Fear and Bigotry In Missouri Immigration Legislation


When I attended the Women, Action & the Media Conference (WAM!) last month, I made a point of catching the Immigration in the U.S.: The Women's Rights Crisis Feminists Aren't Talking About session which included panelists Tara Tidwell Cullen, Carly Burton, brownfemipower and Irina Contreras.

Among other things, the session explored the lives of the people caught up in the immigration policy debate and how the heated rhetoric has sparked fear and concern in many who have recently immigrated to this country regardless of their legal status.

I returned home from WAM! to St. Louis and saw my city with through new eyes. I have always found pride in the multi-cultural history of St. Louis where French, German, Irish, Italian, Chinese and most recently Bosnian immigrants settled. As the descendent of Africans who came to this land in bondage in the 1700s I do not claim an immigrant ancestry but I still identify with being the other trying to balance cultural identity with the American demand to conform.

I grew up celebrating my neighbors various American identities at Oktoberfest, St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras festivals knowing that many would join my community to celebrate Black History Month. Now, I wonder who will attend the Cinco de Mayo festival next month and whether it will be a celebration or an opportunity for a public demonstration of anti-immigrant bigotry because the immigration reform debate has become an anti-immigrant campaign fueled by fear with confusion and hatred its principle products.

For example, I recently overheard a conversation between two Somali women at a local shop. There are quite a few Somali families in my neighborhood and I've become familiar with the accent. While waiting in line one of the women anxiously asked the other to accompany her when she went to get her driver's license. The other woman assured her that she had nothing to worry about since she had legal documentation but her companion was unconvinced saying that "they" hate "us" now and she wanted someone with her just in case they tried to take her away.

The immigration discussion from WAM! was still fresh in mind and intellectually I knew that the debate has taken a toll but hearing that woman express doubt even though she had legal documentation floored me. I was embarrassed that the immigration reform debate has become so laden with anti-immigrant sentiment that fears of harassment may very well be justified in my city.

The Missouri House recently passed its omnibus illegal immigration bill just a week after the Missouri Senate passed its own version. The House bill requires Missouri State Troopers to be trained to enforce federal immigration laws, bars state grants to sanctuary cities, and requires that commercial driver's license tests be given in English.

This bill feels threatening to me, so I can not imagine how this legislation is being received by immigrants in Missouri. I empathize with the fear of being pulled over on a dark highway by a Missouri State Trooper and being asked to prove that I have the right to be where I have the right to be. I certainly empathize with the Somali woman's fear of harassment while getting her driver's license–my parents faced similar fears when they registered to vote in the 1960s.

In her piece The Third Rail: Reproductive Health Needs of Immigrant Women Aishia Glasford rightly stated that "How we treat the most vulnerable individuals, undocumented immigrant women and their children, is a reflection of the ethical and moral compass of our society."

The impact of anti-immigration policies on women is clear and reflects poorly upon our society. The Center for American Progress piece (Just the Facts: Immigration and Reproductive Justice) points out that anti-immigrant policies create barriers to immigrant women's healthcare and put lives at risk. In this current hostile environment where seeking a driver's license is seen as risky, seeking healthcare is being weighed against those same false risks even as access to healthcare is held back as the legal reward of time spent documented. The impact on our communities is unfolding and we must be mindful of what is happening in our own backyard and how it is re-shaping who we are.

When I look at the Missouri anti-immigration legislation I see fear mixed with bigotry reflected back at me and a state government willing to perpetuate all of that despite the damage it will do to our communities, the stigma it casts upon all immigrants and the additional barriers it erects that all but scream that immigrants are not welcome in communities that used to celebrate our diverse heritage.

I do not feel safer. I just feel embarrassed even as I wonder if that Somali woman ever went to get her driver's license and worry that she was harassed while doing so.

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  • invalid-0

    After careful review, anyone with a even a modicum of logic can come to no other conclusion: illegal immigration must be halted, illegal immigrants here now must be deported and legal immigration needs decreased from the approx. 2 million allowed in per year currently.

    Please review the following report on the FISCAL COST OF IMMIGRATION by economist Edwin Rubenstein just released this week:
    http://www.esrresearch.com/Rubensteinreport.pdf

    A partial summary of the report:

    The Fiscal Impact on 15 Federal Departments surveyed was: $346 billion in fiscal related costs in FY 2007

    Each immigrant cost taxpayers more than $9,000 per year.

    An immigrant household (2 adults, 2 children) cost taxpayers $36,000 per year.

