Pew Report: Illegal Immigrants Not Living in Shadows, Don’t Fear Deportation

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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September 19, 2014

According to the Pew Hispanic Trends Research Project, more than half of the nation’s 11 million aliens have lived in the United States for at least 13 years. I’ve translated this to mean that despite years of mainstream media tear-jerking hype about “living in the shadows” and “fearing deportation,” at least 6.5 million have settled very nicely, thank you, into everyday American life even though they entered unlawfully.

Not only are the aliens apparently well established, the women among them have given birth to about 4 million children, a setback for population stabilization and also for reducing government debt which is currently approaching $18 trillion. The children, who are often referred to as anchor babies, are American citizens and qualify for the entire cornucopia of federal benefits.

Here’s an example of how misplaced U.S. generosity toward illegal immigrants can result in shameless scamming. A retired assistant case food stamp supervisor in charge of vetting applications in north Florida and Indiana during the 1980s reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has worked closely with Mexico to encourage illegal participation in food stamp fraud. According to the whistleblower, “vanloads” of aliens took advantage.

Little has changed under President Obama. A 2012 Government Accountability Office audit revealed that many who don’t qualify for food stamps can still get them under a special, broad-based eligibility program. For a detailed analysis of the cost of legal and illegal immigration, read this Center for Immigration Studies backgrounder.

Perhaps the most frightening consequence of the Pew study might be that Obama will use its findings in his attempt to justify granting amnesty by executive order. Obama could simply say that the 6.5 million have long-standing roots in the U.S., including U.S. citizen children, and that therefore, removing them from deportation is, as the president loves to say, “The right thing to do.”

But there’s always the unaddressed question of what the “the right thing to do” is for native-born Americans. With nearly 6 million Americans missing from the labor force, and jobs harder to find by the day, immigrants have displaced U.S. workers at an alarming rate in the past 12 months. Immigrant employment is growing at three times the rate of American employment. The rate could increase if Obama proceeds with his long-promised executive amnesty for aliens which would give work permits to millions and allow them to compete with Americans for scarce jobs.

Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell Congress to block President Obama’s promised executive order that would grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.

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