Angry New Yorker

Thursday, September 16, 2004
Time Magazine recent cover story
"Who Left the Door Open?"
landed like a bombshell on the stands, because the topic of illegal immigration has for too long remained a bastion of P.C. untouchability. No longer. When Time Magazine can depict illegal aliens as "invaders" and conclude:

Washington's failure to control the nation's borders has a painful impact on workers at the bottom of the ladder and, increasingly, those further up the income scale. The system holds down the pay of American workers and rewards the illegals and the businesses that hire them. It breeds anger and resentment among citizens who can't understand why illegal aliens often receive government-funded health care, education benefits and subsidized housing. In border communities, the masses of incoming illegals lay waste to the landscape and create costly burdens for agencies trying to keep public order. Moreover, the system makes a mockery of the U.S. tradition of encouraging legal immigration.

then we have turned the corner. It's high time to secure our borders and treat illegal aliens (other than those seeking asylum) as the law-breakers they are.

it is clear that the authors of the article did not do their homework. The authors substitute the estimates of the border patrol agents and ranchers for the statistics and data gathered by the U.S. government officials. For example, the authors state: “the number of illegal aliens flooding into the U.S. this year will total 3 million--enough to fill 22,000 Boeing 737-700 airliners, or 60 flights every day for a year.” Stating that they arrived at this number by multiplying 3 times the number of people caught by the border patrol, the authors’ numbers just do not add up. From 1990 – 2000, there were 20 million people apprehended on the border. Using the authors’ method, the U.S. should now be hosting approximately 60 million undocumented workers, 2/3 of the entire population of Mexico, or more than the entire combined populations of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.
You can argue numbers in the article, but the basic underlying premise -- that illegal immigration must be honestly and forcefully dealt with -- stands unrefuted.
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