    Legal immigrants were not separated out from illegal immigrants for the fiscal impact study, but if they had been, the fiscal cost per ILLEGAL immigrant would be even more shocking than the figures quoted above.

    The most extensive and authoritative study, prior to economist Edwin Rubenstein’s “The Fiscal Impact of Immigration” (April 2008) , is the National Research Council (NRC)’s The New Americans: Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Effects of Immigration (1997).

    The NRC staff analyzed federal, state, and local government expenditures on programs such as Medicaid, AFDC (now TANF), and SSI, as well as the cost of educating immigrants’ foreign- and native-born children.

    NRC found that the average immigrant household receives $13,326 in federal annual expenditures and pays $10,664 in federal taxes—that is, they generate a fiscal deficit of $2,682 (1996 dollars)per household.

    In 2007 dollars this is a deficit of $3,408 per immigrant household.

    With 9 million households currently headed by immigrants, more than $30 billion ($3,408 x 9 million) of the federal deficit represents money transferred from native taxpayers to immigrants.

  • invalid-0

    Our national immigration policies have to work for the United States. While improving the plight of the world’s poor is a laudable goal, the finite resources we have available to fulfill that goal would be swamped if there wasn’t some orderly and manageable system in place to limit entry into the United States to what this nation can actually support. The more illegal aliens that are permitted to subvert the immigration system, the fewer immigrants we can accommodate who might actually produce a positive benefit for our country. The more we become a nation of illegal immigrants, the deeper we fall into anarchy.

  • invalid-0

    Well, Congress must act in 2009 and pass a comprehensive immigration bill: similar to the one that was derailed by the right-wing racists of the GOP: Senator Sessions, I am talking to you. You will be remembered in history for the wrong reasons! Hatred and xenophobia always loses in America. Read your history books!

  • invalid-0

    The untimate threat to health is not having a job. The most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report lists unemployment in two categories. Those who have looked for work in the last four weeks and those who have not looked for work in the last four weeks but still want to work. The unemployment figure quoted in the news is the first and it is now 4.8% (7.4 million people unemployed). The second figure, the hard core unemployed is now an additional 3.1% of the workforce (4.8 million). So in truth 12.2 million people are out of work (7.9% of the U.S. workforce). Meanwhile, the Social Security Administration estimates at most 7.2 million working “undocumented” immigrants. If these Illegal Workers were not in the U.S. we would actually be at 3.1% unemployment. And right now only 65.9% of our working age population actually participates in the workforce. How many Citizens cannot afford to work today because of low wages? Per economist George Borjas wages for the unskilled worker have been driven down by 8% because of “Undocumented” Immigrants. How many Legal Immigrants wait up to 14 years to come to the U.S. because of these same “Undocumented” Immigrants illegally taking up jobs they could have had?

    “And the preponderance of evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants has hurt those on the bottom of the economic ladder most, blacks in particular and probably even American-born Hispanics.” From ‘Immigration and Race’ By Steve Bailey, The Boston Globe, February 8, 2008

  • pamela-merritt

    The women I mentioned are in this country legally, but the comments regarding illegal immigration in response to my post about the impact of anti-immigrant rhetoric on all immigrants makes my point that the line has been blurred to the detriment of all immigrants.

    The Missouri legislation includes provisions (English only commercial licensing, for one) that have nothing to do with the legal status of immigrants and everything to do with the current anti-other climate in the state.

    The largest immigrant population in St. Louis city is Bosnian and they were initially located here because we were welcoming.  That was something to be proud of not feared.

    This legislation calls upon the anti-immigrant fear-based bigotry of this nation's past and history has shown that not to be our finest hour just as it has shown that those once feared immigrants were not our greatest threat.

  • invalid-0

    Immigration Report Being Released Today Linked to White Supremacists
    Posted in Anti-Latino, Extremist Propaganda, Anti-Immigrant, Academic Racism, Media Extremism, Nativist Extremist, Hate Groups by Mark Potok on April 8, 2008

    Last Friday, a highly conservative publication called Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) published an editorial on its website called “The Real Cost of Immigration” that previewed a report to be released today at the National Press Club — an analysis, as IBD noted, by one Edwin S. Rubenstein that is being published by The Social Contract journal. What IBD didn’t bother to tell its readers was the troubling truth about Rubenstein’s politics and those of his Michigan publisher.

