This week, April 22-26, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to count self-identified illegal aliens in the 2020 census. Democrats and liberals are worried that adding the “citizenship question” could result in an undercount and the loss of political power and billions of dollars in federal funds. However, American taxpayers deserve to know how many illegal aliens reside in their communities because of the public costs.
Many Americans have complained for years about the growing cost to taxpayers, especially regarding the impact of the current surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors. In 2017, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the pro-legal immigration think tank, found illegal aliens are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border.
Dan Stein, director of FAIR, said, "We're talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years. The payout for the taxpayer is enormous, and income to the Treasury is minuscule."
The Democrat governor of New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, demanded on Friday, April 19, that members of the United Constitutional Patriots, a “militia group” as described by the liberal Mainstream Media, stop detaining or arresting illegal aliens at the border. Gov. Grisham said the group members are "regular citizens who have no authority to arrest or detain anyone."
On the other hand, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico wants Gov. Grisham and the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate the group because they say some of the group's members are armed. It appears the NM ACLU is familiar with the Second Amendment.
Gov. Grisham reaction is not surprising. She has been a critic of Pres. Trump’s immigration and border security policies and refused to support the Border Patrol in her state.
While the ACLU is demanding an investigation of the United Constitutional Patriots, the ACLU itself should be investigated for defending illegal aliens, for un-American activities, and for undermining the Constitution of the United States.
We must stop illegal immigration by not excusing illegal aliens and rewarding them with legal aid.
In a clear example of inference in free markets, as well as another example of facilitating illegal immigration, the City of San Antonio has asked Aguila Express, a bus company based in Eagle Pass, to stop overcharging migrants for their tickets from the border town to San Antonio. This action by the City could also be interpreted as a violation of the state’s Anti-Sanctuary Cities law.
San Antonio City Attorney Andrew Segovia wrote a letter to the bus company saying, “The vulnerable nature of this population is no secret. They are already overwhelmed without having to deal with predatory or illegal business practices. The mistreatment of these individuals must cease immediately.”
How can, and why should San Antonio’s government tell a private business what to charge for a service? What’s next, Demanding that the price of hamburgers de reduced for specific groups and populations?
The Trump administration is proposing a new rule to try to block some 32,000 illegal alien-led families (families where the head-of-hold is an illegal alien) from receiving taxpayer-funded public housing assistance because it’s unfair to hundreds of thousands of Americans who are stuck on waiting lists.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified Congress Wednesday of the new rule, kicking off a schedule of publication and notice and comment that could have the plan finalized later this summer.
In 1993, when I was working as a special assistant to then-HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, then Republican California Senator Pete Wilson asked HUD to support rules and regulations that prohibited of illegal aliens renting taxpayer-funded public housing. Wilson said allowing illegal aliens to live in public-housing would help Republicans bring Hispanics into the Republican Party. That never happened in California.
No doubt, Democrats and the liberal media will call this policy change “inhumane” and “discriminatory.” However, what is the point of being a legal immigrant or a lawful citizen, if illegal aliens receive the same benefits, services, and rights?
Until America stops rewarding illegal aliens with public housing or any other type of taxpayer-funded benefits and services, illegal immigration will continue. This policy change is one of several steps that need to be taken to stop and discourage illegal immigration.
If people wonder why America has such an out-of-control immigration problem, here is another reason and example. On Monday, April 8, an Obama-appointed federal judge in California’s 9th Circuit issued an injunction halting the Trump administration's policy of sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait out their deportation cases in Mexico.
District Judge Richard Seeborg’s rule is slated to take effect the Friday, April 12, according to the order by the U.S., and the injunction will apply nationwide. The ruling removes at least temporarily a controversial Trump administration strategy aimed at slowing a flood of immigrants, many of them families from Central America, that swelled last month to the highest level in a decade.
The judge’s opinion will allow illegal aliens who claim asylum to be released almost immediately after they are apprehended. Those aliens, whose number has swollen into the thousands, are assigned a court date for a hearing and rarely report again.
Last November 2018, the Trump administration negotiated the support of Mexico's incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador's, and his government for a plan to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts. Judge Seeborg has now negated that policy.
All asylum seekers, particular the ones who enter illegally, should wait in a 3rd country like Mexico for an immigration court hearing. Liberal judges are making securing the border and controlling immigration very difficult.