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Oppenheimer: Pro-Arizona immigration law rhetoric will hurt Republicans

"The Republican Party has done serious damage to itself, and it will have a hard time undoing it, even if it tries to shift to the center between now and November," the Herald columnist writes, citing Rick Scott's championing of the Arizona immigration law among other factors.

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Almir Philip 14

REPUBLICAN PARTY O NOT! now is time 4 a new imigration law.

harry houdini

ILLEGAL, ILLEGAL,ILLEGAL! POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE WILD! VOTES,VOTES,VOTES! SAD, VERY SAD. LETS JUST ADOPT MEXICO'S IMMIGRATION POLICY...I WOULD DO THAT IN A HEARTBEAT. BUT THEN WE WOULD BE CRITICIZED FOR BEING UN-DEMOCRATIC!

Very sad state of affairs.....


Give me a f-in break, PLEASE!

harry houdini

OK, do we just roll-over and play stupid! No way. If Scott changes his stance on ILLEGAL immigration I will do the unthinkable and vote for SINK.

True Blue

Hispanics will turn out to vote for Marco but will not vote for Scott.

Randy

The people of Arizona voted their reps to speak for them. They did and passed 1071 into law. It was the right thing to do and their business. Deal with it America or get D.C. off their duffs to deal with it and see if We The People agree with their resolution, which up to now has been sit on their hands. I admire AZ. It's time to do something about the illegals as was promised in 1985 when blanket amnesty was given that the problem which avails us now would never happen again. Well, guess what....it did. Houdini is right, give us a break. Congress and the Obama admin is do nothing and our children's children's chilren will pay for it.

Randy

I meant 1070....fat fingers..lol

Brittanicus

TO IGNORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, WILL BE THEIR DOWNFALL.

Not just Arizona, Colorado--but every state on the border or the length and breathe of American is paying for the illegal immigration occupation of our nation.

At the Heritage Foundation Robert Rector is a, leading national authority on poverty, welfare and immigration. In May of 2007 Rector stipulated in a report, that the actual costs that illegal immigrants place, as a huge burden on taxpaying Americans. There were estimated to be 11 million illegal migrants (NOT IMMIGRANTS) in the U.S. in 2004, so the lie is extended to 2010 with the same figure in the Liberal press. In 2004 about 9.3 million of these individuals were adults, roughly half of whom lacked a high school degree. About 90 percent of illegal aliens are reported in the CPS. This report covers only those illegal nationals who are reported in the CPS and does not address the remaining 10 percent not counted by the U.S.Census.

Much of this information is buried or not even available--in most cases it is an intentional by government or special interests? With most websites, you cannot even supply an address in the comments section. But for the interests of taxpayers, type into GOOGLE--Heritage Foundation--Immigration--Costs. This report illustrates what you pay out, to furnish cheap labor to criminal employers. The Heritage Foundation, however, has revealed that illegal immigrants take in $32,138 in immediate benefits and services for every $9,686 in taxes they pay out. FAIR research specifies that "between 40 and 50 percent of wage-loss among low-skilled Americans is due to the legal migration of low-skilled workers. Some native workers lose not just wages but their jobs through illegal alien competition. An estimated 1,880,000 American workers are displaced from their employment every year by immigration; the expenditure for providing welfare and assistance to these Americans is over $15 billion a year."

The National Research Council, part of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered in 1997 that the average illegal without a high school education imposes a net fiscal liability on public coffers of $89,000 during the course of his or her lifetime. The average immigrant with only a high school education creates a lifetime fiscal burden of $31,000. In addition, the National Academy of Sciences found that the net fiscal drain on American taxpayers is between $166 and $226 a year per native household. Currently, Illegal Immigration expenditures have reached $113 Billion annually, a forced Drain on Taxpayers by each government. It is also estimated that illegal workers send outside of America $60 billion through foreign banks. Learn more by GOOGLING--(CAIR) Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform.

Another massive problem that these studies often leave out is that history demonstrates that another amnesty will encourage more desperate people to come here illegally. It happened after the 1986 amnesty? In that instance, 3 million people were legalized on the premise that there would be robust immigration enforcement to stop more people from coming, according to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. The U.S. administration failed to provide this promised enforcement and millions more came here illegally; and still coming.

Rector stated" Current immigration practices, both legal and illegal, operate like a system of trans-national welfare outreach bringing millions of fiscally dependent individuals into the U.S. This policy needs to be changed. U.S. immigration policy should encourage high-skill immigration and strictly limit low-skill immigration. In general, government policy should limit immigration to those who will be net fiscal contributors, avoiding those who will increase poverty and impose new costs on overburdened U.S. taxpayers."

Means-tested programs are typically termed welfare programs. Unlike direct benefits, means-tested programs are available only to households below specific income thresholds. Means-tested welfare programs provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income persons. For example, children in illegal immigrant households are eligible for and do receive public education. We all know by now nobody asks for immigration status at the emergency room, whereas Americans must supply a driver’s license and SS #. So then debt collection companies can hunt YOU unmercifully for payment, while illegal aliens walk out never to be seen again.


The Us Border Patrol estimates that an average of 10,000 illegal aliens cross the border every day - over 3 million per year. A third will be caught and many of them immediately will turn around and try again. About half of those remaining will become permanent (ILLEGAL) U.S. residents.

Illegal aliens have cost billions of taxpayer-funded dollars for medical services. Dozens of hospitals in Texas, New Mexico Arizona, and California, have been forced to close or face insolvency since federally-mandated programs requiring free emergency room services to illegal aliens. Taxpayers pay half-a-billion dollars per year incarcerating illegal alien criminals.

In just the state of California in relating to birthright citizenship FAIR estimates "there are currently between 287,000 and 363,000 children born to illegal aliens each year. This figure is based on the crude birth rate of the total foreign-born population (33 births per 1000) and the size of the illegal alien population (between 8.7 and 11 million). In 1994, California paid for 74,987 deliveries to illegal alien mothers, at a total cost of $215.2 million (an average of $2,842 per delivery). Illegal alien mothers accounted for 36 percent of all Medi-Cal funded births in California that year."

EVERY INCUMBENT, CAREER POLITICIAN WHO HAS A BAD IMMIGRATION RECORD, BEGINNING WITH SEN. HARRY REID AND HIS CZARS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THEIR SEAT IN WASHINGTON. THE ASYLUM IN WASHINGTON NEEDS A CHANGE OF GUARDS? JOIN NUMBERSUSA AND AID IN FIGHTING AGAINST AMNESTY OR BENEFITS FROM THIS INVASION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Tell your Representative in Washington at 202-224-3121 and State level officials. Remember illegal aliens could have voted in the midterm elections? The Obama administration has shown its true colors, that illegal immigration is a great way to collect votes in the future by pacifying large minority groups.

Tom

Dear Brittanicus,
There are hundreds of thousands of "criminals" working 10 to 14 hour days as farmers getting paid 10,000 dollars or less a year. I would be glad to hear of any American that would do this without complaining or suing for one thing or another.

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