The Cost Of Illegal Immigration Escalating

"How can we protect homeland security unless the government stops the invasion of illegal aliens?" ~~Phyllis Schlafly
"How can we protect homeland security unless the government stops the invasion of illegal aliens?" ~~Phyllis Schlafly

Update: July 7, 2014 Obama to immigration groups: I’ll press my executive power to the limit to spare millions from deportation

Its the time of the year when our government checks out of the office for a three-week vacation! Adjourned until September, they are taking their health care agendas, pro or con, back home to constituents. However, the one thing they refuse to discuss, or take action on, is Immigration Enforcement! A subject right up there with health care reform.

I will however give them credit; they are now calling it Reform instead of Amnesty. Although, I have heard nasty rumors that some are still trying to push Amnesty through on the sly as an amendment to other bills. Bills, which lack reference to the illegal immigration problem. WOW, are we surprised by this?

Before the Senates conclusion for its summer break, some members of Congress put forth a few impressive amendments for immigration enforcement. Here is a brief summary:

1. E-Verify Amendment #1371-Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

If passed, the amendment will make E-Verify a permanent tool. E-Verify is presently operational but is set to expire on September 30, 2009.

This amendment will prevent those supporting mass amnesty from using it as justification to pass an amnesty bill in support of roughly 12 million illegal aliens. It will also assure that all good-faith employers, including the federal government, will have access to this tool. E-Verify will be used to verify legal status for existing employees and future new hires. Especially those associated with all federal government contracts.

2. Border Fence Amendment #1399-Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

This amendment directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to finish almost 700 miles of doubled reinforced fencing along our southwestern border by the end of 2010. Congress spelled this out in the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”. To date DHS has completed only 32 miles of fence. Its completion is expected to prevent continual border crossings by foot and motor vehicle.

3. No Match Amendment #1375-Senator David Vitter (R-LA)

Homeland Security’s funding for FY 2010 is forbidden to use money to rescind a DHS final decree pertaining to employees whose names, do not match their Social Security number. When this occurs, employers are directed to take action since most unmatched SSN’s are illegal aliens. The amendment will free jobs held by illegal aliens and provide immigration enforcement the tools they need to address the no match problem.

4. E-Verify Amendment #1415-Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

This provides employers enrolled in E-Verify an option to use the program to check the work authorization status of existing employees and new hires. Right now E-Verify is only used for verifying new hires. With unemployment at a 25 year high, this amendment will act as a stimulus plan for unemployed Americans. When an employer comes across an illegal alien on his or her payroll, that employer can free up the job for an American worker.

The change in our Senate’s view on Immigration is good news. In my opinion, Enforcement is a much better choice of words and deed then Amnesty---especially, for those who believe that our Immigration Laws should not be violated.


Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don't really mean our immigration law. ~~Richard Lamm

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

No Amnesty, I agree with you 100%!!! Our self serving elected officials deceive us all the time by attaching bills like Amnesty to bills which have absolutely NO relevance? Why do people keep rewarding this deceptive conduct with their votes? Until the voting public wakes up nothing will change for this country!

Here are my thoughts, VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT! Demand term limits for all elected officials and hold elections every two years. Another issue, the Supreme Court Justices should not have a lifetime appointment; that also needs to be a term limit position with the citizens voting on reappointment/or not every two years.

Career politicians have ruined this country with their greed and the Supreme Court is dismantling our constitution…WAKE UP AMERICA!

NoAmnesty 6 years ago

A rose by any other name is still a rose and an Amnesty by any other name is still an Amnesty. Senator Reid is poised to tack the Dream Act Amnesty to a bill authorizing money to provide supplies to our soldiers.

 7 years ago

Lady_E thanks for your comment and visit...Illegal immigration is a serious problem; one that sends a wrong message concerning our immigration laws...Instead of treating illegally entry as the class 4 felony that it is, our government looks the other way. They continue to ignore the harm it is doing to our country and its citizens. I hope the current amnesty bill, which has been introduced, will fail. Our government needs to enforce the immigration laws that are in affect today! This would be a huge step in the right direction…

You and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year…XX

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." ~~Theodore Roosevelt

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

This is an interesting Article. We have the same issue in the UK. Thousands of people live here illegally and actually, I feel for them, cos some have just come to live a better life or maybe make money and return to their families.

