NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Stuart Hoffmann, writes in the Union Letters to the Editor, Poor pay the price, September 1, 2004.
For anyone needing yet another reason to defeat George W. Bush in November, I submit the following:


• The number of Americans living in poverty increased by 1.3 million last year.


• The ranks of the uninsured increased by 1.4 million.


• It was the third straight year of annual increases in both categories

I suggest that economic policy is not the problem, rather it is the source of the poor, the illegal immigration that adds a half a billion low income families per year to the populaiton. Since 2000, we have added about 2 million new immigrants according to the Census Bureau. Immigrants, who earn one-tenth of the average US worker. This is the major source of low income families according to the Census Bureau.
[T]he 2000 Census suggests that the illegal immigration population was about 8 million. Using this number, it can be concluded that the illegal-alien population grew by almost half a million a year in the 1990s. This conclusion is derived from a draft report given to the House immigration subcommittee by the INS that estimated the illegal population was 3.5 million in 1990. For the illegal population to have reached 8 million by 2000, the net increase had to be 400,000 to 500,000 per year during the 1990s.
More details here.

If Bush caused the increase in poverty, it was because he has not closed our Southern borders, not because of his economic policies, as implied by Mr. Hoffmann.

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