Has the US Government, as the representative of the people, decided to review the applications of these illegal aliens and admit them into the body politic or has that admissions decision been turned over to anyone who wants to cross the border and await an amnesty?
As to finance, the National Research Council has calculated the net present value cost of each illegal alien without a high school level of education actually makes the US $122,000 poorer over the lifetime of that illegal alien, which is a net calculation, meaning that all of the value that they create for themselves and their employers is overshadowed by the costs that they impose on the rest of us, netting out to $122,000 of costs. We're actually better off without them here. The costs directed at subsidizing them could be allocated to other social transfers that citizens find desirable. This is the very reason that we put so much effort into insuring that American citizens increase their human capital levels and not stop their education at mid-high school. High school drop-outs require heavy levels of subsidy from the rest of society, greater in fact than the cost of illegal aliens, for illegal aliens don't qualify for a host of social welfare transfer schemes that citizens qualify for. If these illegal aliens ever qualify for amnesty, then that $122,000 lifetime cost to society will sky-rocket upwards as these new permanent residents and citizens qualify for a whole host of programs that are reserved for permanent residents and citizens.
$122,000 per illegal * 20,000,000 illegals= $2,440,000,000,000
Two and a half trillion dollars of money that could be spent on the needs of American citizens is being spent on the needs of illegal aliens.
In one table, the NRC report computes the net present value of immigrants is computed according to their years of education. According to the table, the NPV of immigrants with less than a high school education is -$13,000, which means that, over their lifetimes, they will impose a net cost of $13,000 on the US in today's dollars. The NPV of an immigrant with more than a high school education is $198,000--this large positive sum explains why immigration overall is considered a net economic plus for the US despite the arrival of so many immigrants with less than a high school education.
NRC on Immigration - Migration News | Migration Dialogue
Most of the negative aspects noted by the NRC could be resolved by passing immigration reform which would greatly reduce the shadow economy.
Operation Wetback was a 1954 operation by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to remove illegal immigrants, mostly Mexican nationals from the southwestern United States.
Some 750 agents targeted agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions per day. By the end of July, over 50,000 illegal aliens were caught in the two states. An estimated 488,000 illegal aliens are believed to have left voluntarily, for fear of being apprehended. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and the INS estimated that 500,000 to 700,000 had left Texas of their own accord. To discourage illicit re-entry, buses and trains took many deportees deep within Mexican territory before releasing them.
If they could achieve that level of success in 1954 with their crude technology, then we should have no problem in rounding up 20,000,000 foreign invaders and deporting them out of the country.
You're going to base your refutation on the assessment offered by a pro-illegal alien advocacy group? Why not go right to the source instead of a biased organization?False. Here is what the National Research Council actually found:
Here is the National Research Council report, published in 1997. Here, I'll even save you the trouble and extract the table which provides the conclusion:
Here is an inflation calculator. The $89,000 cost to society was calculated in 1996 dollars. The corresponding value in 2010 is $122,391.64
What number did I use in my post? I recall that I wrote the following: "netting out to $122,000 of costs."
Well, would you look at that, what I wrote is exactly what the NRC calculated costs amount to in 2010.
Also, there are only just over 10 million undocumented immigrants and a good portion of them have high school degrees, which is why the exact report you are citing to says they are a net positive.
Total fail on so many levels...
nearly a third of illegal-immigrant adults have less than a ninth-grade education, and only slightly more than half graduated from high school. In fact, more than one of every five adult high-school dropouts in the U.S. is an illegal immigrant.
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That is somewhat lower than some sources estimate. I've seen estimates of the economic benefit as high as $1.7 trillion. But either way, we're all in the same ballpark: massive economic benefit.
Last edited by teamosil; 08-20-11 at 12:12 AM.