‘Comprehensive’ Immigration Reform devalues wages and citizenship

February 26, 2014

We’re 2 months into President Obama’s “year of action” and if the past couple weeks are any indicator oh what a year it will be. His mid term election trifecta of shiny objects strategy is off to a rousing start.

Question data discrepancy or modeling inconsistencies of the “consensus” that favors the administration’s climate position and you’re a flat earther. (Never mind the pesky little fact that the actual flat earthers of the middle ages were the “consensus” of the time.)

Dare to point out that the Congressional Budget Office says that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will put anywhere from 300,000 to a possible 1 million of the poorest of the poor out of a job.

And even think about suggesting that “comprehensive” immigration reform as passed in the Senate is not a good idea at this time and you’ll find yourself transformed into a racist xenophobe.

As an adopted child, I have not a clue of my biological immigration history but from my earliest memories I was immersed in the American immigration experience.

I remember the trips to great-grandma’s house where grandma would translate between my English and her mother in law’s Czechoslovakian. I heard first hand of the “old country” from elders. I was introduced to 4 letter words from the impassioned arguments of our Polish custom cutters. The wheat I helped harvest came from Russian immigrants. I played football against grandsons of German immigrants. I went to college and studied alongside Lebanese and Pakistani immigrants.

There is no debate that without our rich immigrant past, we would be not half the great nation we are today.

Proponents of reform now, imply that immigrants of today are no different than the millions who passed through Ellis Island a century ago. Yet the implication is wrong, they are very different.

Ellis Island was a legal process. Ellis Island screened for health issues and that an immigrant would not be a burden to society. Harsh but true.

When Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 it was widely regarded as the “compassionate” thing to do. Approximately 3 million illegals would get one time amnesty and the southern border would be secured. One of those grand bi-partisan compromises the D.C. elite tout as “progress”.

Yet the border never got secured and the siren call of “we did it once, we’ll surely do it again” brought millions more across the border to just sit tight and wait for the next time.

And the time has now come that they and their supporters say they’ve waited long enough. Never mind that their very first act in this country was to break the law.

The Democrats want the votes, and the suits in the corporate executive suites want cheap labor so it must be made so.

Who cares if the former devalues the citizenship of the millions who respected the rule of law and immigrated via the legal route and what does it really matter that the latter depresses the wages of every working American?

Even die hard lefty Paul Krugman had to admit in 2006 when this was first being proposed that: “while immigration may have raised overall income slightly, many of the worst-off native-born Americans are hurt by immigration — especially immigration from Mexico. Because Mexican immigrants have much less education … they increase the supply of less-skilled labor, driving down the wages of the worst-paid Americans.”

The immigration debate today is not about compassion. It is and always has been about raw political power and corporate greed. Nothing more, nothing less.

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