Home foreclosure filings in January totaled 274,399, down 10 percent from December according to RealtyTrac. The national foreclosure rate in January was one foreclosure filing for every 466 U.S. households. Read more here
Nevada’s foreclosure activity decreased from the previous month but continued to register the highest rate in the country, with one foreclosure filing for every 76 households, followed by California and Arizona. Read more here
As a sidenote — on Feb. 19 – two days after signing the $787 billion economic “stimulus” bill — ACORN members launched a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience,” the organization has announced in a press statement. “Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place.” Read more here
Is there a correlation between illegal immigrant clusters in the US and areas that suffered some of the worst foreclosures? Could some of the foreclosure numbers be from illegals?
Of the top states suffering from the highest mortgage defaults, six of those states also suffer from the highest number of illegals in the K-12 public school systems.
The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached a record of 37.9 million in 2007. Immigrants account for one in eight U.S. residents, the highest level in 80 years. Read more here
Although calculations are hard to acquire, 2004 estimates of the K-12 public school system indicate that more than 15 percent of California’s students are children of illegal aliens, as are more than ten percent of the students in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. Read more here
In Plyler v. Doe (1982), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all children who reside in the United States regardless of their immigration status, have the right to a free education. Public schools are not required to ask about a students legal status and consequently there is now a don’t ask, don’t tell mentality for fear of discrimination law suits. Read more here
According to the Department of Homeland Security, 1,052,415 immigrants were given permanent residence in FY 2007.
Austin, TX officials in late January 2009 criticized the $2 million security program aiming surveillance cameras at the Mexico-U.S. border as “a waste of time and money” after a six-month progress report recorded just three arrests – or nearly 1,200 fewer than supporters had predicted. Read more here
As more illegal immigrants live in the U.S., the higher the poverty rate rises. Illegal Mexican aliens living in the U.S. account for 3.3 million, or 10.2 percent, of the country’s total poor population.
Illegal immigrants don’t necessarily pay taxes. Paying taxes, though sometimes tedious, is a citizen’s duty. While some may not realize it, taxes pay for many things that citizens are free to use and take advantage of every day. Theoretically, when someone does not pay their taxes, they should not have the right to use the things that taxes pay for. The problem is that illegal immigrants who don’t pay their taxes still use the programs, roadways and other services that the tax dollars pay for. Read more here
President Obama is not without immunity to the personal affects of illegal immigration. President Obama’s 56 year old Aunt Zeituni Onyango of Kenya has been living here in the United States illegally since 2003.
Onyango came to the United States in 2000 to join her son and asked for asylum in the United States.
On April 16, 2003, Boston immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro ordered Obama’s aunt to leave the country.
From 2003 to 2007, she lived in tax-funded low income housing in the Old Colony Development in South Boston. Later, she would live in a state-funded unit on Flaherty Way. She fled to stay with relatives in Cleveland’s African immigrant community last year when it was made known that she had been illegally in the United States since 2004. She is now said to be residing back in Boston.
Onyango received a stay of the deportation in December and will have a new hearing for asylum on April 1 in Boston. Onyango traveled to Washington for her nephew’s inauguration. News organizations observed her attending an inaugural ball with her immigration lawyer, Margaret Wong. Read more here and here.
Additionally, Obama’s 86 year old grandmother, “Mama Sara” and 15 clan members travelled to the US from Kenya to attend the inaugaration. Nostalgically, Mama Sara revealed the US Government booked her in a five-star hotel and on inauguration day, she sat a couple of rows behind the president. Read more here
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Other topics of interest:
Illegal Aliens, the US Stimulus Package and the Age of Transpaarency Unveilled
Citizenship of Birth Entitlement to End
Tax Loophole Proposed
Information gathering on US citizens
Gun control legislation
Presidential term limits to vanish
Congress to meet in secret locations
Social Security Funds for Native Hawaiian Healthcare
What a Russian Newspaper had to say about our Obama