Obama Claims Adding 11 Million Low-Skilled Workers Will Strengthen the Middle Class

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Could it be that when Obama was leafing through the thesaurus looking for synonyms for “Destroy”, “Smash”, “Utterly Eradicate” and “Eliminate Beyond Any Trace of Recognition”, he found himself with the antonyms rather than the synonyms?

Right now, we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; 11 million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows.  Yes, they broke the rules.  They crossed the border illegally.  Maybe they overstayed their visas.  Those are facts.  Nobody disputes them.  But these 11 million men and women are now here.  Many of them have been here for years.  And the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble.  They’re contributing members of the community.  They’re looking out for their families.  They’re looking out for their neighbors.  They’re woven into the fabric of our lives.

Obama is confusing Mexican illegal aliens with Cotton Incorporated. They didn’t just break the rules. They broke the law.

They’re not contributing members. They take away jobs from Americans, leech off the social benefits system and commit a number of crimes besides the whole “illegal entry” deal. Jails tend to be full of illegal aliens for a reason.

Every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living.  Often they do that in a shadow economy — a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage or make them work overtime without extra pay.  And when that happens, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for the entire economy.  Because all the businesses that are trying to do the right thing — that are hiring people legally, paying a decent wage, following the rules — they’re the ones who suffer.   They’ve got to compete against companies that are breaking the rules.  And the wages and working conditions of American workers are threatened, too.

So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system.

Obama’s solution to employers hiring people under the table for low wages is to legalize 11 million illegal aliens. Which will open up positions for more illegals to come and work under the table, while the newly legal illegal aliens end up eventually going on unemployment once they get their green cards because there’s no work for them. And then we’ll legalize the new illegal aliens because etc…

How does dumping 11 million aliens into the economy, on the social system and into the job markets strengthen the middle class?

It doesn’t. It destroys it.

There’s a lot of talk about a system that will prevent employers from hiring illegal aliens. Obama has been in office for four years, if he genuinely supported such a system, there was plenty of time for it. Ditto for the Republicans. These proposals have been made and sabotaged and then linked to amnesty as a “comprehensive” package.

That’s a scam. There will be amnesty and no enforcement. And Obama is refusing to even tie amnesty to enforcement as a prerequisite. Not that such an agreement would change anything.

The shadow economy is never going to come into the light, because businesses on both sides of the aisle benefit from it. So do politicians on the left side of the aisle.

But because this change isn’t permanent, we need Congress to act — and not just on the DREAM Act.  We need Congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now.  That’s what we need.

That is what Obama needs. It’s what his political allies want. It’s what the left wants. It’s what some billionaires want. The middle class needs this like it needs more tax hikes and more unemployment.

But this time, action must follow.  (Applause.)  We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate.  We’ve been debating this a very long time.  So it’s not as if we don’t know technically what needs to get done.  As a consequence, to help move this process along, today I’m laying out my ideas for immigration reform.

Because the problem with our country is that we “debate” too many things instead of just passing bills to find out what’s in them.

It’s funny though that Obama’s ideas appear to be the same Gang of 8 ideas, aside from the trigger. Even the rhetoric is a carbon copy of what we’ve been hearing from the pitchmen selling this on the conservative side.

But it wouldn’t be an Obama speech without some whacks at America as an illegitimate colonial state.

It’s really important for us to remember our history.  Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else.  Somebody brought you.

You didn’t build that. You settled it. Now step aside and let the indigenous people of Mexico settle it.

  • Bright Knight

    <<Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.>>

    Sounds like: you didn't do it by your own. Someone else made it happen…. Seems to be the standard sentence for any issue.

    Anyway: although he is right that almost every American is somehow from an immigrant-family, there is one thing he seems to forget: they came THE LEGAL WAY and then they became AMERICANS (speaking ENGLISH)

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Most intrinsically, his end goal is not pumping up the economy, but its deconstruction. This must be understood before everything else, and despite his gobbylygook – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/07/barack-hussei

      It begins and ends with the above premise, and there is more than enough proof to choke countless horses!!

      Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • tanstaafl

    My ancestors swam all the way from the British Islands. Who is Barry Soetoro's real dad?

  • Kevin Stroup

    Just because my ancestors came here hundreds of years ago means I have to cut my own throat now? What is the logic in this? We cannot give enough jobs here now to people who want them, and adding 11 million is going to improve this? It will only drive wages down more on the lower skilled people. I see how the construction industry is run in Louisiana. Mexicans will work for 100 dollars a day, basically 12.5 dollars an hour. That equates to 25K dollars per year, thats not much to live on. Some will work for less, such as housemaids. At some point this country will have enough people in it. Based upon his rational, even then you could not stop the flood of immigrants. We are being screwed by our so-called “elite betters”.

    • figment newton

      >>Mexicans will work for 100 dollars a day, basically 12.5 dollars an hour. That equates to 25K dollars per year, thats not much to live on.

      Yeah, but factor in the family members receiving welfare bennies and these people are living better then we are after working 80 hrs. a week.

    • JacksonPearson

      There's an over abundance of illegals in the system right now. The government claims about 11/12mil living in the United States. I say BS. I lived in three Southwestern states, and I'd say to realistically multiply their number times three, to where it's more like 35/40 mil.

      When Ronald Reagan signed a one time amnesty under the assumption of only being 1 million…well surprise, surprise, everyone was shocked when over three million crawled out of the woodwork. Since then, our borders are still not secured, the system is as broke as ever, and our FUBAR politicians now want to rewrite laws they refused to enforce.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, this is true, Obama and some republicans like George W Bush believe in low skilled immirgants safeing Social Secuirty or increasing consumer demand since the immirgants and we are having less babies. In the case of the immirgants that have low skills there birthrate is not as high as it once was but they are younger so demographics have been changed from wrong moves on immirgation from Reagan to Obama.

  • cynthia curran

    Daniel loves to sock to California. For example a book called Suburban Warriors was written about Orange County in the 1960's where Barry Goldwater won 55 percent of the vote and even San Diego voted for Barry at 50 percent to the authors Orange County and San Diego not the south was the birthplace of the modern conservative movement. Fast forwarded to 1988, Reagan's Irca act grreatly increases Hispanic immirgation to Orange County legal or illegal or Kennedy's 1965 family reunification act increases the families of Vietnamise who first came to escape labor camps but are now coming since the standard of living is higher and you don't need to be a sponse but can also be a cousin. Aerospace downturn in early 1990's thousands of Republicans leave Orange County and San Diego and go somewhere else. Hispanic and Asian populations increase a lot during the 1990's and 2000's while whites that are Republican decline.

  • FPF

    The more chaos a society becomes, the more opportunities for the lefts to grab power and money. History tells all but few cares.

  • Ernie Kaputnik

    Actually it will strengthen the DNC voting base, the need for greater taxation to support a larger underclass and accelerate the USA's transformation from a 1st world nation into a 3rd world shiite hole.

    That about sums it up. Congratulations America. You just committed national suicide. Idiots.

  • JGranholm

    With black unemployment over 14%, adding millions of competitors should bode well for them.

    The race industry shall prosper. As Mexicans (primarily) will be underrepresented now that they are counted, the pie will be suddenly smaller for all those affected by the race police.

  • melvin polatnick

    The white Barber has become extinct; nobody wants to use high priced Barbers to mess with their hair when a Mexican or Asian can do the job at half price. African/American Barbers and beauticians stay away from white customers, they specialize in using a pound of Lye to cut and style a head of kinky hair. The first lady spends millions annually to keep her hair looking good, she has her private beauty salon with dozens of employees. The natural looking full blown Afro or Fuzzy Wuzzy once drove the Ghetto Barbers out of business; Angela Davis the revolutionary was famous for her Fuzzy Wuzzy.