Friday, November 30, 2007

#2 issue just behind National Security

Most immigrants in Georgia illegally, study finds

Washington — Most of the 953,000 immigrants living in Georgia are in the country illegally, according to an analysis for the Center for Immigration Studies released Thursday.

Basing its findings on U.S. Census Bureau data, the analysis said Georgia has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any state. It calculated that 53 percent of the state's foreign-born population — 504,000 people — are illegal immigrants. Only the estimates for Arizona, at 65 percent, and North Carolina, at 58 percent, were higher.

And here are the findings of the study.

The Center for Immigration Studies' analysis found that in Georgia:
• 7 percent of the state's total school-age population — were illegal immigrants or the offspring of illegal immigrants.
• 32.9 percent of immigrant households use at least one welfare program compared to 19.1 percent of native-born households.
• Immigrants and their U.S.-born children under the age of 18 make up 13.3 percent of the state's total population.
• The number of immigrants in the state has more than tripled in a little more than a decade — growing from 268,000 in 1995 to 378,000 in 2000 to 953,000 in 2007. Since 2000, the state's immigration population has increased 58.2 percent.
• 39.7 percent of the state's immigrants and their kids lived in or near poverty, compared to 28.9 percent of the native population and its children.

Behind national security this is the most pressing problem facing America. Not abortion, not flags, not even the economy. If our federal elected officials would address this issue by shutting the border, cutting the flow, and fer goodness sakes cutting off the funding for all these social programs that have become a de facto 21st century plantation, keeping people enslaved to big government there is shortly going to be a need for more and more local and state governments to quit being scared of the ACLU and it's battalions of lawyers and do what has been done like they did in Oklahoma. The first sentence in their new law says
"The State of Oklahoma finds that illegal immigration is causing economic hardship and lawlessness in this state and that illegal immigration is encouraged by public agencies within this state that provide public benefits without verifying immigration status."

It isn't about these folks doing jobs other native born Americans won't do, it's about them doing it at a wage native born Americans won't settle for. Americans have gotten so spoiled to the idea of buying goods at the lowest prices that we have thrown all other concerns off the bus. The results are not only tainted items from China but drains on our treasury to provide services. Send them home.
You do have to wonder where all those illegal immigrants from Oklahoma went to don't you? I wonder how long before the adjoining states start feeling the strain.
Are you starting to see where the illegal immigration issue is impacting most of the major issues facing America? From national security, to health insurance, to strain on social services and decreasing scores on academic achievement.

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