The Terrorist Within
(Editorial) By NaTasha Hicks
People are often down on their luck, with that being said let’s say you allow someone to stay in your home until they are able to steady their current situation. Once they’ve done so, they refuse to leave, don’t pay you any rent, vandalize your home, and invite other members of their family to live in your home as well. These people freeload as well as use your identity, run up all your bills and eventually return to their homes with all their earnings. At some point in their stay, you must decide when enough is enough. That is the situation that America currently faces when dealing with illegal immigration. America has always been a home to all immigrants. Most if not all of the immigrants we have today are illegal. 20 million illegal immigrants currently reside in America today, 43% of all illegal immigrants live in California; costing about 10 billion annually. It is clear that this has gone on far too long, not only is California in a financial crisis, but our citizens are suffering. There are no jobs, health care, our educational system is in a catastrophic state; and let’s not forget the overpopulation of our penal system.
Initially, the U.S. allowed undocumented workers to work menial jobs for a precise amount of time, and return back to their countries. The Bracero Program which was established in the 1960’s allowed immigrants to enter the U.S temporarily. Many of the immigrants were from parts of Asia and all parts of Mexico. The immigrants came to the United States and helped the country flourish in the industrial business, thus making the economy larger. As the years progressed, more and more immigrants entered the U.S. but not legally. Statistics show that from the 1880’s, Europeans were the majority of immigrants. Today, Hispanics as well as others are entering the U.S. at an alarming rate putting illegal immigration at an all-time high.
The debate on illegal immigration is very controversial some are sympathetic to their plight, while others are not pleased with the strain that has been placed on America’s economy. People for immigration argue that illegal aliens are helpful to the economy, and they work jobs that American citizens would least prefer; they do the dirty jobs, so to speak. How true is that statement? Illegal aliens are no longer just farmers, they are dry-wallers, and brick layers, painters, roofers, and carpet layers, plumbers and electricians, and these were all jobs held by middle class citizens. California’s compulsion for cheap labor is costing us in entirety. Not to mention the fact that most illegal aliens get into positions of authority, and lock out those of us who are legal citizens with a language barrier. Only hiring bilingual; while there are several bilingual employees currently holding positions, I just have one question in regards to that, can I go to France, work and not learn French?
Illegal immigrants claim they enter the U.S searching for better opportunity and life. They say providing for their families and themselves are their goals when entering into the U.S. “illegally”. But what part of the word illegal is not understood? From the time a person enters the country illegally they have no intent on abiding by our laws. First they acquire an identity, which may be yours, your mothers, or even your 2 year old child’s, they then use that identity to obtain a job, credit and in some cases even buy homes. While in Mexico it is unlawful for you or I to own even a blade of grass. How many American citizens do you know that work hard every day of their lives die and have never owned homes? I guess it’s easy to achieve the American dream; when you have, a father working in construction (with your identification), a mother who cleans homes and gets paid under the table, a son who sells drugs, and a daughter for whom they are able to receive welfare to accommodate.
Illegal immigrants are far more destructive to our economy than helpful; America lives by its Constitution which governs the state. It’s unconstitutional for any child to be denied education. Often time’s illegal immigrants enter the U.S. pregnant, and the child automatically gains citizenship when born. An illegal woman gets pregnant while living in the U.S. she not only receives medical, but is also allowed to remain to take care of her child. It is unlawful for any hospital, public or private, to deny healthcare, especially if their needs are urgent. No insurance is another issue; they are accumulating bills that tax payers have to later foot. Many hospitals have been closed due to overwhelming amounts of illegal immigrants.
Schools are facing the same problems with illegal immigrants over populating public schools and causing classroom sizes to increase. The budget cuts and lay-offs bring turmoil to our nation’s schools. There are also the costly ESL classes, tax payers should not have to pay to educate a child simply because they do not speak English. These classes do nothing more than diminish the amount of activities for our children, which results in our children not being as cultured, well rounded and educated as once before.
Crime is another key matter. In 2003 the government spent 6.8 billion dollars in state and federal prisons housing illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants that commit crimes such as robbery and murder are sentenced to multiple years if not life in prison and get supported by tax payer’s dollars. Over 25% of today’s federal prison populations are illegal aliens. 12% of felonies, 25% of burglaries and 34% of thefts are committed by illegal aliens. In Los Angeles 95% of 1,500 warrants for homicide are for illegal aliens and 67% of the 17,000 fugitive felony warrants are also for illegal aliens; but since they have no true identity they will most likely never be caught. There are currently over 400,000 unaccounted for illegal alien criminals with outstanding deportation orders ¼ of these are hard core criminals; once they are deported they only return to commit the same crimes. According to researcher Deborah Schurman-Kauflin PhD of the Violent Crimes Institute 1,500 violent crimes from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rape, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation are committed by illegal aliens. Base on a figure of 12 million illegal immigrants with a mostly male population, sex offenders are a higher percentage than sex offenders in the general population. Many Americans are tired of the strain illegal immigrants pose and would like the government to take measures in ending the constant stream of immigration. Arizona has recently taken things into their own hands. Laws are being put in place to stop the overflow. Immigrants and Mexican Americans have marched and rallied against recent laws, but what say do they really have in the matter? It is our country, our economy, and our children that suffer.
Employers and American citizens that have established close relationships with illegal immigrants feel it’s immoral to deport those that have been here for 5 years plus. Many think establishing ties to communities and jobs are far more important than deportation of a neighbor who may be an immigrant. Social relationships are far more significant. People feel bad for this group of people in society. It is a never- ending battle. Some people are pro- immigration and others are against it for all valid reasons. I personally am against illegal immigration and believe that something needs to be done about it, why should I feel pity or compassion for someone who doesn’t have any for me or my country. It is exactly that frame of mind that has our economy in its current state. Although the two sided opinion on immigration pose passionate arguments the reality is immigrants are breaking the law by entering into this country illegally.
One must decide for themselves, by weighing the pros and cons; Is cheap labor worth the 72 billion dollars of cocaine that deluge our southern borders every year? The safety of our women and children, the lack of medical coverage and welfare assistance our citizens need the jobs that were once held by so many Americans? What about the complete blatant violation of our constitution? We should not have to create laws to enforce those already formed. A person must decide if it’s worth their identity, their hard earned tax dollars. What about the value of our neighborhoods, the crime rate and the racism against us as Americans in our country? When a person shows no regard for your home, violating your rules and personal space you put them out; well it’s high time we as Americans do the same. Stop making things so easy for them, if we show illegal aliens this is our country, our laws, and we support them what choices do they have. We need to take our country back state by state. Three of the four terrorists from 9/11 were illegal immigrants. That alone is proof that the majority of illegal aliens are here only to cause devastation and take advantage of our country. Devastation comes in many different forms, whether it is external or internal; Illegal immigration is so poisonous to our economy, it can be considered a terrorist act. Most if not all illegal aliens should be treated as such. This may sound cruel, but this is not a time for understanding or pity, it is time to take action. America was built by the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancestors; let’s not allow it to be torn down by people who have no regard for our country or their own. People who come to manipulate our laws for their own benefit lets ban together, and let it be known that we are Americans, this is our home and we want it back.
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