Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hispanics need to watch more television

I picked up the free USA Today this morning, which was left right outside my hotel room door and focused on the headline “U.S. – born Hispanics drive growth.” My first impression was that the article was about economic growth and that first generation Hispanics were prospering and excelling their parents. But upon reading the subheading, it strucked me that the article was referring to births, and that Hispanics are having more babies than the actual influx of illegal immigrants.
As debate over immigration policy roils the nation, government numbers show that 60% of the 1.3 million new Hispanics in 2005 are citizens because they were born here.
What the article does not explain is if all these births are all from illegal immigrant parents. Maybe they don’t want us to know, but the math is simple: 1,300,000 births x $15,000 per birth = $19,500,000,000 cost to tax payers, assuming that illegal immigrant parents are not insured. So the story is about economics after all, and the growth, well the growth is in the cost to the taxpayers.

1 comment:

A. Perales said...

It's not only a matter of those who are illegal but those who are here legally and start having children before their 20th birthday. The illegals who get sick already get the free services and at the schools receive free breakfast and lunches.
Now, think about the number of people who service illegals in schools, hospitals and other government agencies and that will give you an idea of how much money it consumes.