If We Subsidize Them...
For decades we have welcomed new immigrants to our American "melting pot". We respect those who come here peacefully to pursue their American Dream. But Americans have noticed lately that modern problems associated with illegal immigration are at a crisis point. Taxpayers are now suffering the consequences.
of social services for the estimated 21 million illegal immigrants in this
country are approaching $400 billion. We educate 4.2 million children of
illegals at a cost of $13.8 billion. There have been almost 2 million
anchor babies born in this country since 2002, with labor and delivery costs of
between $3 and 6 billion. There are
currently 360,000 illegals in our prisons and we have spent $1.4 billion to
incarcerate them since 2001. In
One thing is certain: If we subsidize them, they will come. We have rolled out the social services red carpet, so it is no surprise that many from other countries are eager to come take advantage of our very generous system.
must return to the American principle of personal responsibility. We must
expect those who come here to take care of themselves and respect our laws.
Not only is this the right thing to do for our overtaxed citizens, but we simply
have no choice. We can't afford these policies anymore. Since we are
$60 trillion in debt, there should be no taxpayer-paid benefits for
non-citizens. My bill, the Social Security for American Citizens Only
Act, stops non-citizens from collecting Social Security Benefits. This
bill, by the way, picked up three new cosponsors this week and is gaining
momentum. Also, we should not be awarding automatic citizenship to
children born here minutes after their mothers illegally cross the border.
It just doesn't make sense. The practice of birthright citizenship is an
aberration of the original intent of the 14th amendment, the purpose
of which was never to allow lawbreakers to bleed taxpayers of welfare benefits.
I have introduced HJ Res 46 to address this loophole. Other Western
countries such as
Illegal immigration is draining and frustrating the American taxpayer. I will continue to work for a solution that does not reward those who break our laws.