Illegal iImmigration — Still Serious

There are, according to government sources, approximately 170,000 illegal aliens in the state of Oregon. Please note that I do not use the preferred politically correct nom de nonsense “undocumented workers.” That’s because they are aliens, they are here illegally, and some, but not all of them, don’t work. The 170,000 figure is most likely an underestimate given Oregon government’s undying fealty to “political correctness” and avoidance of anything negative that has racial overtones.

But let’s be fair about this. Oregon’s illegal alien population, while predominantly Hispanic, includes Russians, Ukrainians, Chinese, Muslims from every country in Western Asia, Cambodians, Laotians, Vietnamese, and virtually every other Southeast Asian country dominated by repressive political regimes, and virtually every country on the African continent. The only areas of the world from which there are few illegal aliens are Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most of Europe – countries where there are democratic regimes and economic growth and stability.

The economic burden imposed by illegal aliens is almost impossible to determine because Democratic administrations beginning with Barbara Roberts and continuing through Ted Kulongoski refuse to track the health and welfare benefits paid out to illegal aliens. Add to that the significant number of illegal aliens that pass through the criminal justice system, clogging the courts and overrunning the jail and prison systems and the costs can only be deemed to be astronomical.

The crackdown on meth production in Oregon has not significantly reduced the distribution of meth – rather it has moved the production to Mexico and forced illegals to work as “mules” in partial payment for their illegal entry. Street gang violence has been migrating from blacks to Asian and Hispanics and the Russian gangs are among the most violent. Drug traffic, prostitution and auto theft are almost the exclusive province of gangs dominated by illegal aliens.

Almost all of this goes unnoticed by the general population because the major news outlets, print and electronic, steadfastly refuse to inquire about, or disclose, the status of criminal offenders. Government refuses to track, investigate or quantify the breadth of the problem. In fact, under four successive Democratic administrations, the government has aided and abetted the growth of the illegal alien population and proliferation. Not only are health and welfare benefits provided to illegal aliens, seemingly without care or inquiry, but revisions have been made to allow illegal aliens to acquire driver’s licenses and voter registration.

The issue of dealing with illegal aliens is a major issue in this year’s gubernatorial campaign. You haven’t heard anything about it? Of course not. The politically correct media shies away from any discussion of the issue because they cannot figure out how to report accurately on the issue without being labeled as racist by the professional alarmists. Regardless of the lack of coverage there is a major difference between the parties and the political candidates. Kulongoski and the Democrats want to severely punish those who hire illegal aliens but resist doing anything to the illegal aliens themselves – including denying them health and welfare benefits, drivers licenses or the opportunity to vote illegally. Saxton and the Republicans want to secure the borders first – criminalize illegal entry and deport all current illegal aliens.

But the solution to the illegal alien problem is not mono-dimensional and requires solutions on all aspects of the problem. The first element of the solution is to remove the incentives for illegal entry. That means that, for those illegals who enter to work the jobs must disappear, and for those illegals who enter to take advantage of the welfare system, benefits must be denied. You cannot ask business to refrain from offering the benefits of jobs if the government is unwilling to refrain from offering the benefits of the welfare state.

The next step is to ensure that illegal aliens do not gain political power. They are here illegally, they should not influence the direction of government. In Mexico, attempts by aliens to vote in their elections are punished by imprisonment. The Democrats have shown remarkable resistance to any attempts to curb the participation of illegal aliens in the voting process. That is to be expected because the Democrats are the primary beneficiaries of those who vote to maintain welfare benefits – legal or illegal. A new governor can change that overnight by prohibiting the issuance of drivers license to illegals and refusing to register illegals (who use those drivers licenses to register) to vote.

And the final step is to deal with the crowding of the criminal justice system by illegals. Every arrest should carry with it an inquiry as to status of the detainee. Every person found to be here illegally, regardless of whether they are subsequently prosecuted or not, should be deported – those who are convicted of crimes after serving their sentences and for those who are not, immediately after processing. No bail but rather remand to the INS. For those who are convicted, additional inquiry should be made of the criminal’s home country to determine whether there are criminal charges pending and where there are, those criminals should be returned immediately for prosecution and confinement in prison systems that are far harsher than any found in Oregon.

