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One of the more popular claims by illegal immigration proponents is that those who enter the U.S. by breaking the law are invariably "hard-working" and "law-abiding" once they get here.
That argument, however, has one major flaw. According to Justice Department statistics and the analysis of immigration experts, the "law-abiding" claim often isn't true.
As Investors Business Daily reported in March 2005:
"The U.S. Justice Department estimated that 270,000 illegal immigrants served jail time nationally in 2003. Of those, 108,000 were in California. Some estimates show illegals now make up half of California's prison population, creating a massive criminal subculture that strains state budgets and creates a nightmare for local police forces."
Citing an Urban Institute study, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies Steven Camorata noted in 2004: "Roughly 17 percent of the prison population at the federal level are illegal aliens. That's a huge number since illegal aliens only account for about 3 percent of the total population.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Not immigration ... but ILLEGAL immigration.
That's the problem. Not legals ... but ILLEGALS.
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Originally posted by Frosty
I can barely trace my ancetral roots back to the time of immigration in the late 19th Century on my father's side (German/Swedish) and chances are my mothers side just simply headed out of Canada without worrying about whether they were legal or not (Cajun). And then there is a whole group of people who were brought over as slaves! Not to mention what the Indigenous Americans must think. The pitiful banter on my radio station is disgusting.
I would love to hear the majority of the rest of American's ancestral migratorial roots to America and prove whether they are legal or illegal. Besides, it is a very thin line as to what is legal and what is illegal; the US still has one of these policies in effect known as the 'wet-foot/dry-foot policy' and 'natrualization by birth'.
[edit on 27-3-2006 by Frosty]
The Labor Department defines human trafficking as recruiting, transporting, providing or obtaining any person for forced labor, slavery or servitude in any industry.
Two years ago, a woman from India claimed she was held captive by a Brookline couple who brought her here as a nanny, held her passport and forced her to work for $3 per day. ...In January, a Connecticut businessman pleaded not guilty to charges of recruiting Portuguese immigrants to work long hours for low wages in his Dunkin' Donuts shops and home.
The average age of a girl entering prostitution is 13... Most have been sexually abused and are from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds. ...Most prostitution doesn't fit the Hollywood stereotype... "It's more hidden. It's something that's happening in hotel parties," he said. ..."They trade these girls like they're cards," he said.
Originally posted by DCFusion
Unfortunately, it appears to me that what is currently ongoing is essentially the US Governments attempt to mop up a mess that resulted from poor enforcement of policies already in place.
Originally posted by DCFusion
I wonder what all the legal immigrants are thinking about this issue? In some respects, it seems unfair to now allow all these illegal immigrants to remain in the country when the legal immigrants went through the proper procedure and followed the law.