One of the hot political topics at the moment is immigration.
Democrats have been pushing to open the flood gates and give every immigrant, legal and illegal, more rights than US citizens have. They are throwing American citizens under the proverbial bus in order to win legal and illegal Hispanic votes.
Republicans support reforming legal immigration to make it easier, but most have spoken out against illegal immigrants. However, some of the GOP presidential candidates are stepping back on the issue of illegal immigration for fear of losing millions of Hispanic votes.
I have often spoken out against illegal immigration and that it should be stopped 100%. I shared my personal experiences and observations of the negative impacts that illegal immigration has had on our nation, jobs, neighborhoods and the safety of the American people. Not surprisingly, I’ve had some liberals challenge the validity of my statements, even though many have been from things I’ve seen with my own eyes.
A new report posted on Investors.com helps confirm many of my claims that illegal immigration has a negative impact on a number of facets that affect us all. But what may surprise many of you is that the report shows the overall impact that legal immigration also has a negative impact on our nation, jobs and economy.
I want to say right now that I have some dear friends who are legal immigrants and they have been contributing members of society, so I’m not against legal immigration, if handled properly. Our nation was founded by legal immigrants. My wife’s father was a legal immigrant from Barbados and her maternal grandfather was a legal immigrant from England. However, the liberals running our government and controlling legal immigration are doing so in a way that is detrimental to America, especially the H-1B work visas being used to replace American workers with cheaper foreign workers.
According to the report, there were 10 million immigrants in the US in 1970. To put that in perspective, about 1 of every 21 people in the country was an immigrant. Today the number of immigrants in the US is around 41 million or 1 of every 7 people. Not surprisingly, about half of the 41 million immigrants are illegal.
Another 14 million legal immigrants are expected to arrive over the next 10 years according to the Census Bureau. If nothing is done to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, some estimate the number of illegals double from 20 million to 40 million over the next ten years.
Knowing the number of legal and illegal immigrants entering the US, consider the fact that there are still 26 million Americans out or work who are looking for jobs. You don’t have to be a math whiz to realize that the chances of American citizens finding jobs will continue to get harder and harder with the increase in legal and illegal immigrants.
From 1980 to 2000, there was a large increase in the number of legal immigrants allowed into the US. George Borjas, Economist at Harvard, did a study that revealed that the influx of legal immigrants during that period caused a 7.4% drop in wages of low-skilled workers.
A GOP memo on the topic cites the following polls:
- Gallup (1/29/15): “By a more than 5-to-1 margin (39% vs. 7%), Americans who are dissatisfied with current immigration levels want less rather than more.”
- Pew (2012): “69% say we should ‘restrict and control people coming to live in our country more than we do now’ (including 59% of Hispanics).”
- Reuters (8/7/14): “By a nearly 3-to-1 margin (45% vs. 17%), Americans think immigration rates should be reduced, not increased.”
- Princeton Survey Research Associates (6/23/13): “61% say there ‘should be restrictions’ on the number of STEM-related foreign workers (entering) the U.S.”
- Gallup (6/8/14): “By a 2-to-1 margin (41% vs. 22%), Americans think immigration should be decreased rather than increased.”
According to the polls, most Americans not only want illegal immigration stopped but they also want to restrict the amount of legal immigration. Yet many Republican leaders continue to work towards immigration reform that would make legal immigration easier, allowing more people to come to our country, because they are afraid of losing Hispanic votes. You have to ask which is more important: Hispanic votes or the votes of the majority of Americans? If a Republican truly wants to win the White House in 2016, they need to listen to the majority of Americans, not the liberal minority.