Ray Stevens' Dumb, Anti-Immigrant Song "Come To the U.S.A."

Nearly two million views and growing, Stevens' redneck anthem "Come To the U.S.A."

I'm sure everyone under the age of 45 is scratching their heads, going, "Ray, who?" But Ray Stevens was actually popular in the '70s for a second, crooning silly comedy songs about streaking and one called, believe it or not, "Ahab the Arab." And yes, he preferred the redneck pronunciation of Ay-rab for that track.

Now the former Hee-Haw regular has produced the idiotic new ditty "Come To the U.S.A." which trades on negative stereotypes of illegal immigrants, presenting the nativist view that America is wide-open for the undocumented, that they get free money from the state, and receive a host of welfare benefits to boot. 

So far, it's received nearly two-million views. The video doesn't really get into SB 1070, though it alludes to Arizona through photos.

Stevens prefers the tough immigration laws of North Korea, China, Sudan, and Mexico itself, jokingly, of course. Maybe he should go live in one of these countries, if their laws are preferred. According to Stevens, immigrants come to this country to start houses of prostitution and have so-called "anchor babies," otherwise known as American-born citizens, all the usual tripe. (I should point out that Stevens himself avoids the racist term.)

One particularly annoying lie that Stevens helps promulgate in his song is that illegal immigrants receive all sorts of free public benefits. Actually, they are barred from receiving all but emergency aid from federal coffers.

Even the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform reluctantly admits as much on its Web site. Regarding the 1996 federal welfare reform act signed by President Clinton. FAIR has this to say:

Legal immigrants are barred from all federal means-tested public benefits for five years after entering the country and barred from SSI and food stamps until citizenship. They are also barred from all federal means-tested public benefits for five years.

Benefits available to immigrants include school lunch and breakfast programs, immunizations, emergency medical services, disaster relief, and others programs that are necessary to protect life and safety as identified by the attorney general, regardless of immigration status.

Illegal immigrants are barred from the following federal public benefits: grants, contracts, loans, licenses, retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, post secondary education, food assistance, and unemployment benefits. States are barred from providing state or locally funded benefits to illegal immigrants unless a state law is enacted granting such authority.

And please spare me the line about illegal immigrants getting benefits through their American-born children, who are eligible and should be eligible to receive assistance. Sorry, they're Americans. If you don't like it, amend the U.S. Constitution.

Plus, the cost is not what you would assume. As Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley wrote in his book on immigration Let Them In:

"Analyses of welfare use conducted by researchers at The Urban Institute have found that fewer than 1 percent of illegal immigration households nationwide receive benefits for the program most commonly associated with welfare -- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- versus 5 percent of households headed by U.S. citizens."

Yeah, I know, it's just a retarded redneck song. But nearly two million views deserves some sort of rebuttal, though I doubt it'll do much to beat back this myth that illegal immigrants soak up welfare. Just driving around Phoenix, have you ever seen a Mexican on a street corner asking for spare change? Those dudes are mostly white. Hispanics, on the contrary, have a work ethic.


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randall52
randall52

Either the law needs to be enforced or it needs to be changed. The way it works in my city is that many illegals work for cash and do not pay income tax. Their children can enroll in schools that are funded by income taxes even without paying income tax. That causes overcrowded schools. This causes a low quality of education as the schools are not funded for all of these kids. I have no problem with someone being here illegally if they are not getting a free ride on health care and income taxes. The government will not continue to increase the taxes I pay to cover people that are getting a free ride. Get a job and pay your taxes and healthcare. You are welcome at that point. What law can I break and have the government look the other way? Maybe I don't want to pay income tax? Surely they will look the other way if I don't.....

Maybe I should renounce my citizenship and sneak back in. I would be able to enroll my children in school. I would be able to have free housing, free healthcare, and free food. Doesn't sound bad at this point.

