Illegal Immigration Part 1: A Deluge of Illegal Facts

Who gets to be an American?It’s hard to discuss illegal immigration because, once the subject is mentioned, most people are overwhelmed with strong emotional reactions that send logical discussion packing.

Tired of relying on hearsay information when the subject came up, I went looking for facts.

The staggering numbers I found only reaffirmed why feelings are so strong on all sides. Heck, the number of sides itself is an obstacle to coherent discussion: there are those for and against amnesty, mass deportation, slave labor, free medical care and education, and then there’s the billion-dollar 700-mile-long fence.

There’s so many issues within the issue of illegal immigration that what started out as a single post has become a series of posts…posts that will follow this one over the next several weeks.

So where to start? How about some hard-boiled facts…

Illegal Immigration by the Numbers

In 1969, 540,000 of the 202 million people in the United States were illegal immigrants. Do the math — that’s one out of every 400 people.

Today, the U.S. is home to an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants. Given a total population of 304 million, that’s one out of every 17 people in the country. Here illegally, right now.

From Mexico to California

USA - Mexico BorderOver 80% of today’s illegal immigrants come from Mexico, Central America, and South America.

What about North of the border? Yes, there are also illegal immigrants from Canada: 70,000 of them. That means there’s a good chance that one in every 4,500 people you meet may be an illegal Canadian, especially if you’re in Portland.

Where have illegal immigrants settled? As of 2006, California contained 25% of the total illegal immigrant population. Texas had 14%, Florida 8%, New York 5%, and Illinois 5%. Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington rounded out the top ten states ranked by number of illegal immigrants.

Why Is Illegal Immigration Such a Big Deal?

One facet of illegal immigration that disturbs many Americans is the fact that laws are clearly not being enforced in a country whose government used to be adamant and proud about upholding its laws.

There’s also the realization that slave labor — cheap labor without normal benefits or working conditions — has returned to our country. It’s returned in numbers so large that the sudden removal of that labor could wipe out the U.S. economy, while letting it remain could deflate the living standard of an entire middle class.

And, there’s the additional stress on the already over-stressed infrastructure. Schools, hospitals, roads, the police force, judicial system, water and sanitation systems…these are already being overwhelmed, with or without the burden of supporting people who are in the country illegally.

Maybe most of all, there’s the real and irrational fear of change. And, when 4.7 million children — born-in-the-U.S.A. citizens — are being raised by a mom or a dad that is an illegal immigrant, the underlying culture (language, art, music, literature, lifestyle…even TV!) of the United States is sure to change.

Digging Deeper

ImmigrationAs mentioned at the outset, this topic tends to trigger emotions ahead of logic. It reminds me of airplanes and oxygen masks…

During a mid-air emergency, oxygen masks drop from overhead compartments, and parents are instructed to strap on their own masks before helping their children. On an immediate emotional level, that seems very wrong and uncaring. But, on a logical level airline personnel know that if parents don’t take care of themselves first, they won’t be able to help their children.

In a similar way, even Americans who genuinely want to help illegal immigrants have major disagreements: some want to offer amnesty, open the borders, and even form a North American Union. And others believe that in order to continue being the world’s biggest, if stingiest, giver, we must find a solution to the immigration problem. Otherwise, the U.S. may not be around much longer — as an aid donor or as a destination for immigrants chasing hope.

Coming soon: Illegal Immigration Part 2: Border Patrol.

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14 Responses to Illegal Immigration Part 1: A Deluge of Illegal Facts

  1. zeezil says:

    You should now be painfully aware that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. The most recent tragedy of four Cottonwood, MN children killed (and the many injured) by an illegal alien driver is a terrible reminder of the failure of our government to simply enforce existing immigration laws. At least on two occasions, local police encountered the perpetrator for infractions of the law, yet did nothing. Due to their ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach which is obviously supported by the police chiefs, city administrators and even the state legislature, four innocent American children are now dead. State legislators must take charge of their own constituent’s welfare and work to require ALL laws are followed and enforced. Obviously, American citizens cannot pick and choose which laws they will follow, but illegal aliens, with government and law enforcement complicity, can. Following the law, abiding by the law and supporting the law is “work” that illegal aliens just won’t do. Two different groups have emerged in America today due to the effect of illegal immigration, those who have to obey the law (citizens) and those who don’t (illegal aliens). How shameful that is.

