As Congress debates an overhaul to the immigration system, this SoCal blogger would like to add some thoughts that are apparently missed in the enclaves of Washington, D.C.
It is well-known that there are approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States today (up from 7 million in 2000). Roughly 70% of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico. Therefore, there are 8.4 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States (which increases by approximately 400,000 annually). The population of Mexico is approximately 108 million. Assuming that this number accounts for the 8.4 million Mexicans living here illegally, approximately 8% of Mexicans (i.e. one in thirteen) are actually living in the United States, illegally.
There are 301 million people living in America; therefore, one in twenty-five people here are illegals. They are not distributed evenly around the country: twelve percent of the residents of Los Angeles (1 in 8) are illegal aliens. In fact, 32% of all illegal aliens reside in California, although California constitutes only 13% of the US population.
The strain on resources is enormous. Over thirty percent of the uninsured in LA are illegal aliens, which cost each taxpayer approximately $300 annually ($1000 per uninsured person). Nationally, illegal alien households caused a net deficit of $10 billion to the federal government. Contrary to popular belief, legalisation would not reduce the net deficit: as illegals earn little money and are poorly educated, they would not pay much in taxes but would benefit from the welfare state. That deficit would increase threefold. At least two-thirds of illegal aliens lack a high school degree.
The problems with illegal immigration are more than economic:
- In LA, 95% of outstanding warrants for homicide target illegal aliens;
- 2/3ds of felony fugitive warrants are for illegals;
- even back in the ’90s (when there were fewer illegal immigrants), approximately 60% of LA gang members were illegal aliens;
- 29% of the prison population consists of illegal immigrants whose crimes are unrelated to immigration status.
The unorthodox entry method of “undocumented workers” is but one part of the problem. (The pachyderm is looking for statistics regarding family structure… edit to follow.) It is nothing short of absurd to call these people “undocumented workers” when they do not assimilate into American culture, cause a net drain on resources, refuse to become educated, participate in gangs, and generally cause more mayhem than an invading army.