Just yesterday, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued new orders regarding illegal immigration. While it’s a first step, to say that the US immigration system is broken is no surprise to anyone.
However, there a few things about illegal immigration you may not know that affect you, your family, and the immigrants who come here illegally.
The reality is that illegal immigration hurts everyone! It hurts the citizens of our nation and it hurts the migrants. Ultimately, everyone pays in one way or another.
It’s estimated that nearly 700,000 illegal immigrants enter annually, and three-quarters of these illegal immigrants come from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
You are probably aware that there is an economic cost to illegal immigration and a national security risk.
However, what are some of the issues seldom spoken of and how does this new order by the Secretary of DHS address the issues?
It’s here that you may be shocked to learn how the politicians have been playing “politics” and how both illegal immigrants and US citizens have been paying the price.
I will share how the cost of illegal immigration isn’t just financial, and I’ll share how both the Mexican government our government has been hypocritical. You will discover some facts that you have probably never heard before about why and how both countries have fueled this problem.
The Cost of Illegal Immigration Isn’t Just Financial
The real issues of illegal immigration, in my opinion, have been ignored or intentionally neglected by both politicians and the media.
It’s easy to deal with the economic issues, but what about the issues that really hit home.
For example, unless you’re in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Southern California, you may not be hearing about:
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, “It is estimated that 17,000 to 19,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year.”
Human trafficking “is the recruitment and possible transport of persons within or across boundaries by force, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them economically.”
Immigrants become victims as they are lied to and forced to work under brutal conditions.
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.
The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says on their website:
“According to the U.S. Department of State, the United States is a destination country for thousands of men, women, and children trafficked from all areas of the world. These victims are trafficked for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. Many of these victims are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor or other types of forced labor.”
Is it fair, moral or ethical that our lack of immigration enforcement leads to someone’s life being destroyed?
Illegal Immigrants are Dying in the Desert
A full-blown catastrophe that few are talking about in the media is the number of illegal aliens who are dying in the desert of Arizona and California.
The authorities at the local, state and federal level are fully aware of the issue, as are many humanitarian groups.
In an article in February 2015, it stated;
“Since 1994, they have found over 7,000 human remains in the borderlands, the majority of these in Arizona, and this number only represents the number of bodies found! The actual number of border crosser deaths is almost certainly significantly higher though the bodies were never found.
Currently, the morgue in Tucson houses over 900 unidentified human remains of presumed border crossers.”
In Tuscon.com in May 2015, they reported, “Deaths per 10,000 border crossers are up 5 times from a decade ago.”
According to the Southern Medical Association,
“Illegal immigration may expose Americans to diseases that have been virtually eradicated, but are highly contagious.” Disease such as TB, syphilis, gonorrhea, leprosy, and a changing list of current threats such as polio, cholera, diphtheria, smallpox, or severe acute respiratory syndromes… scabies, chicken pox, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, and different viruses.”
The Economics of Illegal Immigration
Since the economic collapse of 2008, many Americans continue to feel the crushing weight of lighter wallets, lost dreams and disappearing jobs… they see the borders open and for the taking and feel that illegal immigrants get special privileges that they don’t even get as citizens.
Under President Obama’s catch and release policy, many illegal immigrants received welfare benefits, used emergency room care, and their children went to public schools… while the majority paid little to no taxes for these specific services.
The numbers are startling:
“In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers… Under current law, all unlawful immigrant households together have an aggregate annual deficit of around $54.5 billion.”
~ May 6, 2013 – Robert Rector, MA
Jason Richwine, PhD, Heritage Foundation
In addition, illegal immigrants from Mexico didn’t keep or spend their money in the United States. According to a Politifact article in April 2016:
“According to Bank of Mexico, there was $24.77 billion in remittances to Mexico in 2015.”
In addition, there are consequences of bad immigration enforcement:
- Many illegal immigrants have less than a 10th-grade education and understand little English, which puts them in difficult place in both education and the workforce.
- 17 percent of those in federal prisons are estimated to be illegal aliens
Considering Mexico’s Role and Their Double Standard on Illegal Immigration
There is the seldom talk about a double standard in regards to Mexico and their position on illegal immigration inside their own country.
