superman-illegalEven though I’m loathe to vote for another Bush for office (there are many other fully qualified candidates out there with less statist tendencies, and no one is looking for Bush v. Clinton II: The Reckoning), this full on attack on the “acts of love” quote is un-American and borderline racist.

According to a 2007 CBO study, while illegal immigrants are a net deficit to the economy, legal citizens at the same income levels as the average illegal immigrant cost about $40,000 more per year per person.

How is this possible? Well, according to studies, most undocumented workers pay taxes (income and SS), but do not collect the benefits of their retirement programs and unemployment benefits.

“But,” you say… “But the jobs!!!11!one”

A 2006 study by the Texas State Comptroller estimated that the 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas alone added almost $18 billion to the state’s economic output, and more than paid for the $1.2 billion in state services they used by generating $1.6 billion in new state revenues.

Research by Harvard University’s George Borjas found that the influx of immigrants (both legal and illegal) from Mexico and Central America from 1980 to 2000 accounted for a 3.7% wage loss for American workers (4.5% for black Americans and 5% for Hispanic Americans).

Conversely, a study by Economist Giovanni Peri concluded that between 1990 and 2004, immigrant workers raised the wages of native born workers in general by 4%.

So can we please stop demonizing immigrants? I know that this appeals to the jingoistic, tribal tendencies that live in the deep dark recesses of all of us, but it’s not right. Welcoming everyone to our borders is what makes America great. The melting pot should be encouraged.

In America, the concensus opinion is that racism is bad, something to can be literally illegal, in some situations.  More fundamentally, the declaration of independence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Unalienable, not inalienable. That’s a key distinction most people miss. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, unalienable is defined as “incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred.”

A 1952 decision in Morrison v. State (Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101) defined inalienable rights, however, as rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights.

You spot the difference? There’s nothing you can do to lose an unalienable right, according to the American creed – not even if you want to. And “all men are endowed .. with certain unalienable Rights.”  Yet our immigration stance in this country sends the caveat that anyone born outside American borders is somehow not mankind, or those certain unalienable rights only apply if you were lucky enough to be born on this side of the American border.

More succinctly, the message is: “everyone non-American is worse than a second class citizen – you should not have a shot at citizenship at all.”

This is not a new topic for me. I’ve been writing about this for years. There isn’t some new information or some new argument you can come up with that I haven’t heard about illegal immigration. If you don’t agree that our policy is screwed in the US, you just haven’t researched it enough. We need to fix this. We’re only hurting ourselves until we come up with a comprehensive solution around letting more immigration occur. This isn’t an easy problem, but pretending all illegal immigrants are just narco-terrorists trying to kill you is not going to solve the problem.

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