The treasonous efforts of Republican and Democratic elites and big business to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, thus depriving our fellow Americans of jobs and lowering their wages continues apace. Not just the political parties, but the establishment media from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to Fox News support amnesty.
What is not heard in this government/media echo chamber of pro-amnesty opinion is any concern about what is best for American citizens. After all, our government’s first obligation is to our nation’s citizens, not people from other countries. Do American politicians or media organs feel any patriotic duty and loyalty to their fellow citizens?
Any objective analysis of the damage caused by illegal immigration leads inexorably to the conclusion that amnesty would be catastrophic for American citizens, especially of lower and middle incomes.
Start with the job market. Americans are unemployed in record numbers. The percentage of adults in the work force is at an all-time low. Real wages for lower and middle class Americans, particularly minorities, have been declining for 30 years.
Into this bleak job market, amnesty proponents want to add 11 million more potential workers. This is economic insanity. Economics 101 teaches that an increase in the supply of labor depresses wages. Instead of amnesty that will flood the labor market and further depress workers’ pay, what our citizens need is an immigration moratorium and strict enforcement of the E-verify system until all Americans have jobs and wages are rising for working people.
Amnesty supporters also falsely claim that illegal aliens will contribute more in taxes than they consume in government benefits. This claim is both ridiculous on its face and demonstrably false. The cost of legalizing current illegals would be approximately $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years (Heritage Foundation, 2013). Fifty seven percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) are in at least one welfare program. (Center for Immigration Studies, 2009).
You get the picture. It is patently absurd to assert that 11 million illegal aliens – predominantly less educated Mexicans with higher birthrates than current citizens – would not be net consumers of government benefits for many generations to come.
Not only will amnesty cost Americans jobs, lower wages for those lucky enough to still have a job, and accelerate the bankruptcy of benefit programs sustaining our neediest citizens, more violent crime is also guaranteed.
Consider these facts: Illegal aliens comprise approximately 30% of the US federal, state and local prison and jail population (Federation for American Immigration Reform, “Criminal Aliens” 2012); the FBI reports that 1.4 million gang members are in our cities, and that gangs, primarily of Mexican origin, are a growing threat throughout the US; 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegals; and 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
And of course, the September 11 terrorist attack would likely have never happened had our government enforced our immigration laws. Several of the hijackers had been admitted to the country without proper screening and had overstayed their visas.
Closer to home is the case of Angel Resendiz. This illegal alien serial killer bludgeoned to death a UK student and raped and beat his girlfriend near the Waller Avenue train tracks in 1997. Resendiz, dubbed the “Railroad Killer”, murdered at least 15 people before being executed in 2006.
How many more American citizens would be alive today if our government had been aggressively enforcing the immigration laws we have on the books over the last few decades? How many more Americans will die at the hands of illegal aliens if the amnesty cabal prevails?
America needs an immigration policy focused on what is best for Americans, not what is best for illegal aliens or multinational corporations who just want cheap labor and who have no allegiance to America or our nation. Amnesty represents a betrayal of American citizens.
American citizens need aggressive enforcement of our existing immigration laws, deportation of illegal alien criminals, punitive sanctions for companies hiring illegals, and full implementation of the E-Verify system. These policies will promote the well-being of our fellow American citizens to whom we owe our loyalty.
Where are the politicians of either party who will defend our fellow citizens and promote their interests?
Dan M. Rose, President, Americans First, Inc.