Amnesty and the Attack on American Workers

ap_schumer_mccain_kb_130401_wgThe “dangerous” immigration bill working its way through the U.S. Senate will devastate America’s labor marketplace and “guarantee” the country will have to grant “another amnesty” in the future, says Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).

“This legislation is not going to work,” Sessions told Breitbart News. He described the measure sponsored by the bipartisan so-called Gang of Eight in the Senate as a “surrender to illegality that will guarantee we’ll be back in this position again.”

“We have no indication whatsoever that this administration will have renewed [its] commitment to follow whatever law is passed,” Sessions said. “This Senate bill is very, very dangerous. It won’t work, and I hope the American people will dig into it and follow the details of it.”

In a time of high unemployment, record food-stamp dependency, and economic stagnation, a minimum of 11 million immigrants will immediately be given Social Security cards that will allow them to compete for government and blue collar jobs. The legislation puts “tremendous pressure” on the job market and makes it harder for workers to find jobs and leave welfare programs.

Although amnesty remains deeply unpopular among the American public at large, the activist Left wants the estimated 11 million illegal aliens present in the U.S. to be processed because they see them as future Democratic voters. In addition, many labor unions, such as SEIU (which has executives focused solely on immigration issues) see today’s illegals as future union members. Business lobbies favor amnesty because they crave the cheap, largely unskilled labor.

The Left’s goal with the current immigration bill, which a Heritage Foundation study found would add $6.3 trillion to the nation’s budget deficits over the coming 50 years, is the same as with most of its major policy initiatives over the past half century: To destroy the American system.

The radicals’ goal is to use immigration to subvert the American system, just as it has been since the 1960s when the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) shepherded reform of that era’s immigration laws through Congress. The concept is simple: Flood America with people who don’t share Americans’ traditional philosophical commitment to the rule of law, limited government, and markets, in order to force changes in society.

An added benefit, from the Left’s perspective, is the proposed mass amnesty would destroy once and for all the Republican Party.

Starry-eyed Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) think that backing the measure will somehow win their party Latino votes. They must hope that if it becomes law the new voters it brings to their party’s fold will more than offset the all-but-certain exodus of fed-up conservatives the legislation will prompt. Among those disgruntled Republican-leaning voters are the same people whose failure to vote in November helped to deprive GOP candidate Mitt Romney of the presidency.

Democrats, on the other hand, know with much greater certainty that the legislation will secure their party more votes. “This legislation is all about the Democrats bringing in new voters who will assure them of a permanent leftist majority,” writes Paul Mirengoff.

Well-heeled radicals like George Soros are eager to push the national GOP over the cliff. One of the more active progressive groups pushing amnesty, National Immigration Forum, has taken a lot of money from Soros. According to tax records, the group has taken $3,807,152 from Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society since 2009 and $1,650,000 from Soros’s Open Society Institute since 1999.

On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Graham made the nonsensical argument that if the GOP doesn’t pander to Latinos it will die.

“If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table and in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run [for president] in 2016,” he said. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party. And the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who we run in my view.”

Of course, the kind of outreach proposed by Graham is pointless.

Immigration is not an important issue for most Latino voters and Latinos are traditionally staunch, pro-big government Democrats.

“Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” said Representative Lou Barletta (R-Penn.). “The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

According to Sessions, the legislation provides that an additional 4.5 million illegals will be legalized over the following decade. At that point the nation’s intake of immigrants will grow by at least 50 percent per year over 10 years for a total of 1.5 million immigrants a year being placed on a path to citizenship, or 15 million more for 10 years.

In addition to these 30 million immigrants placed on a path to citizenship, the measure would also double the quantity of temporary workers who could come and stay in the U.S. for three years, Sessions said. The workers would have the option to “re-up” for another three years with their families.

The bill is currently close to 1,100 pages long, reportedly weighing in at 24 pounds. It deals not only with immigration itself, but also with border security, welfare programs, free trade, and a multitude of other issues. Democrats are hoping to force the legislative monstrosity through the Senate before Independence Day.

The foremost champion of the bill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), has made the laughable claim that the measure contains “the toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States, potentially in the world.”

Last week the Senate rejected a “border security first” amendment to the Gang of Eight legislation. The amendment, offered by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), would have required the Department of Homeland Security to show that the southern border was secure for six months before illegals would be granted legal status.

One of the recently discovered gems buried deep within the legislation is a provision that would create a small business advocates’ office within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The office would have the power to block enforcement actions and revoke penalties slapped on an employer.

