Bay Buchanan: Taxpayers Pay Cost of Illegal Immigration
Posted on: 2008-03-14 17:27:58
Former U.S. treasurer Buchanan details arguments against illegal immigration
Bay Buchanan, a former U.S. treasurer under President Ronald Reagan, argued that the United States must secure its borders during a Barnum Hall lecture on Tuesday night.
The lecture, entitled "Stop the Bleeding: America's Immigration Crisis," was sponsored by the Tufts Republicans and Young America's Foundation, an organization that promotes conservative thinking in the nation's youth.
Buchanan, a noted Republican strategist and the sister of politician Pat Buchanan, was a presidential campaign advisor to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Buchanan first addressed the growing negative sentiment of the American problem towards the immigration issue, stressing that it was a problem that crossed party lines. "Never even in the time of Nixon have I seen a populace as angry as they are today," she said.
Buchanan directly linked this anger with America's unsecured borders. "Now it's a complete sieve again," she said.
Buchanan cited gang-controlled trafficking of drugs and humans across the Mexican border as a leading effect of unsecured borders. She went on to discuss the devastating economic consequences as well.
"They're taking all the jobs," Buchanan said of illegal immigrants. She referenced personal stories that she has come across, saying the high unemployment rate Americans have had to endure is a result of current immigration levels. She added that American small business owners cannot compete with businesses that hire Hispanic workers and pay them low wages.
Buchanan went on to highlight overcrowding in schools and hospitals as consequences of the immigration crisis. "It's cheap for corporations, but taxpayers are footing the bill," she said.
Buchanan placed the most blame on corporations, who hold the greatest clout in Washington. Because corporations provide the greatest financial support to politicians, she reasoned, lawmakers shy away from taking a forceful stance on the issue.