Illegal immigrants sap our resources

We face a problem in this country. The problem is illegal immigration.

More than 12 million people are illegally in this country. That’s a significant number. This is an average of about one in every 20 workers. Illegal immigration pushes our limits on resources, natural and otherwise, and to put it simply, they break the law.

Many of the liberal left want to suggest our country is evil for wanting to send people who came here illegally back to where they came from. This is harsh and cruel to some. But let’s put this in simpler terms: If someone breaks into your home, steals your food and money, they are considered criminals. Anyone in this country would prosecute a person for doing such a vile thing to their personal space and property.

So why are the feelings so different toward illegal immigration? They are breaking the laws by the standards we have set within the borders of the United States of America. By illegally coming into this country, they are coming into our “home,” using our resources and violating our laws. A person who does this, by our standards, would be a criminal, plain and simple.

In Iowa alone, illegal immigration costs the government $241 million—by “government,” I mean you and I pay for it. This money would be to cover education, health care and incarceration for illegal immigrants. The illegal immigrants who do pay taxes don’t cover the costs of the resources used, so we still lose. The continuous overpopulation of this country puts a strain on our water supply, our energy and our forestland. Though the number can’t be anything but a guess because of their illegal, untraceable status, on average there are more than 500,000 undocumented immigrants coming into this country every year.

Yes, this country was founded upon immigration. I don’t want to sound like someone who is completely against outsiders coming in. But our country was founded on legal immigration. People came here from all over the world, walking through the buildings on Ellis Island to seek a better life for themselves. That is what this country is about.

We have a process of going through immigration services for a variety of reasons. Everyone complains about things like the need for new energy sources and the faltering economy, but a big part of the problem is that a huge part of our population is getting benefits from our natural resources and our economy without paying back into them.

It is a fact that we need to find other sources of energy in the near future. This is a realistic and important measure that needs to take place sooner rather than later. It’s going to happen even sooner because we have at least 12 million people using our resources who can’t use them legitimately. There are reasons for our immigration laws: to regulate our population, to prevent over-population, and to conserve the resources we have.

Now the supply for the resources, such as oil, is less than the demand. Is it possible if there were 12 million fewer people using gasoline in the United States, the price might drop by a cent or two? Again, because of people illegally within our borders, the legal citizens of this nation are forced to pay the price.

Nevada is one state that faces the problem of illegal immigration. We have our raids in McDonalds, but they make no difference. The few arrests are mild steps that have been taken in the prevention of illegal immigration. The flood will not stem because people coming here know they will get away with it.

Until there is a harsh punishment for those coming into this country illegally, we will continue to feel the strain on America’s resources.