The point of this is that the problem is here and it is growing. Fix it now. Fix it before it overwhelms the abilities of the state to fix it.

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  • Alvin L Hanks

    Great article on the illegal immigration issue. I especially appreciate your point that the solution “is not mono-dimensional”. The solution should proceed down several tracks, as you noted, jobs, DLs, welfare,etc. but also in housing and other privileges as well. This is not the same as the President’s “comprehensive” approach which includes amnesty. Regards, Al Hanks

  • Captain An-on

    Yes, this is a HUGE problem and should be much more thouroughly discussed. It’s amazing to me how many of the fugitives wanted, or indicted for crimes are hispanic. It’s not that i don’t see whites or other races being arrested, but its just that the hispanic population, which is probably 50% illegally here, cause a disproportionate number of crimes. Especially in the Portland Metro area – notably Lents/East Portland and the West Gresham/Rockwood areas. Most every serious crime discussed in the Gresham Outlook has a hispanic suspect. Are Hispanics bad people? no. But the illegal aliens that are here are knee deep in crime and violence.

    One thing I would say though, is that I don’t think Saxton has really come out hard on illegal immigrants. Perhaps he does want to take a strong stand against then, but i haven’t heard much of a difference between the two canidates – especially considering the blip about Saxton’s farm hiring illegals to work his fields.

  • Jerry

    Right on the money, Larry. Could not agree with you more. Oregon has more illegals than there are jobs for them – simply because it is one of the easiest states for illegals to get free benefits, health care, driver’s licenses, etc. Oregon is a complete joke when it comes to dealing with the problems illegals cause. In state tuition for children of illegals? Why?
    The fools!

  • Bush Administration, Dying at the Border

    This is from “Skeptical Economist”. This is the one of the best articles I have ever read on economics and illegal immigration.

    It is no secret that the Bush administration is failing and failing badly. The woes of the administration are legion, Iraq, immigration, the economy, Katrina, health care, gasoline prices, etc. The impact on public opinion is profound. Bush is well on his way to being one of the least popular presidents in U.S. history. His current popularity rating of 31% may be a high water mark. The twenties and perhaps teens are not that far off. Increasingly he has lost, not just liberals and mainstream Americans, but conservatives as well. The key question is why? Why has this once promising administration gone downhill so far and so fast? Is it just bad luck or is their a deeper force at work? In my view, the ideology and practice of Open Borders has condemned this president to complete failure. Could the Bush administration turn itself around by changing its stance on immigration? Yes, but it is exceedingly unlikely to happen. Bush is doomed and may not finish his term in office.

    It is clear that the immigration polices of this administration are deeply unpopular and contrary to what the public wants. Clearly, immigration is contributing mightily to the low standing of this president. However, immigration is also directly responsible for the economic failings of this president and is (one step removed) also responsible for the debacle in Iraq. Immigration is also partially responsible for all of the other problems (Kartrina, gasoline prices, health care, Dubai ports, etc.). The links between immigration and what ails Bush (and America) are explained in more detail below. What should be clear by the end, is that immigration is either directly or partially for everything (and there is a lot) that is weighing down this president.

    The immigration failures of this administration are obvious. The border is totally out of control and Bush completely refuses to even try to control it. Ordinary Americans are demanding immigration control and Bush has abandoned even the pretense of enforcing our laws (by some measures enforcement has declined by 95% at least, but other measures 100%). Ordinary Americans fiercely resent illegal aliens taking over their neighborhoods, jobs, and schools. Bush actually proposed legislation to replace every American worked with a foreigner who would do the same job for less (the “willing worker” program).

