- In the wake of President Bush's proposed "temporary"
amnesty for illegal immigrants, Border Patrol agents have already reported
a 15 percent increase in the use of fraudulent documents at the world's
busiest land border crossing point at San Ysidro, near San Diego.
- According to The San Diego Union-Tribune the bush administration
is ignoring lessons that it should have learned from 1986, when Congress
granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, hoping it would ease the
problem. Instead, it became worse, and the number if illegal aliens entering
the country grew significantly.
- An editorial in the paper read as follows:
- "It is disingenuous to think temporary' foreign
workers to Mexico or whatever country they are from after so many years
of work. There has never been a temporary worker program in the United
States, Europe or anywhere else under which all of the workers returned
to their native countries. Indeed, many illegals who have crossed this
nation's borders didn't do so to spend a mere matter of years in the United
States before returning home. They planned to be here permanently."
- The Los Angeles City Journal reports that in that city
"95 percent of all outstanding warrant for homicide, which total 1,200
to 1,500, target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony
warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens"
- As far back as 1995, a confidential California Department
of Justice report showed that 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th Street
Gang in Southern California consisted of illegals. According to police,
the proportion was actually much larger, and the situation has worsened.
- Some reports suggest that the gang now works with Mexican
organized crime on complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion and drive-by
killings. Over the past two decades, its membership, comprised mostly of
young illegals from Central America and Mexico, has increased enormously.
- Newspapers and other journals published in other states
along the Mexican vorder are also knocking the Bush immigration proposals.
- Newspapers in Arizona are reporting that thousands of
illegals from Central and South America are being released into U.S. towns
and cities almost immediately after being picked up by the Border Patrol
because it is incapable of dealing with them for extended periods.
- Border Patrol officers told AFP that they have been given
orders to release captured illegals from countries other than Mexico, because
most Central and South American countries have refused to take them back.
- Often, the border Patrol releases them after giving them
written instructions to appear at deportation hearing. Border Patrol officers
say that the effort is futile and about 86 percent of the illegals simply
never show up at hearings.
- According to Border Watch, the newsletter of the American
Immigration Control Foundation, 5 to 6 million illegal aliens in the United
States commit serious crimes, costing taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion
annually to keep them in local and federal prisons.
- In a 1994 report, Donald L. Huddle, professor emeritus
of economics at Rice University in Houston, said that immigration problems
were costing the U.S. taxpayer more than $45 billion. He predicted that
from 1993 to 2002 the "net cost to taxpayers of all immigrants will
total over $450 billion."
- According to Leon bouvier, a Talane University demographer,
Huddle's prediction was conservative. Bouvier had predicted a yearly influx
for the 1990s of 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants.