By Alan Caruba
A new report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) contains some truly frightening news as Americans celebrate Halloween.
There are now an estimated 13 million illegal aliens living in the United States. In 2000, the number was about 7 million and that’s a 60% increase. Just how long can this nation continue to do nothing about what amounts to an invasion?
Nearly 8.4 million of these illegal aliens live in just six states, California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey. Other FAIR reports estimate that these people costs U.S. citizens in excess of $27 billion annually to cover K-12 education, health care needs, and the incarceration of criminals in just those states.
Dan Stein, president of FAIR, notes that, “Almost from the day the Bush Administration took office, they made it clear that their aim was to reward immigration with amnesty and assorted other benefits. As a result, we have seen record increases in illegal immigration, mounting burdens on taxpayers, and unprecedented public concern about this issue.”
At 13,175,000 people, the illegal population of the United States is now larger than the entire population of Illinois, the nation’s fifth most populous state. More than three-fifths of the states have seen their illegal alien population more than double since 2000. In all, 24 states now have illegal populations that exceed 100,000.
In a recent commentary, Terence P. Jeffrey wrote about terrorists that “swept into Cananea in a convoy of 15 vehicles. They kidnapped seven policemen and two civilians. Outside town, they shot and killed four of the policemen and dumped their bodies in a park.” He was not writing about Iraq or Afghanistan. Cananea is just across the border from Nogales, Arizona, a mere twenty miles away in the Mexican state of Sonora.
This is a major national security issue that is going to bite us big time. It is an issue that unites most Americans in their opposition to what is being allowed to occur by a federal government that continues to ignore it.
In 2008, don’t vote for anyone who will not take a strong stand on ending this invasion and encouraging illegals to return to Mexico and the other Caribbean and South American nations from which they are coming.
Amnesty is no longer even an option worth considering.