    To call the administration out of touch on immigration would be an injustice to the language. Polls show strong support for greatly intensified enforcement. Bush is still trying to have the Kennedy Amnesty bill passed. Why the administration is so committed to policies that the American people regard as toxic is another matter. However, the reality of a president at war with his own people on this issue, should not be in doubt. Astoundingly, Zogby finds that only 17% of Americans approve of Bush’s immigration policies (7). On border security, Bush gets a 16% approval rating.

    Immigration is also responsible for Bush’s economic woes. Superficially the economy should be a source of considerable strength for Bush. The high level numbers are actually rather good. Unemployment is down to 4.6% from a peak of 6.3% in June of 2003. GDP growth in Q1 2006 was 4.8%. The economy grew by 2.7% in 2003, 4.2% in 2004, and 3.5% in 2005. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied from a low of 7286 on October 9th, 2002 to a recent high of 11,643 on May 10, 2006. That a gain of 59.8% in less than four years. The S&P is up 57.25% in the same period. Definitely a lot for investors to cheer about, particularly in the aftermath of the Tech Bubble and corporate scandals (Enron, Tyco, Health South, etc.).

    The zooming stock market has reflected fast rising corporate profits. Pretax profits bottomed out at $714 billion (annual rate) in 3Q2001 and have since risen to $1,293 billion in 3Q2005 (not adjusted for inflation) (11). As a percent of GDP profits have grown from 7.0% of GDP (3Q2001) to a peak of 10.9% of GDP in 2Q2005 (down to 10.3% in 3Q2005). At 10.9% of GDP, corporate profits were higher than any year since 1968.

    The productivity numbers have also been very, very good. Nonfarm productivity has risen by 17% or more since 2001. What the BLS calls multifactor productivity is up almost 8% since 2000. Per-worker/GDP is perhaps the broadest measure of productivity growth. In chained 2000 dollars, per-worker GDP is up by 8.73%. CPI-U adjusted, per-worker GDP has grown by 7.95%. The strong growth in productivity has almost completely offset nominal wage growth. Unit labor costs have only risen by 4.3% since 2001 (9).

    Of course, Americans haven’t been shy about spending under Bush. Indeed, it’s been party time for several years as anyone who travels or frequents upscale restaurants can attest. The number tell the same happy story. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) rose by 15.64% from 1Q2001 to 4Q2005. Not bad given that GDP only rose by 13.9% in the same five years (13).

    As you can see it is easy to come up with a whole panoply of good economic news. But still… The American people just don’t agree. Poll after poll give gloomy views on the economy. Indeed 59% of Americans rate the economy as only “fair” or “poor” (8). Is the public wrong? Deluded? Confused by liberals? Where it only so. The sad truth is that the economic boom has passed the American people by. Indeed, they are suffering more from the backwash of inflated prices than enjoying any of the fruits. Why? As is all too frequently the case, Open Borders is killing the American Dream by making sure that only immigrants (legal and illegal) and the elites get richer while ordinary Americans get poorer.

    This is not some liberal/left-wing fantasy. Indeed the left goes to great pains to avoid using the “I” word when they are talking about jobs/wages/incomes. The sad reality is that from the standpoint of ordinary working Americans, the economy is weak, at best. Some of the facts are downright scary. For example, only 9% of the new jobs created from 2000 to 2005 when to the American people even though Americans accounted for 61% of adult population growth (1). Worse, labor force participation has been falling since Bush took office (10). In January of 2001, it was 67.2%. Now it is 66.1%. You have to go back to the first days of the Clinton administration to find numbers this low (actually 66.2% in January of 1993). Labor force participation does not normally fall in an expanding economy… (12). Indeed, this appears to be the first recovery with declining labor force participation.

    Sadly, the minority data is worse. Black male labor force participation has fallen from 69.4% in January of 2001 to 67.7% in May of 2006. Black female labor force participation declined from 60.1% to 59.1% in the same time period. Hispanic labor force participation (both sexes) has also declined, from 69.9% in January of 2001 to 68.7% in May of 2005.

