Our Immigration Disaster
Obviously, we all immigrated to America at some point. This includes the so-called Native Americans, whom the most recent evidence suggests emigrated here from Siberia thousands of years ago. None of the present day “Native Americans,” primarily confined within their reservations, are any more “native” than those of us whose families have been in America for several generations.
Donald Trump’s popularity as a presidential candidate is largely the result of his addressing one of the many elephants in America’s room which are being ignored by every other public figure. Our immigration policy is so wrong-headed, so devoid of common sense, so lacking in self-preservation that it defies all belief. Our “melting pot” boiled over a few decades ago, and we stopped needing any more immigrants even before then.
I graduated from high school in 1974. There was not a single “Hispanic” in my large graduating class. The word was unknown to me, or most Americans at that time. There were only a handful of Asians, and no students from the Middle East. Forty years later, and “Hispanics” are the largest minority group in America, and with their birth rate their percentage of the population is growing larger every year. I put the word in quotes to demonstrate its false, contrived nature. It was a word invented for purposes of political expediency. It describes people from various countries who have no real connection to each other.
What other country in the history of the world has ever absorbed its largest minority group in such a short period of time? The fact that an unknown percentage of this largest minority group entered illegally, unlike all past generations of immigrants, makes the situation even more scandalous. Thanks to a suicidal group of nearly all white officials, “Hispanics” are the only immigrants not required to learn English. Every sign, every automated telephone message system, every ballot or other public document, is in Spanish as well as English. But strangely enough, not in any other languages.
The problem one faces when addressing this issue is the undeniable fact that most immigrants to America since the 1970s have been non-white. Because political correctness has taken hold of the Left, and now virtually everyone who has a prominent voice in our culture, criticizing our immigration policy is tantamount to criticizing the immigrants themselves. Invariably, one is smeared with the predictable “racist” label.
Is it “racist” to wonder why all immigrants are not strongly encouraged to learn English? Do our leaders really suppose that a civilization can be run properly, when its business is conducted in various languages? Is the fact that most of these “Hispanics” come from impoverished circumstances, and are thus willing to work for meager wages and no benefits, the reason behind this seeming insanity?
The average Mexican or Chilean may be coming here for the most understandable reasons. No one can blame them for wanting a better life for themselves and their families. However, while their standard of living is undeniably raised by living in even the most modest air-conditioned, heated home with amenities like cable TV, the standard of living for the average American citizen is not being raised as well. Instead of bringing the immigrant up to the levels that previous generations of Americans enjoyed, the presence of immigrants willing to perform jobs our poorest citizens used to be paid a living wage for, is rapidly bringing down the standard of living for everyone.
This is a simple matter of mathematics. We don’t need any more people. We have far too few jobs for the people already living here. It is impossible to devise an innocent explanation for our leaders continuing to ask not only for more H-1B Visa workers, to do the skilled jobs they erroneously claim Americans aren’t qualified for, but refusing to stop the never-ending flow of immigrants illegally flooding our southern border.
It is either comic or tragic, depending upon your perspective, to consider that the same government which has decided to intervene, invade, and bomb any small sovereign nation they choose, in the name of “freedom,” and has created a monstrous federal bureaucracy that violates every precept of the Constitution, cannot or will not perform one of the few essential functions of the central government- protecting our borders. Is it really believable that the most powerful military force the world has ever known cannot guard its borders? Obviously, powerful forces don’t want those borders protected.
Donald Trump’s outspoken comments on this issue stand out starkly because no other political leader is speaking out. Liberals are shamed into silence because of their utter devotion to political correctness, and conservatives are in favor of anything that increases business profits. Needless to say, having an unlimited supply of cheap labor, which will never complain about job safety, environmental regulations, pensions or any other benefit that Americans of my age group took for granted, is something businesses are not going to give up willingly. The movement to end the minimum wage, bring back child labor, and resurrect debtors prisons are indirectly linked to the presence of so many poor immigrants.
What can be done at this point? Trump has mentioned the dreaded “D” word, which even most opponents of our immigration policy have been reluctant to do. How else can we possibly solve the problem of up to forty million illegal immigrants in our country without deporting them? With all the jobs that have been outsourced to other countries, all the factories that have moved offshore, and the increasing presence of automated tellers, cashiers, and now robots further restricting employment opportunities for Americans, what kind of leaders decide that adding millions more job aspirants to the mix is a good thing?
Unions have been effectively eliminated in America, outside of those protecting the interests of wildly overpaid athletes and the like. Guaranteed pensions have been gradually converted into 401K plans, which place much of the cost on the employee, and are subject to the vagaries of our complex, doomed marketplace. It is no longer possible to spend long, devoted years with a company, rising up the ladder along the way, and retire with financial security It is, in fact, increasingly difficult for anyone outside the top 20 percent of income earners to retire at all.
