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In March of 2006 the Pew Hispanic Center estimated the undocumented population ranged from 11.5 to 12 million individuals, a number supported by the US Government Accountability Office
The United States Government Accountability Office estimates that “between 400,000 and 700,000 illegal immigrants have entered the United States each year since 1992
Senator Barbara Boxer succeeded in passing her proposal for
National Guard deployment along the U.S.-Mexican border. This
signals an increased militarization of our borders with Mexico Rico,
a precedent setting trend that brings important Constitutional &
human rights questions into light.
In border counties there is a significant positive correlation between illegal immigration and violent crime.
"A top al Qaeda lieutenant has met with leaders of a violent Salvadoran criminal gang with roots in Mexico and the United States — including a stronghold in the Washington area — in an effort by the terrorist network to seek help infiltrating the U.S.-Mexico border, law enforcement authorities said."
What does this mean, well the article i used as a source above goes on to say that the use of the military for civilian law enforcement is not only wrong but un-constitutional.
1) Enforcement is not as possible as we might like because of the lack of personnel due to the US’s involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other armed conflicts in other areas of the world.
Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State or Territory by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.
It stands as testament to this president that he has failed miserably to accomplish anything along the borders.
In a 2007 report, the White House Council of Economic Advisers concluded that, because immigrants increase the size of the total labor force, complement the native-born workforce, and stimulate capital investment by adding workers to the labor pool, immigration increases the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by roughly $37 billion each year.8
According to a 1997 study by the National Research Council, “the average fiscal impact of immigrants…is positive in part because they tend to arrive at young working ages, in part because their descendants are expected to have higher skills and incomes, in part because they pay taxes for some items, such as national defense and interest on the federal debt, for which they do not impose costs, and in part because they will help to pay the public costs of the aging baby-boom generations.” In addition, “the economic benefits of immigration that operate only through lower prices, without displacing or disadvantaging competitive domestic labor, add to the positive effects of immigration.”9
Immigrants pay more in taxes than they consume in public benefits. The National Research Council estimated in 1997 that “the average immigrant pays nearly $1,800 more in taxes than he or she costs in benefits.”10
Undocumented immigrants are taxpayers, too. Between one-half and three-quarters of undocumented immigrants pay federal and state income taxes, Social Security taxes, and Medicare taxes. Moreover, all immigrants (legal and undocumented) pay sales taxes (when they buy anything at a store, for instance) and property taxes (even if they rent housing).14 According to the 2005 Economic Report of the President, undocumented immigrants working “‘on the books’…contribute to the tax rolls but are ineligible for almost all Federal public assistance programs and most major Federal-state programs.” The report also notes that immigrants in general “contribute money to public coffers by paying sales and property taxes (the latter are implicit in apartment rents).”15
I don't know if you are all familiar with the story of the Racine, Wisconsin man who worked for a Miller Beer distributor but was fired after a local newspaper published a photograph of him drinking a Bud Light.
2) Local police are ill equipped to handle the onslaught of illegal immigrants entering our country, not because they are being forcefully prevented, per se, but because they are bound by ancient protocols that are outdated, and no longer serve their functions.
Subject to the provisions of state law, state and local police may constitutionally detain or arrest aliens for violating the criminal provisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
State and local police lack recognized legal authority to stop and detain an alien solely on suspicion of civil deportability, as opposed to a criminal violation of the immigration laws or other laws.
State and local police may detain aliens reasonably suspected of a criminal violation of the immigration laws for periods of as long as 45 to 60 minutes when detentions of that length are necessary to allow for the arrival of Border Patrol agents who are needed for the informed federal disposition of the suspected violations.
3) Congress can’t budget anymore money for border security, not because they don’t want to, but because they wouldn’t be able to effectively run a war on 3 fronts with the severely limited resources that we currently have.