    According to IBD, Rubenstein’s report, “The Fiscal Impact of Immigration: An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies,” concludes that every immigrant to the United States costs taxpayers more than $9,000. That’s vastly more than other analyses have concluded, and no mention whatsoever is made of what most economists agree on —that immigrants, legal and otherwise, help grow the economy in ways that actually increase jobs for native Americans. But that’s no surprise, given where Rubenstein and his publisher are coming from.

    The truth is that Rubenstein is a man who has written for years for a racist anti-immigration website called VDARE — short for Virginia Dare, said to be the first white child born in the New World. He also writes for the white supremacist National Policy Institute. Last spring, the institute released a report, prepared with Rubenstein’s help, that paints “a statistical and narrative portrait of the war on white America,” in the website’s words. Nicholas Stix’s introduction to the article describes the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling outlawing school segregation as “arguably the worse decision in the Court’s 216 year history.” He claims later civil rights legislation was unconstitutional. “[I]ntegration and the civil rights movement led directly to the destruction of great cities,” he concludes.

    Rubenstein’s publisher has its own sordid story. Although you’d never know it from the IBD editorial, The Social Contract Press (which publishes The Social Contract, the journal where the new report appears) is well known for its racist publications. The press was started by nativist ideologue John Tanton and is run by his editor, Wayne Lutton, who has been on the board of advisors of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group that describes blacks as “a retrograde species of humanity.” In 1994, Tanton republished an infamous racist novel, The Camp of the Saints, along with his wholehearted endorsement and a special afterword from its author saying “the proliferation of other races dooms our race, my race, to extinction.” The novel describes the “swarthy hordes” of Indian immigrants who take over France, send white women to “a whorehouse for Hindus,” and engage in a grotesque orgy of men, women and children. The immigrants are described as “monsters,” “grotesque little beggars from the streets of Calcutta,” and worse. Unconcerned, Tanton said he was “honored” to republish what he described as an important and “prescient” text.

    None of this has stopped other websites from picking up on the IBD editorial. On Monday, it went up on the Money page of CNN’s website. It has been republished by the far-right Eagle Forum, on several nativist blogs, and the GOPUSA website. GOPUSA is a right-wing website that reportedly owns Talon News, the shady organization that credentialed Jeff Gannon (real name: Jeff Guckert) as a reporter who regularly attended White House news conferences. That ended in 2005, after Gannon’s links to gay escort service websites (where he was known as “Bulldog”) were exposed by liberal bloggers.

  • invalid-0

    Oh, I see where some commenters are going here. If you support enforcement of our immigration laws that are codified, legal and in existence…then you are a racist, nativist and xenophobic. Typical anarchist mentality.

  • invalid-0

    Overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, crumbling infrastructure, lack of affordable housing, diminishing resources, vanishing farm land and green space, crime, pollution, overcrowded schools and emergency rooms, depressed wages, increased tax burdens, the balkanization of our communities, over all decline in quality of life, are all the result of unconstrained immigration. This isn’t racism, but simply a pragmatic analysis of the problems confronting America’s Citizens. Indeed, too many people competing for limited resources has never been considered sound sconomic, environmental, social or cultural policy!

    Virtually every industrialized nation, even China, has taken steps to end illegal immigration and too curtail legal immigration to only that which is prudent, demonstrably necessary, and above all other concerns, in the best interests of their native population. Its dangerously misguided to suggest that America should not do likewise. Fresh air, clean water, wide open spaces, they aren’t making any more or any of these!

    There is no problem confronting America’s Citizens that would not be measurably improved by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws!

    America is considered “population stable”. That is to say that births to American Citizens is equivalent to the deaths of American Citizens. If we were to eliminate all immigration from every source, our nation will never be any smaller population wise than it is now. In the southwest there are predicted shortages of clean drinking water in the next decade. Plain and simple, our country and our economy can’t sustain all the populations who desire to take advantage of America’s largess!

    Regardless of how often the “race card” is played, it has no basis in fact. Enforcing our immigration laws and securing our border remain the only pragmatic solutions to addressing the egregious illegal immigration problems confronting our nation!

  • pamela-merritt

    Enforcing immigration law and reforming immigration policy can be done without bigotry or creating a climate that is anti-immigrant.

    We are a better nation that this.

    Ruben Navarrette Jr has a great commentary on this very topic posted on CNN.com today…

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/14/navarrette.mexican/index.html

  • invalid-0

    Actually the report you cite developed its data from numerous “respected” sources, so I’m skeptical that anyone would buy into the “racist” connection.

    Further; (just as an FYI) the British government is presently embroiled in turmoil after the release of “government” research indicating that the touted “economic benefits of immigration” in Britain were non-existant or marginal at the very best.

