Myths about illegal immigration

04/07/2013 5:00 PM

04/05/2013 2:13 PM

The gang of eight claims they are close to reaching agreement on “comprehensive” immigration reform. The last time we had comprehensive immigration reform in this country, it was supposed to stop the flood of illegal immigrants for good. That was the promise. Some 11 million or more illegal aliens later, we find out that promise was a big lie.

Let’s explode some of the myths surrounding illegal immigration. Myth No. 1 is that they should be referred to as undocumented immigrants. This is nothing more than politically correct terminology to try to make them sound like individuals who inadvertently left their driver’s licenses at home. To the contrary, these people are here illegally and have knowingly violated the immigration laws of this country.

Myth No. 2 is that you are a racist if you oppose illegal immigration. Because you are the ones footing the bill for illegal aliens, you have an implicit right to object to people who are violating the laws of this country and running up costs on your tab. Charges of racism are nothing more than feeble attempts to try and silence the opposition.

Another myth is that we need a “pathway to citizenship” for the people who are here illegally. Actually, we have had a legal pathway to citizenship that has been in effect for decades. Millions of illegal immigrants have simply chosen to ignore availing themselves of that pathway.

There are a number of things that should be included in any comprehensive illegal immigration reform legislation to protect taxpayers.

First, all illegal aliens should be screened for communicable diseases. In 2005, Madeleine Pelner Cosman, in her article “Illegal Aliens and American Medicine” that appeared in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, wrote “By default, we grant health passes to illegal aliens. Yet many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease.” She further adds that, “Illegal aliens simply cross our borders medically unexamined, hiding in their bodies any number of communicable diseases. Many illegals who cross our borders have tuberculosis. That disease had largely disappeared from America, thanks to excellent hygiene and powerful modern drugs such as isoniazid and rifampin.”

Businesses that employ illegal or non-citizen legal immigrants should be required to pay for any health care, SNAP, welfare or other government subsidies they require. Why should taxpayers have to pick up the tab for these costs? One thing never discussed is the impact on your health care costs because of illegal aliens who flood our ER rooms to get “free” medical care. You pay for this care through increased hospital related charges and higher insurance premiums.

We have legions of unskilled and unemployed individuals in this country. In economics, whenever you have an infinite supply of unskilled labor, the law of supply and demand dictates that wages for those types of jobs will always hover around the minimum wage level. If we required employers to sponsor the public costs associated with illegal alien workers, it would automatically, in effect, reduce the supply of labor and allow American citizens back into the labor force at higher wages, as employers would have to compete for their services. Unskilled Americans will do almost any kind of work at a reasonable wage level.

While a border fence and border enforcement may somewhat stem the tide of illegal immigration, the best way to clamp down on illegal immigration is by instituting national employee ID cards for all workers. These cards would include photo, fingerprints and the latest technological security innovations. No card, no job, and if any employer is found to be circumventing this requirement, fines and and/or jail time would be in order.

Illegal aliens should not be allowed to avail themselves of SNAP, welfare, education or other government subsidies that are paid for by taxpayers.

Eight members of Congress have taken it upon themselves to try to fashion comprehensive immigration reform legislation of which you taxpayers will be the victim. Americans who don’t want to foot the bill for business, or pay for the votes the politicians so covet, should write to your congressmen and let your feelings be known on this critical issue.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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