There are people in the debate about illegal immigration who seem to think that this problem really isn’t as big an issue as others make it out to be. Some have said that this topic is just a smokescreen to cover up the “real” problem, whatever that may be.
People are getting school supply lists right now that include supplies that the schools needs to function.
Toilet paper, copy paper etc!? Why do you think that may be? Maybe because such a lot of money had to be allocated for programs geared towards the anchor babies of illegal immigrants. There is such stress and pressure on the educational budgets on each state that while monies are allocated for the kids, there just isn’t enough to cover the enormous and growing free and reduced lunch programs for the poor- a large percentage of those poor being illegal. School districts have to provide and pay for classes in ESL as well. Our teachers are already stretched to the limit and not paid nearly enough for the important job they do!
Illegal Immigration is a serious and very REAL problem. It affects every aspect of our lives and is a HUGE contributor to the financial breaking of the back of our country. You can NOT minimize the impact that millions and millions of illegals coming here and drawing on BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars without any sort of recompense is having on our economy.
If you look at what happens when a community of thousands of illegal people need health care, for example it is staggering what happens to the local community with that kind of burden.
This is from the Wall Street Journal:
“in many ways, illegal immigration is at the nexus of two key health issues: the uninsured and ballooning costs.
Roughly half of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. don’t have health insurance, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group. Like others who can’t afford medical care, illegal immigrants tend to flock to hospital emergency rooms, which, under a 1986 law, can’t turn people away, even if they can’t pay. Emergency-room visits, where treatment costs are much higher than in clinics, jumped 32% nationally between 1996 and 2006, the latest data available.
The role illegal immigrants play in U.S. health-care costs is “one hot button that no one wants to touch,” says Stephen Zuckerman, an economist at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.
Sutter Solano Medical Center Chief Executive Terry Glubka wasn’t looking to enter the immigration debate when she started lobbying for a clinic in 2006. She was trying to balance her hospital’s budget. Between 2000 and 2006, Solano County saw a 13.1% increase in total emergency-room visits, more than twice the state average. Nearly 80% of the visits weren’t urgent.
During 2006, the hospital had to write off $12 million in “charity care” — or services provided to low-income patients who couldn’t pay their bills. The charity helped create a $4 million budget shortfall that year.”
That is one hospital in one town that had to write off $12 million dollars in bad debt because of people who couldn’t pay. When you watch that happen year after year, in town after town and state after state that turns into billions that just vanishes, POOF! So who pays for the care that we all need? Those of us who can afford it. Those of us who do have health insurance. The health care industry has to raise the costs to compensate for the bad debt and lost income. When you go to the hospital you want the best care you can get, but MRI machines and CAT Scan machines cost money. Where do you think that money comes from?
Saying that the “real” problem is that we have a greedy congress and they caused the current economic crisis we are in is like saying: “well, rain caused the devastation in New Orleans” while ignoring the rest of the Hurricane! Illegal immigration is the hurricane here. It is costing us BILLIONS AND BILLIONS over time. Money that the states need to take care of its citizens. It is costing us our rights, too. Whatever happened to our right to protect our borders? Who said we have to let every person who comes here come in and stay?
Our country simply can NOT afford all these poor, undocumented people who come here and strain the system beyond it’s capabilities! It isn’t working. The money isn’t there! What is there is not enough to take care of legal citizens and the needs of our country as well as the rest of the world! Where the hell is it written that we have to save the planet? We are not responsible for the entire world! Yes we have a responsibility to our neighbors, to help if we can. But we can’t help anymore, for God’s sake!! Charity begins at home. If you can’t buy groceries or pay your electric bill are you going to give money to your next door neighbor? Not likely. You might feel bad, but you simply can’t do it. So why is our country expected to fiscally destroy itself over citizens of other countries? It isn’t our fault that Mexico is imploding! Go home and do something about it!! We did! We fought to be free! We shed blood, sweat and tears and it took years, but we got what we needed to be free. Now millions of criminals come here and want to benefit from our history without contributing. That is bull****. Trying to minimize the enormous impact of millions of people draining the resources of our country is also, quite frankly, bull****.
Looking the other way, trying to rationalize the issue away, or trying to cloud the issue with something else is not helping. Nor is it making the problem go away or get better. Many, many of these illegals are using Social Security numbers that are stolen. The newest problem? Thieves are stealing the numbers from children because they know that these numbers usually are not checked or monitored. By the time some of these kids are ready to buy a car their credit is ruined and no one ever even knew it was happening. Meanwhile Jose was working here on that number and sending most of his money back to Mexico to his family to live off of.
This issue can not be dismissed or minimized. Pretending that it really isn’t as bad as people think is the reason that it really is as bad as it is!!!