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Why Democrat Leaders Oppose Border Controls, Part 2

The New York Analysis of Policy and Government concludes its review of opposition to funding the southern border wall

Arguments about the cost of the wall fail to make economic sense; cost-savings from reducing the number of illegal entries far exceeds any expenses incurred in construction. Steven Camarota describes the financial outline in a Center for Immigration Studies report:

“The findings of this analysis show that if a border wall stopped a small fraction of the illegal immigrants who are expected to come in the next decade, the fiscal savings from having fewer illegal immigrants in the country would be sufficient to cover the costs of the wall. Among the findings:

  • There is agreement among researchers that illegal immigrants overwhelmingly have modest levels of education — most have not completed high school or have only a high school education.
  • There is also agreement that immigrants who come to America with modest levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than they pay in taxes.
  • A recent NAS study estimated the lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) of immigrants by education. Averaging the cost estimates from that study and combining them with the education levels of illegal border-crossers shows a net fiscal drain of $74,722 per illegal crosser.2
  • The above figures are only for the original illegal immigrants and do not include any costs for their U.S.-born descendants. If we use the NAS projections that include the descendants, the fiscal drain for border-crossers grows to $94,391 each.
  • If a border wall prevented 160,000 to 200,000 illegal crossings (excluding descendants) in the next 10 years it would be enough to pay for the estimated $12 to $15 billion costs of the wall.
  • Newly released research by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) done for the Department of Homeland Security indicates that 170,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border successfully without going through a port of entry in 2015.3 While a significant decline in crossings from a decade ago, it still means that there may be 1.7 million successful crossings in the next decade. If a wall stopped just 9 to 12 percent of these crossings it would pay for itself.
  • If a wall stopped half of those expected to successfully enter illegally without going through a port of entry at the southern border over the next 10 years, it would save taxpayers nearly $64 billion — several times the wall’s cost.”

The answer to the puzzling opposition to border enforcement by Democrat leaders is found at the ballot box.  As the New York Analysis of Policy and Government has previously noted, What may seem, at first impression, to be a position counter to the Democrats own key interests comes into focus when seen through the prism of politics on a national scale.

Governing magazine points out that “Democrats went into this (2016)election controlling the governorship, Senate and House in just seven states — that was their lowest number since the Civil War, when there were 15 fewer states. Now, they control just five states.”

National Review  study concurs.“President Obama’s recent executive orders granting provisional legal status to an estimated 5 million illegal aliens will likely allow an indeterminate number of them to cast ballots in elections across the United States — and it’s hard to see how it won’t affect the outcome of some number of close elections. Amnestied illegal aliens are now eligible to receive Social Security numbers and, in many cases, drivers’ licenses. Since the vast majority of states don’t require individuals to present proof of citizenship to either register or vote, and given the Obama administration’s zealous promotion of motor-voter registration and declared refusal to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (ensuring that only eligible individuals vote), it’s certain that appreciable numbers of amnestied illegal aliens will be able to vote. Furthermore, testimony…before the House Judiciary Committee revealed that under Obama’s amnesty some illegal aliens will receive advance-parole status — a glide path to citizenship and full voting rights…”

Voting in their own interests, unlawful immigrants who eventually vote, legally or otherwise, will overwhelmingly support Democrats. That is the primary reason for the opposition by Democrat party leaders to reasonable border control.

Sessions Moves Against Sanctuary Cities

The New York Analysis of Policy and Government presents a two part review of the Trump Administration’s attempt to insure compliance with federal immigration law. 

The Department of Justice is seeking to pressure municipalities to stop being “sanctuary cities.” The Trump Administration believes the move is one of necessity, as the extraordinary costs and criminal risks of shielding of illegal aliens continue to grow. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved to strengthen enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws by pursuing tough policies on localities that don’t cooperate with Washington in matters affecting illegal aliens.

Sessions notes that “According to one recent poll, 80 percent of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities. A significant number of states and cities have adopted policies designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.  This includes refusing to detain known felons under federal detainer requests, or otherwise failing to comply with these laws.  For example, the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report showing that in a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime.  The charges and convictions against these aliens include drug trafficking, hit and run, rape, sex offenses against a child and even murder…The American people are justifiably angry… Countless Americans would be alive today – and countless loved ones would not be grieving today – if the policies of these sanctuary jurisdictions were ended…these policies also violate federal law.”

The Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIRUS) reports that In 2013, the estimated costs of illegal immigration nationally totaled over $113 billion, with $84 billion being absorbed by state and local taxpayers (this estimate includes taxpayer money contributed by unauthorized workers).

The DOJ will move to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, and to “claw back” any funds that have already been provided.

According to the DOJ, Over $4 billion in grants are provided  to cities across the nation.  According to a report in the Daily Signal, http://dailysignal.com/2017/02/03/sanctuary-cities-targeted-by-trump-receive-billions-in-federal-funds/ the top 12 are: Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Austin, Newark, Denver, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Providence, R.I.

The battle has been brewing for years. In 2015, Senate Democrats blocked the  “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.”  The legislation,  introduced by Sen. David Vitter, (R-Louisiana) would have essentially moved to accomplish what AG Sessions is seeking to do.

Taxpayers in sanctuary cities have complained of both crime as well as the unmanageable costs of providing education and other basic services to illegals.  Vitter’s legislation occurred in the wake of the nationally reported murder of a young woman, Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal who had already been deported five times. The bill would have made it unlawful for cities to refuse federal requests for notification before releasing illegals, and stopped federal funds to localities that violate the law.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “Across the U.S., there are 340 cities, counties, and states that are considered ‘sanctuary cities’. These jurisdictions protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with ICE detainers or otherwise impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents… This has resulted in the release by local authorities of approximately 1,000 criminal aliens per month. According to an updated report prepared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Congress, between January 1 and September 30, 2014, local sanctuaries released 9,295 alien offenders that ICE was seeking to deport. More than 600 people were released at least twice.

“Out of these, 5,947 of the criminal aliens (62 percent) had significant prior criminal histories or other public safety concerns even before the arrest that led to a detainer. Fifty-eight percent of those with a prior history of concern had prior felony charges or convictions; 37 percent had serious prior misdemeanor charges, and 5 percent had multiple prior misdemeanors. An alarming number — 2,320 — of the total number of released offenders were subsequently arrested within the time period studied for new crimes after they were released by the sanctuaries…Of the 6,460 criminal aliens who were still at large during the time period studied, 3,802 (58 percent) had prior felonies or violent misdemeanors.”

According to the Congressional Research Service The term ‘sanctuary city’ is not defined by federal law, but it is often used to refer to those localities which, as a result of a state or local act, ordinance, policy, or fiscal constraints, place limits on their assistance to federal immigration authorities seeking to apprehend and remove unauthorized aliens.

The Report concludes Monday

Illegal Aliens and the Rise in Violent Crime

The New York Analysis of Policy and Government’s review of illegal aliens and the rise in violent crime concludes today. 

Breitbart believes that the mainstream media is “working overtime to keep the American public and the American voters in the dark on the scope of illegal alien crime…Let’s look at a few numbersYou haven’t seen them in the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, or the Miami Herald, nor have they been featured on NBC Nightly news or CNN. So, the average American is blissfully unaware of them.

  • Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
  • During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
  • That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.”

That 5.6% figure for the average illegal alien population in those five states comes from US Census estimates. We know the real number is double that official estimate. Yet, even if it is 11%, it is still shameful that the percentage of murders by criminal aliens is more than triple the illegal population in those states. Those astounding numbers were compiled by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) using official Department of Justice data on criminal aliens in the nation’s correctional system. The numbers were the basis for a presentation at a recent New Hampshire conference sponsored by the highly respected Center for Security Policy….[One example] The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that between 2008 and 2014, 35% of all murder convictions were illegal aliens—averaging 472 murders each year from 2004 to 2008.

Peter Kirsanow, writing in National Review, writes: “ Using data from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), state prison systems, and Pew, we were able to compare rates of major offenses in states with sizeable populations of illegal aliens. For example: Arizona: Approximately 240 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide-related offenses. This means approximately 68.57 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide offenses per 100,000 illegal aliens in Arizona, whereas 54.06 citizens and legal residents were imprisoned for homicide-related offenses per 100,000 citizens and legal residents in Arizona. California: Approximately 2,430 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide-related offenses. This means approximately 97.2 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide and related offenses per 100,000 illegal aliens in California, whereas 74.1 citizens and legal residents were imprisoned for homicide and related offenses per 100,000 citizens and legal residents. Florida: Approximately 480 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide-related offenses. This means approximately 54.85 illegal aliens were imprisoned for murder and manslaughter per 100,000 illegal aliens in Florida, whereas approximately 67.8 legal residents were imprisoned for murder and manslaughter per 100,000 legal residents. New York: Approximately 1,350 illegal aliens were imprisoned for homicide-related offenses. This means approximately 168.75 illegal aliens were imprisoned for  murder and related offenses per 100,000 illegal aliens in the state, whereas approximately 48.12 legal residents were imprisoned for murder and related offenses per 100,000 legal residents.”

