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    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: FEDS PROFIT, STATES & CITIES LOSE http://www.newswithviews.com/Kouri/jim19.htm Jim Kouri, CPP October 10, 2005 NewsWithViews.com It s
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      Jim Kouri, CPP
      October 10, 2005

      It's widely been reported that illegal aliens comprise upwards of 27
      percent of the US prison and jail population. Immigration and Customs
      Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection -- two agencies within
      the Department of Homeland Security -- claim in several reports that
      they've apprehended over 100,000 criminal aliens whose offenses go
      far beyond violation of immigration laws and regulations.

      Sadly, only about 25 percent of expenses for imprisoning criminal
      aliens are reimbursed by the federal government to state and local
      governments. This creates a hardship for taxpayers in states with
      high incarceration rates for criminal aliens. The proponents of open
      borders or lax immigration enforcement always point to the benefits
      derived from illegal immigration such as the amount of taxes they pay
      into the government system. Evidence, however, exists that refutes
      those claims. For instance, there is an abundance of anecdotal
      evidence that suggests a large number of illegal aliens are paid
      "off-the-books" therefore those wages are not taxed.

      The National Research Council has estimated that the net fiscal cost
      of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with
      most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and
      local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants who actually do
      pay taxes go to the federal treasury.

      The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by
      immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus
      earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government
      services, both because of their relative poverty and their higher

      This is especially true of illegal immigration. Even though illegal
      aliens make little use of welfare, from which they are generally
      barred, the costs of illegal immigration in terms of government
      expenditures for education, criminal justice, and emergency medical
      care are significant.

      Californian officials have estimated that the net cost to taxpayers
      in order to provide government services to illegal immigrants
      approached $3 billion during a single fiscal year. The fact that
      states must bear the cost of federal failure turns illegal
      immigration, in effect, into one of the largest unfunded federal
      mandates existing today.

      In addition, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, even
      with free trade, the United States continues to enjoy a higher real
      wage than other nations, due to the superiority of US technology. If
      taken to an extreme and the US removed all barriers to migration,
      most foreign workers would move to the United States, lured by the
      higher wages available here; Foreign labor would essentially cease to

      However, with all labor now in the United States, the prices of goods
      would return to their level of self-sufficiency, prior to the opening
      of trade. That is, perfectly free migration entirely eliminates the
      gains from trade that US natives had enjoyed. World income rose with
      the migration, but the natives of foreign countries in this case
      received more than all of this rise, since the income of US natives
      declined. With the world's majority of low-wage workers in the US,
      there would be tremendous damage to free trade and its benefits, with
      US middle and upper-middle class workers suffering the brunt of
      declining wages.

      The urge for a utopian state of existence and a desire to make all
      things equal by the American Left has given way to a desire simply to
      make all things equal sans utopia. In their passion for a neo-Marxist
      level for the masses, they've decided consciously or subconsciously
      that if they could not bring the World's population up to the
      American level of prosperity and wealth, then they will bring US
      citizens down to the World's level of poverty and misery. For this is
      a result of seeing free trade as a zero-sum entity, and
      self-alienation of the American Left from their own country, the USA.


      National Criminal Justice Research Service,
      Department of Justice,
      The Center for Immigration Studies,
      National Institute of Justice

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      Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National
      Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City
      housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by
      reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He's also served on the
      National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers
      throughout the country.

      He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of
      Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement
      Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100
      TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report,
      CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position
      is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at
      local bookstores.

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