Today’s article is all in the numbers, so let’s get right down to it.
For instance, 25. That would be the number of years passed since the disastrous Simpson-Mazzoli Act was signed into law. Also known as IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act) the bill was supposed to “control and deter illegal immigration to the United States.” So, on this day in 1986, millions of illegal aliens were granted amnesty and millions more encouraged to sneak across our borders. Indeed, they continue to do just that. However, have no fear for our border is “better now than it’s ever been,” at least according to our Homeland Security Chief. Feeling any better?
Speaking of the Department of Homeland Security, let’s try 10,800,000. That would be the number of illegal aliens currently residing in the good ole U.S. of A. The number represents a scant 2 million less than the entire population of Pennsylvania, or more than three times that of Connecticut, home to one of our least favorite sanctuary cities, New Haven. Of course, many estimate the actual illegal alien population to be 20,000,000 or greater, but you can pick your poison.
Here’s another number for you, 4,212,000. That would be the number of illegal aliens in our country estimated to have entered in the decade following the year 2000. For the math challenged, that’s just shy of half a million (421,000) illegal aliens annually. Putting that into perspective, that’s 100,000 more new aliens than the entire population of Luzerne County entering our country every year, or only about 114,0000 less than the combined populations of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
How about 6,600,000? That number, again provided by DHS, would be the number of illegal aliens our friends from the south, Mexico, have provided to us. Don’t forget to thank them. Need a few things to thank them for? Well, how about 2,800,000,000, as in dollars. That would be the amount of money sucked out of our economy and sent back to Mexico, known as remittances. Of course, not all remittances are from illegal aliens, but a healthy chunk of it is. Need more? How about 4,200,000,000, which would be the dollars illegal aliens received in tax credits last year. That ought to be plenty to give thanks for.
Sticking with the geography of the previous Mexico related numbers, consider 1,470,000. That, of course, is the number of illegal aliens donated to the cause by our friends from even further south (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras).
Now that your mind is lubed, let’s try some smaller, but uglier numbers. We’ll start with 3,000. That would be the approximate number of innocent people who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. A collective outrage was expressed from sea to shining sea in the days and years following those attacks. Remember? Of course you do. Yet, we don’t seem to care about some other ugly numbers. What numbers might they be, you ask?
For starters, 6200. That would be the number of American men and women who have died in the 10 years of war we’ve waged in Iraq and Afghanistan since the terrorist attacks. To be fair, many Americans are aware of the ultimate sacrifice which has been paid by our fallen military heroes. Fewer know, or seem to care, of an even greater number, though.
That number would be 25,064, the estimated number of American citizens killed by illegal aliens, also since 9-11-01, according to Rep. Steve King. Have you allowed that number to sink in? 25,064 illegal aliens convicted of willful homicide, which doesn’t include the victims of negligent homicide, estimated by Congressman King to be at least equal to the willful homicides. Of course, the number might not seem as imposing if you average it out over our 50 states, in which case there have been about 500 body bags per state. While the exact number of American citizens dying at the hands of aliens may not be known, we do know that plenty of other serious crimes are being committed by criminal aliens.
Which brings us to our next number, 55,000. That would be a number which jumped 7% in 5 years, the total number of federal alien inmates. Of course, we can thank our friends from Mexico for the bulk of these, too, as they have gratefully supplied nearly 70% of the aliens in our federal penitentiaries.
Here’s the last number for you to digest, compounding the previous 55,000. Consider 296,000, which is the additional number of criminal alien inmates in our state and local prisons. Quick math tells us an approximate total of all aliens incarcerated in United States’ prisons is 351,000. Again, for a down home feeling, that’s only marginally greater than the total population of Luzerne County.
So, perhaps you’re wondering why all the numbers. There are many, many more numbers attributable to illegal aliens. But today’s numbers primarily revolve around the sacrifice, the greatest sacrifice anyone can make and one which is completely unnecessary. Today is November 6, 2011, the first National Day of Remembrance of those killed at the hands of illegal aliens. Again, that number is at least 25,000. The number of people left grieving following these needless crimes is far greater and we owe it to both the victims and their families to do two things. First, we need to recognize how horrifyingly real and dangerous (on many levels) this silent invasion of illegal aliens is. Second, we need to find that same collective voice of outrage we all shared following 9-11 and use it to demand our government to finally take real action.
Illegal aliens are not confined to only major cities or the American Southwest. They are everywhere, and they’re increasingly less inclined to hide in the shadows, marching and demonstrating, filing lawsuits for such things as in-state tuition rates, prenatal medical care and lack of Spanish speaking staff. They are applying for and receiving employment, credit, driver’s licenses, utilities, public assistance and more. They have their own sub-communities, their own soccer leagues, their own churches. They mix effortlessly with the comparatively few legal immigrants who reside here, many of whom also were in this country illegally at one time and, as such, have misplaced sympathies and loyalties. They are here in Northeast Pennsylvania and, in the same manner which they migrated here, they are encouraging others to join them. To be clear, most of them are not violent criminals, but their presence poses countless other risks. Most importantly, they have no right to be here.
The question is, how long will you wait to find your voice, demanding your government protect you, your family and it’s future?