In 2015, the Daily Caller noted that “President Obama unleashed a nation-wide crime wave when he directed his deputies to release 36,007 foreign criminals back into Americans neighborhoods in 2013, instead of repatriating the criminals…”

WND notes that “Sanctuary Cities,” which help shield illegals from what little enforcement exists under the Obama Administration, exacerbate the problem:

“Laws in sanctuary cities help shield illegal immigrants from deportation, even after they’ve committed felonies. Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson with “Full Measure” found the problem of the U.S. as a sanctuary for crime is much larger and often understated by politicians and advocates with special interests at stake. Families of victims say politics and political correctness have forced their personal tragedies into the shadows, while shielding the criminals…U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, investigating the issue, noted, “You’ve got an administration that thinks more highly of their interests in protecting undocumented workers than there is enforcing the law, and in the process of making that decision, violating their constitutional oath to faithfully execute the laws of this country.”

Democrat support for Sanctuary Cities based on electoral issues

The successful move by Senate Democrats to block the “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” indicates how deeply the battle lines have been drawn on issues relating to illegal immigration.

Sen. David Vitter, (R-Louisiana) who sponsored the legislation, pointed to the extraordinary danger posed by criminal aliens. Taxpayers in those cities have complained also of the unmanageable costs of providing education and other basic services to illegals.  Congressional legislation occurred in the wake of the nationally reported murder of a young woman, Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal who had already been deported five times. The bill would have made it unlawful for cities to refuse federal requests for notification before releasing illegals, and the stopping of federal funds to localities that violate the law.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “Across the U.S., there are 340 cities, counties, and states that are considered “sanctuary cities”. These jurisdictions protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with ICE detainers or otherwise impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents… This has resulted in the release by local authorities of approximately 1,000 criminal aliens per month. According to an updated report prepared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Congress, between January 1 and September 30, 2014, local sanctuaries released 9,295 alien offenders that ICE was seeking to deport. More than 600 people were released at least twice.

“Out of these, 5,947 of the criminal aliens (62 percent) had significant prior criminal histories or other public safety concerns even before the arrest that led to a detainer. Fifty-eight percent of those with a prior history of concern had prior felony charges or convictions; 37 percent had serious prior misdemeanor charges, and 5 percent had multiple prior misdemeanors. An alarming number — 2,320 — of the total number of released offenders were subsequently arrested within the time period studied for new crimes after they were released by the sanctuaries…Of the 6,460 criminal aliens who were still at large during the time period studied, 3,802 (58 percent) had prior felonies or violent misdemeanors.”

The Democrats position on the issue at first seems contrary to two core groups of their supporters.  Many of the programs that Democrats favor are already short of funds.  Adding additional residents who require help strains state and local resources to the limit.  Illegals also harm job prospects for Americans at the lower end of the pay scale, particularly young blacks who have suffered extraordinary rates of unemployment.

What may seem, at first impression, to be a position counter to the Democrats own key interests comes into focus when seen through the prism of politics on a national scale.

Politico Notes that immigrants, “along with other noncitizens without the right to vote—may pick the 2016 presidential winner. Thanks to the unique math undergirding the Electoral College, the mere presence of 11-12 million illegal immigrants and other noncitizens here legally may enable them to swing the election from Republicans to Democrats.”

A National Review  study concurs.

“President Obama’s recent executive orders granting provisional legal status to an estimated 5 million illegal aliens will likely allow an indeterminate number of them to cast ballots in elections across the United States — and it’s hard to see how it won’t affect the outcome of some number of close elections. Amnestied illegal aliens are now eligible to receive Social Security numbers and, in many cases, drivers’ licenses. Since the vast majority of states don’t require individuals to present proof of citizenship to either register or vote, and given the Obama administration’s zealous promotion of motor-voter registration and declared refusal to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (ensuring that only eligible individuals vote), it’s certain that appreciable numbers of amnestied illegal aliens will be able to vote. Furthermore, testimony last week before the House Judiciary Committee revealed that under Obama’s amnesty some illegal aliens will receive advance-parole status — a glide path to citizenship and full voting rights, though not for some time. This should be of grave concern to lawmakers and all Americans who care about the rule of law and election integrity.”