In early 2014, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi spent nearly nine months in a Mexican prison when he claimed he accidentally entered Mexico and asked to turn around and head back into the United States. Unfortunately, he had two firearms in his vehicle (which were legal in California but not in Mexico).
He was arrested and kept in a Mexican prison for nine months.
Mexico’s Illegal Immigration Policy
Here is the interesting part, Mexico’s immigration policy is much worse than the US’s, while they try to convince the US to accept their citizens whom they appear to not want back.
According to humanevents.com;
“Mexico annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does… Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.”
Their standards of immigration are also strict. Are immigrants:
- In the country legally;
- have the means to sustain themselves economically;
- not destined to be burdens on society;
- of economic and social benefit to society;
- of good character and have no criminal records; and
- contributors to the general well-being of the nation.
In another report from American Thinker…
“From January to December (2015), Mexico deported 107,199 Central American immigrants by land, while the U.S. only deported 104,688 illegal immigrants during that time period. Of those deported by land from Mexico, 43,456 are from Honduras, 41,731 are from Guatemala, 20,988 are from El Salvador and 1,024 are from Nicaragua, information released by the Guatemalan Migration Office to Mexican news outlets reveals.”
Why the Hypocrisy from Mexico?
The laws and regulations of Mexico are reasonable. They have a sovereign right to control their borders and they do so.
So, why doesn’t Mexico expect that the United States wouldn’t want the same?
I have an opinion… I don’t think Mexico wants their citizens back. They are poor and a drain on the Mexican economy and it’s better to just let the United States take care of them. I believe that’s one of the reasons they are spending the money to beef up their consulates in the US with lawyers to try to delay deportations.
If I were in another country and my country told me they didn’t me back in so many words, I would be angry and deeply offended. I suppose patriotism to country in this case only goes one way.
What You May Not Know About Our Immigration Policies
Did you know that illegally crossing the border into the United States is not a felony? It isn’t even a misdemeanor. It’s a civil infraction akin to a traffic fine.
The US Code sets the penalty for “improper entry by an alien” at “$50 and not more than $250 for each such entry” with no mention of jail time or deportation.
Furthermore, marriage fraud by an alien is punished more severely (imprisonment up to five years, a fine up to $250,000 or both) than illegally crossing the border.
In 2014, the New York Post said;
“Newspapers in El Salvador and Honduras are encouraging their countries’ young people to head north to the United States, promising them an easy life courtesy of the welcoming Obama administration.”
What happened was El Salvador and Honduras encouraged their young people to take advantage of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or illegal minors, also known as DACA.
Signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, the policy granted temporary legal status to many young illegal immigrants, ending the threat of deportation for at least two years.
Newsmax went into further detail about how the program turned into an immigration crisis.
By 2015, the Obama administration had dug itself a hole.
According to Reuters, in 2015, the “U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched an advertising campaign… aimed at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States illegally.”
The ads made it clear that the journey was dangerous, life threatening and that “U.S. law and policy lead to immediate deportation and offer no relief for undocumented immigrants.”
They did what they could to deter minors and their parents from coming, but it was too little, too late.
What Does the New DHS Immigration Order Do?
Now that the shock of what I didn’t know is wearing off, where does that leave us?
Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly implemented several new orders in regards to illegal immigration enforcement.
According to Fox News, it includes:
- Prioritizing criminal illegal immigrants and others for deportation, including those convicted or charged with “any criminal offense,” or who have “abused” any public welfare program
- Expanding the 287(g) program, which allows participating local officers to act as immigration agents – it had been rolled back under the Obama administration
- Starting the planning, design and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
- Hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers
- Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents
- Ending “catch-and-release” policies under which illegal immigrants subject to deportation potentially are allowed to “abscond” and fail to appear at removal hearings
As of now, the plan does not include deporting any “dreamers”, meaning those who were brought here as children by their parents and were raised in the United States.
The Trump administration is going to enforce immigration laws. One DHS official said; “We’re going to treat everyone humanely and with dignity, but we are going to execute the laws of the United States.”
After eight years of inconsistent enforcement under President Obama, another DHS official said the agencies are “going back to our traditional roots” on enforcement.