    It is not racist, bigoted or xenophobic to demand that our country’s borders be secured and to support immigration law enforcement. It is racist, bigoted and xenophobic by illegal aliens, their facilitators and advocates to demand that we allow them free reign with impunity in our country, simply because of who they are. Don’t fall for their ploy, exhibit a staunch backbone and tell them we are the most diverse nation on the face of the earth and welcome more LEGAL immigrants that the rest of the entire world combined does every year. However, where we draw the line is with the “illegal” portion of the term illegal immigrant. Those who want to come to America legally, play by the rules, pay taxes and be a productive contributor to our economy and society, obey the law and assimilate into our culture will be welcomed by all citizens. Those that don’t not only will not be welcomed, they should be told to leave.

    Political power is the real reason immigration advocacy groups are opposed to immigration law enforcement and successful immigration enforcement programs. Any failure by legislators to act and take away the sanctuary status of cities will ultimately lead to a radical shift and upheaval in American demographics resulting in the disenfranchisement of many American citizens.

    Have you heard the saying, when California sneezes, the rest of the country catches the flu? Generally what starts in California eventually spreads to the rest of the country. That is, unless a state takes measures to resist it. Unless every state realistically tackles illegal immigration by instituting Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT, which California has refused to do, this is what you can expect:

    As of 2006, California contained greater than 25% of the total illegal alien population within the U.S. Many of these illegals concentrate in Los Angeles. New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in November 2007 – up $3 million dollars from September. Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits are going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $20 million in welfare assistance for November 2007 and over $16 million in monthly food stamp allocations for a projected annual cost of $444 million. “This new information shows an alarming increase in the devastating impact Illegal immigration continues to have on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich, LA County Supervisor. “With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $444 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”

    Just keep in mind that the $37 million a month is for only one county in one state and is only welfare and foodstamp benefits. It doesn’t include hospital care, education, fraud, wage depression, crime, depreciation of housing values, the portion of bad loans given to illegal aliens by banks, insurance costs and the myriad of other burdensome expenses that illegal aliens put on the backs of American citizens. There are 29 sanctuary cities in California and because of that there should be little wonder why so many illegal aliens stay in this state. They basically operate with impunity and even if they get arrested for a serious crime there is little chance of them being deported. They can sign up for welfare and food stamps with no questions asked and the hospitals provide them with free care as long as there are still emergency rooms that can’t turn them away for lack of funds. All things considered, California has rolled out the welcome mat for them.

    Is there any wonder that California is right now in a fiscal crisis emergency with a budget deficit greater than $14 billion and growing? Reliable estimates calculate illegal aliens cost the state $10.5 billion each year! So what’s Schwarzenegger’s solution? A 10 percent across-the-board reduction in state agency funding,, transferring $2 billion in spending to the next fiscal year and increasing taxes. Why not cut all public services to those not in the U.S. legally? Just a simple thought on my part that would go a long way to putting California back on its feet. A bell should be ringing in your head about right now that tells you this is what is coming throughout America if you refuse to demand that legislators stop illegal immigration, remove illegal aliens and enforce our laws.

    The Congressional Budget Office in December 2007 (CBO: The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments) stated the tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants. Illegal immigrants are a NET COST LOSS and a burden to the budgets of all states. This cost is largely borne by the states and citizen taxpayers. Federal payments allocated by Washington fall far short in reimbursing state and local government expenditures.

    The annual cost for uncompensated emergency care to Mexican Border States (California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas) is $200 million. California taxpayers paid $79 million for illegal alien health care. Texas paid $74 million. –Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center.

    The average annual cost per child for education is $7,161, totaling $109 billion to educate illegal aliens annually. The average cost of bilingual education is $1,200 per illegal student. U.S. schools annually educate 1.1 million illegal children. -Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center.