    Numerous aspects of the British study indicate that the long term adverse effects of immigration on British economic, social and cultural interests are potentially devestating.

    Similar reports from France, Austrailia as well as rumored future reports from other European nations are believed to substantiate that the “benefits of immigration” are essentially one-sided with the immigrants themselves being the primary beneficiary. The underlying fact that “too many people competing for limited resources” is not sound policy, economically, environmentally, socially or culturally is beyond argument, and is considered to be well settled.

    At any length, European Union nations have themselves taken steps to eliminate illegal immigration, and too curtail legal immigration to only that which is prudent, demonstrably necessary, and above all other concerns, in the best interests of their native population.

  • invalid-0

    If you see fear and bigorty in the simple rule of law and the vote of the Republic then that makes you an ignorant zealot.

    I am married to a LEGAL IMMIGRANT of color. She and I followed the law and went through the process LEGALLY. It was long expenisive and demanding.

    What is BIGGOTED AND frankly RACIST. Is the outrageous expectation that illegal criminal aliens deserve special consideration and rights. Most of the illegal aliens (who are all criminals under current US Federal Law) come from Mexico 80%. Why should illegal criminal aliens who are Mexicans and Latin Americans deserve any special consideration? Oh that’s right they are hispanic and hispanics are the fastest growing minority voting group in the US…Oh I get it racism is okay with you if it supports your predjudice.

    Well I was raised in to see all people as equal and I still do. I celebrate diversity and know that America is the most welcoming and diverse country in history. More than just saying the words I wore a uniform to support and defend the country I hold dear and I married a woman of color and followed our laws.

    At the end of the day I will not support special rights and racial preferences for criminal alw breakers. Espcially since this particular group of law breakers is killing us physically and according the FBI kills an average of 25 Americans per day most violently or as a result of illegal aliens driving drunk with no license. Of course then there are the 8 American children who are sexually assaulted daily by illegal aliens. Oh yeah and 6 out of the top tem most wanted by the FBI are illegal aliens:

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/fugitives/fugitives.htm

    Illegal aliens most of them gang bangers from Mexico now account for 30% of all Federal Prison Inmates.

    Tell me again why Missouri’s actions in support of its peopel and the rule of law bother you?

  • invalid-0

    State laws are great, but alas they do not go far enough?

    Everybody who cares about jobs for American citizens and permanent residents should applaud Federal “SAVE ACT!” Go and read about it and you decide? Not the radical and lies from the special interest groups. Behind this powerful influence to promote the unfettered illegal cheap labor into our nation, is the the globalist elites. The globalists want to eradicate national borders and want to deny our sovereignty similar to the chaos now progressing in the European Union. England, France and other European countries have been devastated by the free movement of cheap labor from poor lands. You should go and read the immigration nightmare happening across the Atlantic.

    Do not read read it in our national press, because much of it is suppressed. Read European newspapers that do not hide the raw truth, that is evidence enough. If you care about future jobs for your children, your language and the liberties of the U.S. Constitution, we must begin by enacting THE SAVE ACT. It will amplify the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli Immigration Control act.

    The SAVE ACT is not perfect, but its the best we have before the new President enacts yet another AMNESTY.

    If people just keep bickering amongst each other and don’t put their WORDS where their MOUTHS are, nothing will be done! It will be far too late in the next year, when either party president enacts new laws.

    More than 10 million immigrants have arrived since year 2000; it is estimated that nearly 6 million are illegal. All told, the group of immigrants now account for 38 million at the moment according to the White House’s own census bureau.

    America cannot afford to enact another AMNESTY? The ramifications are unthinkable on each states economy? Taxpayers will have to support even more illegal immigrants as the word gets out and millions more will pour into our nation.

    Keep calling your Democratic Congressmen today to co-author THE SAVE ACT! Toll free numbers include 18778516437 and 18662200044, or call toll 12022243121 AND REGISTER YOUR OUTRAGE at ongoing efforts to keep our country from enforcing its immigration laws!

    For unsuppressed evidence not found in national press. For the raw facts about the 12 to 30 million illegal immigrant occupation, go to these sites. NUMBERSUSA! LIBERTY POST! AMERICAN PATROL! You need to decide your families future, not the hired-help in Washington.

    Please copy and paste or otherwise freely distribute this information.

