FACTS / MYTHS
Let's review a few basics first.
Immigrants have enhanced America. Immigrants and illegal aliens are
neither inherently good nor inherently bad. Legal immigrants come to
America with the explicit approval of Congress and thus all
Americans. Illegal aliens come here with an implicit 'blind eye'
approval. Thus, illegal immigration problems are due essentially to
inaction of Congress, law enforcement, and ultimately American citizens.
To fix our dysfunctional immigration system, Americans need to educate and
change legal, political, educational, environmental, labor and religious
institutions. Over-immigration is not inevitable nor is the doubling of
U.S. population this century that it will cause.
Legal immigrants deserve respect.
Illegal aliens are law breakers who do not deserve jobs, amnesty,
educational subsidies, driver's licenses, and other benefits at the
expense of U.S. taxpayers. Illegal aliens first should be encouraged
to Go Home voluntarily and then humanely deported as the law requires.
Once the public recognizes that jobs and benefits equal encouragement the
public will truly press for the flow to cease. Amnesties for illegal
aliens have clearly made the problem worse and should be vigorously
opposed. See the
National Review for an excellent article on amnesties.
Unfortunately many Americans do not honestly
debate immigration policy because they are woefully ignorant of the facts,
especially on the negative effects of mass migration. There are
upwards of 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. today. Immigration
today is almost quadruple the traditional level. Immigration has
accounted for over 70% of U.S. population growth since 1970. See
Immigration has contributed significantly to school overcrowding, traffic
congestion, the health care crisis, environmental degradation, social
tension, and other negative impacts on our country. Yet pro-mass
migration forces, including the politically correct media, cheap labor
advocates and ethnic pandering politicians, rarely acknowledge the
down-side of mass migration. See the internet sites listed in
National Sites for unadulterated
information describing negative mass migration impacts because generally
the media fails to do so. For example, school overcrowding is
usually blamed on "The Baby Boom Echo", but the Federation for American
Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently released a shocking and
enlightening report on the real reason behind school overcrowding:
No Room To Learn: Immigration and School Overcrowding.
Consider distributing or presenting the report to your local school board. How often is our health
care crisis attibuted to mass migration? Rarely if ever. Because the
costs of mass migration have long been ignored by the media and
politicians a huge dose of honest debate on the negative impacts of mass
migration is long overdue.
Myths about immigration abound. Often
those favoring immigration reduction are called racist or anti-immigrant
but the truth is nearly all immigration reductionists favor immigration
and immigrants, but at a drastically reduced level. Americans
need to stand above the name calling and speak the truth. For
example, is America being true to its values by creating and exploiting
the illegal alien underclass at the expense of our own working poor?
Is America helping other countries raise their quality of life by
recruiting their high-tech workers, doctors and nurses? Is America
really addressing national security by promoting a virtually open border?
For a list of arguments dispelling popular
immigration myths, see
History has shown that illegal immigration is
highly correlated to legal immigration. In other words, reduction of
illegal immigration will only occur when legal immigration levels are
reduced. To learn more on the correlation, see this
report from Center for Immigration Studies. For additional
reasonable and achievable actions to reduce illegal immigration see