    A major cost factor in the conduct of school operations relates to the vast number of children of illegal immigrants in our classroom and the special-training dictates for many of those students being taught in their native language — some 82 languages in San Diego County, 112 languages in Los Angeles County. – North County Times, March 2008. In New York City alone, more than 200 languages are spoken in the public schools. –NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

    $108.2 million is spent each year by U.S. border counties in the four state region to pay for law enforcement, criminal justice and emergency healthcare services to illegal immigrants, states a February 2008 report from the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition (USMBCC). Current federal reimbursement returns only 11.5 cents on the dollar to counties for handling criminal illegal immigrant services.

    From 1999 through 2006, the 24 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border spent a cumulative $1.23 billion on services to process criminal undocumented immigrants through the law enforcement and criminal justice system. In fiscal year 2006 alone, the cost was $192 million. Yet, the federal government has only reimbursed these 24 counties $4.7 million for detaining criminal undocumented immigrants for fiscal year 2006 (and $54.8 million since 1999). These are staggering costs considering the rural nature and poverty level of most of these border counties. The costs to process undocumented immigrants come at the expense of basic, vital services to county residents. (Undocumented Immigrants in U.S. Border Counties: The Costs of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Services; U.S.-Mexico Border Counties Coalition February 2008)

    The average illegal immigrant family uses $2,700/year more in services than it pays in taxes. In 2002, this amounted to a $10.4 billion drain on the federal budget. Some of the greatest federal costs included: Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). According to the CIS report, since most of the illegal aliens currently in the workforce do not have a high school diploma, they only qualify for low paying jobs. That translates into low federal tax payments. Should illegal aliens ever receive an amnesty, it is estimated that net deficit costs would triple to $7,700 per household due to eligibility to all federal, state and local services.

    Furthermore; nationwide, 40% of households headed by an illegal alien receive welfare benefits and 56% have no health insurance. Standard & Poor’s reports that education of illegal alien children costs the states and federal government $11 billion dollars per year.

    Heritage Foundation research shows in FY 2004, at the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes (those that actually paid taxes). The average low skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year. That is approximately $9000 for EACH immigrant household of which at least 50% are illegal aliens.

    In California, each illegal immigrant will take $50,000 in services from the state beyond what he will contribute in taxes during his lifetime. -The Immigration Solution; Manhattan Institute, 2007

    Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation calculates that each immigrant who is a high school dropout, as most Mexican immigrants are, will end up costing taxpayers $85,000 over his lifetime.

    Taxpayers in our country pay more than $100 billion every year on health care and other services for illegal immigrants, including education, law enforcement costs, and housing. – Congressman Dean Heller-Jan. 2008

    A Harvard University study released in January 2008 found that illegal aliens depressed wages in Arizona by $1.4 billion dollars. Hardest hit were low skilled legal workers whose wages fell by 5%. Wage suppression of American workers is a consistent effect throughout the country due to the employment of illegal aliens.

    40% of the decline in employment of black men is due to immigration. Foreign workers are taking American’s jobs and depressing wages. And while Americans from all backgrounds are being harmed, lower to middle income African American workers are being disproportionately affected. –Dr. Frank Morris, former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; February 2008.

    The World Bank reports (Worldwide Remittance Flow to Developing Nations Report) for 2006, $68.1 billion dollars were sent by migrant workers (more than 50% illegal aliens) mostly from the U.S. to Latin America. Mexico received 24.4 billion, South America 24.4, Central America 11 billion and the Caribbean 8.4 billion. This is a direct transfer of a huge portion of our economy to the third world; largely by a group of people (illegal aliens) who are not even authorized to work in our country much less have an established presence here.

    The U.S. government estimates that since 2003, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have repatriated $22 billion to Mexico from the U.S., which is 20% of all money sent to Mexico from it’s citizens residing, legally and illegally here during this interval. Drug money remittances have accelerated since 2002 when the U.S. government allowed banks to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card. This has enabled these crime groups to engage in money laundering. (U.S. State Department report; March 2008)

    Questions you should be asking include “Why is even $1 of taxpayer money being consumed providing services and paying for the huge cost burden of illegal aliens in every state of America? Why are we allowing business and corporations to import cheap foreign labor (both legal and illegal) to drive down wages and put Americans out of work? Why are we importing a foreign workforce that transfers a significant amount of money from our economy to foreign nations?”

