The Center for Immigration Studies stated that the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached nearly 38 million in March 2007, one-third of which were comprised of illegal immigrants. If immigration continues to rise at current levels, the nation’s population will increase from 301 million today to 468 million in 2060, a 56% rise. In Fiscal Year 2009 the U.S. resettled almost three times as many refugees (or immigrants) as all the rest of the countries in the industrialized world combined. However, according to ImmigrationCounters.com, the live number of illegal immigrants in this country is 22, 780, 904 and rising every day.In recent years, up to 95% of the refugees coming to the U.S. were referred by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were the relatives of UN-picked refugees. The U.N. is effectively dictating much of U.S. immigration policy. Unfortunately, the money the U.S. spends bringing one refugee to the U.S. could have helped 500 individuals overseas in countries where they currently reside.According to the Refugee Resettlement Watch (RRW), the most common method of obtaining asylum seeker status is to come over on a tourist visa and then link up with an immigration consultant or refugee agency like Catholic Charities for help in filling out the paper work and help in learning what to say in the asylum interview with U.S. officials. Once you have asylum you are eligible for all welfare. The program is rife with fraud and corruption at all levels. UN personnel often sell access to the program and once here refugees make false claims of family relationship in order to facilitate wider immigration. Government grant fraud is common among local refugee service providers. Resettlement is profitable to the organizations involved in it. They receive money from the federal government for each refugee they bring over. They have almost no real responsibilities for these refugees. After 4 months the “sponsoring” organization is not even required to know where the refugee lives. The groups that resettle refugees are referred to in the media as “charities” or “non-profits” or “humanitarian organizations”. They are actually federal contractors and get the vast majority of their resources from the U.S. taxpayer. There are now at least 350 non-governmental organizations resettling refugees. They are all dependent on taxpayer funding. RRW believes the program is so lucrative that the Catholic Church has dropped traditional charity works to put more effort into resettlement. It uses collection offerings to promote the refugee resettlement program.Illegal immigrants are not "victims" who need the United Sates to rescue them. The CIA reports that the Mexican unemployment rate was recently only 4%, significantly lower than the unemployment rate of 9.9% (in April 2010) in the United States. It may be true that many immigrants are hard working and only want a better life. However, the problem is much broader.The emotional photos shown in the media of parents deported from their anchor child is an extremely rare event. In reality, there are a significant number of single males with no families to feed. In fact, illegal immigrants know that having an anchor child greatly reduces their chances of being deported. Many immigrants come to the United States, get an American girl pregnant, and hope to receive an extended green card because of the American child. Yet the media is not sympathetic to American parents separated from their children when they are caught breaking the law. Sadly, a large amount of the money being wired to Mexico and Latin America is not for their ‘poor’ families, it is to pay off the human smugglers and drug cartels back home. Otherwise their family members' safety will be jeopardized.Illegal aliens are not undocumented, they have plenty of documents because most engage in document fraud and identity theft to conduct their crimes in America. If they are granted legal status they will begin to demand the same wages and standards that American citizens receive. This creates an even larger problem. Most illegal workers are not doing farm labor. Illegal immigration is now hurting the American working class while self-serving businesses and government agencies look the other way. According to NumbersUSA, there were approximately 7.7 million illegal aliens employed in U.S. jobs in 2008. The Center for Immigration Studies reports that a 1997 study by the American Academy of Sciences found that the cheap labor of illegal immigrants and poor immigrants caused a 44% decrease in wages among the poorest Americans from 1980 to 1994. The burning question is this: Is America is going to remain a nation based on our laws and principles or will the overrule all else? Will living in America continue to be embraced, or will our country simply become a job site? When laws and principles are allowed to be broken on a scale this large we now find ourselves with giant repercussions.According to the Center for Immigration Studies, amnesty for illegal immigrants will cause costs to increase significantly from $10.4 billion a year to $28.8 billion. This is because an amnesty program would transform an illegal immigrant to an "unskilled immigrant with legal status" who could access various government programs. However, due to low income, these "unskilled immigrants with legal status" would likely make very modest tax payments.Another rising issue it that immigrants have access to welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen. Welfare use is staggering among refugees. Welfare usage is never counted by officials as part of the cost of the program. Yet when it is included, the total cost of the refugee program soars to at least 10 billion a year. As some Americans are pushed off of time-limited welfare programs, many refugees are going on to life-time cash assistance programs. For instance 15.3% of refugees are on SSI. This rate of usage is at least 5 times higher than the rate of usage for SSI among the native-born population. The federal programs available to them include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF (formerly known as AFDC), Medicaid, Food Stamps, Public Housing, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only), Child Care and Development Fund, Independent Living Program, Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants, Refugee Assistance Programs, Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are ⌠qualified immigrants – refugees, asylees, etc), and Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds.. Refugees, successful asylum seekers, trafficking victim visa holders, “Cuban-Haitian Entrants” (which are mostly Cuban) and other smaller humanitarian admission groups are eligible for ALL federal, state and local welfare programs 30 days after arrival.“Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we're taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them,” stated Michael Steele. Until we start to tackle the immigration issue, we cannot manage the problems of our own, the American population that is legal and is struggling more everyday to survive in this world.
“Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.”--Timothy Murphy