    YOU CAN PETITION TO COMPLETE THE BORDER FENCE HERE http://www.grassfire.net

  • invalid-0

    People don’t see bigotry in ‘the rule of law’. That’s a straw man. The ‘rule of law’ is about all laws, not just immigration laws. But because these immigration laws affect Mostly select ethnicity, and do so severely, they attract bigots, because their punitive nature is like chocolate to them. Those who resent for example Hispanics (or, ‘criminal aliens’ as many of their haters like to call them, although they deny it, but how do they know the legal status of people they just see…), will love to see them suffer, it’s that simple. People don’t feel despised for no reason. It’s very arrogant to dismiss their experiences, as many are.

  • http://adreamdeferred.org invalid-0

    Wonderful article. It is great to hear such well-reasoned points of view that are free from bigotry and cast the issue of immigration–legal or illegal–in a historical light.

  • invalid-0

    With 12.2 million unemployed Americans (per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) versus 7.2 million working Illegal Immigrants (per the U.S. Social Security Admin.) illegal immigration is indeed about jobs and the laws that say employers must hire Citizens or Legal Residents first before they resort to bringing in people from outside the U.S. Both the Racists and the Anti-Racists have hijacked the debate. All the last “Comprehensive Reform” tried to do was reward both law breaking parties – the Illegal Immigrant and the Employer who Illegally hired them – with what each wants most, cheap labor jobs at the expense of the American Worker. Henry Ford said “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” He knew that if workers can afford the products they make everyone is better off. Can you not see that Racism is the distraction that covers the exploitation of the worker? Did you not study “Labor Pool” economics? If you have a big enough unemployed Labor Pool you can keep wages in the cellar and the business owners become mega-wealthy. This is right out of the “Robber Baron” playbook. The sweetest trick achieved by unscrupulous Business People is to convince many Americans that Illegal Immigration is all about Racism.

  • invalid-0

    Anonymous,

    No thinking person resents anyone based upo their race. I think that most of America black white asian hispanic, legal residents, legal immigrants, legal aliens or any other heritage wants to see the rule of law. When however YOU claim special privilage for a group of rampaging law breakers and then fall back to race to claim biggotry, you lose a lot of credibility.

    Politicians are pandering to Americans not as Americans but rather to what they perceive as ethnocetric group and identity politics. We are all Americans 1st or legally have the rights under current law to be here. If not then expecting our government to respect our rights is the way it should be. Granting criminal aliens special considerations or demanding rights for illegal aliens isn’t going to fly anymore. Calling people racists or haters who don’t agree with your desire to grant race based benefits to illegal aliens is niether accurate nor honest.

    The dishonest claim that the diverse rainbow of the American people demanding an end to the illegal alien invasion is racist is a farce It isn’t hate speak to expect criminals to obey our laws. It is hate speak to expect illegal aliens to be able to continue to come and stay here, party’s over lady.

  • http://www.sodblog.com invalid-0

    How do some of these people even find this website?

    How can all these commentators repeat these worn-out and disproved “facts” about immigration and imagine that they’ve just struck the coup de grace of the whole topic?

    Guess what: we’ve heard it all before. And refuted it. Why don’t you learn some facts.

    The fact is that America and Europe need immigrants. The dwindling work force, lower birth rates and growing number of retired seniors creates a desperate need for new labor to keep our economies going.

    Speaking for illegal immigrants specifically, they still pay income taxes via Employment Tax ID numbers and sales tax, but due to fear they access government services at far lower levels than native-born Americans. What does this equation give us? Net gain.

    “Research reported by both the CATO Institute and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors reveals that the average immigrant pays a net 80,000 dollars more in taxes than they collect in government services.” (From link given above.)

    Try talking to a business owner who relies on immigrant labor. They don’t rely on it because they hate citizens or are unpatriotic. It’s because they can’t find anyone else to take the jobs. Otherwise, they wouldn’t risk the consequences of hiring someone who came here illegally.

    These people who complain about depressed wages would probably be the same ones to complain when grocery store prices skyrocket were farm laborers to be paid better. If we didn’t have immigrants, you wouldn’t be able to afford your groceries! They also wouldn’t like it if we just started importing all our food from other countries because we could no longer afford agriculture in the U.S.

    The list of societal problems by Ed Weirdness above is incorrect. There is no reproducible, peer-reviewed, authoritative study that supports any of those wild claims. Those problems are mostly created by native-born Americans, and if we ignore that fact, we only allow the problems to continue. How one can imagine that immigrants have these superhuman powers to destroy and pillage unstoppably is beyond the realm of reason.