    If the illegality of illegal immigration and the tremendous cost burden to American taxpayers, our economy, our society and our culture doesn’t infuriate you, then look over just a few studies that put illegal alien crime in focus:

    (1) Violating the immigration law is a CRIME
    (2) Forging documents is a FELONY CRIME
    (3) Passing forged documents is a FELONY CRIME
    (4) Stealing ID is a FELONY CRIME
    (5) Using stolen ID is a FELONY CRIME

    A US GAO study found in a study population of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated, on average, each had been arrested 8 times for a total arrest figure of at least 459,614 times. If that isn’t astounding enough, these 55,322 illegals in the study population had been arrested for committing 700,000 criminal offenses, which averages 13 crimes per illegal alien. So, each illegal alien incarcerated had been arrested 8 times and had committed at least 13 crimes.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, in 2005, 25% of prisoners in federal prisons were illegal aliens, and 4% were legal aliens. This proportion has not gone down; if anything, it has gone up markedly. Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Institute states that today, illegal aliens make up twenty nine percent of the U.S. prison population. Bill O’Reilly is on record more recently stating that illegal aliens account for 32% of the federal and state prison population.

    The US Justice Department reported that in 2003, alone, 270,000 illegal immigrants had served prison time. The Federation for American Immigration Reform reports: “In March 2000, Congress made public Department of Justice statistics showing that, over the previous five years, the INS had released over 35,000 criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Over 11,000 of those released went on to commit serious crimes, over 1,800 of which were violent ones; including 98 homicides, 142 sexual assaults, and 44 kidnappings. In 2001, thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court, the INS was forced to release into our society over 3,000 criminal aliens who collectively had been convicted of 125 homicides, 387 sex offenses, and 772 assault charges.”

    According to the well-respected U.S. Center for Immigration Studies (, incarcerated convicted illegal aliens make up 29 percent of federal, state and local prisons at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. This number doubles when the costs for apprehension, the justice system, public defenders, interpreters, prosecutors and the courts add to the total.

    Illegals represent about 8 percent of Arizona’s population and the Arizona Department of Corrections reports that Mexican nationals make up 12 percent of the state’s 37,200-inmate prison population.

    Undocumented aliens, mostly from Mexico and Central America, now total 1953 inmates in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s jail system. That number represents 21 percent of the overall inmate population of men and women housed in the nation’s third largest jail system. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that is just small part of the story about those incarcerated in his jails. He says that recent figures show that serious crime (class four felonies and above) are committed substantially by illegal aliens. During two recent surveys, between 27 and 53 percent of all suspects booked into the jail on serious felonies had immigration holds placed on them. The vast majority of those with holds were in the United States illegally. According to the Sheriff’s figures, illegal alien inmate population numbers have grown steadily in Arizona and other border states over the last several years. In March 2005, the illegal alien population in Arpaio’s jails totaled approximately 700. (Borderfire Report 2/28/08 )

    A new study shows one in five inmates in North Carolina metropolitan jails were not born in this country. The Sheriff’s Association believes a large number of those inmates are here illegally as well. (News 14 Carolina 2/21/08 )

    Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation contacted DHS Secretary Chertoff requesting an additional 22 ICE agents for deportations and to investigate crimes perpetrated by undocumented immigrants. “Our jails are full. The crime rates continue to increase, and we can no longer let this problem escalate,” reads one of the letters, signed by Utah’s two senators and three representatives. Numerous illegal aliens are committing crimes in Utah communities with virtual impunity,” The state now has 25 such agents. (Salt Lake Tribune, 03/05/2008 )

    The conservative Federation for Immigration Reform contends that while illegal immigrants made up 3 percent of the total U.S. population in 2003 they made up 5 percent of the total prison population.

    The Violent Crimes Institute conducted a study in 2006 that determined there were more than 100 sex offenders crossing our southern border daily. Data indicates that there are approximately 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each, totaling over one million sex crimes.

    Illegal aliens are killing more Americans than the Iraq war, says a report from Family Security Matters that estimates some 2,158 murders are committed every year by illegal aliens in the U.S. The group says that number is more than 15 percent of all the murders reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. and about three times the representation of illegal aliens in the general population.

