Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bad Border Policy

I recently heard a stat on Fox's "O'Reilly" show that 30% of the entire U.S. prison population is made up of illegal aliens.

Thirty Percent!

Think what it costs to house and feed them.

Not to mention the fact that obviously, that means they're doing a lot of crimes here.

Because they're in jail not for their immigration status, but for breaking other laws.

Which isn't all that surprising, because they're already lawa-breakers to begin with by definition.

People who tend to break some laws tend to break others. That's not surprising.

Look at that figure again, and consider that as large as the illegal alien population here is, it isn't 30% of the country. That means illegal aliens, as a class, are WAY more prone to creating crimes here than the general populace.

These numbers STRONGLY suggest that the view that they are just "otherwise" law-abiding people who are looking for a job is a myth. Their presence increases the crime rate, and imposes additional social costs via the prison burden.

And now I also read this depressing story of how the flood of illegals is costing us all, and gumming up the works of our healthcare and budgetary systems:
US to Pay Hospitals for Illegals' Care
WASHINGTON - Health care providers can charge the government for emergency care provided to illegal aliens beginning Tuesday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final guidance Monday that sets up a system for reimbursement. Lawmakers set aside $1 billion over four years for the program, created by Medicare legislation passed in 2003.
One group that advocates stricter immigration policies said the government's reimbursement of hospitals was the right thing to do.

"It seems to me that if the federal government has abdicated its responsibility for immigration enforcement, then it's responsible for making those jurisdictions whole," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank based in Washington.
It sounds to me more like he was being resignedly sarcastic than actually wildly enthusiastic about the plan.

This is just wrong. Enforce the immigration laws and keep out this criminal element that's bleeding us dry!

Instead, we make it easier for them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think the problem is too much federal involvement. The federal govt makes the rules that prevent states from refusing care to illegal aliens. (I'm talking about taking kids to emergency room for sniffles, not life threatening issues) The federal govt does not control the borders. Having the federal govt reimburse the expenses for illegal alien care just gives the feds another excuse to increase taxes and distribute as they see fit. The pain associated with this fix is so diffuse it gets lost and the impetus for action dissipates.

Keep the pain local. Make it hurt so the CITIZENS demand the the feds actually fix the root cause of the problem, not its symptoms!

2:27 AM, May 10, 2005  
Blogger RDS said...

Excellent points!

7:53 PM, May 12, 2005  

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