"There are eleven and a half milion to twelve million illegal immigrants living in this country." Pew Hispanic Center.
*Note: some conservative think tanks put the number as high as twenty two million.
Tonight I was flipping through channels on the satellite tv, and I came on a show about Americans who help illegal aliens get across the border and into American cities. There are several channels on Direct TV that show nothing but bizarre left wing documentaries, and this was one of them.
These people were largely comprised of ancient hippies who felt that borders were immoral, and that it was wrong to keep people who wanted to come here from doing so. There were also the obligatory middle aged people with no spouse or children, who were filling the time with this noble cause. And, of course, there were the members of fringe churches who feel they are helping with God's work by abetting the influx of illegals. They haven't kept up with the progress of the Great Somali Experience in Minnesota I guess.
As amazing as it is, these people run dispensaries on the border where they hand out food, water, and medicines to illegals. They watch the border patrol, and try to help coordinate illegal border crossings from Mexico. They didn't want to say how but it appears to me they were using VHF radios to send "coast is clear" messages to coyotes on the other side of the border.
I could write a book on why illegal immigration is a bad thing. If you have school aged children, your children are receiving a substandard education if they are in public schools. Much of this is because teachers and resources are diverted to deal with the non english speaking children of illegals. While the teacher is working with Miquel and Rosa, your kids are doing busy work. Money that could have been spent on teaching your children is spent on special programs and special teachers for non english speaking illegals. Ask me my source and I'll tell you I saw it, and did it, myself when I taught for 3 years in public schools. It's just the way it is.
If you pay taxes, a lot of your money goes to subsidize housing, food, and medical care for illegals. When Hispanics registered their kids at our school, it was forbidden to ask for proof of citizenship. If illegals go to a hospital emergency room, it is against the law to ask for proof of citizenship, or to turn them away if they have no insurance or ability to pay. So illegal immigrants never go to a doctor. They go to the ER. That means while the ER staff is looking at Jose's diaper rash, you can be sitting out in the waiting room in agony. I have seen this happen with my own eyes. Where I get a bill for medical services rendered, the Hispanics go to the business office and chirp "me medicaid" , "me medicaid" while their five or six or seven kids roll around the floor at their feet.
They get drivers licenses even though they are illegal. In many states, there is a "shall issue" policy on drivers licenses. Even though they have no right to be here, they get a state issued identity card and with it and $30.00 worth of fake papers that anyone can crank out now on a computer, a whole wonderful world of freebies is theirs for the asking. Except that they are not freebies, because you and I are paying for them.
One reason the Democrats insure that it's easy to get state id is because that makes it easy to vote. Got a drivers's license? Just take a copy of your power bill and your water bill and that drivers license down to the courthouse, and Hey Presto! You're a registered voter. Then you can vote for more Democrats, who will give you more largesse and make it easier to get id, so your buddies can come on over, who will vote for more Democrats......
I read an article a year or so ago concerning how diseases which were eradicated in the U.S. are back now, stronger and more virulent than ever. And where, pray tell, did these things come from? Why, they rode across the border with their hosts, the illegal immigrants. Some of the things, like TB, are bad enough. But read up on it and find out how your kids can get diseases at school now that we have never even heard of in the United States.
And then, there's the younger set of illegals who are too savvy and too clever to make a living working. Dad may have come to work in the chicken plant, or mow lawns, but Pedro makes ten times as much selling drugs and engaging in other fun activities under the auspices of gangs. Most Americans have no idea how rampant gang activity is, and the Hispanic gangs, like MS13 and The Latin Kings are in virtually every state and city in the U.S. People think it's largely a California problem, but far from it. There's a town 50 miles from my house that is infested with Hispanic gangs. You can go over there in broad daylight and see them driving around in flashy Hummers, bandanas and tattoos resplendent as they drive down the middle of the road, forcing all other traffic off to the shoulders.
You aren't safe from these people even if you live out in the sticks. Here in Georgia, the Hispanic gangs have exterminated the old Hill Billy meth distributors, and they control the illegal drug trade. That brings them out to the rural counties, where most of their meth labs are. The national forest can be a dangerous place to roam around in, because these guys cook out there, and they use the old abandoned roads to meet and transact business.
You can have some ugly run in's on the road with these gang types, or in the gas stations along the highway. If you do, don't bother to report it to the police. You'll just wind up getting a big lecture and being told that you precipitated the incident by being "aggressive." Then you'll get the long winded dissertation about how you are lucky you are not being charged for "brandishing a weapon on the public highway." The truth is, the police know they can't track these guys down, that they won't get a DA to take anything to a grand jury that involves illegals, and they just want you to shut up and not make waves. I think they are also afraid of the gang bangers. There have been some ugly incidents in Georgia where people who pressed charges against gang members came to grisly ends. In a county southwest of here, a contractor brought charges against some gang types who broke into his building and stole his tools. A few weeks later, the same guys went to his home while he was away, tied his wife and daughter up, and set fire to the house. The wife got free and they both made it out, but the man got the message. I heard later on that his charges had quietly been dropped, and no one was ever charged in the arson or attempted murder.
We have all this to cope with, and then you turn on the television and see a bunch of brain dead simpletons doing all they can to make it worse.
One of my brothers participated in the Minute Man movement on the Arizona border some years ago. I have a lot good pictures taken down there then, and it was a very interesting experience for him. I've been pondering doing a post on his trip.