Too Tough on Illegal Immigration

Published on March 21st, 2008

Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Times
Re: "Too tough on illegal immigration" February 21, 2008

By Paul Nachman, Bozeman, MT
February 22, 2008

The Times thinks that illegal aliens "contribute to our economy and our society in myriad ways." Have you ever glanced at the numbers crunched by Robert Rector, formidable domestic policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation? He shows that the average household headed by a low-skilled (i.e., high-school dropout) immigrant costs the rest of us, each year, about $19,000 more in benefits than the household pays in taxes. Some "contribution"! Rector notes, wryly, that an upsurge in the high school dropout rate among our youth would be alarming, but the importation of millions of high-school dropouts from abroad is seen, somehow, as an economic boon.

That’s merely economics. More importantly, the country becomes ever more ungovernable as — driven by mass immigration — it Balkanizes along ethnic lines, just what Theodore Roosevelt warned us against.

Here’s what the Times needs to recall: American public policy, including immigration policy, has the sole purpose and justification of benefiting "ourselves and our posterity," as the Constitution says. Mass immigration benefits us not one whit. It must end. Enforcement of laws against illegal immigration is a baby step toward that goal.

Paul Nachman is a CAPS Member

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