Liberal policies = turning on immigrants

The Left’s answer in dealing with the immigration issue today is to devolve into identity politics. You can’t even discuss immigration without being told you are talking about Hispanics, and everything you say means you are talking ONLY about Hispanics. From now on, turn it around.  Nearly half of illegal immigrants are those who have overstayed their visas. Don’t believe me? Read NPR.

SInce Immigrants are critical to the countrys long term health, you would think that Leftists who profess to care about this country would want to fix the systemic problems. But instead of addressing the plight of educated immigrants who want to work here, the Democrats can only come up with their old stand-bys of matricular consular and alien drivers licenses. Band aid on the breach in the dam. A sad and pathetic attempt to sound like you care while doing nothing.

Of course, those are Indian and Chinese demographics, so they are not nearly as frightening to the Democratic statesman. They follow the rules, apply for work visas, can provide educated employment that will create other jobs, and provide a boost to the American economy. The Democrat only cares about you, apparently, when you break the rules, become a criminal or a victim, and dont bother to include yourself in the American culture.

More than 1 million skilled workers have been left in “immigration limbo” without being processed for more than two years. These are the kinds of people that have started 52% of Silicon Valley’s technology companies and contributed to more than 25% of our global patents. They make up 24% of the U.S. science and engineering workforce holding bachelor’s degrees and 47% of science and engineering workers who have PhDs. Immigrants have co-founded firms such as Google (NasdaqGS:GOOGNews), Intel (NasdaqGS:INTCNews), eBay (NasdaqGS:EBAYNews), and Yahoo! (NasdaqGS:YHOONews).

The vast majority of these returnees were relatively young. The average age was 30 for Indian returnees, and 33 for Chinese. They were highly educated, with degrees in management, technology, or science. Fifty-one percent of the Chinese held master’s degrees and 41% had PhDs. Sixty-six percent of the Indians held a master’s and 12.1% had PhDs. They were at very top of the educational distribution for these highly educated immigrant groups — precisely the kind of people who make the greatest contribution to the U.S. economy and to business and job growth.

And precisely the LAST people that those who profess to “defend” against immigration reform are concerned about.

And in case you think those people are following the “normal” immigration pattern, where many who come eventually return home (and that is what a majority of immigrants have done in this country for 250 years). It isn’t all rosy back home. Indians complained of traffic and congestion, lack of infrastructure, excessive bureaucracy, and pollution. Chinese complained of pollution, reverse culture shock, inferior education for children, frustration with government bureaucracy, and the quality of health care.

So while we turn those people away with nary a shrug:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

And, remember, nearly half of illegal immigrants are those who have overstayed their visas. Don’t believe me? Read NPR.

No more of this, OH YOU’RE JUST RACIST! Half these people come through JFK airport from all over the world. And they are draining resources we don’t have while we eject those we need.

When are they going to realize that the same tired old refrains just aren’t going to work anymore. Its a changing world. Its a smaller world. And people are moving around a lot more.

Welcome to the 21st century if any of this is news to you.

* portions of this piece were copied verbatim from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20090303/bs_bw/feb2009tc20090228990934

I ran out of editing time.


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