To The Daily Sun,
In her Sept. 2 letter, Bernadette Loesch claimed that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says welfare isn't available to illegal immigrants. That is false. But, since Loesch didn't provide a link to the SPLC claim, it could not be reviewed to see if the statement was intentionally false or if the needed qualifications were included to make the claim accurate.
Loesch's current (Sept. 19) letter still doesn't provide a link to the SPLC claim. Instead it provides history about the SPLC but neglects to mention that it has evolved from a civil rights to a radical left-wing organization.
Loesch says I should have revealed the source of my claim that illegal aliens receive on average $24,721 in benefits but pay only $10,334 in taxes. Apparently she can't read or use a computer because my (Sept. 12) letter includes a link to the full report with all the data supporting that claim (restated in the Executive Summary on page vi).
Loesch refers to www.procon.org to dispute my statements about illegal immigration, but apparently she didn't read that site either. (Procon.org provides statements on both sides of several issues, it proves nothing.) Several of the people arguing on behalf of illegal immigration support my statements that it hurts lower-income American workers; others make claims based on legal immigration which is not relevant or in contention.
Illegal immigration provides money and power to special interests and politicians who buy spokesmen and reports to try to protect this source of money and power.
But most Americans don't need reports to know that illegal immigration is wrong and harmful. First, it's still "illegal," despite years of politicians, special interests, and the media trying to tell us it is a good thing, they have not provided ANY convincing evidence.
Second, Americans know that Kathryn Steinle and more than 25,000 other Americans wouldn't have been murdered if our immigration laws were enforced. Americans know that millions of other Americans wouldn't have been raped, robbed, kidnapped, brutalized, or accidentally injured or killed if American officials had done their jobs and enforced our laws.
Third, Americans intuitively know that the benefits illegal immigrants receive far exceed the taxes they pay. Since illegal aliens cannot work legally, many work for cash so they pay no Social Security, Medicare, or federal income taxes.
Since most illegal aliens work for low wages, even those who (under stolen identities) work above-board may receive more in earned income tax credits than they pay in federal taxes. A "single" federal income tax filer with a $30,000 income would pay $4,789 in total (income, Social Security and Medicare) tax. However, if the filer claimed to be married with two children and claimed the earned income tax credit (a program rampant with fraud), he/she would receive a $4,687 "refund".
Americans also know the cost to educate each child averages in excess of $12,000 annually (the cost to educate non-English speaking children is more). The average hospital cost of a vaginal birth without complications is $2,600, $4,500 for a C-section birth; complications increase costs. The average cost of an emergency room visit is $1,233. Last year more than 300,000 illegal aliens were deported and 177,960 of them were convicted illegal aliens; tens of thousands more illegal aliens were handled or sought by our criminal justice system. Thousands of illegal aliens are incarcerated, for example the average annual cost to keep a person in prison in California is $47,000. Even without including other welfare benefits the cost of illegal immigration is enormous.
Some say that illegal immigration provides great benefits. It does for some special interests and politicians, but not for the vast majority of Americans. We may pay marginally less for some things because illegal aliens depress wages, but we pay far more to support unemployed or underpaid American workers. We would be far better off paying a little more for goods and services if more Americans worked and earned decent wages, thus reducing the need to support so many Americans on unemployment or welfare.
Leftists often hide their harmful actions with beneficent sounding terms, e.g., Loesch and the SPLC talk about "teaching tolerance". Tolerance for many things is good, and we are a very tolerant people. But no good comes from tolerating illegal immigration, which violates our laws, corrupts our officials, rewards law breakers, cheats people trying to legally immigrate, makes us look like a lawless society, and hurts so many Americans: workers, taxpayers, students, and crime and accident victims.