The left is losing the PR war over immigration. Public opinion and the political landscape have shifted tremendously in recent weeks. Gallup reports that “immigration/illegal aliens” now tops the public’s list of the most pressing issues confronting the country. Other polls show overwhelming opposition to Obama’s immigration policies.
In an attempt to regain control of the narrative, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told senators yesterday that over the past three weeks apprehensions of illegal immigrants are down from 1,600 to 700 PER DAY.
By itself, that tells us nothing. We know that far too many Border Patrol agents are babysitting and changing diapers. Perhaps that is why apprehensions are down.
But let’s do the math. Using Johnson’s figures, until three weeks ago 1,600 illegal immigrants were being apprehended at the border every day. 1,600 x 30 days = 48,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in a month. 48,000 x 12 = 576,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in a year.
That’s just the number of illegal immigrants who were caught. We don’t know exactly how many slipped through. Assuming the Border Patrol apprehends half of them, then half a million illegal immigrants may have entered the country.
Now the administration wants to celebrate the fact that just 700 illegal immigrants a day are being caught. That’s still 21,000 illegal immigrants captured each month, 252,000 in a year — and again that’s just the number who are apprehended. Feeling any better?
Here’s some more math. Senators were also told that “caring for young migrants” is costing taxpayers “an average of $200 per child per day.” $200 x 30 days = $6,000 a month, $72,000 per year, per child. For perspective, the median household income in America is about $51,000. It’s $39,000 for Hispanics and $33,000 for blacks. I’m sure all those families would love to be able to spend $200 a day on their own children!
Gary Bauer – End Of Day 7/17/14
My Opinion: You all realize that this money has to come from somewhere? Care to take a guess on who’s paying for all this? Oh, the Government. And who sends a lot of their money to the Government to pay for all this? Think about it. So, YOU are paying $200 per day (not counting administration costs) for someone else’s Illegal Alien kid to stay in this country. Feeling better?
We have kids, American Citizens, going hungry, living in squalor, being uneducated in our schools, that don’t have shoes, so some Illegal Alien can enjoy the “benefits” and abundance of our Government. Thank you!