I watched a TV program months ago on people complaining that their kids could not get into the schools they had chosen. It wasn't mentioned in the program, but I knew this was because of so many foreigners in the country and I thought it's only a matter of time before people start getting bitter about not having enough jobs.

Well, sometime later, a working place did a serious protest about only hiring British to work on some building construction site. It made Headlines. So, immigration is taking a Toll. It's a serious issue.

Have a wonderful Xmas Nancy.

Best wishes for 2010. xx

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Suziecat, your welcome and thank you for visiting and commenting. Our government needs to get serious about curbing illegal immigration. If it is that easy to get through our borders (with no legitimacy) then we are no longer safe. That stance sends a loud and clear message to the rest of the world.

"Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor."~~Elton Gallegly

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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

Thanks for being such a loyal fan, Nancy. This is an interesting Hub. It's nice to know that at least some of our government officials are thinking about the problem of illegal immigration. Thanks for the links too. I always like to follow up on news.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, Tony for your comment on this issue. I think your idea holds merit however, on occasion the more one gives; the more one is expected to give.

Each countries immigration laws are intended to protect jobs, wages, education, standard of living, etc. Immigration laws were also designed to maintain balance within the country and guard against an influx of criminal elements. Unfortunately, due to the lack of government enforcement, illegal immigration has created an immense criminal, financial and economical burden on the United States…

“Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor.”~~Elton Gallegly

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Interesting Hub. In South Africa we also have quite a problem with so-called illegal aliens. I have a different view of this issue - I think international borders are in any case nonsense and should become more porous - we don't need them. They only cause more division and strife.

Building fences and walls also is a costly and an ultimately futile exercise. All such walls will eventually come down like the one in Berlin did in 1989. The money should rather be spent on uplifting people's lives. How many schools could be built, teachers paid, babies fed, with the billions spent on walls, fences, border patrols and the like? And that sort of spending would really improve people's lives.

The fact that people "illegally" cross borders all over the world shows that the borders in any case are meaningless, except as a source of irritation, to the ordinary people.

But then I guess I'm in a minority, an eccentric, loony minority. But that's what I like!

Love and peace


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Badcompany99, Thanks your nice compliment and taking time to read my article...I understand your reluctance to shy away from political discussions. However, we need to be aware of the consequences if it continues to go unchecked…8-)

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

anjalichugh, Thanks for your nice comment and taking time to read this hub and its comments.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Very well written hub. I enjoyed reading the comments as well.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

SweetiePie, your comment is very much appreciated on this issue...Thanks for taking time to read the article...

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Thanks for sharing your passion for immigration reform. Very interesting read indeed.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

BJC & Presetio30--- Thanks for your very nice comments on this article. I will be writing more on this topic as decisions are announced.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

great hub. I like this topic. thanks for share.

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BJC 7 years ago from Florida

Thansk for a very well written article. I myself came here the legal way and have a huge problem with people getting a free ride.

Keep us posted. BJC

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Mchebil72, thanks for visiting my hub and your very nice commet...

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mchebli72 7 years ago

well done nice info

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Lgali, I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub's...

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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice and informative hub I read this before but forget to left comments

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Ginn, thanks for visiting this hub and taking time to comment. I personally am a descendent of immigrants who came here LEGALLY. All immigrants need to honor the immigration laws of the country they intend to enter. Every country has them --- including Mexico.

Another big issue, which affects us as a country, is the Anchor Baby draw see---OUR-GOVERNMENT-HOLDING-BACK-HR-1868.

You’re right concerning the northern borders. Unfortunately, the USA will be forced to build fences across its northern borders too. Why, because 20+ years ago, when the government granted Amnesty, they sent out a huge message, which, we are paying for, today…

In my opinion, with our distressed economy and unemployment numbers, immigration from all areas should be discontinued; at least until the country is back to a prosperous level in all areas.

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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago

Nancy thanks for this read. In my book--if you are illegally here then you have committed a crime and the law should be enforced no matter who you are.

We talk about the fence on our southern borders that will never be completed or will it stop those that cross it---yet we never hear about the northern borders that are wide open for others?

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