Friday, June 17, 2005


Illegals provide cheap labor, which saves customers a lot of money & improves living standards, therefore, economically speaking, they are good, so goes the argument. However, what the proponents of this position neglect to take into account is the burden they place on our health care & education systems. Many public schools have eliminated art & music programs due to the high expenditure of having ESL classes for the children of illegals. Some community hospitals have been forced to shut down due to the unreimbersable burden of treating illegals, while many others are struggling to make ends meet.

A recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) article reports on a new threat. " A multidrug-resistant tuberculosis known as MDR-TB is persistent in California, primarily among its "foreign-born" population, and has serious financial implications for the state's public-health system, federal and state health officials said yesterday. " TB is an airborne disease.

"Treatment for MDR-TB is very expensive -- ranging from $200,000 to $1.2 million per person, over an 18- to 24-month time period," said Dr. Reuben Granich, a lead investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a press conference in the District yesterday. Not saving a lot of money are we? Also, the virulency of this strain makes it a dangerous public health threat. I wish that there was a real cost-benefit analysis done on the economics of illegals.

But, until that day comes, this issue will not be dealt with. In Catoosa, OK, eighteen illegal aliens were apprehended, but local authorities were forced to allow them to go as the INS does not have an office in Oklahoma & thus where unable to have agents investigate the case.

As the Bush administration does not seem to be doing anything about this issue, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo says he is considering running for the presidency himself to highlight the issue. I personally don't know a lot about Mr. Tancredo other than the fact that he is a Republican Congressman from Colorado. If he is an serious about immigration reform as he says he is, I would support him even if he were a Democrat.

HAT TIP: Frontpage Mag, Is It Just Me, Michelle Malkin

Please check out my blog archives on immigration

Also, lots of good links in the "Legalize this..." sidebar on the left-hand side.

Lest this sound like a selfish plug, I did want to email you, but couldn't find your address anywhere. Plus, it's not so shameless since it's not myself I'm promoting, but good resources on illegal immigration.

Let go because the INS didn't have a local office...


Then have the local cops or the FBI or the state police or some guys from the local VFW hold the suspects until an INS agent can get there. THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE, PEOPLE!!!

It's political correctness run amock. If the cops arrest an illegal alien (ooops, sorry: undocumented immigrant, grrrrr!), the ACLU, Mexican consulate, and a host of other lib organizations will be breathing down their necks with charges of 'racism'. Never mind that these people are breaking the law. Never mind that the porous borders are a major national security risk. Gotta handle illegals with kid gloves.


Tallglass, I'll have to check out your site tomorrow. For now, it's beddy-bye time.
Americans do not benefit from illegal aliens. The indirect costs are paid for by every taxpayer, the jobs they have prevent Americans from having them.

It is nonsense to import an underclass of unskilled, uneducated people into this country. Poverty is not eliminated by importing more of it. We have no obligation to take the third world masses.

Immigration should be based on what the would be immigrant can offer America. Perhaps all immigration should be based on English proficiency, e.g. the green card is not renewed if the immigrant hasn't learned English.
Hi there tallglassofmilk & a warm welcome to my humble abode. Thanks for your resources on illegal immigration. You've been doing a great job in your blog on this issue & others.

Never let it be said that I stood in the way of (good) self promotion.

Jim, Shipwrecked, I feel you're pain, just kidding, but I do share your outrage. How are we STILL letting these kinds of things happen. We are a nation at war.

"Poverty is not eliminated by importing more of it", well said.
I also believe that there should be a language requierment. Perhaps, give people a temorary two year green card, & have it made permanent, only if they learn English.
Correction: your, not you're. I need more coffee.
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