Florida's Illegal Alien Population is Huge, Costly and
Florida's illegal alien population has, at least, doubled from 1997 to 2004 indicating a huge, costly and growing problem. Roughly 5% (850,000) of Florida's
are illegal aliens.
Accurate estimates of the illegal alien population are difficult to obtain. Contributing to the
inaccuracy problem are; 1) laws preventing accurate estimates such as the law preventing school
districts from maintaining student's immigration status, and 2) well-publicized undercounting
of illegal aliens by the Census Bureau. For example, the federal government estimates 10
million illegal aliens in the US whereas the
Bear Stern report estimates upward of 20 million illegal aliens in the US.
The financial burden to Florida tax payers is horrendous.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Floridians are estimated to be nearly one billion
dollars (net outlay). In a recent article
Immigration costs more than thought a University of Florida study pegs the cost per illegal
alien family at $1,800 annually.
Florida's illegal alien population is growing rapidly. Using the State of Florida's 1997
420,000 and the Pew Hispanic Center's 2004 estimate of
850,000 the illegal alien population has doubled in the last eight years. This doubling
estimate is likely low because the Pew Hispanic Center estimate is based on the Census Bureau
estimate of 10 million whereas the widely accepted the Bear Stern estimate is
upward of 20 million.
Immigration Impact: Florida and
Estimates of the Size and
Characteristics of the Undocumented Population.
As you know politically correct terminology clouds honest debate of the issue. "Immigration" is
really too tame for the "invasion" that is occurring. The term "identify theft" clouds the real
problem of "illegal aliens" using "fraudulent documents" for the purpose of "citizenship
cloning." The term "removal" is the politically correct term for "deportation." Of course,
there are the euphemisms "undocumented worker" instead of "illegal alien" and the list goes on.
Now the Pew Hispanic Center in it's
report promotes the
term "unauthorized migrant" which admittedly is more accurate than most of the other euphemisms
but continues the obfuscation by claiming:
"The term "unauthorized migrant"
best encompasses the population in our data because many
migrants now enter the country or work using counterfeit documents and thus are not really
"undocumented," in the sense that they have documents, but not completely legal documents."
Now illegal aliens are "documented" with documents that are "not completely legal." Geesch.
As one activist astutely states "REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE SERIOUS
ABOUT DOING SOMETHING ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AT THE VERY LEAST, START BY STAYING INFORMED.