As I See It: Illegal immigration - do the political math
The actual cost of illegal immigration is really hard to determine. Just search for this question on the internet and then be prepared to spend the rest of the day trying to choose between the sources, figures and methodology to arrive at somethi...
The actual cost of illegal immigration is really hard to determine. Just search for this question on the internet and then be prepared to spend the rest of the day trying to choose between the sources, figures and methodology to arrive at something close to the truth.
Some sources place it as high as $130 billion per year. The Government Accounting Office estimates the net cost range as $2 billion to $19 billion. And the true figure lies somewhere in the twilight zone.
What is apparent the more you dig is that the cost is significant, especially in places where many illegals settle. One unsubstantiated figure is that California spends $30 billion annually on welfare for the immigrants. It's no secret that California spends one-third of all the welfare dollars in the country.
Now, the wall isn't going to pay for itself in two months. It might not pay for itself in two, three or five years. What it should do is to significantly slow the influx of people crossing the open border just so they can be caught, processed and oftentimes released until their cases can be decided - overloading an already overburdened border protection and legal system.
And the wall isn't going to stop any people who overstay their visas either.
I love all the touchy-feely opinion columnists who wax poetic and longingly about how immigrants settled an unspoiled wilderness of unlimited opportunity and built our great nation to what it is today. They conveniently ignore the utter devastation these immigrants visited upon the Native American culture and people. They ignore the fact that half of our country's economy was based upon the enslavement of millions of black people from Africa, until it's time to score some political points by tearing down historical figures and monuments.
Speaking of politics, that is really what this is all about, isn't it?
No one expected Donald Trump to actually be President Donald Trump. He had to have stolen the election. Only they can't find anything to prove he stole the election. And they probably won't, because he likely didn't. Robert Mueller's investigation so far has indicted a couple of liars. If we indicted and convicted all the liars in Washington, D.C., it would be a ghost town - as Shakespeare wrote, "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."
For his first two years in office, his Republican majority in Congress deserted him or we would have a much larger wall already under construction. Even many of them were "never Trumpers," and figured he wasn't going to last in office because he wasn't a suave, debonair, snake-oil salesperson politician (like themselves?).
And the cherry on top of this political lollapalooza ice cream sundae are the prominent leaders and members of the Democrat Party who all voted for funding a wall in the past but now oppose it either because they believe the illegal immigrants will eventually become reliable voters in their camp or, more importantly, because of who is trying to make it happen.
I often wonder how many national Democrat politicians actually love America and their fellow Americans more than their party's major (behind-the-scenes) donors.
Well, that's the way I see it.