Saturday, April 07, 2007

Good News/Bad News

The good news is more illegal aliens are filing income tax returns. Proposed legislation which would require illegals to have filed tax returns before being eligible to apply for work permits is spurring illegals to file returns.

IRS reports it has issued 10.8 million ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) since the program began a decade ago. Some (less than 10%) have gone to non-resident non-citizens who have financial interests here which require them to pay US income taxes. Think JK Rowling, who has to pay US income tax on royalties earned from US book sales, or Elton John, or others who likewise have US income though they never reside here.

So that leaves roughly 10 million illegal alien heads of household, here in violation of the law, working in violation of the law, and using ITINs to get around the law.

Bad News: conservative estimates of the number of illegal aliens here are way off the mark. Since less than half of the illegal aliens here actually work (the Rutgers Study showed only 49% have any sort of paid work, and only half of those working are in "regular" employment are using ITINs or stolen/fraudulent Social Security Numbers), there is more likely somewhere between 20-40 million illegal aliens in the US.

Bad News: Less than a third of ITIN holders actually file income tax returns. The latest year for which I've been able to obtain detailed data on the total amount of income taxes paid by ITIN holders, divided by the number of ITIN holders filing, resulted in an average income paid per household came to $5.18. Now you know the "big guys" - the Rowlings, Johns, etc. - are paying big-time tax on readily traceable income reported by major publishers, record companies and the like. If we could separate that out, it would be bound to show those illegal aliens are a net loss, taxwise.

If you need further data, consider this. That same year when ITIN holders paid five bucks a household in taxes is the same year the IRS "mistakenly" issued over $2 billion in Child Care Tax Credits. Once that is spread over the 2 million ITIN-holder taxpayers, we lost over $2 billion from other taxpayers' wallets to shell out over $1000 per ITIN-using household!

In other words, it is highly likely that illegal alien households only file if they can get a refund and/or tax credits (Earned Income/Child Care, etc.) to which they are not legally entitled to make money off the citizen-taxpayers. They are a drain on our Treasury, not a source of revenue!

So add tax fraud to list of crimes committed by illegal aliens, on top of the crimes of illegal entry or visa fraud, working without authorization, identity theft/fraud, etc.

Zero tolerance for immigration-law violators! No amnesty, no "stealth-amnesty." No "change of status," marriage fraud, "exceptional leave to remain," no "Temporary Protected Status." If you break the law, depart or be deported.

When we show we are stictly enforcing our immigration laws, they will stop coming, and those already here will go home.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Where Do All the New Jobs Go?

Just to keep pace with US-born labor force entrants, we need to create a minimum of 2 million (net!) new jobs a year. Remember -- since the early 1980's, we've been creating in excess of 4 million babies per year. They're entering colleges, grad schools, and the job market en masse this decade, but their parents, the Boomers, are nowhere near ready to retire!

In March, we created 180,000 new jobs -- just about enough to hire those Boomlets entering the job market, if we could keep up that pace all year round, and keep roughly 60% of our working-age adult population employed.

BUT! New legal immigrants: 2 million a year. Since this only counts heads of households, not spouses (who also need jobs to support a family in the high-cost, high-tax US) or other dependents, double our minimum requirement for new-job creation to 4 million.

Add those coming in on various legal work visas, such as H1-B, L-1, H2-B, and an alphabet soup of visa categories which allow the holder to work here. Last year we added 400,000 H1-B's; 900,000 other work visa holders; and 455,000 temporary workers. Boost the new-job creation demands by 1,755,000 more imported workers.

So now we need to create a minimum of 5.755 million new jobs annually. That's triple the highest number of new jobs we ever created in a year.

Now add a very conservative estimate of 4 million illegal aliens entering annually.

Basically, we need to create about 10 million new jobs annually. We don't.

In fact, we bring in more legal temporary workers on various work visas than the number of jobs we create per year. Those workers have to be taking jobs from US-citizen job holders because there aren't that many new jobs for them to fill.

So how come our "unemployment rate" is now down to 4.4%? By not counting most of the unemployed job-seekers! New entrants to the workforce are not counted in the workforce until after they have held a job. Those who take time off for other pursuits (raise a new baby, care for aging parents, return to school to qualify for a better job) are not counted in the workforce upon their return -- until after they have held a new job! Those who call themselves "consultants" or "self-employed" to disguise a long period of job-hunting, or cobble together enough temp or freelance work to keep a roof overhead, are not counted as unemployed active job-seekers, but in fact, that's what the majority of these 10 million people really are. New immigrants are not counted in the workforce until after they have held a job! Those who lose a job and don't find another soon enough are eliminated from the statistics. All those new H1-B visa imports, often imported by "body shops" then "benched" until the placement agency finds someone to hire them, are not counted as unemployed, although they are. Basically, we could have 10 - 20 million job-seekers who are not counted as "unemployed." (Since no one counts them, we can only guess.)

