A "Whiny American" Speaks Out Against Illegal Aliens
(Editor’s Note: The below Counterpoint was submitted in response to HispanicVista columnist Raoul Lowery Contreras’ article “Whiny Americans demean us all” appearing on the January 24, 2005 issue (http://www.hispanicvista.com/HVC/Columnist/rcontreras/012405contreras.htm). It must be pointed out that Dr. Petersen went through great pains in researching all the facts used in the Counterpoint. However, note must also be made that the references used are for the most part from sources known to be anti-immigrant individuals or groups. Some other sources such as the Time Magazine article (September 2004) claiming that 3,000,000 illegal immigrants enter the US through the Southern border have been discredited by leading experts in the field. Other sources come from anti-immigration organizations founded and either wholly or in part funded by John Tanton dubbed the Puppeteer as he has established numerous similar organizations in an effort to show a larger grass roots movement. Nonetheless, Dr. Peterson’s thoughts are shared by a significant percentage of the US population including many in the Hispanic community.)
A "Whiny American" Speaks Out Against Illegal Aliens
By Daneen G. Peterson, Ph.D.
Just imagine if millions of Americans were to enter Mexico illegally, demand that the local government provide free medical care, demand bilingual doctors and nurses, demand bilingual government forms, fly the US flag from their homes and cars, demand courses on American culture in their schools, demand local driver's licenses, and insist that local law enforcement officers speak only English.
America is the greatest and most successful experiment regarding the integration and assimilation of people of differing cultures, languages, and religions.(1) --- Alan Caruba ---
The above quotes dramatize why most Americans object the massive illegal immigration that is taking place in our country today. They have begun to realize that, contrary to those founding principles, the 18-20 million illegal aliens here today are not integrating and assimilating.(2)(3)(4) Americans are noticing, more and more every day, and everywhere, the balkanization of their neighborhoods, communities, and nation. Many Americans believe their country is under assault by a 'human tsunami' of illegal aliens!(5) They believe that the "melting pot" is about to boil over!
Each year a million people enter our country legally.(6) Millions more are permitted to enter with legal visas, then stay on after they expire.(7) The cohort under discussion includes those 'visa overstays' as part of the18-20 million illegal aliens.
Senator John McCain claims "[a]ccording to the U.S. Border Patrol apprehension statistics, it is estimated that almost four million people crossed our borders illegally in 2002."(8) Time magazine has estimated similar figures.(9) These estimates equate to nearly 10,000 illegal aliens entering our country every day!(10) Frustrated Americans want to know why law enforcement is not apprehending and deporting those invading millions! Many Americans ask why our government officials, including the president, are violating their oath of office "to protect and defend" our laws and constitution.
Americans also know that there are resulting consequences for such massive uncontrolled illegal immigration. One result will be a population explosion! Do the math-- it's breathtaking! If all 18 to 20 million illegal aliens here today are given guest worker amnesty along with "family reunification," it will add roughly 60 million people to the current legal population of 293 million.(11) In 2050, just forty-five years from now, demographers say there will be half a billion people residing in America!(12) Just imagine what kind of impact that will have on our natural resources and quality of life!
Thinking Americans believe that the exploitation of illegal aliens is driven by a lust for cheap labor. However, they may not know who is lobbying so diligently for that cheap labor. They include the following protagonists: U.S. Chamber of Commerce; high-tech companies like Microsoft; giant labor unions; the construction industry; clothing manufacturers; the meat packing industry; the hotel and restaurant industry; the gaming industry; and of course the Agri-business and farmers.(13) The massive inflow of illegal aliens is also promoted and desired by many Hispanic groups both inside and outside of America.(14) Until our government enforces our current immigration laws, businesses will continue to defy them by hiring illegal aliens.(15) Therefore, they will continue to come! Americans know that our immigration system is not 'broken' but simply lacking any semblance of enforcement!
President Bush has proclaimed he wants to "match any willing [foreign] worker with any willing [American] employer." Just how would that program work when you consider that there are at least a billion 'willing workers' world-wide who would immediately apply! It is a pronouncement that infuriates Americans because we are smart enough to know it is a policy with such terrible consequences for America and its workers that it boggles the mind!