Another provision would give the attorney general the ability to provide a taxpayer-funded defense lawyer to illegal aliens facing deportation. Even U.S. citizens are not entitled to free government attorneys in administrative proceedings. (A deportation hearing is an administrative — not a criminal — proceeding.)

“Illegal aliens fighting deportation would be entitled to see all of the documents in their file, including those obtained by ICE from other law-enforcement agencies, which may be sensitive or even classified,” writes Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “The likely result is that other agencies would decline to provide ICE with these documents if they were worried about their release. And, if ICE refused to release any documents, then the alien could not be removed.”

Incidentally, embattled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton said he’s quitting at the end of next month.

Morton became infamous in 2010 when he directed law enforcement to stop enforcing immigration laws. ICE’s union, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, approved a non-confidence motion against him on a vote of 259 to zero. Morton also released thousands of illegal immigrants from custody, hundreds of whom had violent criminal records.

But amnesty opponents should not lose heart. All is not lost even if the Senate approves the bill.

The measure faces an uncertain future in the House.

“This is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect. We will perpetually have a progressive, liberal president, probably a Democrat, and we will probably see the House of Representatives go into Democrat hands and the Senate will stay in Democrat hands,” Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said.

An analysis by Amy Walter of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report puts the odds of passage in the House somewhere between slim and none.

For House Republicans, “[T]here is little short-term gain to supporting immigration legislation,” Walter says. “It won’t make them any safer in a general election and instead may make them more vulnerable in a primary.”

GOP operatives’ entreaties to House lawmakers to support the bill out of loyalty to the party are likely to fall on deaf ears. “Today, with over 40 percent of the GOP conference elected since 2010, the idea of ‘taking one for the team’ is likely to fall flat,” Walter says. “Most of these members ran to shake up Washington and have pledged to refuse to bow to party bosses.”

“[I]t’s going to take more than just talk of being a ‘good soldier’ to get House GOPers to go along with comprehensive immigration reform,” she says.

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  • Chez

    If Boehner gets behind amnesty, his days as Speaker are numbered.

  • fanlad

    Like the Obama health care law, this amnesty immigration bill must be rammed down the throats of the American people. This bill stinks to high heaven. 11 million illegals will turn into 30 to 40 million, when you add their family and relatives.
    The big problem, it does not secure our borders. The progressive open border gang rides again, thanks to progressives like McCain, Rubio, and Flake.
    Another big problem, when the US does the bidding for the Saudis/Sunnis/Muslim brotherhood, and fights their wars in the Middle east, what happens to the Muslim brotherhood refugees? You got it, with a new open border/amnesty immigration bill, they come to the US. Oil and Money from the Saudis, pays for a progressive wonderland in the US. The open border Utopians must have a thrill up their leg.
    Call your representatives, let your voice be heard on this.

  • fanlad

    To have a better idea of what America is up against, one must watch this video.

    Agenda, grinding America down.

  • kT TK

    Inner city youth unemployment is said to be 40% or higher.

  • Rick Lively

    Tell that to the unemployed african americans and whites that will have to compete with these illegals for the few jobs in this recession .Easy for these people to pass bills when u are rich and not have worry about feeding your kids and put a roof over their heads.Lets not forget how they are exploited for their cheap labor.

  • onecornpone

    “Business lobbies” who believe this legislation will be a boon to their interest are in for a big shock. I believe the legislation will lead to ALL menial work such that these illegals perform, being unionized within a few years. Caesar Chavez will be proud. What he couldn’t achieve, with all his “suffering” will finally come to pass.

    I’m sure Americans will feel much better knowing their landscape service, or the sheetrock crew who worked on their new home, is unionized. Anyone notice the latest demands of “workers” demonstrating for more benefits in Brazil? Such anti-capitalist values are precisely what we are importing with comprehensive immigration legislation.

    Through three administrations, the executive branch has exacerbated the open border problem, believing Americans witnessing major damage to our economy and society will clamor for a fix, but the one issue WE the People agree on, border enforcement, is wishy-washy in the bill.

    I thought we had learned our lesson on the danger of massive, all encompassing legislation, with daily revelations of unintended consequences of the oCare law?

    Shakespeare was right…

  • Nowhereman

    Americans… your leaders have decided to destroy your wealth, destroy your safety, and destroy your country. Your leaders, Left and quislings on the Right, are megalomaniacs, seeking the power that dictators like Saddam Hussein have coveted. In Australia, things are still sane. But in these ‘interesting times’, who knows how long for?

