The Public Policy Institute of California has unintentionally given the state’s residents a good laugh with its new report, "Unauthorized Immigrants in California: Estimates for Counties."
The Sacramento Bee has also written a story about the report with an interactive map. [See Which Areas Have the Most Unauthorized Immigrants, by Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee, July 21, 2011]
"Unauthorized"? Maybe that’s the new, more politically correct word open borders fanatics like the PPIC and the Sacramento Bee will use to replace the already lame "undocumented." The PPIC, it should be noted, is funded through an endowment from William R. Hewlett, co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, notoriously pro-immigration and an extensive user of H-1B visa employees
Here’s the PPIC’s report summary, repeatedly using "unauthorized," on its homepage.
Unauthorized immigrants make up 7 percent of California’s total population. But little is known about exactly where they live. This report presents the first authoritative estimates of this group within the state’s regions and counties. It shows the unauthorized living in all parts of California, with Shasta County housing the smallest share and the Monterey/San Benito County region the largest.
But I do know where they live—everywhere! On its face, the report is deceptive—intentionally so. It falls in line with a recent story in the New York Times about how illegal immigration from Mexico had "slowed to a trickle." [Illegal Immigration from Mexico Slows to a Trickle, by Danian Cave, New York Times, July 6, 2011]
For example, using the Interactive map, PPIC shows that my old San Joaquin Valley neighborhood has an 8 percent illegal alien population; Los Angeles County, a 9 percent.
While it’s true that not all of these residents are illegal immigrants, they include vast numbers of anchor baby citizens and aliens who may have become legalized through one form of amnesty or another during the last two decades.
Here are other statistics that belie the PPIC report and make it clear what’s really happened in California: 1.5 million non-English speakers are enrolled in K-12 schools at a cost of at least $7.5 billion; more than 40 percent of all households speak a language other than English; according to the California Hospital Association illegal aliens health care costs taxpayers $1.5 billion annually.
The pattern of illegal immigration draining more taxpayer dollars each year will continue until Congress passes strong legislation that includes mandatory E-Verify and an end to anchor baby citizenship.