Yes, Virginia, there IS a problem, pt 4
The first three parts of this series have presented a wealth of information about problems arising from illegal immigration in Northern Virginia. Rounding out the responses to this debate is Nathan Muller of www.forthecause.us with a plethora of hard data about tax receipts, impact on wages, and costs borne by local and state governments (or, "taxpayers").
The charge of "racism" is simply a tactic to instill feelings of guilt and shame in the hope that it will paralyze us into inaction and make us disappear from the scene. We all know the charge is baseless, but some people actually think this works. In reality, such people are intellectually incapacitated and demonstrate it loudly by incessantly playing the race card.
Now, here are just a few facts to consider about the real impact of illegal immigration on our communities...
Please click the link below to read the rest of this important report.
Several studies this year demonstrate the social impact of illegal immigration. Most recently, a study by The Urban Institute, et al, showed that illegal aliens in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are not paying their fair share of taxes. The entire report can be found here, at the Urban Institute Web site.
The cost to taxpayers to support Virginia's 200,000 illegal or undocumented immigrants is $360 million annually. Of that amount, $125 million is spent in Fairfax County, according to Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax).
The extent of Social Security fraud and identity theft committed by illegal aliens has been amply documented by Lou Dobbs in the past two weeks. All these video clips are available at www.forthecause.us.
A study this year by the University of Florida found that immigrant families cost that state a net $1,800 per household annually. Economist David Denslow, a pro-immigration Democrat, found that legal and illegal immigrants consume much more in public services and pay far less in taxes than the average resident. The government services most consumed were education and Medicaid.
A study by the University of North Carolina released early this year shows illegal immigration is depressing wages by some $2 billion in North Carolina alone and that illegal aliens are now taking desirable jobs from middle class workers. Seventy-six percent of Hispanics who have moved to the state since 1995 are illegal aliens according to John Kasarda of the University of North Carolina. Among the studies other findings, the influx of illegals did create 90,000 new jobs, while suppressing overall wage growth by $2 billion statewide. Additional costs in 2004 included education, $476 million; health care, $299 million; and law enforcement, $51 million; for an additional $817 million in the budget.
Increasingly, state politicians nationwide are beginning to realize the cost of illegal immigration in their states. Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota estimates that it cost his state roughly $180 million last year.
The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants who actually do pay taxes go to the federal treasury. The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government services.
A study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that the average welfare payout to immigrant households, legal and illegal, is about $2,700 a year - more than 50 percent higher than the payout for citizens and legal immigrants.
I could go on and on, but why bother? Those who make the charge of "racism" aren't really interested in the facts.
Nathan and his wife Linda will be two of our featured speakers at the Help Save Loudoun/NOVA TownHall meeting on June 20 in Sterling. If you are within driving distance, please take advantage of this unique educational opportunity.
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