It’s a pretty depressing period in terms of immigration reform. If something can be done it would be wonderful.
O’Dwyer should wake up and smell the Irish coffee: American taxpayers think it would be wonderful if they were not stuck with the bill for illegal immigration.
Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office released a study on the fiscal impact of illegal immigration. The CBO found:
State and local governments incur costs for providing services to unauthorized immigrants and have limited options for avoiding minimizing those costs…Rules governing many federal programs, as well as decisions handed down by various courts, limit the authority of state and local governments to avoid or constrain the costs of providing services to unauthorized individuals.
Sure, illegals pay taxes but the CBO concluded:
The tax revenues that unauthorized immigrants generate for state and local governments do not offset the total cost of services provided to those immigrants. Most of the estimates found that even though unauthorized immigrants pay taxes and other fees to state and local jurisdictions, the resulting revenues offset only a portion of the costs incurred by those jurisdictions for providing services related to education, health care, and law enforcement.
A national poll by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that less than one percent of blacks identified illegal immigration as the most important issue facing the country. Dr. David A. Bositis said:
The issues that are animating Republicans don’t appear on the radar screen of likely African American primary voters.
I reminded David that when he polled black voters in 2004, Bush’s approval rating was 22 percent. A negligible percentage considered “morals/moral crisis” the most important issue facing the country. Still, Republicans were able to use opposition to same-sex marriage to
increase President Bush’s support among black voters in Ohio from 9 percent in
2000 to 16 percent in 2004.
Pre-election, we probably underestimated the level of motivation, especially in this core Republican constituency, figuring that most of the anger was on the Democratic side and not really appreciating the extent to which other Americans felt the whole nature of their belief systems and faith and lifestyles were being threatened, and there was an opportunity to act on that. I think Rove understood that. He used issues to help magnify it, and he put together a ground operation that facilitated getting those people to the polls.
Today, African Americans are angry about illegal immigration. From LA to DC, tensions are rising as blacks and illegals compete for jobs, housing, teachers’ attention, and scarce resources for public schools and hospitals.
As Democrats worry about a future voting bloc, African Americans may use their right to vote to tell Democrats who support “comprehensive immigration reform” (read: amnesty): Hasta la vista, baby.
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With less than three weeks to go, it may take a miracle for Mitt Romney to catch Mike Huckabee in Iowa. Romney hopes Huckabee's support for tuition breaks for illegal aliens will slow his momentum among Republican caucus-goers for whom illegal immigration is a top concern.
Romney's claim that he "vetoed in-state tuition for illegal aliens" was disputed by Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. At the National Black Caucus of State Legislators' recent political forum, Wilkerson said:
He said former Gov. Huckabee garnered significant support among black voters because “he said all the right things and did all the right things.” He pointed to Huckabee’s advocacy of the children’s health program, public school consolidation in rural districts, and the number of blacks who served in his administration, including the heads of the departments of Environmental Quality and Workforce Education.
The bottom line: “If Huckabee weren’t a Republican, you’d think he was a Democrat.”
We went into black churches and we basically said to ministers who had endorsed Florio, “Do you have a special project?” And they said, “We’ve already endorsed Florio.” We said, “That’s fine – don’t get up on the Sunday pulpit and preach. We know you’ve endorsed him, but don’t get up there and say it’s your moral obligation that you go on Tuesday to vote for Jim Florio.”