We are a nation with borders and laws. Legal immigrants follow our laws and wait years to immigrate here. Let ‘s stop conflating legal immigrants with illegal immigrants, as this disrespects those who followed our laws and waited 10 to 15 years for a green card. Illegal immigrants, who flagrantly break our laws as adults, should not be rewarded. All illegal immigrants who commit felonies must be deported. Those who were brought here as minors or as victims of human trafficking, and who have been obeying our laws, should be offered legal residency. San Francisco’s Sanctuary City and California’s sanctuary state violate federal, state, and local governments’ duty to protect their legal citizen and legal immigrants from harm and are a magnet for criminals. Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, as illegal immigrants carry drugs, guns, diseases, and crime over our borders. We should strengthen our border security with drone technology, and build the wall to reduce the costs of deportation, litigation, detention, interior enforcement, and opioid devastation.
$$ Cost of Illegal Immigrants
In 2014, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimated the total federal, state and local fiscal burden of 12.5 million illegal aliens and 4.2 million citizen children to be over $116 trillion, even after taxes they paid were factored in. The largest taxpayer cost burden was through education, followed by general government including police, medical, and justice. The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is issued by the IRS, entitles both “resident aliens” and “nonresident aliens” to be paid a Child Tax Credit (CTC) of over $1000 per child. However, people from Mexico and Canada need no documentation for ITINs, and the Inspector General for Tax Administration states that CTC fraud and error payments are between $5.9 and $7 billion a year. Additionally, identity theft, incompetent accountants, aggressive accountants, and pro-immigration activists have helped “nonresident aliens” receive Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) exceeding $1000 per person, for a real or “invented child”.
Visa Overstays and Biometric Program
40-50% of “illegal immigrants” are people who overstayed their visas. However, unlike other countries including the EU, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia, we have no method to identify and track all these people. Since 2001, the U.S. Congress has passed multiple bills recommending the development of a biometric program to identify and track immigrants, but the travel industry’s lobbyists have slowed the development of the program. In 2013 Congress authorized funding for the Office of Biometric Identity Management, yet our biometric program isn’t complete, and was cited by President Trump as a reason to delay or defer issuing visas to immigrants.
Refugees and Family Immigration
Immigration reform should focus on the integration and assimilation of recent and new immigrants. Communities like San Francisco need to offer new immigrants free classes in English, government and history