    The report from FSM estimates that the 267,000 illegal aliens currently incarcerated in the nation are responsible for nearly 1,300,000 crimes, ranging from drug arrests to rape and murder. Such statistics debunk the claim that illegal immigration is a victimless crime.

    Crimes committed by alien criminals costs U.S. taxpayers $1.6 billion in prison costs alone. The figure doesn’t include the cost of lost property, medical bills of the victims, lost work time for injury recovery, higher insurance costs, etc. –Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Institute.

    In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens. The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave: City Journal, winter 2004

    One thing that is never even mentioned by the champions of the illegal aliens nor is factored into any crime studies is the fact that ALL illegal aliens have a 3 – 5 crimes committed head start on American citizens (see the 5 point list above).

    Do you ever hear an acknowledgement from the illegal alien facilitators of the more than 50,000 Americans that have been killed by illegal aliens through murder, manslaughter and drunk driving just since 9/11/01? Of course not, that doesn’t fit within their pre-determined conclusion that illegals are only hard working economically displaced ‘migrants’ that regardless of the laws they break by entering, remaining and operating in America, are only here for a better life at the expense of no one. Excuse me for being cynical but I’ve seen the data, read the studies, considered the facts and seen the reality. If you haven’t done the same, I urge you to do so without delay.

    Furthermore, legalizing an illegal alien’s presence in America by rewarding their illegal behavior through amnesty is not the way to build a good system of law and order. It only invites more criminal activity and non-compliance with our laws.

    The central question for everyone, including the facilitators, illegal alien advocates, the ‘no human being is illegal’ compassion crowd, every legislator and RESPONSIBLE MEDIA REPORTERS is this…Why should even ONE American suffer a crime OF ANY SORT at the hands of an illegal alien? With border security and zero tolerance for illegal immigration, these crimes against our citizens are essentially 100% preventable.

    I urge you to view this video that puts the tragedy of illegal alien crime victims into perspective:

    Isn’t it about time that we engage in Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement rather than allow amnesty with Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

    Note from JoeC: Due to the number of links in this comment, it was withheld for approval by the spam filter; I apologize for taking so long to approve it.

  2. Thank you for the useful sources of info on immigration and I’m looking forward to the 2nd part…

  3. Xman says:

    Atta Boy, Joe!
    Facts don’t chose sides.
    Now if the “sides” just won’t chose only the facts that support their side……
    we might be able to turn this herd….I mean, “mob”.

    I have some racist or at least some pretty predjudiced relatives and friends. I think they might change their perspective if they took an ethnic DNA test and discovered they were black, red, yellow, green, etc. I think it gave me a bit more compassion, opened my eyes and ears when I learned I had a bit of American Indian in my make up.

    Perhaps at birth, along with the other tests an infant takes, we should all have a DNA test done. That way we know from birth, that we are all essentially the same.

  4. JoeC says:

    A wise person once said: there is no right and wrong…only what works best for all involved. There may not be a great solution to the problem, but there IS a solution out there that works best for all involved, and we should try to find it ;-)

  5. JoeC says:

    Zeezil, I appreciate the long comment (longest in this blog’s short history, and not likely to be broken…) and you’ve expressed the viewpoint of many people on illegal immigration, as well as some — not all, but some– of my opinions, too.

    The video about illegal alien crime victims certainly tugs at the emotions. But, and I don’t mean to be callous, I could put together a video focused on the innocent and unfortunate victims of rich black people, or poor white trash, or renegade marines, or psychopaths who prefer paisley ties and cornflakes. Fact is, a certain percentage of the human population does evil things, and if you take a large enough subset, it will have some evil doers in it. But, that doesn’t mean everybody in that subset is evil and should deserve a blanket punishment — for that begins to resemble genocide.

    There are plenty horror stories from both sides of the border from all colors of skin, rich and poor, legal and illegal. And to find a solution that is the best for all involved, we have to try to look at the viewpoint of all involved.

    That’s why I think we have to try and put emotion aside to find an answer to this problem, because emotion blinds logic. There is a solution that’s the best for all involved…and it’s my opinion, though admittedly difficult to do, that people on both sides of all the issues will have to put aside their hate and other strong emotions before the solution makes itself clear.

