OUR TROUBLED COUNTRY: IMPORTING POVERTY
June 16, 2008
Brian Williams reported to the nation last month that Detroit, Michigan high schools suffer a 76 percent drop-out/flunk-out rate for high school seniors. All totaled, 1.2 million eighteen year olds hit the streets functionally illiterate annually. In Denver, Colorado, 73 percent of children live in poverty.
U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo said, “Immigration, both legal and illegal, is the cause of a significant part of Colorado's increase in child poverty.”
The number of children under the age of 18 living in poverty increased from 104,000 in 2000 to 180,000 in 2006, in Colorado. Colorado led the nation in child poverty, yet features only 4.6 million people—except---that state houses 500,000 and as high as 695,000 illegal alien migrants. Colorado schools suffer 43 different languages, which cause havoc in classrooms. One in five teachers quits or transfers out of Denver Public Schools every nine months. (Source: Rocky Mountain News)
"It is irresponsible for the media and the governor to not recognize the fact that immigration is largely to blame for this increase," Tancredo said. "If Colorado were actually enforcing its own laws, we would reduce the number of people in the poverty category."
However, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter (D) refuses to enforce H.B. 1023. The legislature passed that law in 2006 to fine and imprison employers of illegal aliens. Ritter won’t enforce it while Colorado taxpayers shell out $1.1 billion annually for all services for illegal aliens and their children.
The president of the Colorado Children's Campaign gave a lame excuse, “…changing demographics of the state.” As in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, political correctness disavows the reason for a total breakdown in U.S. schools and accelerating poverty.
"The research is clear," Tancredo said. "An increase in immigration leads to an increase in poverty. If we truly want to do something about poverty in Colorado and our nation, we must stop importing poverty. We must begin enforcing the laws, primarily against hiring illegal aliens, which will force self-deportation of others in that category."
How fast do immigrants and illegal migrants pour into the United States? For a stupefying understanding of the numbers, every 30 days, 182,000 to 200,000 legal immigrants and illegal aliens arrive in America. To give you an idea of how many people that represents: those immigrants fill two 100,000 seat Pasadena Rose Bowls. At the end of the month, they empty into the streets, communities and states of America at a cost of $346 billion annually to U.S. taxpayers. (Source: www.thesocialcontract.com) They overload schools, hospitals and prisons. Even the legal immigrants tap into billions of dollars for resettlement into this country.
During the next month, two more Rose Bowls fill up! Again, they empty out into America, month in and month out, year in and year out.
Across the nation, every aspect of immigration impedes America’s ability to solve poverty, create jobs, maintain living wages, sustain viable educational standards and keep pace with prison populations.
Both legal and illegal immigrants arrive from third world countries with cultures and educations that remain incompatible with America’s first world culture.
As those immigrants receive aid for their problems, The National Coalition for the Homeless, www.nationalhomeless.org reported 3.5 million homeless citizens struggled for survival in the streets of America in 2006. Of that number, 1.35 million consist of homeless children. Reports show 13 million American children suffer daily from malnutrition and hunger in America. A shocking 37 million Americans live below the poverty line, which is 12.7 percent of our population.
As reported by ABC’s Charles Gibson, an astounding 28 million Americans live on food stamps in 2008.
In my travels throughout Mexico, I witnessed our future. On the outskirts of Mexico City with 22 million people, in excess of two million people live in cardboard shacks. They squat for their morning constitutional with their chickens. They live in abject misery, filth, disease and hopelessness.
Guess what? They’re moving to America. Millions of them!
Third world slums began appearing along our borders (on our side) from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in the 80s. They’re called “Colonias,” which in Spanish means “new neighborhoods.” They feature shacks, no sewers, no streets, no running water, no electricity, toilet facilities or waste pickup.
The New York Times, March 3, 1988, “Along the US Border, a Third World is Reborn,” reported, “Colonias are rusted trailers and shacks nailed together from tar paper and packing pallets without indoor toilets…with mounds of uncollected trash that attract rats…the lack of sanitation has polluted the ground water to the point where many residents drink their own waste…the colonias feature Third World levels of hepatitis, dysentery, diarrhea, skin rashes, cholera and tuberculosis…they are contaminated, explosive, fecal, filthy, illegal, miserable, polluted, powder kegs, putrid, shocking, sick, stench filled, suffering and wrenching.”
Since their appearance in the early 80s, according to the Times, the 1988 population totaled 185,000; the 1995 population exceeded 500,000; the 2005 population exceeded 1.5 million. At the current rate of growth, these human misery settlements shall reach 20 million by 2021. Little known to most Americans, Mexico expects to triple their population from 100 million to 300 million in this century. Thus, no end of the line of migrants plodding north to America in search of a better life!
I spent two weeks filming colonias in Texas. I haven’t been as sickened to my stomach since my travels in Asia. It’s worse than any description the New York Times or I could give you. Colonias represent human misery at its disturbing worst levels.
These slums represent a health hazard of unprecedented dimensions. Given enough time, large areas of southern California, Arizona and Texas will resemble the outskirts of Mexico City. Two decades of denial continues the expansion of American “colonias.”
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Who becomes the final victim? America and her citizens plunge into poverty via the addition of two Rose Bowls loaded with immigrants every 30 days, month in and month out until our poor and middle class cannot find a job, a home or a place to run from this madness.
Can anyone name a single, solitary reason for continuing this kind of national suicide? Who brings it to you? Your U.S. States Senate and House of Representatives!
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