Immigration Study on US Border Counties Show Shocking Statistics
April 20th, 2006
US Border Fence
A study by the
University of Texas at El Paso’s Institute for Policy and Economic
Development looked at US counties that border Mexico for economic and
grouped all 24 counties along the border that touch Mexico and treated
this as a “51st state”. By doing this they could compare
against the other states in the United States how the bordering areas
If the border
counties became a 51st state they would rank No. 1 in federal
crime. The reason for so many crimes is because of the drug traffic and
San Diego County
is the only affluent county in the group. If the researchers excluded
San Diego County from the group, the border counties rank last in per
capita income among all other states. If they included San Diego it
would bring the border counties to a ranking of 39 out of 51 states.
lacking in the border counties and many do not have a high school
diploma. They would rank #50 out of 51 states for the amount of people
above the age of 25 that have completed high school.
counties would rank last compare to the other states for the number of
health care professionals to people living there.
This data will be
presented to Congress during the debate of what to do with the borders.
The reason why the government is looking at addressing the illegal
immigration issue is that financially the states that are flooded with
immigrants are losing hospitals, even when the population continues to
grow. Other potential problems are faced with government assistance
programs and education being provided.
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No matter the
outcome illegal immigrants will be paying a price for their
citizenship. It will be very likely that the cost of membership to
become a legal citizen is going to be more than many will be able to
afford. Unfortunately because of the fact that they are here illegally
what will make them pay up when they can’t afford to?
Issues of offering
government assistance with medical, housing and education are what
attract the illegal immigrants. If work was readily available in their
home country of Mexico and they were able to afford an acceptable living
and also knowing that the handouts in the US are not available they
would not be willing to risk so much to have a better life.
I believe the US
government would just raise taxes to support the increase in illegal
immigrants if they could. But with the war in Iraq and the potential
looming crash in the US economy it is becoming more difficult for the US
government to be so generous.
The US government
would have not addressed the issue if they could afford to have the
extra burden of illegal immigrants in the US. It is sad to have such a
resource of Mexico which is a nation that is not valued by their
residents enough to want to build it up to a productive nation.
If there was a way
to get US companies to build factories in Mexico instead of getting
goods always from China, possibly we could all win from this crisis.
Everyone desires a better life with a place to call home and this is
what illegal immigrants have been seeking all this time.
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