President Trump’s increased enforcement of our country’s immigration laws has effects that touch our lives in so many ways of which we’re not even aware.
For instance, one newspaper in Colorado, the Pueblo Chieftain, is reporting that illegal aliens in that region are returning to Mexico on their own after recent ICE enforcement activity was stepped up in Colorado. Farmers in the area who had been relying on illegal immigrants to work their fields suddenly lost that cheap labor and now have to either increase their reliance on legal guest workers or shift away from those crops that require field labor.
So far this year, 14 illegal aliens have been arrested in the Pueblo area, but seeing those people get taken in by ICE officials has an effect on others who would rather leave the country of their own accord. According to some experts, many illegal aliens are now deciding to self-deport “rather than run the risk of having a parent arrested or even sentenced to prison for immigration violations.”
“Fewer and fewer local people have been taking part in the (farm) labor pool anymore,” according to grower Michael Hirakata, who points out that the risk of arrest is actually affecting the onion crop in Colorado. “I know growers in this area have also changed their crops in response. You don’t see as many onions being grown anymore because that’s a crop that requires field workers.” Without illegal Mexicans to do the job, Hirakata said he’s had to apply for 60 federal H-2A worker visas this year.
The Colorado Department of Labor reports that growers filed applications for 316 H-2A visas this year, which is up from 234 in 2016.
In another example, North Texas’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials reported that arrests in their area have gone up by nearly 40 percent since Trump took office.
According to ICE, 2,586 illegal aliens were arrested in North Texas in the first five months of 2016. In that same time period this year, 4,969 illegal aliens have been taken into custody. That’s an increase of nearly 40 percent.
“It should be 100 [percent],” said Fort Worth resident Tim Bothe, who said that the reason he voted for President Trump was that of his stance on illegal immigration.
“ICE will no longer exempt any class of individuals from removal proceedings if they are found to be in the country illegally,” said the agency in a statement.
Under the Obama administration, ICE focused on those illegal immigrants who had felonies and other rap sheets. In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, ICE arrested 4,155 criminal immigrants and 814 non-criminals. In 2016, ICE arrested 2,337 criminal immigrants compared to 249 noncriminal immigrants.
“It’s our country,” said Bothe. “Are we not supposed to protect our rights and our families and all our citizens here in America?”
Last week, a report was released by the Texas Department of Public Safety providing data on the number of illegal alien arrests over the past six years, just for the state of Texas alone.
According to the report, from the period between June 1, 2011, and July 31, 2017, more than 228,000 illegal alien criminals were booked into Texas jails.
The arrested criminals – all of whom were in the United States illegally – have been charged with a combined total of over 606,000 criminal offenses during their criminal careers.
The Department of Homeland Security reported that at least 66 percent (over 152,000) of the arrested criminals had been in the United States illegally at the time of their previous arrest.
Opponents of immigration enforcement argue that it would be prohibitively expensive to deport all illegal immigrants, so we should grant amnesty to them. They say we should let them get into the system and start to pay taxes.
But studies show that this is a false argument, and the aforementioned facts prove that strict enforcement eliminates the need to deport all, or even most, of the illegal aliens in the U.S.
In fact, “self-deportation” has a ripple effect, because it discourages others from their home country to seek illegal entry into the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that in 2016, the average deportation cost was $10,854. Compare that number to the average lifetime net fiscal drain (taxes paid minus services used) of $65,292 for each illegal alien, not including their descendants.
The total fiscal drain for the entire illegal population is estimated to be $746.3 billion.
For every million illegal aliens in the country, there is a lifetime fiscal drain of $65.3 billion on public coffers. If we assume there are 11.43 million illegal aliens in the country — a number that has reportedly remained steady for the past eight years — then the total fiscal costs they create during their lifetimes is estimated to be $746.3 billion. So, the savings associated with removing or causing even a small fraction of the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the country to return home would be significant.