All In All, These People Should Be Bricks In A Wall.

(image courtesy AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

In a way, we are tired of talking about the proposed wall / barrier along the US Southern Boarder.

Sadly, the proposed security wall has become more of a political football rather than an idea to be discussed. As we note the other day in a post, two commenters offered that a wall may or may not be necessary but would be less likely if we as a country stopped giving stuff away.

Which brings us to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who said on Tuesday:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced plans to launch “the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation” to guarantee health care coverage for all city residents, including those in the country illegally.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it,” de Blasio said in a statement. “While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay.”

The liberal mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers who don’t have insurance by strengthening NYC’s public health insurance option, MetroPlus.

It will also guarantee health care access to those ineligible for insurance, including illegal immigrants who live in New York. That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said. (emphasis ours)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits illegal immigrants from participating in the federal government health care program, but de Blasio doesn’t need the Feds to do this. He can pile the costs on the backs of legal citizens of New York by increasing their taxes, fees, etc.

Not to be outdone, the newly sworn in Governor of California has declared California to be a “sanctuary state.”

SACRAMENTO (CBSLA/AP) – California’s new governor is promising the most populous state will be a “sanctuary to all who seek it” in a direct affront to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom challenged the Trump administration repeatedly as he was sworn in to office Monday, particularly on immigration.

The former San Francisco mayor became the state’s 40th governor, succeeding the term-limited Jerry Brown.

“People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the balance,” Newsom, 51, told a crowd of hundreds packed into a tent outside the state Capitol.

He says children should not be “ripped away from their parents” at the border, and they also shouldn’t be left hungry while Trump pledges to spend billions of dollars on “a wall that should never be built.”

While he avoided referencing Trump by name, Newsom referred to the administration as corrupt and incompetent and promised California will “write America’s future.”

We aren’t sure how allowing illegal immigrants, drug smugglers, terrorists, etc., into the country makes us or anyone safer. We aren’t sure how we are safer by trusting people whose first act on US soil is to break the law is a good thing. We agree with Newsome that this is a security issue, but not the security he is thinking of.

The costs of these programs and handouts is not insignificant. In 2013, the County of Los Angeles projected to spend $650 million dollars in welfare benefits to illegal immigrants in the County, plus another $550 million for public safety and another $500 million for healthcare The county spent $1.6 billion dollars in one year.

And that is just one California county.

LOS ANGELES ( — A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced the latest figures from the Department of Public Social Services, which showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined have been distributed through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children.

Approximately $54 million in welfare payments are issued each month, consisting of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamp issuances, according to the data.

An estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid in Los Angeles County, according to Antonovich, who said this year’s projections — up about $1 million from the nearly $53 million in total benefits issued in July 2012 — underscore the economic impact of the nation’s immigration debate.

When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” Antonovich said in a statement. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”

As the article was old, we went looking for more current numbers. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that illegal immigration costs the United State about $134.9 billion.

At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels.

That is dollars expended and certainly illegal immigrants pay some taxes.

However, the paid taxes is not enough to offset the costs – not by a long shot.

Those are figures for spending at the Federal level and do not include state and local funding for illegal immigrants which is estimated at $18.5 billion dollars.

So while the balance sheet for illegal immigration reads $205 billion in the red, people are claiming that the proposed $5 billion security wall / fence is too expensive. One would think that the idea of spending 2.4% once of what we are spending every year to support illegal activities would at least be talked about in rational terms.

We just don’t think “rational” is what is going on with this. This is all political.

Howie Carr of the Boston Herald has another list of quotes from Democrats who were for the border security before they were against it:

Barack Obama, 2005: “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S. undocumented, undetected, unchecked, circumventing the people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

Hillary Clinton, 2014: “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in and I do think you have to control your borders.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, 2009: “People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally. The American people will never accept immigration reform unless they truly believe that their government is committed to ending future illegal immigration.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2008: “We do need to address the issue of immigration and the challenge we have of undocumented people in our country. We certainly do not want any more coming in.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, 2007: “I don’t know why we need millions of people to be coming into the country who will work for lower wages than American workers and drives wages down even lower than they are right now.”

Ex-Sen. Harry Reid, 1993: “If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal alien? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again … (If you’re an illegalimmigrant who gives birth in the U.S. you can go on welfare immediately.) Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense in the county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?”

Democratic Party platform 1996: “We cannot tolerate illegal immigration and we must stop it … (At the border before Bill Clinton) drugs flowed freely. Illegal immigration was rampant. Criminal immigrants, deported after committing crimes in America, returned the very next day to commit crimes again. … We continue to firmly oppose welfare benefits for illegal immigrants. We believe family members who sponsor immigrants into this country should take financial responsibility for them, and be held legally responsible for supporting them.”

Certainly we should not expect people to hold the same beliefs throughout their lives. People change, adapt and shift opinions as they get new information. We have no problem with people changing their minds. What we do believe is that after making grand pronouncements, if politicians change their mind, tell us why. Convince us of the correctness of your position now as opposed to in the past when you told us you were certain.

Otherwise, you are just jerking the people of the country around.

(image courtesy of AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

One Response to “All In All, These People Should Be Bricks In A Wall.”

  1. Hometown says:

    Did a search on AF Branco, that guy is just hilarious. His cartoons poke fun at the political hypocrisy taking place with our elected leaders. Hopefully, his political satire will wake up some of the sleeping voters and we will elect some folks who actual care about America and not just political posturing. It would be a nice change. I still wonder how today’s journalist’s continue to gloss over this stuff and claim they are providing a fair presentation of the facts.