The Voice of the White House
Washington, D.C. August 30, 2016: “The illegal alien invasion of America now totals 20 -23 million and rising. Of that number, 90% are Hispanics.
Phoenix, Arizona, has become the biggest gathering point and distribution hub for people migrating to the United States from Mexico.
But unlike other large cities of the Southwest, Phoenix has little history in assimilating large numbers of Hispanics. The result has been an anti-immigrant backlash.
The U.S. Border Patrol polices Phoenix’s bus station and airport — some 175 miles from Mexico — because the city has become an unofficial port of entry, says agent Shannon Stevens.
“The Phoenix area basically is going to be used as a major transportation hub for illegal immigration, because it’s going to be the first major city they get to after crossing illegally,” Stevens says.
But the city isn’t just a way-station for immigrants: It has also become a place for them to settle. Census figures show the percentage of the city’s Hispanic population nearly doubled between 1990 and 2000 — from 13 percent to 25 percent. No one knows what percentage are here illegally or even from Mexico. But it is largely a population of families, helping make Arizona the fifth youngest state.
Not everyone in Phoenix is adapting so willingly to this demographic and cultural shift. Activists say the undocumented are holding down wages, costing taxpayers millions for health care and education, and contributing to crime.
80 percent of all violent crime in Phoenix can be attributed to illegal aliens.
Public discontent with the situation has boiled over into state policy, leading voters and lawmakers to pass some of the most hardline anti-illegal immigrant laws in the country.
Federal border officials arrested nearly 500,000 people trying to enter the state in a three month period in 2015. Also a factor is the “Minuteman Project,” a self-appointed militia, which began patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border.
The number of illegal immigrants in Arizona has more than quadrupled since 1996 — from 115,000 then to about 500,000 now. By comparison, the number of illegal immigrants in the United States roughly doubled, jumping from about 5 million in 1996 to about 21 million today.” Continue Reading »