  6. jodi says:

    I have to say… Zeezil did have a lot to say. I read as much as I could during my short break at work. I felt compelled to extend my sympothies to the families of those children that were killed. It is very unfortunate that it was an “illegal” driver that killed those children. That being said, there are many people killed each day by wreckless drivers, not all of them being illegal. A coworker of mine was killed last week by a 35 year old citizen who was fleeing cops after a drug deal. Aliens are not the only ones breaking the law. Where is in our culture there are many degrees of “law breaking”, in the big picture all “sins” are equal. I am guilty of speeding, running stop lights, jay walking….. Just to name a few. Laws are broken by our leaders everyday, and everyone just turns a blind eye to it. I can’t say that If I were starving and needed to feed my family, that I would not cross over the border myself if the tables were turned. It is really hard to judge a person unless you have walked in their shoes.

    I agree with Joe when he says we have to put our emotion aside to find the answer to this “problem”.

    A peaceful mind brings change. An antaganistic mind only feeds the problem.

    Before everyone starts blaming “the mexicans” on everything, please take a good look at yourself. If you can prove that you are perfect and that you have never done anything wrong, please, by all means grab your stones and start throwing. Otherwise, keep your comments to yourself.

  7. jodi says:

    p.s. Sorry for the grammer and spelling. I was pressed for time.

  8. Xman says:

    Gotta love them facts!
    When something is illegal, a lot of facts are hidden in the dark.
    Before you can manage something, you have to get it under control.
    Before you can get it under control, you have to cut what is feeding it.
    I certainly think border control is needed.
    At the same time, if you have ever lived next door to a family of illegals…and their adorable little kids…and get invited for beers, tacos…or just have them passed over the fence to you, or find them ready to lend a hand getting your car out of the snowed in driveway, you find yourself forced into understanding the issue based on “emotional” facts, not just “number” facts.

    Fear and numbers just don’t seem to use much compassion in their calculations.

  9. Pete Murphy says:

    An excellent summary of the state of illegal immigration! If you think there are a lot of illegal immigrants in the U.S. (and there are), wait till you see when you begin researching the number of legal immigrants!

    Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth. I’m not talking just about the obvious problems that we see in the news – growing dependence on foreign oil, carbon emissions, soaring commodity prices, environmental degradation, etc. I’m talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

    I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled “Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America.” To make a long story short, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

    This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management, especially immigration policy. Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

    But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

    The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight other countries – India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China – as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. The U.S. is the only developed country still experiencing third world-like population growth, most of which is due to immigration. It’s absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that’s impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal.

    If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit my web site at where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It’s also available at

    Please forgive the somewhat “spammish” nature of the previous paragraph. I just don’t know how else to inject this new perspective into the immigration debate without drawing attention to the book that explains the theory.

    Pete Murphy
    Author, Five Short Blasts

  10. pelmo says:

    As I see it, it is not illegal immigration, but in fact an invasion by a foreign nation without the use of military power. And I can’t believe how easily we are giving in to all the demands made by these invaders.
    And the worst part is how the politicians are willing to give away the farm for a few votes.

  11. Delaware Bob says:

    I realize I’m posting here a little late, but I’m one American that is just fed up with this illegal immigration. There are more problems than anyone could have ever imagined with these ILLEGAL ALIENS!

    I can’t say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

    How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ANCHOR BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

    How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

    Then you have these so called activist groups that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, “NO”!

    If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY. I don’t wish to lose my privilege on this site, so I will refrain from using the words that fit here.

    An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The best tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used on ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed and deported!

    I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.


  12. Xman says:

    Whose country are we talking about?
    The one we stole from the Indians or the one we stole from the Spanish?
    Who exactly is illegal?

    Must be brown skinned people…since white skinned people are superior.

    • Jodi says:


      I LOVE the way you think! I wish I could respond with your wit!


      Sorry things are so sucky for you. I recommend that you watch “The Visitor.”

  13. Xman says:

    Thanks, Jody.
    I’m not sure my aggressive wit is especially constructive, but it makes me feel good for the moment.

    It amazes me that people desperate for a “solution” so often forget the human part of the equation…especially when we have such ready examples of collateral damage horrors or “final” solutions…all related to immigration, btw.

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