Set for release Tuesday is a report published by Social Contract magazine, "The Fiscal Impact of Immigration: An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies."
"The federal government has never produced a comprehensive study of this issue," Rubenstein noted. "Executive agencies are not required to do Fiscal Impact Statements for new immigration policies. Even the immigration reform legislation sent to Congress last year contained not one word on its potential budgetary consequences."
So Rubenstein looked across the government at departments and agencies that include Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Interior, Justice, Labor, HHS, HUD, Transportation, Treasury and the State Department, as well as Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
His purpose was "to increase awareness -- within the government and among citizens -- of the myriad ways by which immigration increases the cost of government and how government policies increase immigration."
With more than 140 languages spoken in, for instance, Connecticut's schools, bilingual education requirements for immigrants are on track to becoming a crippling unfunded mandate imposed on states and school districts.
Turning to the Department of Justice, the study found criminal aliens to be "an increasing burden on U.S. prison systems." In 1980, federal and state facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens, Rubenstein said. But at the end of 2004, about 267,000 noncitizens were incarcerated in U.S. correctional facilities.Of all prisoners in federal prisons, 27% are criminal aliens..
On top of that are the private costs criminal aliens impose on their victims. Analyzing the rap sheets of 55,000 incarcerated illegal aliens in 2003, the Government Accountability Office found that the average criminal alien was arrested for 13 prior offenses, 12% of which were cases of murder, robbery, assault and sexually related crimes; only 21% were immigration offenses, the rest being felonies.
"The economic burden they impose on victims, including loss of income and property, uncompensated hospital bills, and emotional pain and suffering, has been estimated at $1.6 million per property and assault crime offender," Rubenstein found.
Washington has been paralyzed for many years on immigration policies because advocates of restricted immigration are routinely accused of nativism and racism.
Rubenstein's groundbreaking study, of which the facts above offer only a taste, suggests that Washington doesn't want to take a good look at the issue because the facts will spur the public to demand action to stop the hemorrhage of taxpayer money out-of-control immigration is causing.
It's one thing to attempt an argument in favor of allowing in a select few immigrants whose skills might better our society.
It's quite another thing to argue in favor of allowing in an absolute and unending flood of thirdworlders whose soul intent is to pillage and plunder whatever host nation is foolish enough to allow them in...