People with part-time or temporary or seasonal jobs, who usually are looking for full-time permanent employment, are counted as "employed" - not as the job-seekers they typically are. But this boosts the "employed" figure in the equation. Pure window dressing.

Illegal aliens, over half of whom work "under the table" with neither job nor income reported (nor taxed), are not counted as employed or unemployed. But some of those day-labor and off-the-books "job-lets" would be "real" jobs - available to American citizen job-seekers - if employment regulations were enforced. Illegal aliens can get away with tax evasion, et al., which citizens cannot.

In short, we have too many workforce entrants and too few jobs created. The ratio works out to roughly 7-10 workforce entrants per job created. If all illegal aliens depart or are deported, all legal immigration halted, and all temporary employment visas abolished, we still have a problem with more US-born workforce entrants than new jobs created.

Zero tolerance for immigration-law violators. We do not have jobs for them, and we cannot afford to support them, educate them, house them, provide medical care for them, or anything else. They broke the law, and we do not want lawbreakers.

But we also need a moritorium on legal immigration, a moritorium on work visas, and termination of most existing work permits. Anything short of this leaves too many Americans without any sort of employment future.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Taxi Drivers Demand We Tolerate Their Intolerance

The Somali taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spoke out at the commission meeting last night demanding "tolerance" for their discriminatory and intolerant behavior. Basically, if the commission - and passengers - refuse to accede to their demands, we are discriminatory and intolerant of their intolerance. Crazy, convoluted thinking.

“Our stance is first come, first served,” said airport director Steve Wareham. “The message is if you want to drive a taxicab at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, you will serve all customers.”

Many cabbies disagreed, saying that the proposal denies them the right to freely practice their religion. “This is discrimination,” proclaimed Ahmed Shine, a taxi driver for seven years.
Abdifatah Abdi, who said he was speaking for an association of cabdrivers, said the commissioners “will be judged on your decision.”

“You are deciding the livelihood of 600 drivers and their families,” Abdi said. “Say no to discrimination. Say yes to justice for the weak.”

Refusing to serve disabled passengers who require the services of guide dogs, gays, and people believed to be carrying liquor has been going on for months, eliciting outrage from around the world. Yet if we insist that these intolerant, discriminatory acts are stopped, the taxi drivers threaten us? Call us names?

If they refuse to obey our laws and public service regulations, pull their licenses! These victimizers' ploy of playing victim cannot stand. They agreed to abide by the laws and regulations when they applied for a license. To go back on that agreement now is the height of bad faith. What's their next ploy in the Muslim American Society's game plan? Stopping the cab and letting the meter run (while the passenger is stuck at the side of the road) while the cabbie goes off to "pray?"

They can freely worship as they choose, and if their religion supposedly "prohibits" doing the job, get a different job.

We must stand united and say, "First come, first served. No discrimination in public transport services, and if you are unwilling to abide by those rules, get another job that meets your preferences."

Singapore bans spitting and chewing gum. If chewing gum is more important to you than obeying Singapore's laws out of respect for Singaporeans' right to make their own laws, don't visit Singapore. For that matter, anyone who comes to this country must abide by our laws. If our laws don't suit them, go home or go elsewhere. It's a matter of respect. And out of respect for ourselves, our principles, our laws, we must stand up for ourselves. Stop this nonsense!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Always Remember: 2/26/93

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of islamic terrorists' first attack on the World Trade Center. Six people were killed by the truck bomb set off in the underground garage, and over a thousand were injured.

It was clearly an act of islamic terrorism, led by the "Blind Sheik." Illegal immigration was a primary vehicle for infiltrating terrorists then, just as it was a primary vehicle enabling the follow-up attack on 9/11. The Clinton Administration did nothing to stop illegal immigration and islamic terrorist infiltration during the entire eight years of their tenure. That set the stage for the follow-up attack in the early months of the Bush Administration.

Many of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 entered this country legally - but fraudulently. They came posing as "students" to attend flight schools, yet they had no jobs, nor prospects for jobs, with any airline or air charter company. And what they were "studying" could never have landed them any airline or pilot job because they were quite clear they had no interest in learning how to land a plane -- the most crucial aspect of any pilot's training. They were out-and-out visa fraud perpetrators. Worse, most overstayed their visas, and thus were illegal aliens.

Those who aided and abetted them were often illegal aliens also. To cite only one of many, many examples, an illegal alien helped several of the hijackers to obtain Virginia driver's licences. All together, the 19 hijackers held 63 sets of identification documents, including the identity and Social Security number of a one-year-old child.

