The Heralds series on illegal immigrants was best exemplified by the Aug. 21 edition, which boldly stated how elusive data is. One of the reasons data is elusive is because most health, education and government agencies are mandated not to ask questions about immigration status, thus helping to keep the facts elusive.
Reading the Herald series, I was left with the impression that illegal immigration is a victimless crime. No mention was made of the numerous hospitals in the West and Southwest that have been closed because of overburdening costs by illegal immigrants.
No mention was made of the fact that about 17 percent to 20 percent of the illegal immigrants coming to the United States commit crimes or that about 27 percent of incarcerated federal criminals are illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico.
Because statistics are not kept on illegal immigrants per se, its difficult to track the number of murders within the United States that are done by illegal immigrants, but the estimate from available data ranges from 2,158 to 4,380 murders per year. Given the uproar by liberals who were outraged by the 4,000 deaths in Iraq over a much longer time, its curious that theres no concern about perhaps 4,000 U.S. deaths in one year alone.
So while none of us begrudge a helping hand to those in need, its absurd for American citizens to want to help Mexican nationals while U.S. citizens are suffering deaths, rape and robbery, along with huge costs for education, health care, welfare and so on.
The question is why the plight of U.S. citizens is seldom covered in liberal news media and the emphasis in reporting is on developing sympathy for the poor people who come here illegally.
Incidentally, it is a favorite trope by the blame-America-first left that the demand for drugs in the United States somehow is forcing Mexicans to supply those drugs. Thats sort of like blaming burglaries on the fact that there is a high demand for stolen goods. Surely we can do better than that.
Mike Sigman, Durango