Fox Latino  reports that “More than 500K driver’s licenses [have been]  issued to undocumented immigrants in California.” This presents an opportunity, under motor voter, for illegals to unlawfully register to vote.

The White House, through the Department of Justice, has attacked states that seek to address the challenge through voter ID laws.  Opposition by Democrats to attempts by states to insure the accuracy of voter registration rolls has been substantial.

Benefits for immigrants challenges those meant for citizens

America’s senior citizens, most of whom have worked throughout their life, received two pieces of bad news recently.  The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be no cost of living adjustment in 2016 (one wonders if any federal bureaucrats have shopped for food lately.) Now, concerns are high that Medicare costs could increase. Medicare funding has been cut to fund Obamacare, and Social Security funds have been siphoned to pay for Social Security disability. Disability recipients have increased, a move which has the public relations benefit for incumbent politicians of technically reducing unemployment. Low income individuals may qualify for disability even if they lack credits from working.

American companies pay the highest corporate taxes of any developed nation. Middle Class citizens have seen their taxes escalate during the past seven years. While federal revenue has increased due to these burdensome levies, key functions of the federal government, including defense, infrastructure maintenance, and veterans benefits continue to lag.  Defense spending, both in actual dollar terms as well as adjusted for inflation, is actually less than it was when Mr. Obama took office.

Where has the money gone? Dependence on various forms of public assistance has peaked under the Obama Administration, a reflection of the worrisomely deteriorating number of Americans in the workforce. An additional factor, however, has come increasingly into play—and is about to get worse.  It is ironic that social security, which workers have paid for, is in financial difficulty, while ever larger amounts of dollars are being committed to entitlements, some of which are going to individuals who are not even in the country legally.

The needs of the American citizenry under the depressed U.S. economy are vast.  But when the Obama Administration’s drive to allow entry to large numbers of needy immigrants, legal and illegal, into the nation is added, the costs of benefits become overwhelming.

Washington makes it easy for immigrants to gain benefits

Washington even reaches out to immigrants with offers of assistance.  The federal website “welcometousa”  contains this message:

“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs. The links below will lead you to official government websites describing a range of assistance programs.

The federal government is not alone. New York State Senator James Seward gives this advice to illegal immigrants:

“Education. As a result of a 1982 Supreme Court decision, states are required to provide K-12 public education for students without legal immigrant status. New York State is in compliance with this decision. SUNY tuition policy states that undocumented aliens who attend New York high schools for at least 2 years and graduate from them may be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. However, illegal immigrants are ineligible for the tuition assistance program (TAP).

Health. Proof of citizenship is required to qualify for Medicaid, unless a woman is pregnant, or the situation is considered an “emergency.” New York State law requires that hospitals treat everyone who requires emergency care. “Continuing” care, by federal definition, is not included.

Labor. Believe it or not, illegal immigrants are eligible for workers’ compensation, but not unemployment insurance. Labor standards laws also still apply to illegal aliens, such as the minimum wage, hours of labor or prevailing wage on public construction projects.

Mental Hygiene. Hospitals have a responsibility to treat patients with emergency medical conditions, including mental illnesses.

Welfare. Whether illegal aliens can obtain state benefits is not clear-cut. The short answer appears to be that they are not legally entitled to most benefits, but do in fact receive them.” [Emphasis ours.]

James Hirby, writing in thelawdictionary.org, notes:

“Americans who are struggling to survive due to high unemployment and low wages may be asking why illegal aliens receive benefits from state and federal governments…Just because illegal aliens are not legally entitled to these benefits does not mean they do not apply for them. Yes. It is true that illegal aliens have received grants, professional accreditations, loans, WIC, disability, public housing, college educations, food stamps, unemployment benefits, and tax credits from state and federal agencies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at least one third of foreign born citizens in the United States are illegal aliens. Since children born in the United States are considered U.S. Citizens, it becomes complicated when illegal aliens then bear children who are U.S. Citizens.If the U.S. government sent the parents of these children away, we would be separating families. Now that these families have given birth to U.S. citizens, the families are eligible for benefits such as WIC and food stamps. Benefits such as these are for low income families. Illegal aliens often work in low paying jobs so they now qualify for benefits.”