  • 1Indioviejo1

    The American worker is in tune with amnesty. These are the people who support wholeheartedly the Democrat Party and its Anti-American agenda, so why would they complain? They are in the party which advocates redistribution of wealth and sharing jobs with foreigners. Don’t they stand for open borders? We reap what we sow.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They’ve been told that “the rich” will pay for it all. That’s the whole pot of gold at the end of the rainbow aspect of the 0’Bama leftist narrative. All of their agenda is “just,” and feasible too once they find those hidden money trees.

  • T.L. Winslow

    Yes, one amnesty all-but guarantees another. So why not think ahead and see the inevitable? Either Mexico will annex the U.S., or the U.S. will annex Mexico. It’s ultimately about who gets to set the terms, and what laws will govern us all. I for one would like to see the U.S. govt. prevail, not the ever-corrupt Mexican govt. So unstick yourself from stupid and join the Megamerge Dissolution Solution bandwagon. It’s all laid out clearly in my MMDS Blog.

  • Josh Brewster

    Matthew – don’t forget Anchor Babies and Chain Migration. Illegal flow will continue unabated. This was Reagan’s big mistake and Ann Coulter is right: The Republican Party should die if it stands for nothing and goes along with this. I said this on the dais with David and Ralph Reed at the retreat. This is very bad news.

    • Cynthia Curran

      Ralph Reed had a bad background and Republicans should avoid him like Grover Norqust but are interested more in money than

  • Flowerknife_us

    President Polk knew what part of Mexico that wasn’t worth keeping as spoils of War. Even Mexico didn’t value that part of Mexico at the time.

    Now that we did something with the area that used to be Mexico, they all want to come back here and claim squatters rights to something they actually lost some years ago. That the Polk Administration actually paid for too boot.

    Now were to pay Individual dividends for coming back to squat???

    The Spanish and Mexicans had several Hundred years to find the Gold and Silver in the area. Too bad that the California Gold Rush prevented any hope of Mexico ever re-invading the area nor Congress trying to give it back.

    • Flowerknife_us

      Last sentence of first paragraph should read

      Even Mexico didn’t value that part of Mexico Polk took at the time.

    • Cynthia Curran

      California was not that bad until 1992, if Reagan Amnesty and if the aerospace workers were not layoff as much, it still might be a lot less Democratic like it was in 1992.

  • sashamanda

    Why focus on George Soros, progressives, and labor unions when so many “conservative” politicians (Rubio, Ryan, Flake, Paul) and when stalwart “conservative:” organizations (Cato, Americans for Prosperity, American Action Network, Independent Institute, and the Wall Street Journal) are solidly behind amnesty?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Why focus on George Soros, progressives, and labor unions when so many “conservative” politicians (Rubio, Ryan, Flake, Paul) and when stalwart “conservative:” organizations (Cato, Americans for Prosperity, American Action Network, Independent Institute, and the Wall Street Journal) are solidly behind amnesty?”

      They’re not “solidly behind” it, they’re selling out. Guess who’s paying (directly and indirectly)? It all matters.

      • sashamanda

        The “conservatives” are the only ones we can influence with our calls, emails, and faxes. If Ryan and Paul were thoroughly convinced they would never get our votes, would they still be pushing the bill? Or, would they find a way to back out and save face? Who’s paying? Silicon Valley, Chamber of Commerce, WalMart, Karl Rove doners.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I see your point. It’s all worth discussing, but we should lobby our elected officials. Agreed.

          • sashamanda

            You bet. Call, email, fax, and then do it again.

  • MProblem

    S. 744, the illegal immigration amnesty bill, is a disaster for America and American workers, but a huge plus for American billionaires:

    Please watch and share!

  • cynthia curran

    Why focus on George Soros, progressives, and labor unions when so many “conservative” politicians (Rubio, Ryan, Flake, Paul) and when stalwart “conservative:” organizations (Cato, Americans for Prosperity, American Action Network, Independent Institute, and the Wall Street Journal) are solidly behind amnesty?
    Two reasons, a lot of Republicans in areas with a lot of Hispanics and some asian groups have grown used to the labor services of illegal immirgants. Anaheim whose government is run mainly from the Hills arrea instead of the Mexican Flatlands or poorer area supports the legalization because a lot of hotels and resturants use illegal immirgants to do maid jobs, janiorial jobs or short order cook jobs. Also, a lot of cities like Anaheim would lose thousands of consumers buying in the area for consumer goods and Landlords would have to reduce rent as much as $200 to $300 for 2 to 3 bedroom apartments since the illegal immirgants have left. Lastly, school districts like those in Anaheim would lose a lot of money since its based upon enrollment.


