Zerohedge lists 19 facts about immigration, both legal and illegal. The emphasis is on the “illegal”, but conservative sensitivities notwithstanding, the problems of immigration do not hinge upon the legal or illegal status of the immigrant. These are the five I considered most important:
#1 57 percent of all households that are led by an immigrant (legal or illegal) are enrolled in at least one welfare program.
#4 The Department of Homeland Security says that it has lost track of a million people that have entered this country but that appear never to have left.
#9 It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent
of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total
cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually.
#17 According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.
#19 It is being projected that the Senate immigration bill will bring 33 million more people to the United States over the next decade.
And keep in mind these are only some of the known costs of immigration, while most of the supposed benefits resulting from this free movement of labor are, in fact, also detrimental to the interests of most American citizens.