    It is at this point, when the antis’ points are refuted, and the opposite is shown to be true, and yet they still insist on despising immigrants, that the sane among us begin to wonder. We wonder, when there is no rational basis to do so, why would you continue to screetch about the “evils” of immigration legal or not? This is when we begin to think it must have something to do with bigotry, because there aren’t a lot of alternative explanations left.

  • invalid-0

    idyllicmollusk – you need to get better “facts”. Your reference provides data that is not applicable to Illegal Immigrants or is just plain manipulation of the data.
    1. Immigrants Don’t Pay Taxes
    The point is not that Immigrants do not pay taxes. It is the fact that with almost two Citizens and Legal Residents out of work for every working Illegal Immigrant and the fact that the Illegal Immigrant has lowered wages (documented by economist George Borjas to be 8%) tax collections are down somewhat, but the real cost is the fact that we pay the Illegal Immigrant to work and we pay unemployment and welfare to the Citizen or Legal Resident who has been thrown out of a job by the Illegal Immigrant. So we pay for each job twice.
    2. Immigrants Increase the Crime rate
    In fact, for ALL Immigrants the Crime Rate is documented to be lower than it is for Citizens. But, if you separate the data between “Documented” and “Undocumented” Immigrants you find a different story. One of the requirements for “Documented” Immigrants to be admitted to the U.S. is to have a good criminal record and the system works. Our jails are almost completely absent any “Documented” Immigrants. But “Undocumented” Immigrants had a criminal incarceration rate of 1 in 39 in 2005 versus 1 in 133 for U.S. Citizens. More than three times that for Citizens. The only reason the crime rate for all Immigrants is lower than for Citizens is that “Documented” Immigrants outnumbered “Undocumented” Immigrants by more than 3.5 to 1.
    3. Immigrants Take Jobs Away from Americans
    The U.S. Immigration Laws require Legal Immigrants to be admitted to the U.S. is a way that does not jeopardize the American Worker. And surprise! The statistics prove that they have been doing a good job at it. If you focus in on the Labor Markets where “Undocumented” workers are the most prevalent as several economists have, the story is completely different. Multiple studies prove the “Undocumented” workers do take jobs away from Americans. “And the preponderance of evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants has hurt those on the bottom of the economic ladder most, blacks in particular and probably even American-born Hispanics.” From ‘Immigration and Race’ By Steve Bailey, The Boston Globe, February 8, 2008
    4. Immigrants are a drain on the United States Economy
    “Documented” Immigrants are not a drain on the U.S. Economy. But the Majority of “Undocumented” Immigrants are in the Unskilled Labor Market. And in the U.S. multiple studies show that unskilled workers are a net drain on the Economy. Again, trying to hide the downside of Illegal Immigration in the upside of Legal Immigration.
    5. Undocumented immigrants are a Burden on the Healthcare System
    In fact of the Pew Center estimated 12 million Illegal Immigrants in the U.S., it has been variously estimated that 8 million to 10 million of them lack Health Insurance. They make up about a quarter of the uninsured in the U.S. The uninsured in the U.S. cost us about $41 billion per year. So uninsured Illegal Immigrants cost the Healthcare system about $10 billion per year.

    Imagine if the $10 billion instead were spent on helping our Fellow Citizens who are uninsured and 7.2 million more Citizens could work and maybe afford insurance…

  • invalid-0

    @Norski:

    So I provide a website that lists facts and reputable studies.

    You provide a long rant claiming that your opinions are backed up by studies, but without providing them or linking to anything.

    Who should a rational reader believe?

    Every point I make is backed by a variety of studies listed on this website. As a matter of fact, most of your points are thoroughly refuted on this site, and the arguments refuting your statements are backed up by cited sources.

    Deal with being wrong.

  • invalid-0

    Which is a bigger deal, the trifling amount each illegal immigrant may or may not cost us, or the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS TO THE FILTHY RICH? Who even cares about illegals in the face of this huge theft from the American people? Let’s focus on something easily changeable, like closing tax loopholes for the wealthy or bringing American corporations back from overseas. The financial illegal problem wouldn’t matter if we weren’t throwing our money at corporate America and a bunch of billionaires who don’t need it.

  • http://stlouismo.com/blogs/saint-louis-missouri-news/default.aspx invalid-0

    Pamela – that was well written and i agree with your thoughts. I think if we put ourselves in thier shoes its hard to imagine why we would think this would work.

    Thanks for the great post

  • invalid-0

    There is obviously reasons why these people aren’t aloud in to our country. I have faith in our government to keep us from harm, even if it means that security becomes tighter and less tolerable.