    The jobs growth numbers all point in the same direction. This is, by far, the worst recovery in modern history for employment. The last recession ended in November of 2001. Since then (actually the next 48 months) employment has grown by 4.7%. The worst prior recovery enjoyed jobs growth of 6.2%. The average recovery since the 1960s has produced 9.5% growth in jobs. Sadly, the payroll employment data is much worse (14) showing only 2.6% growth over 4 years.

    Average weekly earnings peaked back in November of 2003 and have since declined. Amazingly, weekly wages are now back where they were in 1959 and 17% below the high in 1972. Forty six years without a raise. Something to be proud of. Not surprisingly the poverty rate has risen steadily since Bush took office. Back in 2000 the poverty rate was 11.3%. By 2004 it reach 12.7%. The poverty rate always rises in recessions. This may be the first boom with rising poverty (3).

    Median household income tells the same tale of woe. Median incomes have declined every year Bush has been in office and are now 3.8% ($1740) below the 1999 level (4). Quite an accomplishment for a president who thinks tax cuts for the wealthy will make us rich.

    The superficially nice consumption numbers (15.64% growth in five years) start looking rather dodgy once you look under the covers. Cleary GDP didn’t grow nearly fast enough to pay the piper. Nor did compensation keep pace. Indeed, compensation of employees rose by only 8.3% in the same period. Something had to give. Indeed, the savings rate fell from 2.4% of disposable income in 1Q2001 to -0.5% in 4Q2005 and -1.3% in 1Q2006. Where is the money coming from? Greenspan found the home equity extraction reached $600 billion in 2004 (15)(16) an immodest 7% of disposable income. Are folks using their homes as ATM machines really thrilled with the economy? Does ever rising debt pave the road to heaven? Or would that be hell?

    Of course, none of this had to be true. Productivity has risen strongly in recent years (see above). Soaring productivity could have brought large wage and salary gains to ordinary Americans. Productivity alone should have increased incomes by 8% since 2000. No one likes paying $3 for gasoline. However, not too many people would be complaining with fast rising wages. This is not a fantasy. In the 1950s and 60s, wages and median incomes rose right along with the economy. Then we abandoned our borders…

    There are other dismal numbers as well (after all economics is the “Dismal Science”). Household inequality has increased under Bush (5). Inequality also went up under Clinton (”no interior enforcement”). Back when we took our borders seriously it declined, from 1947 to 1968. Inequality only started to soar when mass immigration resumed in the 1970s. Predictably, male median earnings fell from 2002 to 2004 and are now lower than they were back in 1973. The percentage of Americans without health insurance has risen from 14.2% in 2000 to 15.7% in 2004. Employment based health insurance fell from 63.6% in 2000 to 59.8% in 2004 (6). Why bother proving benefits when you have illegals?

    If the economic statistics weren’t bad enough for Bush, we have the Iraq debacle. Is Open Borders really responsible for Iraq? At least indirectly, the answer is clearly yes. No we aren’t fighting illegal aliens in Ramadi or Sadr city. However, the connection to Open Borders is far from trivial. The easiest linkage is simply the cast of characters. Almost without exception, the cheerleaders for the Iraq war were Open Borders fanatics. Of course, the WSJ and Senor Bush fall into this category. However, you will also find the likes of Fred Barnes (The Weekly Standard), William Kristol (The Weekly Standard), Ben Wattenberg (AEI), and Michael Barone (US News & World Report) in this group.
    By contrast, the strongest advocates of immigration reform were generally skeptical of the Iraq war or overtly opposed (Michelle Malkin being a rare exception). What is the connection? Both the Iraq war and Open Borders were/are based on a panglossian view of human nature. If you think America can tolerate massive legal/illegal third world immigration, then the idea that Iraq could be transformed into a model Middle Eastern nation with human rights, free elections, a free-market economy, peace with Israel, and U.S. bases might make sense. Saner voices recognized both ideas as deeply crazy. Crushing Saddam’s murderous and ultimately dangerous (sanctions were fading) regime might have made sense. Pouring American blood into the desolate soils of the Middle East to nurture “democracy” was, and is, folly.

