The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Immigration


Tea Party advocates aren’t anti-immigrant or anti-immigration. The United States was built on immigration. Some of America’s biggest and greatest companies were started by immigrants – from the Heinz Company and AT&T to Dupont and Google.

“A new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy found more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Eighteen percent (or 90) of the 500 companies had immigrant founders. The children of immigrants started another 114 companies.

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“The list accompanying the research carries some surprising information, Steve Jobs, the famous co-founder of Apple, is a child of an immigrant parent from Syria. Walt Disney also was the child of an immigrant (from Canada), as well as the founders of Oracle (Russia and Iran). IBM (Germany), Clorox (Ireland), Boeing (Germany) 3M (Canada) and Home Depot (Russia).”

We get it. Immigration is good. But the way immigration is being pushed on America is bad for America. Illegals are being used for political purposes, to grow the liberal base and overrun our growing welfare state to help keep liberal Democrats in power forever. No number of highly qualified immigrants will be able to compensate.

America wants the best and brightest from around the world. Everybody reading this article is most likely an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant.

What we need is real immigration reform without giving away the nation to outsiders that do not have America’s best interests in mind.

“With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss to Tea Party candidate David Brat, immigration reform looks dead. But the Tea Party should favor sensible immigration reform with border controls. It would result in additional economic growth, allowing the government to cut spending and lower taxes — key Tea Party demands.”

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Below are five reasons the Tea Party should support immigration reform. The key word is REFORM not amnesty. With reform should come an overhaul of the welfare and regulatory systems that inhibit job growth for all of us. One cannot come without the other.

There are millions of people who are out of work because it pays enough not to work.

The Obama administration has crippled the economy. Opening the doors to more workers without fixing the welfare state is a non-starter for millions of Americans.

Even so, there is a good side to the right kind of immigrant growth:

  1. Immigrants bring in more tax revenue. Technology Policy Institute scholar Arlene Holen, using CBO methodology, has estimated that if no green card or H-1B visa constraints had existed in the period 2003-07, an additional 182,000 foreign graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields would have remained in the United States. Their contribution to GDP would have been $14 billion in 2008, including $2.7 billion to $3.6 billion in tax payments. Three hundred thousand H-1B visa holders would also have remained in the U.S. labor force, earning $23 billion in 2008 and reducing the budget deficit by $34 billion to $47 billion in tax revenue over the next decade.
  2. Immigrants have skills that complement those of native-born Americans, making the economy more efficient. Immigrants make the economy more efficient by reducing bottlenecks caused by labor shortages, both in the high-skill and low-skill areas, and allowing businesses to expand, creating jobs for native-born Americans.
  3. Immigrants raise wages of native-born Americans. Research found that increasing legal immigration, regardless of education or occupation, would improve job prospects for American workers.
  4. Immigrants are responsible for a substantial share of startups. Immigrants are disproportionately entrepreneurial, which in turn yields tax revenue and more jobs for Americans. Brookings economist Robert Litan has estimated that the U.S. economy now generates about 15 new companies a year that are likely to grow to have a billion dollars or more in annual revenue. Immigration reform could increase that number, potentially raising GDP growth by a more than a full percentage point.
  5. Immigrants could help revive blighted areas, such as Detroit. Let’s face it, Detroit does not look attractive to many Americans. But it is more attractive than dangerous places such as Venezuela and Afghanistan, where people fear for their lives and the lives of their children.

None of these good elements of immigration reform will work given the existing political, economic, legal, and moral climate that is tearing America apart at the seems. You can’t change just one thing to make it all better.

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