BALA and its coalition partners want to know how President Obama and members of Congress can consider a speedy passage of a pro-amnesty immigration bill for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrations at the time, when an estimated 22 million Americans remain among the long term unemployed. BALA is also demanding answers from Black elected officials and leaders who have remained mostly silent on the issue at a time when 1 out of 7 blacks are currently out of work as the jobless recovery drags on. These officicals are fully aware that this bill will flood the American labor force at the expense of jobless minorities, who can no longer support their families at this time.
Since its inception, the BALA has made inroads---much to the dismay of opponents who have employed a number of bullying tactics, including the attempted permanent shutdown of the group’s Twitter page. “We will not be deterred at any level,” said Leah Durant, Executive Director of the Black American Leadership Alliance. “We will be marching for jobs and highlighting the plight of the Americans at a time when Congress is considering flooding the work force with cheap labor, which in the end will devastate blacks and other minority workers, who have come to depend more than ever on entry level and low wage jobs in the wake of the great recession.”
The BALA and its coalition partners plan to rally on July 15th at Freedom Plaza located between 13th and 14th Streets on Pennsylvania Ave. The purpose of the march is to bring attention to the fact that millions of working class Americans of all creeds will be hurt by the Senate bill.
The march and rally includes a number of powerful speakers such as Congressman Mo Brooks, former Congressmen Allan West, Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, C.L. Bryant, William Gheen, Kevin Jackson and
many other community, religious and intellectual leaders from around the nation.
IMMIGRANTS GENERATED A $115 BILLION SURPLUS FOR MEDICARE FROM 2002 TO 2009, STUDY FINDS
Reuters | Posted: 05/29/2013 |
* Study finds immigrants pay billions more than they use
* Immigration policy changes could deplete program-researchers
* Immigrants generated $13.8 bln surplus in 2009
By Susan Heavey
WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - Immigrants for years have paid far more into Medicare's coffers than they have pulled out, effectively subsidizing rising healthcare payments to the aging U.S. population, a study released on Wednesday showed.
The analysis from Harvard Medical School showed immigrants generated a $13.8 billion surplus for the U.S. government healthcare program for the elderly in 2009, the most recent figures available.
From 2002 through 2009 immigrants posted a Medicare surplus of $115 billion, while the American-born population logged a deficit of $28 billion in contributions.
The Harvard study was posted in the June issue of the medical journal "Health Affairs." It counters impressions that immigrants put a strain on healthcare resources.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll in February showed that more than half of U.S. citizens think most unauthorized immigrants should be deported. Opponents said the immigrants take Americans' jobs, drive down wages, and are a drain on benefits.
Researchers did not break down the Medicare contributions or use by legal and illegal immigrants and noted that the study may undercount contributions from so-called undocumented workers.
The Harvard researchers said their analysis offers the first look at immigrants' contributions to Medicare and thus the potential impact any changes to U.S. immigration policies could have on the nation's healthcare funding.
"Policies that reduce immigration would almost certainly weaken Medicare's financial health, while an increasing flow of immigrants might bolster its sustainability," they wrote.
U.S. officials estimate that funds for the insurance program will run out in 2024 as health costs for aging Americans surpass revenues. Immigrants, for now, are paying heavily into a system they are not yet using, the analysis said.
Immigrants are more likely to be younger and of working age than the U.S.-born Americans who make up the bulk of those aged 65 and older and are thus eligible for the Medicare program, which is funded through workers' payroll taxes.
Some immigrants might retire to their home country, or simply have less access to care, researchers said.
The analysis comes as lawmakers in Congress consider legislation to revamp the nation's immigration policy.
The legislation includes addressing the roughly 11 million immigrants now in the country illegally but also how to structure legal immigration, including rising demand for workers at technology companies.
The researchers said the results support the argument that immigrants are a key component to sustaining popular government benefits like Medicare.
The bipartisan plan moving through the Senate includes a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States to transition to legal residency and then obtain permanent resident status.
Critics of such a "pathway" say it would reward those who come into the country illegally and add to the burden on the government, which is already struggling to find its financial footing.
The Harvard-led team said the pathway would have a dual impact on Medicare funding: in the short-term it would likely boost payroll tax collections from working immigrants, but over time it could also increase the number of immigrants eligible for Medicare and thus the cost of the program.
For now, the benefits of having a younger pool of workers, including immigrants, outweigh the potential future payouts, they said. The first wave of baby boomers is becoming eligible for Medicare and the nation's low birth rate means there are fewer homegrown workers to pay for it.
They don't care, the libs,, the more votes and they can just continue to give out our tax money,, but black youth are going to suffer the most,, and I thought BO was all about that,, can you say dog and pony show,,