The fact of the matter is that our nation's economy nearly relies on "unauthorized" labor coming from Mexico (among other nations, but predominantly Mexico).
That’s a bold statement and strong premise for you’re argument without any actual proof.
This country got along fine for years without having to rely on illegal workers. If companies have dug themselves into hole by hiring unauthorized workers than they have no one to blame but themselves. What happened to that conservative mantra of accountability? Appears the oil companies have no problem jacking the prices up when there's a bump in the road, why shouldn't that basic business premise apply to other industries?
What we have to analyze is a cost/benefit analysis of unemployment in America, the true impact of illegals in our workforce, and how much it would really COST to secure our borders in the fashion that you suggest.
I love cost benefit analysis (and aevans, I knew you had a liberal side in you!).
I tried to find something that hit home in your beloved state of Texas
(or second favorite country as you put it in another thread).
Third, all of this comes at an enormous expense to Texas taxpayers. The Harris County Hospital District alone doled out $330 million in free medical care to illegal immigrants over the last three years. Even more ominously, the flood of illegal immigrants seeking free health care may crowd out U.S. citizens. Many public hospitals in Texas are already overburdened and some such as Brackenridge Hospital in Austin have begun turning patients away.
And this gem:
Cost of Illegal Immigration to Texas: 4.7 billion a year or an extra $725 to each resident in the form of taxes, higher education costs, higher law enforcement costs, and higher health care costs.
Cost of Illegal Immigration to California: 10.5 billion a year or an extra $1,183 to each resident in the form of taxes, higher education costs, higher law enforcement costs, and higher health care costs.
Cost of Illegal Immigration to Arizona: 1.3 billion a year or an extra $700.00 to each resident in the form of taxes, higher education costs, higher law enforcement costs, and higher health care costs.
That’s a total of 16.5 billion dollars annually from just three states. My guess is we could get a fairly nice barrier and extra border patrol guards for that price tag. And you just simply can’t ignore the opportunity cost associated with this dollar amount.
As usual with most issues this has far reaching implications. Basically through our taxes, increased health insurance premiums and increased deductibles we subsidize people who have clearly broken the law and not paid one cent into the system. Consider:
Illness and medical bills caused half of the 1,458,000 personal bankruptcies in 2001, according to a study published by the journal Health Affairs.
The study estimates that medical bankruptcies affect about 2 million Americans annually -- counting debtors and their dependents, including about 700,000 children. Surprisingly, most of those bankrupted by illness had health insurance. More than three-quarters were insured at the start of the bankrupting illness.
(I couldn’t find more up to date numbers but I’ve recently read where this has gotten worse)
When a hospital spends money on the uninsured they have to recover those charges by increasing the cost on those who do carry insurance (it’s why my father's recent stay in the hospital for five days was 32K, just the hospital bill, no doctor fees).
What that tells me is legal, hard working citizens, who pay taxes and purchase insurance, could end up in worse off than those who came here illegally and received the same health care. And you must also consider that someone with health insurance could get turned down for medical care at a hospital because the beds are full of uninsured people who came into this country illegally.
It just sounds like we’re punishing the wrong people here.