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Immigration & Illegal Immigrants
Americans do not seem to agree on what to do about immigration, legal and illegal. I have a clear idea about how to solve this conundrum.
My solution to the problem of illegal immigration is rather simple. First, we build a wall across our southern border to stop the inflow of illegals sneaking across.
Second, we issue a call throughout the land that all people here illegally must declare themselves. None of them who are working will be deported. Instead, we will issue work visas so that they may stay indefinitely—as long as they are gainfully employed. After a certain grace period, maybe ninety days, we will hunt down and deport any who did not report.
What we will not do is make illegal aliens automatic citizens. This is to test the progressives to see where their hearts really lie. Progressives claim that they only care about illegals out of humanitarian concerns. It is widely known that in fact what they care about is ten million new votes for their policies. So, I propose a compromise: Illegals who are working can stay with the blessing of the United States, but they cannot vote. If this is not satisfactory to progressives, we will have unveiled their true motivations.
The Jobs Americans Won't Do
The whole idea that illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won't do is a myth. Illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won't do for the wages illegal immigrants will do them for. I propose that any illegal immigrant be paid the same wages as Americans. This will end the exploitation of illegals and put American workers on a level playing field with them.
There are no jobs Americans will not do. I recently took a long road trip by car across the Northwest United States. I drove through countless little towns; stayed in many motels; ate in many restaurants. I saw dozens of maids, waiters, busboys, lawn landscapers, and construction workers—they were all white Americans!
I spent the night in a city of the state of Washington. In the morning I saw a line stretching for blocks outside the window of my room. When I checked out, I asked the lady at the front desk what these folks were doing out there. She said they were in line at the county building to apply for jobs picking apples. There were a handful of Mexicans, but most were white people.
Illegal Aliens Take Jobs from Americans
I was in the business of painting private aircraft for more than ten years. I paid American workers an average of $20 an hour to work in my paint shop. Toward the end of my business, I kept hearing regular customers for my other services (fuel, maintenance, etc.) say they were going to Fort Lauderdale to have their planes painted instead of coming to my shop. It seems the prices in Fort Lauderdale at this one particular paint shop were less than half my prices. Instead of paying $20,000 to have a Citation Jet painted, my old customers could now have it painted for $8,000. I could not figure out for the life of me how this could be done, what with overhead and all (health insurance, workers compensation, etc.). So I went to visit this paint shop for myself.
The day I visited the Fort Lauderdale paint shop, several black SUVs came screaming onto the ramp. It was ICE, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. While I was in the office of the proprietor, looking out his window, I saw the ICE agents put twenty men in a circle on the pavement in handcuffs before hauling them away.
I asked the proprietor what was going on. He said, "Ah, they just took my crew away. They'll send them back to Brazil. That's Ok. I'll have twenty more here tomorrow."
I was a stranger but he was quite open about it. He told me that they work for three dollars an hour with no benefits. They send most of the money back home. They know they'll be deported eventually. So, it's like a vacation for them, and a chance to make some real money—compared to what they make in Brazil. So that's how he paints a Citation Jet for $8,000!
Immigration Act of 1965
"This bill we sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not restructure the shape of our daily lives." President Lyndon Baines Johnson
The Immigration Act of 1965 completely changed America. Instead of admitting new immigrants based on what special skills they could contribute, we would now emphasize non-European immigration. America was afflicted with this bill because its voters gave the most political power that they have ever given to any one party to the Democrats in 1964—two-thirds of the Senate and House; as well as the presidency.
The ultra-liberal Americans for Democratic Action, the ACLU, and the National Lawyers Guild all fought for this change in immigration policy; as did the Communist Party USA (on the grounds that it destabilizes working Americans and would therefore make Communism more palatable). Today's population is the result of yesterday's immigration policy.
The Progressive proponents of the 1965 Immigration Act claimed it was a logical continuation of the Civil Rights legislation that dominated the political scene during that era. Democrats proclaimed that America's immigration policies were racist and that it was time we allowed people of color from the Third World to come to America and become citizens.
The truth is that people of color consistently provided votes for the Democratic Party. The Progressives of that party thought that with millions of new, reliable voters they could permanently swing the balance of power in America. That same reasoning motivates them today with their plan for "comprehensive immigration reform," which really means to take the ten or twenty million people who snuck across the border into America illegally, and turn them into new citizen voters. Anybody against that idea is branded a racist.
The Immigration Act of 1965 was pushed through the Senate by Ted Kennedy. He had some interesting predictions about the future effects of the bill on America: "First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same.... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.... Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area . . . It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."
Of course, everything he said was wrong and he knew it at the time. A million immigrants a year did flood our cities; immigrant levels did not stay anywhere near the same; the ethnic mix of the country was greatly upset; it did inundate America with immigrants from one country and area, namely Mexico and Latin America; and it has cost American workers millions of jobs. As Senator Kennedy knew it would, but forgot to mention, it upset the balance of power in America. The Boston Globe credited the Immigration Act of 1965 with Obama's election in 2008.
Ted Kennedy predicted in 1965, "No immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge." 21 percent of legal immigrants receive public assistance, compared to 14 percent of native-born Americans.
Immigrants from south of our border have a far different view of government than do Americans because of how things work in their countries of origin. Americans understand perfectly "Of the People, For the People, By the People." But Third World peoples have no experience with this. What they do understand is: "If you vote for me I'll give you money."
Hispanic immigrants, by far the largest contingent, are eight times more likely than native born Americans to lack even a ninth-grade education. And they have an average IQ 25 percent lower than Americans of European ancestry. Intelligence is the single most important predictor of success in life, and contribution to society.