Fourteen years after 2/26, and 5-1/2 years after 9/11, we have more illegal aliens than ever. The Bush Administration treats illegal aliens as if they were all "good-hearted" "down-trodden" gardeners and nannies just seeking a "better life" (at citizens' expense!). Yet terrorists and their cells are still here and growing. Crime rings are here -- and growing. Heinous criminals are here -- and their numbers are growing, as are the numbers and types of crimes they commit.

Illegal immigration - whether they "enter without inspection" (i.e. illicitly cross the border), overstay a visa, or commit fraud to obtain a visa - is the most critical issue Americans face. The problem underlies a vast array of other issues:

1. The unaffordability of health insurance and the closure of hundreds of emergency and trauma care facilities across the country. Non-paying illegal aliens have bankrupted hospitals despite such extreme efforts to shift costs that medical care has become unaffordable for the majority of working American citizens.

2. Overcrowded schools, underperforming schools, the sharp rise in schooling costs without any perceptible improvement in educational standards and outcomes.

3. Unaffordable housing -- tremendous surge in demand among those who cannot (or will not) pay for housing increases costs for everyone across the board. Remember "demand-push inflation?"

4. Costs of crime: police force costs, free legal representation (public defenders) for illegal aliens accused of crimes, the costs of the injuries and damages done by criminals, costs of prosecution, costs of incarceration. A third (or more!) of law enforcement and incarceration costs in many areas of the country are solely due to illegal aliens' crimes. In other words, less than 10% of our population accounts for 33% of law enforcement costs! Illegal aliens kill more US citizens each year than the war in Iraq has killed in four years.

5. Crumbling infrastructure: each added person adds over $10,000 in infrastructure costs (streets, sewers, street lights, water lines, reservoirs, power grids, sidewalks, ad infinitum). Illegal aliens do not pay-their-way in the taxes needed to repair, replace, and expand infrastructure to meet needs which are accelerating due to rapid - and unplanned/unpredicted - population increases.

6. Overpopulation/overcrowding: we're adding millions of people per year to our population. We're short of water, housing, roads, and just plain room. We no longer produce enough food to feed our population, no less be able to export enough to feed millions around the world. Yes, we do still export agricultural products, and we import; the truth remains that we are no longer self-sufficient in food or water. Increased population density adds to physical and psychological stresses, destroys our farmlands, and reduces our carrying capacity for the number of mouths we have to feed.

7. Social service costs: they may be here illegally, but they sure know how to "work the system" to collect "free" medical care, "free" education, "free" food, Section 8 housing vouchers and other housing assistance, and hundreds of other social services. It costs citizens additional hundreds of billions of tax dollars at every level: local, state, and federal. It gobbles up billions of our charitable contributions. And much of that money ends up siphoned out of our economy and into offshore accounts.

8. The threat of terrorism is greater than ever: islamic "charities" are transferring dollars to support terrorists, and organized crime rings are siphoning off sales taxes, selling untaxed cigarettes, etc., to support terrorist cells. "Lone islamic 'activists'" are attacking Jewish centers and driving SUVs into crowds of college students. "Tourists" are photographing, videotaping, and probing for weak spots they can exploit in terrorist acts. Fifth columns are "softening us up" with crazy demands which step-by-step lead to islamic subversion of our culture and institutions.

Illegal immigration damages our country and our citizens every day at every level. And not even the attacks of 2/26 and 9/11 have awakened many Americans to the vast dangers illegal immigration poses to our selves, our families, our communities, our society, our values, our principles, our civilization.

Zero Tolerance for Immigration-Law Violators! We must remember the lessons of 2/26, 9/11, and the costs we bear every single day.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Boycott Banks Enabling Lawbreakers

The National Illegal Immigration Boycott Coalition (NIIBC) has called for a boycott of the Bank of America and other banks which offer bank accounts and credit cards to illegal aliens. People without Social Security Numbers can offer accounts to those with the notoriously unreliable Matricula Consular from Mexico and similar insecure and unreliable "identification" cards from other countries (e.g. Guatemala).

Bank accounts and credit cards enable criminals, terrorists and their supporters to launder money; enable tax fraud; facilitate money transfers offshore; and enable immigration-law violators to remain in this country - i.e. to continue breaking the law! It is illegal for them to work, yet they can zip money around the world - and the banks have no idea who these account holders really are, where the money is coming from, or whether income taxes have been (or will be) paid when due.

NIIBC has a petition to protest Bank of America's new policy of granting credit cards (Visa) to illegal aliens at www.bankofamericaboycott.com. The site also lists banks throughout the country which are believed to support and abet illegal immigration.

Check with your bank to verify whether they open accounts for illegal aliens/people with unverifiable, easily obtained, easily forged foreign ID cards. You might seriously consider closing your account if they do. Enabling illegal immigration and other crimes is itself a crime, as well as a potentially dangerous business practice. That bank has set itself up as a prospective target for massive bank fraud! Charge up the card, ship the money offshore, then split, leaving the bank holding an emply account with no way to trace the account holder (who, if traced, can flee the country and disappear), and no way to recover the money.

They're only in it for the money. Banks figure there's huge market in 12 million or more illegal aliens illegally working in this country. And they expect huge profits.

But they help criminals to continue perpetrating crimes. And they expose themselves to potential losses and liabilities that could make them riskier for your investments, your accounts, your tax dollars. (Who do you think insures banks against losses - the federal government through your tax dollars!)

Zero tolerance for immigration-law violators -- and for those who aid and abet their crimes.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Revoke Licenses of Discriminatory Taxi Drivers

There has been a worldwide public outcry over the Somali muslim taxi drivers who refuse to pick up passengers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN) airport.

Claiming it is "against their religion" to transport certain people, taxi drivers have left passengers stranded for an hour or more until a non-muslim driver came along. Those stranded include anyone suspected of carrying liquor in their baggage, and those with dogs - even seeing eye dogs for the blind and other companion/service animals for the disabled.

These drivers should have their licenses revoked for discrimination against members of the public. Stranding passengers - tourists from around the world, business people, locals returning home - at an airport any hour or the day or night is totally unacceptable behavior. "Religion" is no excuse for endangering disabled people's safety and welfare, or discriminating against anyone. Those who want a license to drive a cab must not discriminate in any way against any member of the public who is willing and able to pay for their services.

All those opposed to application of the Shari‘a (islamic law) in the United States need to make their views heard in Minnesota. You can do this in either of two ways.

In writing: MAC is asking for “input from the public” through Friday, March 2, 2007, before it makes a decision on the proposed increase in penalties. Written comments should be addressed to:

Landside Operations Department
Metropolitan Airports Commission
MSP International Airport/Lindbergh Terminal
4300 Glumack Drive Suite LT-3129B
Saint Paul, MN 55111-3010.

In person: For those living in the Twin Cities area, MAC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at 2 p.m., to solicit testimony from the public via verbal or written testimony. The location will be at:
Ramada Mall of America (formerly, the Thunderbird Hotel)
2300 East American Boulevard
Bloomington, Minnesota

Ensure anti-discrimination laws of the US are upheld for public transportation. Demand that any taxi driver who refuses to pick up a passenger at the airport have his license revoked. No exceptions, no excuses.

Those taxi drivers who are not willing to transport any member of the public should not have a license. Let them find another occupation more to their liking.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Border Patrol Agent Acquitted After Second Trial

Ramos and Compean are not the only Border Patrol agents to suffer malicious prosecutions for doing their jobs. Former agent David Sipes was convicted and fired for using "excessive force" in 2001 following trial. In 2000, responding to a sensor alarm at the border, Sipes apotted 12 -15 illegal aliens. When he ordered the group to halt, Jose Guevara, Nehemias Diaz and Evarado Sanchez fled into heavy reeds. Sipes said he was defending himself when he struck Guevara with his flashlight. Guevara needed five stitches for a cut on his head.

The federal Appeals Court ordered a retrial. "The government stated in writing the aliens were allowed to remain and work in the United States pending trial and specified that 'no other promises or advantages' had been given. That was not true."

What did the illegal aliens actually get? Social Security cards, witness fees, permits allowing travel to and from Mexico, living expenses and free use of government phones -- and a "get out of jail free card." The appeals court also found that the government failed to disclose that after Mr. Sipe's arrest and before the trial, Mr. Guevara was caught by Border Patrol agents with illegal aliens. The arresting agents released him when he displayed a card given to him by prosecutors. "Since Guevara had been granted free passage in his deal with the government, his arrest with illegal aliens was evidence that he was a transporter, as well as evidence of the extent of the government's support accorded him in order to obtain his testimony," the court said. "As the defense termed it, Guevara was given a 'get out of jail card.' "

Guevara also received $80,000 "compensation" for the cut that got 5 stitches. (5 stitches means the cut was probably less than one inch long, i.e. it likely did not "need" stitches.)

Sipes was acquitted at the new trial. Now he's trying to get his job back. Meanwhile, he's lost six years of seniority, salary - his job, his reputation, his life.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and his Department of Justice have totally run amuck, prosecuting law enforcement officers for doing their jobs, and rewarding criminals for their crimes. Prosecuting those who defend US citizens and our borders - and themselves from assaults by criminals - reveals that our government has gone completely off the rails. This is becoming the "land of the lawbreaker and home of the weasel."

Violating immigration laws is a crime; immigration-law violators need to be deported and barred from re-entry. And our Border Patrol needs protection from malicious prosecution of bogus claims of "excessive force."