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By Lynn Stuter

April 15, 2008

BL: While Turnbull’s series is intended to play on emotions, tug at the heart strings, and evoke empathy (tears would be good!) for illegal aliens and their plight, let’s look at the realities of the illegal alien invasion of America.

April 14, 2008

The Seattle Times recently did a three-part series, by Lornet Turnbull, on illegal aliens:

1, An American teen in a foreign land (April 5th);
2, Across the border a “humanitarian crisis” is brewing (April 6th); and
3, Life after an illegal immigrant is sent home (April 7th).

To begin, Turnbull calls people in the United States in violation of U.S. law illegal immigrants. An immigrant is someone who leaves his/her country of birth or citizenship, and enters another country, having met all the requirements of legal entrance, with the intent of becoming a citizen. The term illegal immigrant is an oxymoron. You can’t be an illegal legal.

How does Turnbull explain her use of the oxymoron illegal immigrant? In an e-mail, Ms Turnbull states, “Alien is a U.S. immigration term for people who immigrate from foreign countries. The Department of Homeland Security refers to legal immigrants as legal aliens. We don't use legal aliens, the same way we don't use the term illegal aliens.” Dear Ms Turnbull: Your logic is flawed; would you care to try again? The truth is that those sympathetic to the cause of illegal aliens do not use the proper term because immigrant carries the connotation that the individual came here with the intent of becoming a citizen.

Someone who enters the United States in violation of U.S. laws on immigration, with the intent of living and working here, is an illegal alien: a foreigner (alien) living and working illegally on American soil.

The three part series by Turnbull outlines the “sad saga” of the Reyes/Quiroz/Hernandez family: Ana Reyes, the mother; her sons, Christian and Carlos Quiroz, illegal aliens; and her two daughters, Julie Quiroz and Sharise Hernandez, anchor babies—born in the United States of illegal aliens. Ana Reyes came to the United States 17 years ago. Quite obviously, she had not intention of becoming an American citizen. She was an illegal alien; a criminal the moment she set foot on American soil illegally. And she has been deported back to Mexico, along with her four children. The two daughters carry Mexican and American citizenship: American because they were born here; Mexican because their parents were Mexican. Where the fathers of these children are wasn’t made clear in the articles Turnbull wrote.

Turnbull has done several segments on illegal aliens, each one pointing up the sad saga of these poor, poor, poor, poor … people who “just come to the United States seeking a better life.” In the third article, Turnbull writes, “For all the attention illegal immigrants get in the U.S. — from those who believe they're a drain on social services to advocates who say they do the jobs Americans won't — little is known about what happens to them after they're ushered by U.S. immigration authorities through revolving doors into Mexico's border towns.”

Get out the oversized box of Kleenex folks—those poor, poor, poor, poor...people deported by those (sniffle) unfeeling, hard-hearted, selfish Americans (sniffle).

While Turnbull’s series is intended to play on emotions, tug at the heart strings, and evoke empathy (tears would be good!) for illegal aliens and their plight, let’s look at the realities of the illegal alien invasion of America.

Following are the implications and the costs, approximate, of the illegal alien invasion of the United States. These figures come from an variety of sources first brought together in an article written by Frosty Wooldridge and published on on January 21, 2007 entitled, How Much Further Into This Nightmare? Some source links have been updated; some corrections have been made.

1 - $11 billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. (Federation for American Immigration Reform; Immigration and Welfare)

2 - $2.2 billion a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. (Center for Immigration Studies; The High Cost of Cheap Labor)

3 - $2.5 billion a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. (Center for Immigration Studies; The High Cost of Cheap Labor)

4 - $12 billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; April 1, 2006)

5 - $17 billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; April 1, 2006)

6 - $3 million a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; April 1, 2006)

7 - $90 billion a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers. (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; October 29, 2006)


8 - $200 billion a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; April 1, 2006)

9 - The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US. (CNN; Lou Dobbs Tonight; June 12, 2006)

10 - During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 million illegal aliens that crossed our southern border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from terrorist countries. Millions of pounds of drugs—cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana—crossed into the U. S at the southern border. (House Committee on Homeland Security Report.)

11 - The National Policy Institute 'estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.' (The National Policy Institute; ‘The Costs and Benefits of Mass Deportation’)

12 - In 2006 illegal aliens sent $45 billion in remittances back to their countries of origin. (Inter American Development Bank; Migrant remittances from the United States to Latin America to reach $45 billion in 2006, says IDB)

13 -The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States' (Deborah Schuman-Kaufin, PhD; Violent Crimes Institute).

