Ventura Wrong on Immigration

RECEIVED Mon., June 19, 2006

Dear Editor,
    After reading Ventura’s "El Pueblo Unido" ["Letters @ 3AM," News, May 26], I have concluded that he is so full of shit that his eyes must be brown. Something is owed to illegals? Are you kidding me? According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 28% of the inmates are illegals. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, incarcerated illegals cost the Feds $624 million and the states $891 million each year. Who is going to pay that, Mike?
   You want to talk schools? How much property tax does a family of five illegals living in a two-bedroom apartment pay? Do you think it’s anywhere near the $18,000 each year it costs to educate the three children? How about health care, welfare fraud, EMS, fire, and police services? Did Mike do research on the burdens illegals place on society? Of course not. He quoted a Newsweek reporter who referenced income taxes. Well, according to the IRS, in 2003, the top 50% of wage earners paid 96.54% of all income taxes. I would be willing to bet that the infinitesimally few illegals who actually paid income taxes were outnumbered by those who received a refund under the earned income credit.
    So it boils down to Social Security benefits. You know what, Mike? Tough tit. You break our laws and drain our resources and that’s the price you pay, just like the $3,000 paid to the coyote. Bottom line: Illegals are a net loss of at least $55,000 per year (Center for Immigration Studies).
    Lastly, to imply that racism is involved is despicable and demonstrably untrue. The Right and the Hispanics of Cuban origin have had a love affair lasting more than 40 years. Moreover, no one is arguing against legal immigration from Mexico, India, China, Africa, etc. We just don’t want America to be drowned in an illegal tidal wave. And I’ll be happy to march to that.
Greg Solcher
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