    Good summary by Vadum. It’s still a mystery why there are so many Republicans stupid enough to think they’re going to win some kind of political advantage with Amnesty, or why there are so few Republicans ready to put the needs of American citizens first.

  • Cynthia Curran

    Well, its a surprise that not more hard liberals besides Bernie Sanders were not opposed to the guest worker parts of the bill. There was a time when some of the Democratics were more opposed but since it involves people that may or may not consider themselves white but a mixture of white and Indian they don’t want to be called racists even if Joe Blow Union construction job can be taken away by a former illegal immigrant.

  • DeShawn

    All this Mexican immigration is bad for black AND white folks. In fact the only “people” it benefits are the jews. Read about jews and immigration here from a Christian perspective:

  • William James Ward

    It seems no matter what the government does it costs the tax payer
    more blood and we are about sucked dry, the vampires of Washington
    no matter what they call themselves are posers and crooked without
    match in history. What is with the new pictures, no ties, politicians
    going poor to appeal to the working people, see we are just like you!
    Sickening bunch of rats, all of them should be in a prison doing hard
    time for the rest of thier miserable lives. We have had immigration
    laws that work but due to restricted enforcement and government
    complicity in fakery over who is to blame and other shuck and jive we
    have millions of people in America that do not belong here and many
    are violent criminals with jihadists thrown in, are we safe in our homes,
    hell no and the farce continues. The lowest lifeform on the planet is
    a professional politiian in the District of Criminals………….William

  • Cynthia Curran

    This is why I hate some of the Republican party, the National Chairman according to the Orange County Register is heading to high illegal immigrant city Santa Ana. Obama won about 70 percent of the vote in Santa Ana. I’m tried of the pandering to Hispanics by the Republican Party.

    • bluffcreek1967

      It’s naive at best to think all those Mexican invaders will vote the Republican ticket. Not only do they not identify with the majority white base of the GOP, but it’s very principles of limited government, low taxes, freedom from the welfare state, and patriotism are foreign to their way of thinking. But try telling the ‘stupid party’ that! They refuse to listen to common sense and what it plain to some many of us.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Prisons cost too much. We can’t afford to jail people these days. Let’s have a general amnesty. What could go wrong? We’d save so much money.

    Who can argue with that logic?

  • Cynthia Curran

    These states are also, for the most part, extremely poor. Six of them have among the lowest median income in the country. Mississippi, which had the highest youth unemployment in the country in 2011, also had the lowest median income in the country in 2010, the most recent available year. As evidence of the extreme poverty in these states, many of these states have among the highest percentages of residents receiving food stamps. In Tennessee, for example, 17% of residents received food stamps in 2010, the second-highest proportion in the country.

    Noticed that heavily black and rural states have problems. Now Hispanics don’t have as much employment problems as blacks but its stated that 2nd generation young Hispanics have higher unemployment than whites. Tn which is not as heavily black most have other problems, maybe being a rural state in some areas.

  • Cynthia Curran

    I mean must have other problems, Tn to have high food stamp usage.

  • Barb3000

    The senate has also refused to pass any of the amendments that was put forth on finishing the border fence. Each and every amendment that was offered was flatly turned down. I saw one girl on a video say that most of the job openings she was applying for they were looking for bilingual employees. So these employers have embraced the idea of having Mexican customers and they need someone to wait on them. This has been practiced in LA for years. It puts me in mind of what I saw happen a few years ago when these companies thought the Mexicans were going to get handed amnesty. One big box lumber yard even had large signs hanging in their store that they speak Spanish. When it didn’t pass the signs were taken down. I never had much use for the store after that.

  • sashamanda

    Good column. But, let us not forget or excuse the “conservative” groups that are supporting amnesty including Cato, American Conservative Union, American Action Network, Americans for Prosperity, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Rove’s groups. Still a member of these organizations? Secondly, let’s not get complacent about the House. Any bill — even border security only — can be combined with the Senate amnesty bill to give us amnesty. Keep the pressure on by calling and emailing Congress, the RNC, and the office of the Speaker,

  • cynthia curran

    My wild idea, changed low skilled guest worker programs to recruit from countries that are underrepresented. Bring in people from Poland, China, Flipinos and so forth to compete against Mexcians and Central Americans. The new group has legal status while Mexicans and Central Americans don’t, guess who gets to go home.

  • cynthia curran

    Immirgation from Eastern Europe, they are underrepresented while Hispanics are overrepresented. In fact the Poles in Uk do lower skilled jobs and finished school more and have less children than Latins.

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  • takspyr

    The RINOs are the Democrats enablers.

    The RINOs would sell their own mama for a price.