Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Immigration and Arizona

Did you guys know that the name Arizona came from the Spaniards? Some historians believe the original explorers called that part of the West “Arida Zona” translated to English means Dry Zone others believe it came from the Basque language “Aritz Ona” meaning Good Oak.

Now a days I attribute those terms to mean dry as in no gray matter and the good oak is now dying for lack of knowledge.

First Arizona has passed a law saying that the Secretary of State of Arizona has to approve the documents’ proving a person is a born in the United States prior to being put on the ballot for President. A small bow towards the “birthers” who believe President Obama was born in Kenya. Never mind there is a newspaper announcement on the day after his birth, and that he has shown a copy of birth certificate; also the Department of Vital and Health Statistic of Hawaii has said several times Barack Hussein Obama was born in the good old USA. Unlike Senator John McCain who technically was born in Panama admit tingly on a US military base to American citizen parents who made sure to claim then infant John McCain citizenship. And here I thought Georgia legislature was embarrassing…. Arizona takes the cake.

Second, the fore mentioned state has also passed the strictest law when it comes down to illegal immigration. An officer of the law with a reasonable suspicion can stop an individual and ask for their papers to prove they are allowed in the United States. Who decides what’s reasonable?

Other portions of the law criminalize anyone who knowingly harbors, give a ride or in other words associates with a person who is in the USA illegally. What? Does that include churches, hospitals, schools, and police in the process of investigating a crime?

Clue in to the Obama Administration: Time to tackle reforming immigration.


1 comment:

Brittanicus said...

Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) ran the numbers at my request. Here’s what they found: For a single 25-year old male with very low earnings, today’s value of his and his employer’s contributions to the Trust Fund will fall $15,596 short of the value of the Social Security retirement benefits he will eventually receive. A single female will receive $20,936 more in benefits than she pays into Social Security. If the immigrant is married but the sole wage-earner, the couple will eventually drain the Trust Fund by $52,460; if the immigrant is married to another very low earner, the drain on the trust fund will be $39,037. The legalization of one million illegal immigrant couples who work for very low wages would be a $101 billion blow to taxpayers. And amnesty for all illegal immigrants would multiply this figure many times!

When it comes to taxes, amnesty supporters like to say that illegal immigrants will pay their “fair share” of taxes after being granted amnesty. This is deceptive.

Low-skilled workers often pay no taxes and receive a check from the Internal Revenue Service in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Putting illegal immigrants on the IRS rolls will actually cost the federal government money.

Since most illegal immigrants have less than a high school education and have well below average incomes, even those illegal immigrants who pay taxes pay far less in taxes than they (and their families) consume in taxpayer-supported benefits. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation found that the average immigrant household headed by an immigrant without a high school degree receives over $19,000 more in total government benefits each year than it pays in federal, state and local taxes!

But the impact goes far beyond these direct costs.

There are nearly 16 million Americans out of work, and about 8 million jobs are held by illegal immigrants. By simply enforcing immigration laws already on the books, we could create millions of job opportunities for American citizens and legal immigrants who played by the rules and entered the U.S. the right way.

Instead, the Obama administration has all but abandoned worksite enforcement efforts. Administrative arrests are down 87 percent; criminal arrests of employees are down 83 percent; criminal arrests of employers are down 73 percent; the number of criminal indictments are down 86 percent; and the number of criminal convictions is down 83 percent since 2008. This insults unemployed and underemployed American workers who need the jobs held by illegal immigrants.

The hit is on your wallet! Illegal immigrants are a fiscal drain on American taxpayers. And the Obama administration’s policies only make it worse.