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The High Cost Of Open Borders

The High Cost Of Open Borders

So you want the borders that surround the United States to be completely open? You actually think that illegals are contributing to our economy? Are you one of those people who think that crime is not an issue that is related to our open borders? Well if you’re one of those people who can’t stand being wrong, then you may want to stop reading right now.

So to start with, yes, I did describe the United States borders as being “open.” I do realize that there are Border Patrol and citizen militias that are patrolling our borders and yes, there are fences in some areas, but our borders are essentially open.

Let’s start with the economic impact of illegal immigrants. Yes, contrary to the belief of some, crossing the border without going through the proper procedures is illegal.

There is a general argument used by pro-open border activists that illegals, more specifically, illegal Mexicans, are doing the jobs that white people don’t want to do and that illegals pay a boat load in taxes. While the first point is easily argued away by the overwhelming amount of white people working in the same job fields as illegal Mexicans, the taxes argument takes a bit more math to prove.

A 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released on Thursday found that roughly 8.1 million of 11.4 million undocumented immigrants who work paid more than $11.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2012, even while they were living illegally in the country. While this may be true, they left out a few important numbers that render the taxes they pay irrelevant.

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Source: Pew Research Center

Mexico received $21.59 billion in remittances from emigrants in 2013, the Bank of Mexico said. Nearly 74 million transactions were registered in 2013, with the average remittance totaling $292. Remittances rose 3.5 percent to $5.34 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to the same period in 2012, with 18.4 million transactions and an average amount of $285.30. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 50 percent of all illegals in this country are Mexican. Figures for the total amount illegal aliens sent back to their home countries is not easily available, but according to the Inter-American Development Bank, all of Latin America received a staggering $69.2 billion in remittances from the U.S. in 2009 alone. So it reasonable to believe that since Mexicans make up 50 percent of all illegal immigrants, that the American economy lost an approximate $34 billion in 2009 alone. This number far offsets the supposed $11.8 billion that illegals pay in taxes.

To further offset the $11.8 billion in taxes, FAIR ( Federation for American Immigration Reform ) says “Each year, state governments spend an estimated $11 billion to $22 billion to provide welfare to immigrants.” That’s welfare payments in 2001 to all immigrants – both legal and illegal – plus households including U.S. citizens if they are headed by a person who was born outside the United States. Assuming that the Pew Center is correct, that 50 percent of that can be chalked up to illegal Mexicans, that is a staggering $6 billion to $11 billion. If the number is closer to $11 billion, then this completely offsets the supposed $11.8 billion that illegals pay in taxes. But it doesn’t end there! According to CIS (Center For Immigration Studies) “Households headed by illegal aliens imposed a $26.3 billion burden on the federal government in 2002.”

These numbers have not really increased since then. Even without going into the millions spent on incarcerating illegals and money spent of education and food assistance, this still leaves taxpayers with a $26 billion burden from illegals.

I think you get the point that there isn’t a reasonable or factual argument that illegals aren’t anything more than an economic disaster to the United States, not the economic godsend that pro-open borders activists make them out to be.

On to crushing the idea that there isn’t a crime issue that relates to having open borders. Since there are more numbers than I care to write about, I will mainly stick to murders and rapes.

According to the FBI, from the years 2003 to 2009 (2009 being the most recent year with complete data) the murder rates for the entire United States varied from 5.0 to 5.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the GAO (Government Accountability Office) illegal immigrants of all nationalities committed 22 percent to 37 percent of those, while being only 4 percent to 9 percent of the population. This means that illegal immigrants commit murder at a 3 to 10 times higher rate than the rest of the population. To put it in simpler numbers, illegal immigrants committed 25,064 murders from 2003 to 2009. Since this number only represents the number of illegals that committed murder and were arrested for it, it is reasonable to assume that there are plenty more that never got caught. These are total number of murders committed by illegals; it is not the number of American citizens murdered by illegals. Those numbers equate to 12 per day. That is right; illegals murder 12 American citizens every day! That is 21,900 since September 11th 2001. Over the last three years, in the state of Texas alone, nearly 1,000 Texas minors were sexually assaulted by illegal immigrants. According to ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) in fiscal year 2011, there was 2,127 illegal immigrants deported that were convicted of any sex offenses, not just against minors. In 2012 it was 2,007, and in 2013 it was 2,124. Data for 2014 is incomplete. Mind you, this is just one state!

It is said that most illegals are coming here to make a better life for themselves and are decent people, I would probably agree. However, among those decent people, there are a large number of violent, vile and evil people and that is unacceptable.

If you have any other doubts about open borders, ask Paris, France how that worked out for them.

Matt Winkeljohn

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Matt is a proud graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. He created “Resist the Tyranny” in an effort to bring people current news and videos about government atrocities in the United States; topics the media seemed reluctant to even mention. Priding himself on a lack of “left or right bias”, Matt’s work has been featured or repeated all over the internet including sites such Infowars.com.

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