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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Guest: The Wall, immigration and The War Racket

KDVS and Shields Library’s Gary Saylin argues that money should go toward improving life — not furthering death

Most of the immigrants trying to cross the border are children, women and men seeking asylum from the horrific situations in their home countries. They deserve asylum because it is the humane and truly right thing to do.

The billions of dollars proposed for “The Wall” could not only go to getting control of the cartels, but also to safe sanctuary housing, medical clinics, educational opportunities and jobs with decent work conditions and pay for immigrants who are in desperate situations.

You may ask: How are we going to pay for all this?

Well, we have tons of money, including the $5 billion-plus proposed for “The Wall.”

Cutting back the war munitions industry would be a huge start. Bombs are expensive. Billions, trillions. It is insane how much money is funnelled into making more bombs and other weapons that feed a culture of death.

We need to be using the money to, among other things, clean up the environment, help the immigrants, build better schools and give a boost to Planned Parenthood and other humane organizations.

It is a war racket, as folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie sings about, that is killing our planet.

People, this madness is all tied together. Think of all the money and energy that could go toward life — not death and destruction.

We need to get our priorities straight.

Written by: Gary Saylin

The writer has been doing production and programming at KDVS since the 1970s and has served as the Library Assistant at Shields Library since 1988.


  1. More caravans on the way. The current migration at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Why would they do that? we all know. Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also give you state government assistance. The Border Patrol, DHS, ICE our Military & the Army Corps of Engineers have all endorsed the need for a wall numerous times almost nightly. However, immigration experts Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer disagree, saying the wall won’t work, oh and they also have zero ideas. I’ll go with the opinions of the border patrol not open borders crowd. Barrack Obama’s own border patrol chief, Mark Morgan, has repeatedly stated that walls work. They free up resources to focus on the points of entrances so they can detect more contraband and illegals.

    Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country and taxpayers paying the bill. Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens as in the cases Kate Steinly (nothing done) then…. Mollie Tibbetts, (nothing done) and now, Police Cpl. Ronil Singh nothing will be done…who’s next? These victims would be alive today if our border was secured To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action For Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs….there is nothing “temporary or deferred.” These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *Congress debating DACA in is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Thank the parents and Barrack Obama.
    *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, & day care. School class size are negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result.
    *Taxpayers are funding “in state college tuition” discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.
    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and more than 90 percent of those are in the United States illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate in Prison U do the math.
    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system.
    * Emergency services for city & states increase with illegal immigration (sanctuary cities). Taxpayer pay for every Police, Fire, Paramedic service calls for illegal aliens in their city’s. Taxpayers pay for all Hospital emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted.
    *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the US is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)
    * Section 8 housing. Citizens in poverty in many cases wait behind non citizens for housing.
    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches.


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