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Fan Pui-Fan Ewrt 2 Paper 4 draft 080498 Economic Fear Although we are proud to be a nation of immigrants Americans have never really been comfortable with foreign newcomers New Myths and Old Realities In The Tortilla Curtain Boyle implies that the main cause of racism is white people believe that the large number of new immigrants are completing for scarce jobs and draining social service funds in the society In the whites view the social status of immigrants is inferior and lower They are a threat to the US economy In the story of The Tortilla Curtain Boyle wrote that the illegal immigrants have increased the crime rate of the Arroyo Blanco Community After coyotes attacked Delaney and Kyras two dogs Delaney went to a community meeting to discuss on the gate issue One of the neighbor Jim Shirley pointed out that there have been two houses hit right on his block-Via Dichosa--within a month The thieves break-in the Caseys house when they are away The Caseys lost about fifty thousand dollars worth of Oriental rugs home entertainment center and a brand-new Nissan pickup The crime rate of this community has gone up therefore it is necessary to have a gated entryway Boyle 42-43 For example Simi Valley has adopted a joint approach between the local police and the Border Patrol to combat serious gang related violence Since late 1995 11 anti-gang sweeps have resulted in 102 arrests including 83 illegal aliens who were deported need more crime statistics Jack angrily points out that illegal immigrants are costing taxpayers a lot of money The illegal immigrants in San Diego County contributed seventy million in tax revenues and at the same time they used up two hundred and forty million in services such as welfare emergency care schoolingKetc Boyle 102 According to George Borjas an economist at the University of California at San Dieago his study based on 1990 census data shows that immigrants
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