Support of illegals absurd
Thursday, November 8, 2018
A "legal" immigrant is defined as someone who comes to a country from their country of origin through the legal processes in place. An illegal alien is someone unlawfully residing in the United States, whether by clandestine border crossing, visa deadline violation, or other means. A “legal” immigrant is on a path toward naturalization, while an illegal alien is not.
There were 12.1 million immigrants living in the country illegally as of January 2014, according to the most recent estimate by the Department of Homeland Security. Many illegal aliens receive direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. The cost to the American taxpayer lies somewhere between $100 billion — $135 billion. In 2017, "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers" report showed illegal immigrants paid only $19 billion a year in taxes. That leaves a net cost to local, state and federal governments of at least $81 billion a year.
We have a dilemma on our hands. As I write this, there are thousands of migrants headed toward the U.S.-Mexican border where they will seek asylum. We have a legal immigration system in place for anyone who comes legally. When one or more choose to cross the border illegally -— crossing at a location other than a legitimate border crossing without presenting documentation that allows officials to conduct background checks — they have broken the law. Under current law, if they are released, they are given a court date, for which most do not show up; they’ve broken the law again.
The idea that an illegal immigrant is entitled to benefits paid by American taxpayers just by setting foot on American soil is absurd. Immigration laws are based on an orderly flow of migrants, not on thousands showing up expecting free stuff.