by Kung Fu Zu
In my previous piece, I laid out why amnesty would be suicide for the Republican Party. With this and future pieces, I will rebut the claims that “immigration reform,” aka “amnesty,” would be good for the country as well as the lie that Americans demand to have the problem solved now.
For years, various groups have told Americans that the immediate legalization of the millions of unlawful aliens in our country would be not only good, but vital for the future of the nation. These proponents of “immigration reform,” aka “amnesty,” have tried to justify their radical proposals by mouthing pious platitudes such as “we need to take illegal immigrants out of the shadows” or “we cannot have second class citizens” or “America is also responsible as we haven’t enforced the immigration laws properly” etc, etc. ad nauseum.
If you disagree with the amnesty crowd you are subjected to a number of slurs including that of being a racist. This tactic is commonly used by those who do not wish an honest and open discussion of the policies they support. Such ploys do not bother me and I intend to inject some facts into the discussion.
Consider the above-mentioned excuses/accusations leveled by the pro-amnesty crowd:
“In the shadows” — Have the people who mouthed that never driven by a home improvement center, equipment rental yard, or many other work places at seven or eight in the morning? On any given day, there are plenty of illegal aliens who are openly looking for work. Not only do they not hide, they have become pickier about the work they will and won’t do, thus extending their time in the light. Their children go to public schools paid for by citizens and legal residents. They don’t seem to be hiding very well.
“Second class citizens” — They are not U.S. citizens in any sense, legal or otherwise.
“The American people are to blame because successive governments have refused to enforce the law of the land”— Try that argument the next time you are stopped by a cop for speeding. “Officer, you didn’t stop the others who were speeding, therefore you are to blame that I am speeding”. See how far that gets you.
We are told we need amnesty to stimulate the economy. But is there really a shortage of Americans for the jobs out there? According to the Economic Policy Institute, “the number of unemployed far outstrips the available job openings in the USA for averages of the months from December 2011 to November 2012.”
This only confirms what Americans already know. The country is going through a tough spell and millions of American citizens are looking for work. What about employing more Americans? Might that stimulate the economy while helping to cut the budget deficit, while at the same time giving millions of unemployed Americans the satisfaction of supporting themselves and their families?
Given the present situation, what do Americans think about the effects of illegal immigration on jobs?
- 66% vs. 22% believe that more immigrant workers would make it harder for unemployed Americans to find a job. (National Survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, June 17, 2013)
- 56% vs. 25% believe less educated workers compete with less educated American for construction, hospitality and other service jobs. (National Survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research June 17, 2013)
- 73% vs. 14% believe there are plenty of unemployed less-educated Americans to fill jobs here. (National Survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, June 17 2013)
- 83% vs. 11% agree that businesses should try harder to recruit Black and Hispanic Americans, younger Americans and Americans with disabilities before seeking new foreign workers. (National Survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, June 17, 2013.)
When the question of policy arises, what do Americans want to be done first?
- 84% of voters favor stricter border security to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country and fewer than 13% oppose stricter border security. (Fox News Poll March 4, 2013)
- 92% of Republicans and 77% of Democrats favor stricter border security. (Fox News Poll March 4, 2013)
- 69% vs. 25% voters favor requiring completion of new border security measures before making other changes to immigration policy. 81% of Republican, 62% of Democrats, 60% of Independents. (Fox News Poll March 4, 2013)
- 58% vs. 32% of respondents favor full enforcement of border and workplace controls before considering issuing work permits to 11 million illegal aliens. (National Survey conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, June 17, 2013)
Americans’ priority seems to be pretty clear. Secure the border!! Perhaps that is something our representatives should do. • (1487 views)