The Facts Concerning Illegal Immigration
#1 Coyotes, Bears, and Trails
Stopping Illegal Immigration
Environmental groups crank out numerous stories about the negative effects of having a fence along the Mexican border. However, the story of not stopping illegal immigration into the United States and its cost is one which has been regulated to the back burner.
This side of the story tells of wildlife populations increasingly threatened by illegal immigration and alien smugglers cutting paths through federally protected lands and wild life reserves.
But, there is an organization doing something about this important matter. They are The Center for Immigration Studies, (CIS) founded in 1985. The center is an independent, non-profit, organization whose aim is to inform immigration legislators, the community and news media, about the economic, environmental, and other consequences concerning legal and/or illegal immigration.
Some of their studies have concluded current high levels of immigration are making it virtually impossible to achieve America’s goals such as improved educational facilities,environment, homeland security, and a living wage.
They have also created several videos taken from the footage of hidden cameras along the border which I have included in this article. They are from a short series called Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border written and narrated by Janice Kephart.
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#3 A Day in the Life of a Drug Smuggler
“Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border,” tells the story about a region threatened by increased illegal immigration, the Huachuca Mountains and Coronado National Forest in the southeast quadrant of Arizona. The series raises serious questions about the environmentalists’ focus against erecting border fences, when endangered species and vegetation have already been proven to suffer considerably where there are none.
Abandoned vehicles, drug drops, illegal’s, along with their human waste and vast amounts of litter, have destroyed some fragile Arizona ecosystems.
The mountainous terrain of these areas, are currently experiencing an increase in activity. Drug dealers and alien smugglers, commonly called “coyotes”, use these trails in avoiding Border Patrols. Hidden cameras can capture illegal activity as far as 9 to10 miles north of the Mexican border. At the same time they can view native species such as mountain lions,bears, wild pigs,turkeys and deer.
The number of illegals on these trails is rising. In June 2009, there were 575 illegal aliens caught on hidden cameras. These alien crossings are not legal, and they show how unprotected our borders are. Hundreds of trails exist. But, how long will Arizona's beautiful acreage remain pristine if we don’t secure our borders?
The Full Impact
One of the Center’s studies was first to disclose the full impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget and was based on Census Bureau data. Some surprising facts were revealed. It was found that, when all taxes are paid and all costs considered, illegal households created a deficit of over $10 billion in 2002. It was also calculated that, if amnesty was granted to illegal’s’ the deficit would grow to nearly $30 billion.
The expenditures associated with illegal households are less than half that of other households. However,what they pay in taxes amount to about a quarter of other households.
Much of the price tag connected to illegal’s result from their children being born in this country, who automatically become U.S. citizens. So, barring illegals from federal programs won’t reduce costs because their citizen children will still have the right to access them. So, even If illegal aliens were given amnesty and paid taxes like their legal counterparts with similar education levels, the estimated annual bill to the American taxpayer would increase to a grand total of nearly $29 billion.