Ann Coulter sets the record straight on immigration.
In a column for The Hill, she exposes the high costs of mass migration.
Many advocates of open borders argue that cheap labor is necessary for an economy to function. However, that cheap labor comes at a steep cost.
Coulter cites a Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) study in 2017 revealing that illegal immigrants “cost the American taxpayer — on net — $116 billion a year.”
The conservative commentator points out that the number presented by FAIR may actually be a conservative estimate. She argues that “the actual number is more likely triple that.”
Coulter contends that the 12.5 million illegal immigrants that FAIR based its study is a gross underestimate. She says “The 12 million figure is based on the self-reports of illegal aliens to U.S. census questionnaires.”
That being said, more “serious studies” estimate that these numbers are much higher. At one end of the spectrum, “Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale study last year put the number of illegals at 22 million.” A Bear Stearns investment bank study placed it “at 20 million back in 2005.”
However, other studies show a much larger illegal immigrant figure. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele found that “3 million illegals were crossing each year — so simple math would put it at well over 60 million today.”
Based on these numbers, Coulter argues that the FAIR study underestimates the costs of illegal immigration “by at least a factor of three”, which puts the real cost to “about $350 billion a year.”
Coulter also alluded to other studies that demonstrate the steeps costs of mass migration. The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector found that under America’s government redistribution system, households led by illegal immigrants received $14,387 more in government services than they paid in taxes. Legal immigrants also received $4,344 more in government services than they paid in taxes. This study assumes that the number of illegal immigrants has stayed the same since the Bush era.
Coulter also points out other hidden costs such as increased crime rates and drug smuggling that has contributed to the opioid epidemic as some of the socially detrimental aspects of mass migration.
All in all, mass migration has steep costs that most in Washington D.C. refuse to acknowledge.
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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board
Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican
Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.
Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.
According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.
62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.
Several key findings stood out:
Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”
As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results
On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).
The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:
Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:
Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.
For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:
“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”
Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:
Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.
In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.
All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.
Graphics from the study can be referenced below:
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