The American public constantly hears the mantra that they're here to do the jobs Americans won't do.(16) That is a bald-faced lie! It is a myth! The true fact is that Americans can't afford to take those jobs at the low wages being offered!(17) Many Americans have been forced into the ranks of the under-employed because overwhelming cheap labor has driven down their wages or are unable to economize by living twenty to a rented house.(18) Others are forced to close their businesses when they can no longer competitively bid in an arena filled with employers who hire illegal aliens.(19) These 'goodhearted people' can no longer 'put food on their tables!'(20)(21)(22)
Insidiously, the America economy suffers when cheap illegal alien labor is paid "under the table" or claim nine dependants to avoid paying any income taxes.(23) If the IRS could collect all the taxes it says that it is owed from the underground economy in a given year, then the current budget deficit would disappear overnight. And if the IRS could collect these taxes every year, then the nation would have surpluses as far as the eye can see.(3) According to experts, we are in fact adding millions of jobs, they're just not 'on the books' which may explain why there is a 'jobless recovery.'(24)(25)
Illegal aliens, financially and physically overburden our hospitals, jails and schools.(26)(27)(28)(29) They bring in diseases which we are required by law to treat and pay for with taxpayer dollars.(9) Then, they compound the felony, by sending billions of dollars back to their home countries, removing money from America that could help sustain and improve its economy! Mexico alone received $16.6 billion in 2004 and according to Mexico's President Fox, those remittances "are our biggest source of foreign income, bigger than oil, tourism or foreign investment."(30)(31) Too bad there isn't the same concern for American citizens' and legal immigrants' wages and benefits which are declining each and every year!(32)
Many Americans find it insulting to be asked to "press '1' for English" when calling a bank or business. They ask why, here in America, do we need to "press one" to speak in our own native language?(33) Most Americans believe that our country will be destroyed if we turn America into a bilingual, multi-lingual, and bi-cultural country.
History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.(34) [When] Societies are bilingual [they become] two competing and nation-dividing languages. A nation is much more than a place on a map. It is a state of mind, a shared vision, and a recognition that we are all is this together . . . [and] one indispensable element must be that we all speak one common language.(35) -- Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm --
Unfortunately it is an open secret, revealed by Caruba when he says "Hispanics in America have been lobbying, often with success, to make Spanish the second official language of the nation. There is even a movement to "reconquer" those formerly Mexican areas of the nation and the official policy of the Mexican government is to create a southern border which Mexicans could cross at will, electing to live here if the wish, enjoy all the benefits of American citizenship, but retaining their own citizenship at the same time."(1)(36)(37) This attitude is a serious impediment to achieving the assimilation and integration, so necessary and vital, for a thriving American culture and society.
Can the proposed guest worker amnesty fix all the problems?(38) Previous high-level scholarly commissions have concluded with agreement "that guest worker programs are not in the [American] national interest and [the commission] unanimously and strongly agreed that such programs would be a grievous mistake."(39) Eighty-five percent of Americans believe that illegal immigration is a serious problem and sixty-five percent oppose the guest worker amnesty!(40) They want President Bush to enforce our immigration laws by closing our borders, punishing the businesses that hired them and deporting all of those who are here illegally.(41)
If we decided to deport all the illegal aliens, we could avoid the "cruel and inhumane" hue and cry of their supporters by instituting an inexpensive, effective, humane alternative that would force illegal aliens to 'self-deport.' We could generate laws that would deny 'any and all' taxpayer financed social services and benefits to illegal aliens such as: Free health care (including the much abused 'emergency care'); free American education for their children; free use of Head Start programs; automatic citizenship for their babies; driver's licenses; in-state college tuition rates; motor-voter registration; bi-lingual 'everything;' subsidized housing; food stamps; worker's compensation; free lunches and breakfasts; rent assistance; immunizations; and more, much, much more!(42)(43)(44)(45)
Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together. [If the aim is to destroy America] I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor . . . reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.(34) --Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm --
The assault on our sovereignty, language, and culture, has occurred because our immigration laws are not being enforced! This egregious act has allowed an overwhelming mass of humanity to flood into our country without the time and effort necessary to integrate and assimilate resulting in the balkanization of America!46)(47)(48) We are fast becoming a third world, multi-cultural, multi-lingual "tower of babble" heading toward a racially divisive and linguistically divided society.(49)(50) For these reasons, intelligent Americans overwhelmingly oppose a guest worker amnesty! We believe it is time to end to this 'open borders' insanity and slam closed the door!(51)
In conclusion, since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has abandoned enforcement of our immigration laws and condoned the "open borders" policy of this administration, there is serious doubt that the invasion will ever end.(52) The only glimmer of hope, is the proliferation of proposals similar to Arizona's Proposition 200 which are now being considered by many other states.(53)(54) Laws that many, angry but hopeful, Americans want enacted, so that their children and grandchildren can grow up in an America that is fully assimilated, where our laws and sovereignty are enforced, and the American culture is honored and held inviolate!
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Note: All bracketed [ ] notations, within the quotes, are added for emphasis or clarification.
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Copyright Febreary 17, 2005 Daneen G. Peterson, Ph.D.