According to a new story originating with the Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama is mulling over the possibility of a new executive order putting a halt to illegal immigration deportations. This is exactly the direction that many conservatives worried he might take, extending amnesty and work permits to many of the estimated 11 million illegals currently in the U.S. Unfortunately, many Americans still do not understand the threat posed to the country by our porous southern border. Here are just five of the reasons we need to put a sharp and dramatic end to illegal immigration.
Spread of Disease
We could soon be facing a major Ebola virus pandemic, and the spread of the disease in Africa has already claimed three American citizens. According to Georgia lawmaker and MD Phil Gingrey, our open borders bring serious disease threats to the U.S. Ebola is a major concern in the news right now, but Gingrey says the threat looms well beyond that particular virus.
“As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control,” the congressman wrote in a letter to the CDC earlier this year.
The U.S. has its fingers in a great many controversial pies around the world, particularly in the Middle East. With tensions high in Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and Gaza, the U.S. is a bigger target for terrorism than it has ever been. According to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, terrorists have been known to enter the U.S. from Mexico. How much longer will it be before some of them conspire to cause a major tragedy inside our borders?
The left likes to make the case that illegal immigrants do only those jobs that Americans aren’t willing to do. That, of course, is absolute hogwash. The value of those jobs is only limited by the fact that employers can find immigrants to do them so cheaply. No, Americans aren’t going to pick oranges for less than minimum wage, but employers will be forced to raise wages if they can’t find illegal help.
Last year, the Immigrations and Custom Enforcement department released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions on their records. This, of course, flies straight in the face of the administration’s repeated claims that they are strictly enforcing the immigration laws as they are written. We have enough to worry about when it comes to crime from our own citizens. Why is the left so anxious to bring in more criminals, gangsters, and outright terrorists from outside the country?
Even if you don’t buy into any of the above reasons for curbing illegal immigration, you may be interested in how much this influx is costing the American taxpayer. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs the government approximately $113 billion on an annual basis. Much of this is at the state and local levels, but all of it winds up being paid for by the taxpayers in the end. The cost to the average American household? $1,117. Is there anything better you could do with that money? Yeah, me too.