More financial challenges are coming

The challenge to taxpayers will be getting worse, not better. Breitbart  reports that illegals are “going to be able to collect money from the IRS through tax credits, up to $35,000 apiece. Now the Social Security Administration has confirmed that amnestied aliens will be able to collect benefits from it as well, as early as 2017…We learned about that crisis thanks to an inquiry from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who also asked the SSA to run the numbers on how many of our New Americans would be collecting benefits legally after Obama illegally dismantles our citizenship laws. The chief actuary responded that he expects about 16,000 “New Americans” to begin collecting Old-Age, Survivor’s, and Disability Insurance benefits by 2017, with the total rising steadily over the next four decades until it hits 695,000. As Ryan Lovelace at National Review observes, even this estimate is absurdly optimistic, because it assumes the flow of illegal aliens will decrease after 2016. In reality, we’ll be hit by wave after wave of new illegals looking for their piece of the amnesty pie.”

There is even more. Tom Lifson, writing in the American Thinker, reports on a little-known program discovered by Florida’s Sun-Sentinel newspaper chain.

“Castro is shipping Cuba’s old to the U.S. in soaring numbers — because the Cuban Adjustment Act entitles them to free housing, free Medicaid, free Supplemental Social Security and even welfare. No matter if they have relatives who can care for them, a free retirement plan is theirs for the taking.…It’s part of an overall surge in migration, ever since President Obama announced normalization of relations. Customs and Border Protection data show that from October 2014 to June 2015, 27,296 Cubans entered the U.S. for residency, a 78% rise over last year.More are coming. Cuba has the hemisphere’s oldest population. The average age is 47, and nearly 24% of the population is above age 55, according to CIA data.The Sun-Sentinel reported arrivals of Cubans over age 60 have risen fivefold since 2010, based on data from Florida’s Department of Children and Families…The cost to U.S. taxpayers for this retirement plan for Castro’s castoffs is likely billions. The Sun-Sentinel found welfare alone for all Cuban refugees is about $685 million, and Cubans are the No. 1 recipients.”

Cost of educating illegals

The impact of funding for the education of immigrant students is having a major effect on American school systems. The recent surge in illegal immigration has turned an already significant financial issue into a major challenge.

The U.S. Department of Education notes “…according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners.

The U.S. Justice Department has, in unequivocal terms, demanded that states pay the cost for educating illegals.  A DOJ letter sent in May 2014 stated:

“Under Federal law, State and local educational agencies (hereinafter “districts”) are required to provide all children with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level. Recently, we have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status. These practices contravene Federal law. Both the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education (Departments) write to remind you of the Federal obligation to provide equal educational opportunities to all children residing within your district and to offer our assistance in ensuring that you comply with the law.”

Last year, as noted by the Daily Caller, “The Obama administration delivered an unequivocally clear message …: All children have a right to enroll in public schools regardless of their citizenship or immigration status…For example, schools can violate federal law by requiring Social Security numbers or birth certificates when a student wants to enroll.”

A New American report notes “As has been predicted by those who have been keeping count of the large number of illegal immigrant children who have crossed our borders from Central America during the past year, the flood of such children entering our schools is proving to be a logistical and financial burden for local school districts…AP education writer Kimberly Hefling noted … ‘For cash-strapped districts, providing for these students’ needs can be arduous, particularly if they arrive after student headcounts are taken to determine school funding.’”

New York City provides a clear example.  According to the New York Post  “The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come. ‘It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,’ says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The Post.The notice comes as the city rolls out a $50 million red carpet for 1,662 minors who crossed the border this summer to escape ­violence and gangs in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”

According to a Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)  report, “The high cost of educating K-12 public school students who are not proficient in English is well documented. So too, is the fact that most Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are children of illegal alien parents. The recent ‘surge’ of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and families with young children who poured across our borders in the spring and summer of 2014 exacerbated an already formidable and costly task for public school educators and administrators in many localities across the United States.”

Fair reports that the cost for California taxpayers alone to fund K-12 education for children who are themselves illegal aliens and for the citizen children of illegal aliens accounted for the largest share of the cost to taxpayers at $14.4 billion. These services included standard public school educations and supplemental English language instruction. Despite federal funding, the average per pupil expenditure is $10,450 each year.

Colleges, too, are experiencing a significant change. At least 18 state university systems provide in-state rates even for undocumented aliens, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.  “Currently, at least 18 states have provisions allowing for in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.  Sixteen states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington—extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through state legislation. Two states—Oklahoma and Rhode Island—allow in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through Board of Regents decisions. In 2013, the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents and the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents adopted similar policies for undocumented students to access in-state tuition at those institutions. In April 2014, Virginia’s attorney general started granting in-state tuition to those covered under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. At least five states—California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Washington—currently allow undocumented students to receive state financial aid.”

Can America be the Welfare Agency for Planet Earth?

The White House stance on providing educational services to the recent wave of illegal immigrants threatens to bankrupt many state educational systems.

While Americans are an almost overwhelmingly generous people, serious questions arise once the concept of defended borders is seemingly rejected by the federal government.  Can U.S. taxpayers finance a national government that is becoming, in essence, the welfare agency for Planet Earth?

According to the U.S. Department of Education  “Fact sheet: Educational services for immigrant children and those recently arrived to the United States:

“Schools in the United States have always welcomed new immigrant children to their classrooms – according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners. We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news – children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. – Mexico border… All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status. This includes recently arrived unaccompanied children, who are in immigration proceedings while residing in local communities with a parent, family member, or other appropriate adult sponsor.

“Under the law, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to care for unaccompanied children apprehended while crossing the border. While in care at an HHS shelter, such children are not enrolled in local schools but do receive educational services and other care from providers who run HHS shelters.

“Recently arrived unaccompanied children are later released from federal custody to an appropriate sponsor – usually a parent, relative, or family friend – who can safely and appropriately care for them while their immigration cases proceed. While residing with a sponsor, these children have a right under federal law to enroll in public elementary and secondary schools in their local communities and to benefit from educational services, as do all children in the U.S.”

There are numerous questions raised by this fact sheet.  Can—and should–U.S. taxpayers, already highly taxed, be required to provide the additional funds for a concerted, specific wave of illegal immigrants who openly defied the U.S. border?  Should the federal government be permitted to mandate that states provide these services?

The legal answer to those specific questions may be found in the courts. But the larger issue will remain.  Can, and should, the American taxpayer be expected to finance vast amounts of educational, health and other forms of assistance for illegal immigrants and other non-Americans, particularly when funds for those efforts are already strained?

Over-complication of America’s Challenges

Everyone dreads coming across professionals who over-complicate matters for their own selfish purposes. The physician who prescribes needless tests to get extra fees, the car mechanic who replaces a perfectly good part simply to make a few extra dollars. Public life is no different. Far too often, elected officials and their appointees either create or misuse problems for their own political gains (remember the Obama Administration’s Rahm Emmanuel who famously stated “Never waste a good crisis?”)

America today faces extensive challenges that require resolution.  Rather than do what is necessary, however, those problems remain unresolved and abused as an excuse by politicians to further their own often unstated goals.

Examples abound in matters both foreign and domestic. To name just two:

The United States is a sovereign nation with every right, and every obligation, to defend its borders. This is not as complicated a task as opponents of stricter controls would have you believe..  Building a fence supplemented with the appropriate patrols and technological surveillance is well within the capabilities of the federal government. The failure to do so exposes citizens to contagious diseases, increased crime, and terrorist infiltration. But, as Emmanuel noted, it is too good a crisis too waste.

Those vast numbers of illegal immigrants will have needs for public assistance, and will eagerly vote for politicians who give that help to them. They will do this regardless of the fact that voting by noncitizens is an illegal act.  The same politicians willing to ignore illegal entry into the United States also oppose measures designed to prevent illegal voting. That is why they needlessly complicate this problem.

Americans continue to suffer from high unemployment and rampant underemployment.  Time and again, lowering taxes on individuals to provide them with more expendable income,  and lowering taxes and regulations on corporations to allow them to hire more people within the U.S. has worked well. Democrat and Republican presidents have successfully used this tactic.  But taxes remain high, and indeed, U.S. corporate taxes remain the highest in the world. The obvious solution pf lowering those rates and easing those regulations  is ignored because too many politicians, on both sides of the aisle, greedily prefer to retain the current, complicated tax code in order to gain from the support of special interests who receive particular benefits.

America faces complicated problems.  But the reason they remain unresolved is the gain those in power gain from over-complicating them for their own benefit.