    Is immigration responsible for the other problems weighing on the Bush administration? In many cases, the answer is yes, at least to some extent. Only a president deeply wedded to Open Borders would have threatened his very first veto over the Dubai ports deal. A saner administration would have quashed the deal upfront or authorized it only after deep and credible scrutiny. Gasoline prices? The population of the U.S. has risen by 82 million since the mid-1970s when we built our last oil refinery. Most of the growth has been do to immigration. Runaway population growth doesn’t work with highly limited energy development. Something has to give, prices it would seem. A different president would make these choices clear or simply tell the American people that immigration must be stopped until we have a consensus in favor new pipelines, power plants, refineries, offshore drilling, etc. Hard choices in the Pollyanna world of Senor Bush? They don’t exist.

    The immigration sickness infecting U.S. health care has already been mentioned. Of course, as the uninsured population explodes the costs fall on taxpayers and those with private insurance. These burdens make insurance even less affordable, pushing more and more folks into the ranks of those without. Why so-called conservatives would demand an immigration policy than can only end with socialized medicine boggles the mind. Perhaps non compos mentis explains it all.

    Did Open Borders bring Katrina to the Big Easy? Actually, No. Even the most ardent restrictionists don’t suggest an enforceable ban on category 5 hurricanes. However, in a normal economy the reconstruction work would be providing well paid job opportunities for poor and working class Americans. Such a thing will never happen with Bush in office.

    The Bush administration is clearly infected with some kind of “End of History” globalist worldview where mass migration is both inevitable and desirable. In this wonderful future fantasy, borders will disappear and all of mankind will embrace capitalism, free markets, free trade, democracy, etc. Sadly, this Pollyannaish view of the human condition has led to tragedy abroad, and economic failure at home. What should be clear is that the ideology of Open Borders is directly and indirectly responsible for the woes of the Bush administration. As of this late date there is little they can do about it. After 9-11, Bush had a perfect moment in time, to change course and save his presidency and his country. With malice and forethought he threw it away.

  • Open Border Chairman Martinez to lead GOP?

    The GOP base was sent a shock wave by picking a pro-amnesty Mel Martinez as the Republican Party Chairman. It seems clear now, that President Bush will push his open border agenda with the help of Nancy Pelosi lead Congress. Mel Martinez job will be to control GOP Party decent from Congress, with the promise of new Hispanic voters.

    Palm Beach Post

    Signaling a new direction for the Republican Party, which had heavy losses in the Hispanic community in last week’s elections, Florida Sen. Mel Martinez appeared ready Monday to become the party’s new general chairman while retaining his Senate seat.

    Martinez thrust himself into the contentious debate over immigration, helping craft the Senate version of a comprehensive immigration bill that would offer a route to eventual citizenship for longtime illegal residents while requiring others to leave the U.S.

    Michele Waslin, director of immigration policy at the National Council of La Raza, is hopeful Martinez and his GOP allies will make the right moves.

    Is the GOP selling-out the Base with pushing an open border agenda? Does anyone think that the GOP lost the election due to the immigration issue?

  • Fawku666

    Wow. Wat hypocrisy. Aren’t the so called Americans Illegal Aliens? Didn’t they cone from different lands? Across the ocean, in bigger boats but from a different land non the less. Aren’t the Americans of today the Europeans if yesterday? Didn’t the Native Indians try to keep them out? Didn’t the invading Europeans bully, and murder and threaten their arrogant azzes into someone else’s land? Aren’t Mexicans Descendants of Native Indians mixes (raped) by the White man? Hmmmmm. Sounds like Mexicans and Native Indians are the true Natives if the Americas. The true Americans. What great injustice and a joke society is with their fake White man’s so called constitution and laws. LMFAO. Seriously. Quit being Beyond ignorant and a bunch if uneducated azzes and tell the truth and live the truth. LEAVE MEXICANS ALONE. LET THEM BE FREE. This is their home, their land.

  • Fawku666

    Excuse the misspelled words. These new smart phones. Hate when they select a word not chosen. Lol.

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