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Am Immigration Plan in the National Interest? Nah! by The Elephant's Child

The latest message from the compliant media is that the Gang of Eight Immigration bill is a ‘done deal,’ it’s all over, the Hoeven-Corker amendment has changed it into something that will make it acceptable to cautious Republicans and Democrats, because we said so, no need to try to read this 1,200 page mess. “We’ll have to pass it to find out what’s in it— again.” Harry Reid wants to pass it on Monday.

Hopefully, the House of Representatives will reject it, chew it up distastefully, and spit it out. It is a complete fraud.  I started to write about immigration yesterday, but realized that I didn’t begin to know enough to write about it knowledgeably, so I started reading.  I went to the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization, founded in 1985.

The data collected by the Center during the past quarter-century has led many of our researchers to conclude that current, high levels of immigration are making it harder to achieve such important national objectives as better public schools, a cleaner environment, homeland security, and a living wage for every native-born and immigrant worker. These data may support criticism of US immigration policies, but they do not justify ill feelings toward our immigrant community. In fact, many of us at the Center are animated by a “low-immigration, pro-immigrant” vision of an America that admits fewer immigrants but affords a warmer welcome for those who are admitted.

It’s a terrific source with reams of information. Obviously the Gang of Eight is completely unaware of any of it, or more likely, is unconcerned.  The standard estimate is that we have around 11 million illegal immigrants in the country at any one time. Mexicans are thought to represent about 55-60% of the illegal population, which is why discussion seems to revolve around Mexicans and the Southern border. The standard refrain is “You can’t deport 11 million people.”

The immigration bill is driven by the single dominating goal of the Democratic Party — winning the next election. They believe that amnesty will bring them more Democrat voters. They would prefer open borders, but will settle for a pretense of securing the borders that will never happen. Every border security effort proposed  has been part of previous bills, but never enforced, or funded, and the present bill is just more of the same, with security that will never happen. The illegal population is usually thought of in the full stadium model — as a big bunch of people, but it is instead — a constantly shifting population.

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Democrats want more Democrat voters. The Tech industry wants H1-B low pay/high tech workers. Everybody seems OK with EB-5 Immigrant Investors — you invest $500,000, bring in your whole family and get green cards in 2 years. E1 and E2 —non-immigrant visas, are easily renewed, for those funding and operating businesses in the US with a value over $50,000.

If it is true that 60% of our illegal immigrant population is from Mexico, what does that indicate? Per the Democrats, perhaps we should just annex the country and be done with it. A recent Gallup survey found that 5 million Mexicans want to move here. In 2005, 22 million Mexicans told a Pew survey that they would come as guest workers. Employment prospects in Mexico and employment prospects in the United States change and affect the movement of populations, as do changes in administrations.

15% of our construction workers are unemployed. Inviting more low pay workers across the border will devastate high paying jobs. It has already happened, even with the slowed pace of the construction industry. The rush to satisfy employers’ appetite for cheaper foreign workers will be devastating for young Americans. The statistics that CIS has on STEM graduates suggests that employers’ claims that they can’t find well-trained graduates may not be entirely accurate.

Claims that there has been a big drop in numbers crossing the border illegally may not be true. There have been big surges in the Rio Grande valley, but the Border Patrol is not allowed to stop them, the surge began in the summer of 2012. 98% of the 550,000 individuals on the terrorist watch list are foreign born. 10,000-20,000 of those reside in the United States. The 13 most notorious terrorism arrests since 2009 involved naturalized U.S. citizens.

So  how about immigration reform in the national interest? One New York Times headline read “Labor and Business Reach Deal on Immigration Issue.”Business wanted 400,000 new low-skill workers visas, but settled for a number that could reach a 200,000 ceiling.”

The number one concern of the American people is jobs. There seems to be a disconnect here.

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