Illegal Immigration Fact Sheet

By: The New Media Alliance


  1. Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants do the jobs that Americans won’t.”


Americans will perform any legal job necessary to support themselves and their
families. As an illustration, recently 70 US citizens were dismissed from an
Alabama construction site by a foreman who said the dismissal was “because the
Mexicans had arrived”. Linda Swopes, who operates Complete Employment Services
in Mobile AL said: "I assure you it is not true that Americans don’t want to
work. We had been told that 270 jobs might be available, and we could have
filled every one of them with men from this area, most of whom lost their jobs
because of the hurricane." The identified Mexican illegal immigrant workers
were simply willing to work for less money than were US citizens.


  • Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants help the American economy.”


Illegal immigrants to the US cost the country at least $10 billion more than
they contribute to the economy. The CIS (Center for Immigration Studies)
advises that if amnesty is put into place, these costs to the American economy
(and the American taxpayer) will triple. The average illegal immigrant family
uses $2,700/year more in services than it pays in taxes. In 2002, this
amounted to a $10.4 billion drain on the federal budget. Some of the greatest
federal costs included: Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured
($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison
and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).


  • Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants are just hard-working people who want jobs.”


The US Justice Department reported that in 2003, alone, 270,000 illegal
immigrants had served prison time. The Federation for American Immigration
Reform reports: "In March 2000, Congress made public Department of Justice
statistics showing that, over the previous five years, the INS had released
over 35,000 criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Over 11,000 of those
released went on to commit serious crimes, over 1,800 of which were violent
ones; including 98 homicides, 142 sexual assaults, and 44 kidnappings. In
2001, thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court, the INS was forced to release
into our society over 3,000 criminal aliens who collectively had been
convicted of 125 homicides, 387 sex offenses, and 772 assault charges."


The Federal
Bureau of Prisons estimates that fully one-third of current prison populations
are comprised of non-citizen illegals.


terrorists, including Mexicans with terrorist ties, have entered and are
continuing to enter the US via our unsecured borders.


The violent
MS-13 Salvadoran gangs have illegally immigrated across the US-Mexico border.
MS-13 has also vowed to kill local police, Border Patrol agents and US
citizen-members of the Minutemen project, within the US.



  • Claim: “Illegal aliens
    help keep cost of goods down”


Misleading and false:
Although marketplace agricultural products are
estimated to be somewhat lower than they would be if US citizens were
performing the jobs illegals carry out, the cost to US taxpayers in free
services to illegals vastly outweighs any savings to the US consumer. And
illegal immigrants are no longer solely operating in agriculture but, have
expanded out into multiple industries. In Los Angeles, 49-year old
construction worker Michael Williams (jobless for 3 months) said outside of a
Home Depot: "You have a lot of illegal aliens here. It takes food off the
table." The spread of illegals into other industries is increasing


  • Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants are being denied [their] civil rights”


Civil rights pertain ONLY to citizens. The Merriam-Webster online Dictionary
defines civil-rights as: “The nonpolitical rights of a citizen;
: the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S.
citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of
Congress.” If one is not a citizen of the country, civil rights do not apply.


  • Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants are law-abiding citizens”


First and foremost, by the very nature of illegal immigrants being in the
country “illegally”, they are neither following nor abiding by US law. Also,
illegal immigrants are increasingly using bogus or stolen Social Security
numbers. The crime of Identity Fraud being affected by illegal immigrants has
become a growing and sever problem. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) commented: "If
the government bothered to look, it could find abundant evidence of illegal
aliens gaming our system and the unscrupulous employers who are aiding and
abetting them.”


  • Claim: “Illegal
    immigrants only want to become US citizens’


Although many illegals are demanding US citizenship, and to be given special
consideration ahead of those who have applied legally, a marked number of
Hispanics do not want it. But, they do demand the “same rights” as US
citizens. Many Hispanic groups, including (but not limited to) MEChA, the
Mexica Movement and LULAC, are supporting and working toward the re-conquest
(“reconquista”) of the United States. These groups are, also, becoming
increasingly militant.


  • Claim: “Illegal aliens
    are honest and contribute little to crime”


Misleading: Many are hard working. However, in Los Angeles, alone, 95
percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500)
target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants
(17,000) are for illegal aliens. “A confidential California Department of
Justice study reported in 1995 that 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th
Street Gang in southern California is illegal.”


  • Claim: “The claim that
    illegal immigrants drain US services is a myth”


From the L.A. Times and Rice
University’s Professor Donald Huddle: “Less than 2%
of illegal aliens are picking our crops but
29% are on welfare
.” And as far back as 1997, according
to Huddle, the cost of illegal
to the American taxpayer was a net (after
subtracting taxes immigrants pay)

$69 Billion.



  • Claim: “Illegals do not
    drive down US workers’ wages”

False: As already
presented, illegal immigrants from Mexico are working for far less money
than US citizen workers and on a regular basis. An 18 April 2006 article in
WSJ by Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard University George
J. Borjas (“For a Few Dollars Less”) quotes Paul Samuelson: “…an increase in
supply [of workers] will, other things being equal, tend to depress wage
rates." Although Samuelson’s conclusions were, for years, disputed, recently
they have been proving to be accurate.


Borjas writes: “My Harvard
colleague Lawrence Katz and I recently examined the impact of the 1980-2000
immigrant influx (and particularly Mexican-origin immigration) for U.S.
wages. The results are that, in the short run — holding all other things
equal — immigration lowered the wage of native workers, particularly of
those workers with the least education. The wage fell by 3% for the average
worker and by 8% for high school dropouts.” He further concludes: “These
effects imply sizable reductions in annual earnings for low-skill workers.
In 2000, the typical high school dropout earned $25,000, so that immigration
reduced his earnings by $1,200, even after all capital adjustments take
place. Mr. Katz and I also examined how much was due to Mexican immigration.
We calculated what the wage effects would have been had there been no
Mexican immigration between 1980 and 2000. We found that Mexican
immigration, which is predominantly low-skill, accounts for all of the
adverse impact of immigration on low-skill natives.” In NRO (National Review
Online), Borjas continues with: “In fact, immigration may have depressed the
wages of low-skilled workers by 5 to 8 percentage points.”


Note: WSJ article is via “subscription only”.



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