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One of the worst things about modern politics in America is the enormous number of people that don’t even understand the basics of the issues they’re ranting and tweeting about. Illegal immigration is exactly that sort of issue on the Left. So, let’s start with the basics, so anyone who has been listening to liberals can fully understand the issue. Liberal politicians love illegal immigration because they, quite correctly, view illegal immigrants as future Democratic voters. Currently most illegals are Hispanic, and Hispanic voters tend to go Democrat roughly 2-to-1 and although the numbers vary; first- and second-generation Hispanic voters tend to go Democrat at somewhere around a 4-to-1 clip. On the other hand, Republicans are much softer than they should be on illegal immigrants because businesses that profit from illegal immigration pay them to be. The businesses have good reason to do that.
That’s because despite what you may have heard, there are no professions where illegal immigrants make up a majority of the workers and illegal aliens work cheaper than Americans. In other words, there are no “jobs Americans won’t do,” but there are “jobs Americans won’t do at a certain price.” Additionally, because they are criminals that aren’t here legally, illegals have an ENORMOUS advantage over law-abiding Americans when it comes to the price they can work at. Illegal immigrants don’t have to buy health insurance or car insurance, and they can lie on their income taxes if they pay them at all. How much less do you think you could charge if you didn’t have those expenses? What if you actually fudged your taxes and got an earned income tax credit? Because of all this, not only do illegals take jobs from Americans, but they also drive down what American workers get paid. There is no job in America that couldn’t be filled even without illegal immigrants, but it would mean paying the workers higher wages instead of crooked businesses paying illegal immigrants low wages, making extra profits, and passing the extra costs illegal immigrants impose on them to everyone else.
Incidentally, as pro-illegal immigration liberals never tire of telling us, illegal immigrants do pay some taxes. However, as you’d quite naturally expect, they pay in as much less than they take out. Although solid statistics are extremely difficult to come by with illegal immigrants, the GAO estimates they cost the country somewhere between 2–19 billion dollars more than they bring in. Unfortunately, although the GAO is for the most part non-partisan, the ridiculous rules Congress makes it work under often lead to wildly inaccurate projections. So, best guess? The GAO numbers are low. However, other organizations have done their own reports. In 2013, the Heritage Foundation pegged the cost of illegal immigrants at 54.5 billion dollars per year. In 2017, FAIR estimated those costs to be at 116 billion dollars annually. Given that all of these reports are based on estimates and educated guesses, it’s impossible to say which one is right, but we can feel reasonably certain that illegal immigrants cost the country an awful lot of money every year.
They also undermine the whole point of legal immigration. Legal immigration can take years and sometimes even decades while costing thousands of dollars and forcing the applicant to undergo an invasive screening process to get into the country. Immigrants who respect America enough to do things the right way wait for years and pay big money, while any dirtbag who’s willing to wander across the border essentially gets a free pass to live here while he waits for the Democrats to make him a citizen. What sort of people do you think are crossing the Rio Grande in the middle of the night to pick strawberries? Wealthy people with graduate degrees or poor, uneducated people that barely speak English? A country has every right to choose the sort of people they allow to become citizens. Do we want the best and brightest or the poorest and least educated? Incidentally, what happens if all these people doing manual labor that Americans supposedly don’t want to do become citizens? Do you think they’re going to be a net gain for the country or a net loss when they never make all that much to begin with and are too busted up to keep working at 50 or 55? America needs to add to our tax base with immigration, not import more poverty for American citizens to float.