UNITED NATIONS – They say the real scandal in Washington isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what legal.
The same could be said of immigration.
Politicians, pundits and presstitutes go on about illegal aliens, or, in the politically correct parlance, undocumented immigrants, storming our border.
But a report released by the Senate’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., reveals there is another tsunami of immigrants flooding America – and they carry documents issued by the U.S. government.
“Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrants annually,” the report says.
This in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, when 21 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, workforce participation is at the lowest and long-term unemployment the highest in living memory.
All the border security in the world would do nothing to stop this flood of legal immigration that shows no sign of abating. If current policy continues, the U.S. will add some 10 million new permanent legal immigrants in the next decade – greater than the populations of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined.
By comparison, the government issued about 285,000 green cards annually in the 1950s and 1960s. The total foreign-born population in the United States dropped from about 10.8 million in 1945 to 9.6 million in 1970.
Today’s massive influx of people has been devastating to the middle class. “During the low-immigration period from 1948-1973, real median compensation for U.S. workers increased more than 90 percent. By contrast, real average hourly wages were lower in 2014 than they were in 1973, four decades earlier,” the report says.
And the number of green cards doesn’t tell the whole story. In addition to permanent resident green cards, Washington has been handing out “temporary” work permits, such as H1B and L1 visas, referred to as “non-immigrant” visas. Immigration reform legislation supported by Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would triple the number of guest-worker visas.
Unrestricted immigration is the holy grail sought by the corporate elite that funds both political parties. They want cheap labor, any place, any time and to get it, they will move factories from Canton, Ohio, to Canton, China. Barring that, they will bring “temporary” workers to toil here.
Their vision and goal is a universal economic order in which “people, goods and capital flow freely.” This is precisely the language used to describe both the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposed by President Obama.
Its proponents idealize such a borderless world as a formula for world peace as John Lennon would imagine. But it is the peace of slaves. Deracinated rootless labor has been the scourge of mankind since time immemorial. Today’s Rohingya refugees harvesting palm oil on plantations in Malaysia and Filipina domestics scrubbing palace floors in the Persian Gulf are in league with the migrant labor Cecil Rhodes connived to dig diamonds from the fields of Kimberley.
Illegal immigration undermines respect for law in the U.S. But legal guest workers also threaten our bedrock values. While citizens belong to a nation and have rights, a “guest worker” is a stateless person with no ties to any community, only to the paymaster that sponsors him. That is whom our citizens must now compete with for jobs.
Politicians promise to get tough on illegal immigration. Meanwhile, massive legal immigration promises to remake our society – and not for the better.