What Progressives love to harp on is: "We're a nation of immigrants." This is true. But here they commit the great sin of omission. They leave out the important part, which is: We are a nation of immigrants who came to this country to become Americans.
These earlier immigrants were courageous because there was no safety net in place when we became a "nation of immigrants." There was no Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Food Stamps. Immigrants from before the 1960s knew that if you came here you had to make it on your own merit. You do these people a sick injustice when you compare them to people who come here because we offer cradle-to-grave food, shelter, clothes, education, and medical care.
"In light of our 5 percent unemployment rate, our worries over the so called population explosion, and our menacingly mounting welfare costs, are we prepared to embrace so great a horde of the world's unfortunates? At the very least, the hidden mathematics of the bill should be made clear to the public so that they may tell their Congressmen how they feel about providing jobs, schools, homes, security against want, citizen education, and a brotherly welcome ... for an indeterminately enormous number of aliens from underprivileged lands.
"We should remember that people accustomed to such marginal existence in their own land will tend to live fully here, to hoard our bounteous minimum wages and our humanitarian welfare handouts ... lower our wage and living standards, disrupt our cultural patterns ...
"Whatever may be our benevolent intent toward many people, [the bill] fails to give due consideration to the economic needs, the cultural traditions, and the public sentiment of the citizens of the United States." (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 681-687.)
The Deliberate Browning of America
In 1970, there were 9.7 million legal immigrants in the United States and 50% of them were white. Today there are 38 million legal immigrants and only 3% of them are white.
The percentage of Americans who are white has dropped from 85% in 1960 to 60% today. White people are now the minority in 35 of the largest 50 cities in America.
The White Race is to become a minority in America by 2042, according to projections made by the Census Bureau. Nearly half of the births in the United States were non-whites in 2010.
This is not the result of some cosmic accident, but rather the result of a plan by Progressive ideologues that see people of color as the natural constituents necessary and vital to accomplish their ultimate goal: The destruction of America.
The composition of the American people has been altered by immigration laws designed by Progressives to create an influx of peoples from the Third World. Once they arrive here, the Progressive ideology of Multiculturalism rejects any unifying vision of Americanization. Instead of a nation of individuals, they want America to be a nation of groups with permanent ethnic ties that bind.
America invited mass immigration from the Third World in the name of equality. We denigrated our own history and culture, and glorified those of the Third World countries from which these immigrants came. Proponents of Multiculturalism insist that new arrivals make no effort to assimilate; to do so they say would be "genocidal," a notion that makes a mockery of real genocide.
Approximately 500,000 babies are born each year in the United States to illegal aliens. Each of them automatically becomes an American citizen because of an old and misapplied law that grants birthright citizenship. This comes from the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which was passed in 1868.
The purpose of the birthright section of the Amendment was not so illegal aliens could sneak across the border while nine months pregnant and give birth to American citizens. On the contrary, it was so that slaves would automatically be granted citizenship en masse without having to go through immigration procedures. If a slave had been born here, he was automatically a citizen after this Amendment passed.
The United States is the only First World country that has such a law, besides Canada. No country in Europe has birthright citizenship. I can only find twelve countries in the whole world that have it.
A survey done in California found that 15% of all new Hispanic mothers admitted to having come across the border specifically to give birth in the United States so that their babies would be born American citizens. All of the babies' relatives are then eligible to apply for legal immigrant status under the family reunification laws. None of the illegal alien mothers have health insurance or any money, of course, and the cost of these births is estimated at $5B per year.
Progressives are hell-bent on legalizing the 12 to 20 million people who have snuck across our border. And they in fact want open borders, to welcome all the world's poor to move to America. Their reasons are simple: the world's poor would be voters with little skills or education who would surely vote for Communism. And Communism is the secret goal of Progressives.
Every attempt to seal our border is met by Progressives with the phony line that "only totalitarian nations build walls." That is not true number one, and number two totalitarian countries build walls to keep people IN, not OUT. Nobody ever tries to sneak into a totalitarian country. They try to get out.
Illegal aliens are granted free public education and free medical care across the United States. Some states offer them free, or reduced tuition, college scholarships. 13 states give them drivers licenses.
It is estimated that 3% of the people called for jury duty are illegal aliens. If they are called for jury duty, they can certainly vote.
31 American cities have proclaimed themselves to be "sanctuary cities" for illegal aliens, meaning that they welcome illegal aliens and will protect them from deportation in open defiance of federal immigration law.
87% of illegal aliens who have been deported do not leave the country, they simply disappear. 30% of federal prisoners are foreign-born. Over one million crimes are committed each year by illegal aliens. In Los Angeles, 95% of outstanding murder warrants are for illegal aliens, as well as 67% of all felony warrants.
An estimated 60% of gang members in California are illegal aliens. They are heavily implicated in drug trafficking and sex slavery as well. The people who perpetrated the 9/11 massacres were all illegal aliens.
The Lesson of Mexifornia
In the 1970’s, California had the seventh most educated workforce in the nation. Now, the latest census data shows it is at the bottom of the list. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, this is the result of massive immigration from south of our border. As the nation grapples with expanding immigration, California presents a preview of what might happen to the nation’s workforce.
California’s labor force has the highest percentage of high school dropouts in the nation: 16 percent. When only looking at immigrants, the percentage increases to 33 percent. 39 percent of immigrant households are recipients of welfare programs.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Eliseo Medina is the vice president of the radical SEIU; a prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America; and an advisor to President Obama.
Speaking of Latino voters, Medina said "When they voted in November, they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up. If we reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three? If we have eight million new voters we will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle."