Skip to comments.Devastating Job Numbers Undermine Rationale for ‘Immigration Reform’
Posted on 04/05/2013 9:31:19 AM PDT by montag813
Welcome Back Carter: U.S. workforce participation rate collapses to level not seen since 1979.
So why again do we need millions of foreign workers added to the labor market?
by John Hill
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Even Obama-defenders admit it: this morning's employment number was a "punch to the gut". So said former Obama chief economic adviser Austin Goolsbee on CNBC.
No way to spin it. Job gains were only 88,000 - below even the lowest Wall St. estimate of 100k - the biggest miss in estimates since December 2009, and the lowest job growth in 10 months. Worse still was the collapse in the labor force participation rate, which declined to 63.3% - the lowest since the depths of the Jimmy Carter abyss in 1979.
These are depressing stats, to be sure. But beyond that, they also undermine the rationale for proponents of "comprehensive immigration reform" to introduce more than 10 million illegal aliens into the legal workforce, and to add on top of that an additional 400,000 in low-skilled foreign workers every year.
Why should we add millions of foreign laborers and illegal alien- many with criminal records - to the labor market at a time when we have a record number of Americans on welfare and food stamps?
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said it best...
"We have a group of our Senators meeting in secret....plotting right now to pass us an 'immigration reform' plan...You know what they tell us? 'We've got to have more foreign workers.' Yet we've never had more people on welfare, never had more people on food stamps..."
And of course millions of Americans - particularly poor whites, Blacks and legal Hispanics - are already out of work because they are being squeezed out of the labor market by illegal aliens in the workplace. And that is before any illegal alien amnesty.
So if we really want to create jobs, wouldn't we be focused on reforming welfare, cracking down on illegal aliens in the workplace, and securing the borders instead of diluting wages by importing millions more foreign workers? Of course. Yet the Obama Administration is instead watering down work requirements under welfare; has slashed workplace enforcement by more than 70%, and border security is a mere afterthought for the architects of amnesty.
This morning's job numbers should be a wake-up call to all Americans and their representatives in Washington. SLOW DOWN. Take a real look at how the tens of millions of illegal aliens are harming American workers, and take real steps to make sure businesses cannot flout existing laws and hire illegal alien workers without consequences. America needs national E-Verify, Arizona-style employer sanctions with teeth, real border security, full funding of the Secure Fence Act (2006); and tightened up rules for welfare to put more Americans back in the workforce.
Finally, let's take a look at what's happening in our neighbor to the South. Mexico's economy is doing just fine. Their unemployment rate in February was 4.85% - near our best rate in the past 20 years. Mexico is the 10th richest nation on Earth, with a state-owned oil and minerals monopoly, state-owned tourist beaches, and boasts the worlds richest man, Carlos Slim Helú. How is Mexico able to do so well? Because they export their poorest citizens to the United States - their outsourced welfare state. And those workers take jobs from Americans and legal immigrants, but also drain our social services - with 57% of illegal alien Mexicans on at least one form of welfare. And not only does Mexico drain our economy by inundating us with its poorest, but its also reaps the benefits from those workers in America. Mexico gets back a staggering $25 billion annually in remittances cash sent back from its illegals who work (and collect welfare) in the U.S.
Why are we continuing to subsidize the Mexican economy with open borders, and an open labor market for their lawbreaking citizens? And why on Earth would we make the situation even worse with amnesty for 20+ million illegal aliens?
Let's get America back to work, and stop helping Mexico's economy at the expense of our own.
...but it danged sure makes a good case for WELFARE and EBT CARE reform!!!!
Unless you were wanting to, say, destroy the country.
Yeah. I often wondered why the big companies were VERY anxious to hire people from other countries, and not Americans with experience.
I notice there are zero calls to eliminate welfare. No sale.
Increasing employer costs, ayup. Increasing the size and power of the state, yessereee. Actual reduction in benefits? Nope. We can’t do that.
Do you really want the Obama regime to decide who you can or cannot hire?
It’s almost as though the commie ‘RATS are using “immigration reform” to push up the poverty numbers in order to get themselves elected.
“And of course millions of Americans - particularly poor whites, Blacks and legal Hispanics - are already out of work because they are being squeezed out of the labor market by illegal aliens in the workplace. And that is before any illegal alien amnesty.”
We need to get a way from associating immigration with Hispanics. Illegal immigration should not be assocated as a Hispanic problem. Put a white, black, and Asian face on the problem.
These illegal immigrants are not just Hispanics, nor should the Hispanic population have any reason to feel any kind of ethic alegence to them. Theses people are foreigner cutting in line in front of everyone else and competing for the few legal jobs we have left.
The ONLY rational for making citizens of people who intentionally broke our laws to get here is to establish a criminal base to destroy middle class Americans by shoring up the dem parasite class... They're not 'illegal aliens' anymore - they're 'undocumented democrats'.
The dem sh*ts are selling citizenship to these criminals to get their votes. While the country is broke. While Americans are out of work. If you don't hate liberal elites yet, you're not paying attention.
We need to follow Japan’s example and reduce welfare benefits to being no better than working full time on minimum wage.
Your point is well-taken. I made the change in the piece.
Democrats pick police superintendents to support them because police superintendence unlike sheriffs are hand picked by them to uphold their ideological polices.
Its no wonder that the urban police forces are abject failures in attacking gangs.
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