My Comments: This very informative article is from five years ago…if you still believe there are only 12 million illegal aliens in America, then you’re listening way too much to the MSM. And from an article that was scrubbed from the web:
Using the Border Patrol’s own data and considering the relative ease with which drug smugglers and illegal aliens make multiple crossings into this country, the more realistic number is much closer to 60-70 million…When you multiply a half million by 22 years, then add the additional million criminal aliens to the total, you have 12 million illegal aliens. That is the figure which U.S. politicians pushing for amnesty constantly espouse. These same politicians never take the time to explain to us just how they came up with that figure… For many years, the number of apprehensions at the border have averaged about one million. When you then use the very conservative estimate that at least three times that many got away, over 22 years, along with all of the people who never return home after their visa has expired, you get a much different number.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/illegal-immigration/2121183-more-realistic-number-illegals-60-70-a.html#ixzz3hD9wzI1x
By Michael Cutler for NOOZHAWK.COM
Washington, not Arizona, is the problem, and ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ will only make a bad situation worse.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed legislation that, in many ways, mirrors existing federal immigration law. The Obama administration is expressing consternation about the actions taken by legislators and a governor who are clearly at their wits’ end because of the daily onslaught of illegal aliens running that state’s borders and contributing to a level of violence never before witnessed in our country. Today, Phoenix has garnered the highly undesirable and worrisome nickname of the “kidnapping and home invasion capital of the Western Hemisphere.”
Other states may soon follow in Arizona’s footsteps and President Barack Obama and other politicians are offering the false solution to the crisis by claiming that implementing “Comprehensive immigration reform would solve the problem.”
Actually, comprehensive immigration reform would only exacerbate the crisis.
If our nation were to provide unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status, they will demand prevailing wages, lawful working conditions and a host of other immediate costly benefits that they were willing to ignore as illegal aliens. The truth is, the oft-repeated lie that “illegal aliens do the work Americans won’t do” should really be “illegal aliens, who are desperate and vulnerable, will do work for wages and under conditions that Americans and lawful immigrants would never accept.”
Comprehensive immigration reform would simply dump millions of newly legalized workers into a saturated job market, driving down everyone’s wages and creating a huge void that would be filled with the next wave of desperate illegal aliens. This is not conjecture; it is history. In fact, it is what happened in the wake of the amnesty of 1986 when 4 million aliens were suddenly provided with lawful status — a number that was three to four times greater than the 1 million to 1.5 million illegal aliens who we were originally told would qualify for amnesty.
Today the lowest estimate for the number of illegal aliens who would participate in “comprehensive immigration reform” is 12 million. If history repeats itself — and it almost invariably does — then we could easily have 40 million to 50 million illegal aliens seeking to participate in the program.
Meanwhile, the borders are extremely porous and the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services are unable, at present, to deal with the onslaught of applications that land on that beleaguered agencies’ adjudicators. Without the added burdens of comprehensive immigration reform, these agencies already process well over 6 million applications for a wide variety of immigration benefits each year, including the conferring of lawful immigrant status and U.S. citizenship upon aliens.
A succession of congressional General Accountability Office) and Office of Inspector General reports paint an abysmal picture where the abject lack of integrity to these processes has extraordinary national security ramifications. Adding millions or, perhaps, tens of millions of applications filed by aliens who haven’t a shred of official documentation to attest to their true identities or when, where or how they entered the United States would cause that already overworked, understaffed and generally inept USCIS agency to implode. The result would be a true national security nightmare, creating a cascade of other severe challenges for our nation that is already reeling from the economic crisis along with many other challenges created by our nation’s long-standing failures to secure the borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity.
Gov. Brewer and Arizona legislators are just attempting to address the appalling lack of leadership and honesty exhibited by the politicians in Washington.
— Michael Cutler is a senior writing fellow for Santa Barbara-based Californians for Population Stabilization and a retired INS senior special agent. In his 30-year career with the INS, he rotated through all of the squads within the investigations branch of the agency’s New York office. He has testified at numerous congressional hearings on the nexus between immigration and national security and is often invited to speak about immigration-related issues on TV and radio programs. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .