"We call things racism just to get attention. We reduce complicated
problems to racism, not because it is racism, but because it works."
--- Alfredo Gutierrez, political consultant, as quoted by
Richard de Uriarte, The Phoenix Gazette, March 14, 1992 (quoted in The
ProEnglish Advocate, 1st quarter, 2002).
Lie #1: Illegal aliens take jobs Americans won't do.
Truth: Americans are willing to do most jobs at a fair wage, but they
won't do those jobs at "slave wages" or minimum wage. Thus, American
workers are constantly replaced by illegal aliens willing to work for
half or a third of what American workers once received. These jobs that
once afforded a middle class life style now only offer illegal alien
workers poverty level wages, resulting in the shrinkage of the
"American Middle Class" and the enormous growth of an ever-increasing
"underclass" dependent on government entitlements.
Lie #2: Illegal aliens contribute more to the economy and tax base than they take.
Truth: A large portion of illegal aliens work for cash "under the
table" paying no taxes. The great majority of illegals make $6-$8 per
hour, ($12,480 - $16,640 per year). At such income levels, not only is
there no tax due, but they also qualify for the "earned income tax
credit". In California, public education alone costs over $7,500 per
pupil. Multiply that times 2-4 children, add the costs of free school
breakfast and lunch, free medical care, food stamps, housing subsidies,
and other entitlement "give-aways". Harvard Professor George Borjas
estimates illegal immigration costs the U.S. 70 billion dollars per
year and Californians $1,300 per household annually in additional
taxes. The Center for Immigration Studies estimate that the average
Mexican illegal alien will use $55,200 more in public services during
his lifetime than he pays in taxes.
Lie #3: Without illegal alien farm labor, a head of lettuce would cost $3.00.
Truth: It already costs $3.00. You just make a $1.00 down payment at
the grocery store. The government finances the other two dollars until
tax time, when the additional $2.00 balance is extracted from your
wallet in the form of higher taxes. The Agriculture industry gets cheap
labor and higher profits, while shifting all the social costs of
illegal immigrant labor to the American tax payer.
Lie #4: Most illegal aliens come here only to seek work and are law-abiding "citizens".
Truth: In Los Angeles, as of January, 2004, 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; police officers say
the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates
with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in California prisons, on
complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion, and drive-by
assassinations, and commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A.
County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by
recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from
Central America and Mexico. (Source: The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave, by Heather MacDonald, City Journal, Winter 2004)
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