Arizona Has It Right

Open borders advocates are

livid
that the State of Arizona has enacted a new
law authorizing State law enforcement personnel to
arrest illegal aliens. The Reverend

Al Sharpton
is

threatening
to march. The mayor of San Francisco has
declared Arizona off limits

as a travel destination.
The national government of
Mexico has issued

travel warnings.
President Barack Obama is
contemplating bringing a federal lawsuit against the
State. Some are calling for a boycott of the State.

So, why all the fuss?

The State of Arizona is rightly
sick and tired of the federal government`s refusal to
protect our nation (and the State of Arizona
specifically) from this

foreign invasion
that is commonly referred to as
"illegal
immigration."
In other words, the State of Arizona
has said, "If the
federal government won`t enforce the law, we will."

I say, good for them! Now, the other border states
(Texas, New Mexico, and California) should do the same
thing. Arizona has it right, and the vast majority of
the American people know it.

As an aside, if you are considering
a visit to the American Southwest this summer, why not
support the brave legislators and governor of Arizona,
and make a point to spend your leisure dollars in
Arizona? And when you do, write a letter to the State
capitol and tell them. Even more importantly, I suggest
that everyone contact their own State representatives,
senators, and governors, and urge them to enact a
similar law–to the one Arizona passed–in your State.

And since the national news media
refuses to set the record straight on the subject of
illegal immigration (one could even say that the
national news media is deliberately covering up the
record), let`s do that right here and now.

First, let`s talk about numbers.
Even though the Census Bureau (CB) estimates 11 million
illegal aliens live in America, the real numbers are
much higher. Even CB officials admit that many illegal
aliens purposely avoid the census count. A more reliable
count is provided by
Bear
Stearns.
It puts the number of illegal aliens at
around 20 million. Former US Congressman Tom Tancredo
(R-CO), who was Chairman of the Congressional
Immigration Reform Caucus, puts the number at over 18
million.

According to
Tennesseans for
Responsible Immigration Policies
(TNRIP), 6,000
immigrants arrive in America EVERY DAY. That equates to
more than 2 million EVERY YEAR. In many communities in
the Southwest, including Los Angeles, California, and
Houston, Texas, Hispanics now comprise a majority of the
population. But numbers of illegal aliens are quickly
beginning to mount in cities throughout the United
States.

For example, TNRIP documents the
fact that the Hispanic population grew in three
Tennessee counties by more than 70% between 2000 and
2004. In one of those counties (Robertson) it grew over
95% during that time. In seven Tennessee counties, the
Hispanic population grew by more than 40%. Now,
Tennessee can hardly be considered a
"border state."
The fact is, what is happening in Tennessee is happening
all over the United States. And lest you think this is
all harmless, think again.

According to TNRIP, the financial
cost of this foreign invasion to U.S. taxpayers is
staggering! Here is a breakdown of the annual costs:

  • Education: $22.5 billion

  • Bi-lingual Education:
    $3.3 billion

  • AFDC: $2.4 billion

  • SSI: $2.9 billion

  • Social Security: $24.8
    billion

  • Housing Assistance: $2.6
    billion

  • Criminal Justice: $2.6
    billion

  • Jobs Lost by Americans:
    $10.8 billion

  • Other Programs: $51.4
    billion

  • Food Stamps: $7 billion

  • Health Care: $1.4 billion

The first study of the net cost of
illegal immigration to American taxpayers was conducted
in 1997 by Dr. Donald Huddle, Professor Emeritus of
Economics at Rice University. This study concluded that
from 1970 to 1997, illegal immigration had cost
taxpayers over $69 billion. Obviously, the financial
numbers have exploded since then.

Furthermore, during 1996 alone,
more than 2.3 million American workers were displaced by
(mostly) illegal aliens. Harvard Professor George Borjas
estimates that today American workers lose $133 billion
per year in wage depression and job loss.

Back in 2007 it was

reported
, "LA
County Supervisor


Michael D.
Antonovich

announced that a new report shows


illegal aliens
and their families collected over $35 million in welfare and food stamp
allocations in July.

"In the report,
illegals are said to have collected nearly $20 million
in welfare assistance for July 2007 and an additional
$15 million in monthly food stamp allocations for an
estimated annual cost of $440 million.

