Illegal immigrants are blamed for everything these days.Â They are the new "Republicans" it would seem.Â I find it distasteful that we are screaming silence in the face of our Mexican-like government - rarely associating the similarities between the two.
This is a multi-faceted issue.Â It is not only about race.Â It is not only about human rights.Â It is not only about economics.Â It is not only about law.Â It is about all of the above.Â It can be overwhelming to grasp all the ways illegal immigrants touch our lives - but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out...
They are important to the future of our nation.
No mattter what side of the fence you have thrown down on, for the welfare of our country, all facets of this situation MUST be addressed.Â
SporadicÂ legislation is an expensiveÂ public relations stunt from a party soon to lose control of our government.Â
Get the facts from something besides a news cast - DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!
U.S. Census Bureau Reports:
Â·Â Â Â Â Real median income rose by 3.3 percent to $42,040 in 2005 for foreign-born households and remained statistically unchanged for native households ($46,897). Among foreign-born households, naturalized citizen households experienced an increase in median income of 5 percent to $50,030. (The difference between the percentage increases for foreign-born households overall and naturalized citizen households was not statistically significant.)
Â·Â Â Â Â Among the native-born population, 12.1 percent, or 31.1 million, were in poverty in 2005. Both the rate and number were statistically unchanged from 2004.
Â·Â Â Â Â Among the foreign-born population, 16.5 percent, or 5.9 million, were in poverty. Both the rate and number were statistically unchanged from 2004.
Â·Â Â Â Â Among the foreign-born population, poverty rates in 2005 were 10.4 percent for foreign-born naturalized citizens and 20.4 percent for those who had not become citizens â€“ both statistically unchanged from 2004.
It is no coincidence that during the 1990s the U.S. experienced tremendous economic growth, extremely low unemployment, and the largest influx of new immigrants in nearly a century.
â€¢ Today fully 92 percent of the undocumented working-age male immigrants are actively participating in the U.S. workforce.
â€¢ Our country's job growth rate is increasing at the same time that our workforce is shrinking. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 18.9 million new jobs will be created by 2014, but the number of people in the workforce will increase by only 3 million during this same time period. By 2030, one out of every 5 Americans will be a senior citizen. Immigrant labor is needed to meet the demands of our growing economy and supplement the aging U.S. workforce.
â€¢ Undocumented immigrant labor currently accounts for an estimated 5-8 percent of the total U.S. workforce. One million of the 2.5 million new jobs created in the U.S. in 2004 went to immigrants. Over 56 percent of all immigrant workers in the U.S. are Hispanic (37 percent of these workers are Mexican).
â€¢ One in every 7 workers in the U.S. in 2004 was born elsewhere (40 percent from
Mexico). Less than 5 percent of immigrants from Mexico were unemployed in their home country.
â€¢ Immigrants act as a safety valve for the U.S. labor market, allowing the supply of workers to increase relatively quickly to meet rising demand. A study by the CATO institute showed that immigrant workers fill segments in the U.S. job market where Americans are either over- or under-qualified.