). ITINs are issued by the IRS for filing purposes only and do not provide permission to work. According to the most recent estimates, at least 3 million unauthorized immigrants filed income taxes using ITINs in 2009. (NOTE: the IRS does not report undocumented immigrants to the Department of Homeland Security.)
On the topic of how much tax could be extracted from illegal immigrants:
…[T]he incomes of migrants [sic] working in the informal economy are generally so low—less than $13,000 per year, according a recent UCLA study—that most would ultimately be exempt from paying income taxes or have extremely low tax liability even if they did file and claim cash income.
And then there’s Mexico, our friendly and helpful neighbor to the south:
The United States receives constant criticism from the Mexican government for its efforts to curb illegal immigration. And United States officials criticize Mexican officials for passing out handbooks on how to cross the border, saying Mexico is trying to avoid political and governmental reforms at home by encouraging its citizens to leave.
You probably already know that Mexico itself has a Draconian policy for dealing with illegal immigrants. Apparently it’s “Do as we say, not as we do.”
And here’s a ream of factoids for you to ponder (the site where I got them says that these statistics are based on Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security reports, but it doesn’t give exact links, so I can’t account for their veracity. I almost hope they are exaggerations because they reveal such a dreadful picture):
83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens.
86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens.
75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens…
29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and Federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually
53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.
50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens
71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes”.
47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens.
63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens
66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens.
380,000 plus “anchor babies” were born in the US to illegal alien parents in just one year, making 380,000 babies automatically US citizens.
97.2% of all costs incurred from those illegal births were paid by the American taxpayers.
Still curious about the accuracy of the above statistics, I went to the current 10 Most Wanted List for Los Angeles, just as an example. Strangely enough, the page only lists seven most wanted, and it doesn’t state their immigration status—except for one man, whom it lists as a citizen with dual US/Guatemalan citizenship believed to have fled to Guatemala. But all seven are indeed Hispanic.
This seems well-sourced (Pew) and very disturbing: as long ago as 2008, 1 in 12 births in this country were to people who were here illegally. Of course, their children born here automatically become citizens. I have no problem with that law for legal immigrants, but for illegals it’s wrong and counter-productive. Illegal immigrants have higher-than-average birthrates, too. You can see how it is that California turned blue so quickly, after having been a red/purple state for many years.
In 2009 it was found that “79%, of the 5.1 million children of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. in 2009 were born in the country and are therefore citizens.”
Those of you who hate Lindsay Graham, please note this curious fact (the article was written in August of 2010): “Late last month, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his support for reconsidering automatic U.S. citizenship for babies born to undocumented immigrants. He said the status quo enticed people to enter the country illegally and have children to qualify for U.S. benefits.”
What happened? This:
Legislation to amend birthright citizenship stalled when it was introduced in the past decade in the House. It would require a vote of two-thirds of the House and Senate, and would have to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures.
Proponents of amending the 14th Amendment, which was enacted in 1868, say it was intended to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves after the Civil War, not the offspring of illegal immigrants.
Amend that, and you would begin to have truly comprehensive immigration reform. I don’t see that it will ever happen, though, because we’re already past the tipping point. There are too many liberals who are against it, and the longer it’s delayed the more numerous the “against” votes will become.
In fact, “tipping point” is the operative phrase here. We’ve not only reached it, we seem to be long past it. Obama is merely focusing our attention on that fact. It will be “interesting” to see what his promised executive action on “comprehensive immigration” might be.
And although citizen actions such as this one in Murietta, California, are encouraging, right now the only result they have is to persuade the feds to release the illegal immigrants into the populace at some other venue. Unless every single community gets wind of what’s happening and effectively blocks it, isolated protests such as Murietta’s will be an inconsequential speedbump along the road.