Tina
Tina

Hey Hot Dude Ray ! First American iIlegal immigratin woz back around 1492 n 1602 by them honky Euroz n Angloz waznit ??

Do You Like Worms?
Do You Like Worms?

Stephen Lemons got busted with a transsexual prostitute down on Van Buren a while back...

incidentally the most insistent pan handler i've ever encountered was a hispanic guy in El Paso..  Never ran into an asian pan handler but all other races, yeah.

Greg Wilhelmi
Greg Wilhelmi

I am disappointed in Ray Stevens, especially because I used to like him in the 70's. In "Everything Is Beautiful" children sing "Jesus Loves the little children, all the little children in the world" But now it appears that Ray Stevens loves the children of immigrants less. I have written a pro-immigration song called "Line Between the Lands" which can be downloaded on many major stores including iTUNES, Amazon, and MySpace. ------ Greg Wilhelmi

Timothy Robert Simpson
Timothy Robert Simpson

I just learned who Ray Stevens was. This video/song is funny. It's so true. Just like his obamacare video. We're voting you all out of office.

Christian in Austin
Christian in Austin

THIS GUY IS A SCUMBAG! FIRST OFF, HE SPEAKS OF ILLEGALS GETTING WELFARE...................THEY CANNOT GET IT! IDIOT! COME ON GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. I AM A PROUD 32/WHITE MALE. STOP EMBARASSING US YOU FREAKIN SLIME BALL!

Robyn
Robyn

You really should stop believing everything you hear on talk radio. This is a complete fabrication. Do research before you say things that are meant to scare Americans. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201...

Kyle
Kyle

alright, i would like to say that Stevens has made some good points. The border is a swinging door where anyone that has 2 legs can go through without being arrested. We don't do ANYTHING to try and take back to Mexico ( where immigration laws are surprisingly harsh considering the fact that there population is approximately 3 people). And once they are here they have an anchor baby so they can leech of taxpayer income.

Faye
Faye

right on ray. glad someone is taking a stand. i hope the ones in washington will hear this. god bless you

Bob101857
Bob101857

Living in Arizona, I find your remarks insulting. Chances are you aren't in Arizona, nor care, your statement you are showing your ignorance. What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand?? I am so tired of ignorance on part of the left nut jobs. Get a life, and obey the Laws.

smuthrob
smuthrob

@Tina In 1492 there was no visa system, in 1602 there are no visa system or passports so that time frame can not be compared to 20143. This country has a legal system for entering. 


Did Mexico have a visa and passport system in 1492 or 1602? No but they certainly have laws covering it today. If an illegal immigrant demand their rights in that country they will be jailed for being there and it is against the law for immigrants legal or illegal to protest the Mexican goverment. What say you about that?


On the other hand people do come here drop a baby and get on the welfare system. I see it on Billingsley Rd, where I live all the time. The welfare department is filled on a daily basis with Latinos from everywhere. A friend of mind told me he heard a conversation between two Latino women. Once asked the other why she was not receiving any government benefits. She said because she was not married and did not have kids. The first woman asked her, "Can't you find a man to give you a baby?" 

The first woman was doing all she could do to encourage the 2nd one to get on the gravy train.


People like you don't live in the real world Tina. You are going to be heartbroken when illegals are finally pushed off the system and one day after Obama, out of the country. The time is up for ridiculous posts like yours.

smuthrob
smuthrob

@Christian in Austin You are completely ignorant. They get welfare in my state if they have a baby and they have plenty of them once they cross that border. What makes people like you lie, lie, lie. You know they get welfare but you pretend they don't. Here they get welfare of $5,600 annually for each child (and they have plenty of them), that entitles them to food stamp debit cards because they have those kids born here between two illegal parents, they get free education, they get section 8 housing.


And they get you to lie about them getting welfare. You are the real scumbag for lying.

smuthrob
smuthrob

@Kyle You are 100% correct and the people lying here know what you just posted is right. 

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