Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Invasion of the Booty Snatchers
The nightmare at the border shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Thousands of illegal aliens, including a massive increase in unaccompanied children, have crossed the border this year. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of the illegal minors do not show up for their court hearings and prefer to escape onto the streets of this country, knowing there is very little chance they will ever be deported. In 2013, only 1,800 of the 38,759 unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally were deported.
The total number of undocumented aliens is unknown, for our border patrol only apprehends 25% of the people who illegally cross into this country. The scary aspect to this crisis is that our government has no idea the extent of the weapons, drugs and diseases that have been brought into the country.
Amazingly, Obama administration officials have allowed gang members to stay, even murderers. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security released over 36,000 miscreants who were convicted of crimes such as homicide, sexual assault and kidnapping. The flow of benefits is what is driving individuals from Mexico and the seven Central American countries to cross the border illegally. While some people are surely fleeing violence and the dangerous drug cartels, many more are attracted to the American welfare system. Almost everyone who makes the treacherous trek through Mexico toward our southern border knows there is a good chance they will be rewarded in America. They are well aware of the free healthcare, free tuition and cash assistance offered by federal and state governments. Since they are given de-facto amnesty and gifts as well, who would not want to escape crime and poverty to come to the land of riches?
The problem is that this booty system cannot continue indefinitely. We will not be able to afford the continuous stream of generous welfare payments.
The benefits include a free education. In Texas alone, 4,800 of the illegal minors who entered the country this year will be given access to public schools this fall. They will also receive free lunches and bilingual teaching, costing taxpayers about $9,500 per student or a total of $45.6 million.
In California, 1.5 million illegal aliens will receive free health insurance, while Arizona spends close to $1 billion providing free health care for the illegal population.
Colleges and universities in at least 20 states will provide financial aid, tuition subsidies, or free tuition for illegal aliens.
Amazingly, the IRS provides over $4 billion in child tax credits to illegal aliens who do not pay federal income tax. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been unsuccessful in eliminating this outrageous benefit...more