Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, April 17, 2006

Time Magazine Part II

It took me a bit to get around to reading the Time article called Dropout Nation which discussed how 30% of America’s High School students leave without graduating. As it turns out that number is a bit misleading. The article does point out that the national average is 30% of high school students who will drop out, but the article also shows that an alarming 50% of all black and Hispanic students will leave high school without graduating (Time, April 17, 2006).
If you remember our discussion from last March 22: 60% of black men in their mid-thirties without a high school diploma have served jail time according to a study by Bruce Western, a sociologist at Princeton (Washington Post, March 22, 2006). So if we combine these two statistics, more than 1 out of every 4 black males in high school right now will end up in prison. But, if they don’t wind up in prison, I’m sure there are plenty of jobs out there for people without a high school diploma.
No, illegal immigrants won’t be taking my job and they might not take yours either, but what about half of all black men in this country who won’t have a high school diploma, where are they going to find a job that doesn’t require a high school education?
The illegal immigration problem has so many sides to it and so many of those sides show how bad it is for Americans. Sure, illegals may not take your job, but what about someone else’s?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, it's personal responsibility. While you don't want to reward someone for coming here illegally, (and I'm fine with that) I don't think we should have to hold jobs for people who won't take the education that is being handed to them. If I come to your house and you offer me a plate of fruit, and I say, no thanks man, I don't like fruit...then it looks like I'm going to be hungry. No body's fault but mine.

Tue Apr 18, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, if you come to the door and you have a family to feed and I only have one piece of fruit left because I have given all the other fruit to China, then even if you take the fruit there is not enough to feed your family because someone in China got the rest (remember how your Mom would tell you to clean your plate because there are starving children in China). I gave my fruit to someone from another country rather than give it someone who is from here. So because you don’t have enough fruit to feed your family, are you going to let your family starve or will you turn to illegal methods to make money? Illegal immigrants lead to illegal activities by those who live here.

Tue Apr 18, 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people who would turn to illegal means would probably turn to them whether immigrants were here or not. Crime has always been around, immigration is just the current "symptom" that causes it.

Wed Apr 19, 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, illegal immigration affects every aspect of our lives from taxes, pollution, the economy, terrorism, gas prices, housing prices, hospital bills, insurance costs, additional taxes to pay for schools and social services, jobs, crime, etc etc. You want a silver bullet to solve a lot of problems, end illegal immigration. You want these problems to get worse, let illegal immigration continue and/or offer a guest worker program.

Wed Apr 19, 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but ending illegal immigration won't magically solve these problems, they may reduce some, but they won't end. You mentioned gas prices...illegal immigrants now are the cause of high gas prices? Priceless.

Thu Apr 20, 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

No, they are not the cause of high gas prices, but gas prices are determined, to an extent, by the laws of supply and demand. Example, roughly 60% of the 12 million illegal immigrants are from Mexico, but maybe .05% are from Brazil which would be about 60,000. Brazil now is completely energy efficient and their cars all run on sugar ethanol and not gasoline. What if only half of the 60,000 Brazilians who are here illegally drive? This would mean that there are 30,000 people using gasoline that otherwise would be using sugar ethanol. Supply and demand, the more gasoline consumed the higher the prices. And if we said that only half of the 12 million illegals in this country drive, how would it affect traffic congestion and pollution on top of gas consumption if these 6 million suddenly were not using our publicly funded roadways?

Thu Apr 20, 02:41:00 PM  

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