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Illegal immigration costs us plenty

Marty Lich

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is introducing a guest worker-amnesty bill, legislation that President Bush may approve this month. This program demands public scrutiny, as it will give amnesty to the estimated 8 million-11 million illegal aliens here, along with providing them with Social Security and Medicare accounts. Americans need to voice their opinions on either securing our borders totally or opening them completely.

For the record, American citizens were promised a “one time only” amnesty given to illegals residing here in 1986. Since then, we have had six amnesties approved without public notification. Our United States is now home to 33 million legal immigrants and illegal aliens. That is larger than the current population of Canada. Current fiscal cost: 68 billion relocation-adaptation dollars paid by U.S. taxpayers.

While our Statue of Liberty has always been a symbol of freedom and liberty, welcoming immigrants to America, it has never meant that nationals from other countries have the unconditional right to violate America’s immigration laws.

It remains illegal to enter sans visa into our country. Yet 8 million to 11 million illegal aliens remain in violation of our immigration laws. For information’s sake, we do have a current agricultural guest-worker program, with NAWS (National Agricultural Worker Survey) reporting that wage and benefits continue to drop, while the illegal workers increase at 3-4 percent a year. NAWS has tracked the workers since the late 1980s. Experience promotes the thought that it will be no different with the new proposed federal guest-worker program.

Unfortunately, corporate Big Money talks in our country. FAIR stated it best: “Corporate interests reap the benefits of cheap labor.” U.S. companies often exploit these people. These corporations know they do not have to pay fair wage, workers compensation or provide health insurance when hiring illegal workers. Taxpayers currently fill in these costly gaps.

Are we to believe that these corporations will now pay workers compensation, health coverage and their share of taxes for their workers if this amnesty bill passes? What will cause them to change when 800,000 new potential employees pour across our borders yearly, as evidenced by the farm guest-worker program?

Colorado is also home to the largest increase (73.4 percent) of immigrants in the nation. Each U.S. born “anchor” baby is an American citizen, and under the 1965 immigration Act, facilitates citizenship for the immediate family and ultimately, the extended family. Tax-paid costs of educating illegal aliens’ children in Colorado came to $5 billion last year. Colorado’s emergency Medicaid costs were approximately $30 million for about 6,000 illegal immigrant mothers. These births represent 40 percent of the births paid for by Colorado taxpayers. Our federal Emergency Medical Act mandates that hospitals with emergency-room services must treat everyone. Uncompensated Colorado health care is jumping to $252 million this year. How are we going to financially support these new immigrants when we are cannot pay for Medicaid services, hospitals and teachers for our current Colorado residents now?

For information on immigration, see the following:, with access to your congressmen, and legislators, and (Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C.).

American citizens need to voice our opinions one way or the other. Support opening our borders completely or demand we secure them totally.

Whatever our actions are, there will be lifestyle consequences – one way or another.

Marty Lich is a resident of Gypsum.

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