A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that 57.5 million working-age Americans are either unemployed or out of the labor market. This figure is almost identical (57 million) to the number of people the Senate's "Gang of Eight" amnesty legislation would bring in. Steve Camarota, the author of the study, said:
When Gov. Mitt Romney suggested that illegal aliens would "sell-deport," many in the media and in pro-illegal alien and amnesty groups laughed and dismissed the idea. However, the government of Finland has moved swiftly to introduce legislation that allows Helsinki to assist immigrants -- illegal aliens, failed asylum seekers, et al. -- who wish to voluntarily return to their home nations.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll has found that only 30% of American voters believe the federal government will actually secure the border if Congress passes an immigration reform bill. This shows an ever-increasing pessimism from Americans that the government is serious about securing our nation's borders: in March, 38% said the federal government would secure the borders if legislation passes and in January, the figure was 45%. In the same poll, only 7% of voters consider it "very likely" that the border will be secured, while 24% consider it "not at all likely."
The Gang of Eight has promoted results from flawed polling showing strong support for its amnesty bill to gain momentum, but even the flawed polling is starting to show a drop in enthusiasm from the American people. Three new polls show a significant drop in support for amnesty since the bombings in Boston and details of the Gang of Eight's border security provisions.
Separately, groups like Numbers USA, which calls for lower levels of immigration, are preparing to step up their campaign urging lawmakers to vote against reform....
Meanwhile, Numbers USA plans to start a new radio campaign as soon as the debate over control has been concluded. This would increase the pressure it is already applying to lawmakers, having sent 2m faxes objecting to legalisation, said Roy Beck, chief executive.
“The difference between now and 2007 is that there weren’t 20m Americans looking for jobs who couldn’t find work then,” Mr Beck said.
Robert Rector and Christine Kim of the Heritage Foundation calculated that an average low-skilled immigrant household costs federal, local, and state governments $19,588 per year more than it pays in all taxes.
What Low-Skilled Immigrant Households Pay in Taxes
Rector and Kim concluded that low-skilled immigrant households pay $10,573 in taxes per year. As the following chart shows, Rector and Kim took every possible tax collection method into account, including sales tax, the purchase of lottery tickets, and user fees:
On Thursday, President Obama announced a plan to put up to 180,000 American youths back to work this summer. On the face of it, the president should be applauded. However, when one considers that in 2011, a record high of 18.8 million youths (ages 16 to 24) were unable to find a summer job, his plan seems rather lacking in certain areas... such as putting a meaningful number of Americans back to work.