The Influx of Immigrants
The Naïvety of Liberals in the Number Wars
The liberals are at it again, riding their own cloud of intellectual arrogance in supposing that conservatives are totally whacked about an influx of 30 million immigrants that would overwhelm the U.S. economy and place an even greater burden on the increasingly large welfare state the Democrats have worked so hard to establish. It irritates me to no end…
Liberals refute this claim by saying that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are already here, thus the impact of legalizing them would be minimal, as they’re already taking up American jobs by their undocumented and under-the-radar presence. I very much disagree.
First, it’s not outside the realm of probability that the bulk of these 11 million immigrants are being paid something less than minimum wage. Granting them amnesty, which is, in fact, what the bill by the so-called “Gang of Eight” would do, would hit the businesses that currently employ these workers with added cost, inevitably resulting in price increases, which would in turn serve to hamper an already struggling economic “recovery.”
Second, the immigration bill is a joke when it comes to enforcement. Are Republican senators like Lindsay Graham so naïve as to suppose that a president who has played fast and loose with the law thus far in his time in office is suddenly going to take his executive responsibilities the least bit seriously? He’s already egregiously overstepped the constitutional bounds of his office, granted de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and failed miserably to live up to all his blatantly false rhetoric about transparency and accountable government.
This is where the numbers debate comes into play. Because enforcement is such a joke in this immigration deform bill, offering these immigrants legal status will, in all likelihood, result in a new flood of immigrants across an already insecure border. Someone somewhere came up with the 30 million number, which is what conservatives are now repeating; and what liberals hope to quash. As can be seen by anyone who takes an honest look at this president’s track record, liberals are far too trusting of President Obama in their belief that he will actually carry through with his enforcement obligations. (Government can do no wrong, right? That is, unless you’re a Republican. Then you’re somehow always in the wrong.)
In all truth, because this bill lacks the proper enforcement mechanisms, it will likely result in a rather large influx of illegal immigrants seeking amnesty. They will likely be low-skilled laborers, creating a huge burden on the welfare system in this country; and above all, they will probably vote Democrat. This bill (S.744) is a lose-lose situation for Republicans, and ought to be voted down.