14 - Every day, an average of 12 Americans are murdered by an illegal alien; 13 Americans are killed by uninsured drunk illegal aliens; and 8 American children become victims of a sex crimes committed by an illegal alien! Local cops, acting in error, sometimes "forget" to annotate nationality on reports. The numbers may be worse. (Federation for American Immigration Reform; Criminal Aliens)

15 - Today, criminal aliens account for over 29% of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities and a higher share of all federal prison inmates. These prisoners represent the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population. Incarceration of criminal aliens cost an estimated $624 million to state prisons (1999) and $891 million to federal prisons (2002). (U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics)

16 - "Many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American Medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue and Chagas disease." (Madeleine Pelner Cosman, PhD, Esq; Illegal Aliens and American Medicine; The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

17 - In 2002, HIV/AIDS was the third leading cause of death among Hispanic men aged 35 to 44 and the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanic women in the same age group. Most Hispanic men were exposed to HIV through sexual contact with other men. (Centers for Disease Control; HIV/AIDS Among Hispanic Latinos.)

18 - If enacted, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S. 2611) would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, granting amnesty to 30 million illegal immigrants, and allowing an estimated 100-203 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20-40 years – a number equal to fully two-thirds of the current population of the United States. (Heritage Foundation; Senate Immigration Bill Would Allow 100 Million New Legal Immigrants over the Next Twenty Years)

19 - U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unveiled an impact analysis that shows the Senate immigration bill – should it become law – would permit up to 217.1 million new legal immigrants into the United States over the next 20 years, a number equal to more than 70% of the total current population. (U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions Unveils Massive Numerical Impact Of Senate Immigration Bill)

20 - The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is at least 20 million, and may be as many as 30 million people, more than triple the official nine million people estimated by the Census Bureau. 03 Jan 2005. (Bear Stearns; The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface) See below; this number has now been estimated at closer to 40,000,000.

21 - Cases of leprosy are on the rise in the United States. According to The New York Times, "While there were some 900 recorded cases in the United States 40 years ago, today more than 7,000 people have leprosy." Leprosy is an airborne virus; it can also be spread by touching and coughing. (Sharon Lerner, Leprosy, a Synonym for a Stigma, Returns; The New York Times; and Ben Whitford; Leprosy in America: new cause for concern; Columbia News Service)

Still feel sympathy for the plight of illegal alien Ana Keyes, her two illegal alien sons, and her two “anchor baby” daughters?

Beyond what is listed above, Americans are watching as American jobs are outsourced to foreign lands, including Mexico. The excuses most proffered are 1) the American labor pool doesn’t have the skills required to do the jobs being outsourced; and 2) foreigners are doing the jobs Americans won’t do. The reality is that big business destroyed the American education system with the help of our duly elected representatives who sought to appease big business—turning schools into workforce development centers heavy on attitudes, values and beliefs and light on reading, writing and arithmetic—and now that big business got what they wanted, they are looking outside the United States for laborers. There is no mystic in that. The American labor pool must be as poor as in third world countries. That’s what “raising the standards” has always been about.

The result is that the American economy is rapidly going down the drain while the President and Congress clap their hands with glee. They figure the resulting economic collapse won’t hurt them, just middle-class America which is rapidly disappearing as middle-class Americans lose their homes, jobs and economic standing and sink into the poverty that is the third world. The feudal system of centuries past in which there were only two classes of people: the rich elite and the desperately poor who existed at the pleasure of the rich elite.

There are those of us who predicted this eventual state of affairs in the mid-1990’s. We were labeled crazy, whacko, and out to lunch. Guess what? We weren’t. But the people were so willing to believe the government would never lie to them that they bought the lie to their own detriment. And they continue to believe the lie because to do otherwise means they have to admit they were and are wrong. Further, the situation would require they do something instead of nothing.

I challenged Ms Turnbull to a walk through reality—an unaccompanied walk through the barrios of Los Angeles where law enforcement will not even go. I assured her that were she to escape that experience with her life, she would come away with a whole new perspective on the illegal alien invasion. Interestingly, Ms Turnbull didn’t respond to my challenge.

Challenged on her obvious pandering to the illegal alien invasion of this country, currently estimated at 38,000,000, Ms Turnbull claimed, “I'm neither judging nor defending this woman. Her story is what it is.” To Ms Turnbull’s sorry attempt to justify her pandering, I say, “hogwash.”

An e-mail to the executive editor of the newsroom at the Seattle Times, David Boardman, in protest of Ms Turnbull’s being allowed to use the Seattle Times for her continued pandering to the criminal illegal alien population, brought no response. Not surprising.

One way for the financially strapped Seattle Times to make ends meet is to do what others businesses have done—outsource and hire cheaper foreign labor. When Boardman and Turnbull find themselves replaced by that new, cheaper foreign labor force, may they find it as hard as the other displaced legal U.S. citizens to meet the mortgage, car and utility payments, buy food, gas and pay unexpected medical bills that the government will not pay if you are a legal U.S. citizen.

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As for Ana Reyes and her brood, what has their situation, living in Mexico, got to do with the realities of their presence here in the United States? If they don’t like the way Mexico is run, they have a responsibility, as a citizen of that country, to do something about it, just as I, as an American citizen, have a responsibility to do something about it when my government leaves our southern border wide open for the likes of Reyes to cross at will.

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Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance, the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned with the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas.

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There are those of us who predicted this eventual state of affairs in the mid-1990’s. We were labeled crazy, whacko, and out to lunch. Guess what? We weren’t.