"`Illegal
immigration continues to have a devastating impact on
Los Angeles County taxpayers,` said Antonovich. `In
addition to $220 million for public safety and $400
million for healthcare, the $440 million in welfare
allocations bring the total cost to County taxpayers
that exceeds $1 billion a year–this does not include
the skyrocketing cost of education.`"

Consider, too, this recent report
by Heritage Foundation`s Robert Rector. [The
Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Households to the U.S. Taxpayer
]

According to Byron York at
National Review,

"Rector found that in 2004, the most recent year for which figures are
available, low-skill households received an average of
$32,138 per household–the great majority in the form of
means-tested aid and direct benefits. (Rector excluded
from that figure the cost of public goods and interest;
with those included, he says, each low-skill household
receives an average of $43,084.) Against that, Rector
found that low-skill households paid an average of
$9,689 in taxes. (The biggest chunk of that was the
Social Security tax–$2,509–followed by state and local
taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, and federal
income taxes, but Rector counted everything, including
highway levies and lottery purchases.) In the final
calculation, he found, the average low-skill household
received $22,449 more in benefits than it paid in
taxes–the $32,138 in benefits, excluding public goods,
minus the $9,689 in taxes.

"Taking that $22,449, and multiplying it by the 17.7 million low-skill
households, Rector found that the total deficit for such
households was $397 billion in 2004. `Over the next ten
years the total cost of low-skill households to the
taxpayer (immediate benefits minus taxes paid) is likely
to be at least $3.9 trillion,` Rector writes. `This
number would go up significantly if changes in
immigration policy lead to substantial increases in the
number of low-skill immigrants entering the country and
receiving services.`"

See York`s column
here.

It has been noted that 75% of
people on LA`s most-wanted list are illegal aliens.
Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention
centers are here illegally, and roughly 30% of inmates
in the federal prisons are illegal aliens.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) reports half of all gang members in
Los Angeles are most likely illegals from south of the
border. According to Tancredo, gang membership by
illegal aliens in many states is 50%, and in Phoenix,
Arizona, illegal aliens constitute 34% of
child-molestation and 40% of auto theft cases.

Furthermore, illegal aliens murder
(on average) 12 Americans EVERY DAY, according to
Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa). Plus, illegals that
drive drunk kill another 13 Americans EVERY DAY. That
means illegal aliens kill more Americans EVERY YEAR than
have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in
total.

See the report

here
.

Of course, Arizonans are still
reeling from the recent high profile murder of a fellow
citizen on his own property by an illegal.

Law enforcement agencies are very
much cognizant of a surge in Latin American

"ultra-violent"

gangs that have sprung up in more than 40 US states.
According to the FBI, one gang called MS-13 has been
identified in 42 states. Another group called the 18th
Street Gang is in 37 states.

According
to FBI MS-13 National Gang Task Force
director Brian Truchon,
"When the gang migrates throughout the U.S., there is always a road back
to L.A. From L.A., there is always


a road back to Central America."

Retired lawman Jim Kouri

wrote
,
"According to


Lt. Steve Rogers,
a
decorated cop and award-winning writer, there are tens
of thousands of murderers, rapists, child predators,
robbers and drug dealers who are illegally in the United
States. One study shows over 200,000 criminal aliens are
preying on U.S. citizens."

What the Arizona law does is
authorize its law enforcement personnel to ENFORCE THE
LAW. No one in Arizona is talking about racial profiling
or violating citizens` constitutional rights. In fact,
the new Arizona law actually mirrors already established
federal law. But the federal government has hamstrung
State and local police agencies in their attempts to
arrest illegals for decades. Now, Arizona policemen can
arrest illegals for being in the State of Arizona
illegally, and have them deported: something they should
have been doing (and have every right to do) all along.
No wonder the vast majority of the American people (not
to mention the citizens of Arizona) supports the Arizona
law.

But there is a greater issue here:
the right of the State of Arizona to protect, defend,
and govern itself. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the State
sovereignty movement is growing like a wildfire. Whether
it is Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee,
Georgia, Texas, Florida, Alaska, or a couple dozen other
states, legislators are beginning to awaken to the
constitutional and moral responsibility of each State to
govern itself. And when the central government in
Washington, D.C., abridges or impedes that
responsibility, it is the right and duty of states to
resist.

This is why I tell people
everywhere I speak, What is going on in [Your State] is
infinitely more important than anything that goes on in
Washington, D.C. Without the approbation of the State,
DC`s actions and attitudes are irrelevant. This is why
we need county sheriffs, State legislators, State
judges, State attorneys general, and governors
who–along with their State`s citizenry–understand the
Constitution and are willing to courageously hold the
line for freedom and constitutional government in their
respective states. And by passing this anti-illegal
alien bill, the State of Arizona did just that–the
chagrin and consternation of open borders advocates
notwithstanding.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


weekly radio show
. His
website is


here
.