Without as many as 40 million illegal immigrants to compete with, how much easier would it be for American citizens to find decent jobs? Without that pool of cheap labor to fall back upon, and without any mantra about “just doing the jobs Americans won’t do,” employers would have to do what they did before so many immigrants from the Third World arrived in America. Someone used to do the jobs that Americans allegedly won’t. Someone cut the grass, and performed janitorial duties. Someone painted and did repairs for homeowners. The difference is, back then, those who hired them had to pay them decently.
The immigrants lining up every morning in the parking lots of Home Depots and other stores are not going to “make the economy grow.” Their presence may be increasing the profit margins of those who pay them under the table, but their impact upon working-class wages has been tremendously negative. It also provides a Third World-look, which is probably fitting since America is quickly sliding out of First World status.
Leftists, and what’s left of the Labor movement, should be publicly blasting our immigration policy. Democratic candidates should use it as an issue, and display their solidarity with all the blue-collar workers who have been devastated by the unfair competition immigrants provide. Instead, they remain silent on the issue, because they are utterly devoted to political correctness. I admire the ability of Bernie Sanders and others to dance around this huge behemoth of an issue, while talking about wages and benefits. That has to be an incredibly difficult task. It’s pointless to talk about the disparity in wealth without including the crucial impact of immigration.
Now we are facing what the mainstream media tells us is a migrant “crisis,” in Europe and eventually America. Even the Pope advises us to take migrants in out of compassion. How compassionate is it to your own citizens to continuously add more people, who must work and eat and consume, to a population that has a real unemployment rate of at least 25 percent? Every new adult immigrant becomes a competitor to those who are already competing with a hundred or more applicants for even the lowest-paid jobs. Trump acknowledged reality when he recently called the officially reported unemployment rate “the biggest joke in this country.”
Soundbites from politicians who have long hired illegal aliens to do their landscaping, or even watch their children, will not alter the situation 80 percent of Americans are facing. Propaganda from Hollywood, picturing immigrants in an angelic light, and those who oppose them as ignorant ogres, will not raise anyone’s standard of living. It also won’t quell the anger rising in every American who has had to deal with a foreigner, hired by an American company, on the telephone. These are jobs that Americans can most decidedly do, but because of pure corporate greed, Americans must not only navigate intolerable automated menus, they must deal with a thick accent when they finally do reach a human being.
Even as long ago as 2004, the New York Daily News reported that some 90 percent of cab drivers in America were foreign-born. An entire industry that once provided a living wage has been basically annexed by immigrants. The carpet business has experienced the same thing. Since Barack Obama took office, some 67 percent of new jobs went to foreign-born workers. Just this past August, while 200,000 foreign-born people got jobs, 700,000 American citizens lost theirs. The imaginary “recovery” has consisted almost entirely of new immigrants entering the workforce.
We have to take on this issue or we face the prospect of becoming a Third World country. This isn’t about “racism,” or xenophobia, or political correctness. Can we picture China, or Saudi Arabia, having such a suicidal immigration policy? Can we imagine what the Founding Fathers would think of such madness? It’s hard to argue with those who claim our leaders are purposefully trying to collapse things.
Trump’s popularity, primarily because of his views on immigration, demonstrates perfectly the disconnect between the perspective of the population, and the perspective of our leaders. Any child would realize the lunacy of bringing more people into a country struggling to provide resources and jobs to those already there. This is not a difficult problem to fix. Deport all illegals. Stop all the H-1B visas. Protect the borders.
The old chestnut “Charity begins at home” is as forgotten as “There but for the grace of God go I.” While our government continues to permit, and often reward, illegal immigration, they are cracking down on the poorest of American citizens. Work for welfare. Don’t feed the homeless. Perhaps soon we’ll follow the draconian example set by Great Britain, who now forces recipients of government aid into unpaid labor contracts.
The ultimate goal seems to be the elimination of the middle class. This is already well underway, with the massive concentration of wealth at the top, and fewer and fewer jobs, let alone career opportunities, out there for the rest of us. Everyone should recognize the law of supply and demand here; with more job seekers, each job becomes more valuable to the applicant, but less valuable to the employer. Thus, those who offer jobs can pay their employees less. Economics 101.
The middle class was the American Dream. With the death of the middle class comes the death of the American Dream. Massive immigration, especially the illegal kind, has helped to kill the middle class as much as NAFTA and other disastrous trade deals did. Again, this is not about the immigrant. It is about the corrupt leaders who let this happen, and destroyed the country in the process.
America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Our electrical grids are woefully in need of updating. Our medical system is not only sinfully expensive, it is now the third leading cause of death in the country. The last thing we should be doing is bringing more people in to tap our limited resources, or invade, occupy and lecture other countries on how to do things.
If your own children were starving, would you give what limited food you had to the neighbors, to feed their children? Or would you even actually take those children into your own house, and provide for them? Why are we neglecting our own house, our own children, while providing for others?
Charity begins at home.