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Crowding Out U.S. Workers
National Review Online ^ | January 6, 2014 | Jeff Sessions

Posted on 01/07/2014 9:05:52 AM PST by neverdem

The GOP needs to oppose the White House’s immigration plan and expose its flaws.

Several prominent amnesty advocates, including Mark Zuckerberg and top Obama administration officials, have argued that amnesty is a civil right. The claim is, of course, preposterous on its face. Under this reasoning, every immigrant currently living in the U.S. on a temporary visa has the right to refuse to leave when that visa expires. And every household in a foreign country has the right to enter the U.S. illegally tomorrow and demand the Obama administration’s amnesty for “DREAMers” and their relatives.

To say that amnesty is a civil right is to effectively declare to the world the right to enter the United States without permission, to bring one’s family, and to receive all of the financial benefits our nation provides. To say that one has a right to freely violate our immigration laws is to deny the very idea that a nation can establish enforceable borders.

Mr. Zuckerberg’s motivation is not elusive. He heads a lobbying group representing many of his industry’s wealthiest CEOs, and their companies wish to extract generous guest-worker programs from Congress. Similar efforts are underway from other CEOs seeking new workers for everything from manufacturing to construction to restaurant jobs. Presumably, Mr. Zuckerberg believes it is more advantageous to frame the group’s lobbying as a civil-rights crusade than as a corporate crusade for lower-cost foreign labor.

Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has called the argument that amnesty is a civil right “incoherent and ahistorical.” He explains that the civil-rights movement sought equal protection of the laws for all Americans, whereas a grant of mass amnesty necessitates the uneven application of the law, privileging the illegal immigrant over the lawful immigrant and U.S. citizen, causing disproportionate harm to African-American workers in the process. Mr. Kirsanow notes that such policies “would severely affect the rights of blacks generally and all low-income Americans. What it is going to do is displace those individuals from the labor market.”

Kirsanow has written elsewhere that “the bill will wreak enormous damage to the employment prospects of American workers who have already seen their wages and employment rates plummet over the last several years. . . . It will act as a magnet for future illegal immigration and substantially increase the number of legal immigrants. It is conservatively estimated that the bill will result in 30–33 million additional immigrants over the next 10 years.”

The upside-down conception of rights increasingly articulated by amnesty activists would mean that when an illegal worker seeks a job sought or held by an American worker, the civil-rights equity is on the side of the illegal worker.

Yet the Republican party does little to rebut these immigration fallacies. Although the GOP is the one group standing between the American people and this legislative disaster, its formal message has been muddled and uninspired. Rather than clearly opposing the White House immigration plan and exposing its flaws, the party’s official response to the White House pressure campaign has been passive, weak-kneed, and lacking in principle.

Republican officials reflexively collapse into a defensive posture, offering assurances that they will pass undefined “immigration reform” because we need to “fix our nation’s broken immigration system.” But does doubling the annual flow of immigrant workers fix a broken system, or make it dramatically worse? Is our goal just to do “something,” or to do the right thing?

The RNC should demand that the president and Senate Democrats justify their embrace of a bill that would double the flow of immigrant workers when a record 91.5 million Americans are outside the labor force. Republican leaders should also demand answers from the White House about its open refusal to uphold existing law.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented period of uninterrupted levels of high immigration, coinciding with falling wages, declining work-force participation, and expanding welfare rolls. Yet “immigration reform” somehow remains a euphemism for the tired formula of combining an indiscriminate amnesty with a massive surge in new workers from abroad. Shouldn’t we allow wages to rise and give time for those more recently arrived to rise into the middle class?

Rhetoric lags behind reality. Many in Washington argue that we must urgently pry loose the ports of entry, seemingly unaware that those ports of entry have long ago been flung wide open: The U.S. admits more immigrants each year than any other country on earth. In fact, the number of immigrants to the U.S. has quadrupled over the past four decades, and more permanent residents were admitted in the past ten years than in any previous ten-year window. Just last year the U.S. admitted over 1 million mostly lower-skill permanent immigrants (who can apply for citizenship) in addition to roughly 700,000 guest workers, 200,000 family members of guest workers, and 500,000 students.

U.K. prime minister David Cameron, explaining his efforts to establish immigration controls, said:

There are those who say you can’t have a sensible debate because it’s somehow wrong to express concerns about immigration. Now I think this is nonsense. Yes, of course it needs to be approached in a sensitive and a rational manner, but I’ve always understood the concerns — the genuine concerns of hard-working people, including many in our migrant communities, who worry about uncontrolled immigration. . . . We can’t allow immigration to be a substitute for training our own workforce and giving them incentives to work.

So what kind of immigration policy then do we need for the 21st century?

That is the conversation we should be having. Not only on immigration but on trade, taxes, welfare, and energy, Republicans should seize the opportunity to offer a conservative vision for this new century, a vision centered on the legitimate interests of working Americans.

— Jeff Sessions is the junior United States senator from Alabama and the ranking Republican member on the Senate Budget Committee.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; economy; h1b; h1bvisa; illegal; immigration; immigrationfraud; jeffsessions; visafraud; work; workers

1 posted on 01/07/2014 9:05:52 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The Zuckerburgs of the world do not realize that having a bunch of new citizens will back fire on them in the form of new regulations and higher taxes. However, Zuckerburg voted for Obama and Democrats in 2012 and 2008, and most of his donations were to Democrats.


2 posted on 01/07/2014 9:08:37 AM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: neverdem

“The GOP needs to oppose the White House’s immigration plan and expose its flaws.”

this would be under the assumption they grew a pair and had a spine.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 9:09:34 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: neverdem

We are extending unemployment for people who can not find jobs, but will legalize 15 million new workers? Insanity!


4 posted on 01/07/2014 9:09:49 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: neverdem

I’m not sure it will matter once the TPP is passed.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 9:11:00 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: icwhatudo
We are extending unemployment for people who can not find jobs, but will legalize 15 million new workers? Insanity!

The ruling class has discovered the best way to lower labor costs is to replace the workers. However it has to be done as discreetly as possible.

6 posted on 01/07/2014 9:15:24 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: neverdem

Amnesty is a civil right? Do words mean ANYTHING anymore? Does anyone understand what a RIGHT truly is?

RIGHTS are given by God. They are inalienable truths about life from conception to death. You have a right to life, meaning no one can take your life from you for any reason. You have a right to be free, just as any animal on this planet is free when it’s born. You have a right to pursue whatever path you wish in your life. If you want to be a panhandler who washes windshields for pocket change, you be the best damn newspaper swiping nasty bastard you can be!

Amnesty is a man-made concept. Amnesty is a legal concept. Amnesty isn’t a right, it can’t be. Man may have the right to travel where he wishes and to pursue his dreams, but laws can put the kibosh on that. Without a change to American immigration law, amnesty would simply be legalization of the illegal by fiat.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 9:17:37 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: neverdem

I don’t think the GOP would oppose immigration laws favoring citizenship for illegals.

This is an opportunity for the Tea Party to differentiate themselves from the Democrats and GOPe. (To the average American)

In 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, 60+% of the US was for securing the borders and opposed to amnesty for illegals. Both the Democrats and GOPe ignored the issue completely. If the GOP had run on the issue, they would have blown the Democrats away. But they remained silent.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 9:17:56 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Menehune56

“The ruling class has discovered the best way to lower labor costs is to replace the workers. However it has to be done as discreetly as possible.”

The workers themselves aren’t discreet; I’ve worked with consultants that have come from overseas who are open about the process and how much they make (sometimes not much less than an American would cost). These foreigners originally destroyed the job market for many blue-collar Americans; they initially wrought havoc with white-collar workers in the tech field, and now are doing it in finance.

Frightening to watch it unfold...


9 posted on 01/07/2014 9:19:09 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: neverdem

Our government and its stupidity, ignorance, corruption and greed is the cause of Americans being crowded out of the labor market.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 9:33:05 AM PST by mulligan
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To: neverdem
Somalia: More than 2000 miles of coastline in a temperate part of the world. Population density: Similar to Colorado, the 13th LEAST densely populated state in the nation.

Why in the hell do the need to move here?

Mexico: More than 6000 miles of coastline in a temperate part of the world. Rich in arable land and other natural resources.

Population density: Similar to Tennessee, the 21st most densely populated state in the country.

Same question.

Our land area and our population represents a little over 4% of the world. The world is no more "entitled" to settle here than we are "entitled" to colonize the world.

11 posted on 01/07/2014 9:33:35 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: neverdem

Can NRO please tell the WSJ illegal immigration and amnesty for breaking the law is bad?


12 posted on 01/07/2014 9:36:04 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Thunder90

Because of an ‘idea’ he became a billionaire. It did not make him a genius. He’s still basically a boy - a teenager with too much money.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 9:49:39 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: neverdem

A sensible thing to do with immigration law would be to to repeal and remove anything connected to the 1965 Immigration Act. All that has done is incentivize fraud at every skill level whether it is through guest workers or illegals.

That, and it would be good to enforce the laws that already exist on illegal immigration.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 9:52:06 AM PST by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Tell you the truth, as far as I’m concerned, let it start to affect the upper class where these elitist idiots promote illegal immigration. Let the upper classes have their neighborhoods affected with crime and disease and let the kids of the upper classes lose their opportunities to various illegals.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 10:02:14 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Gaffer

Yes, a child with adult toys.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 10:02:40 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Vigilanteman

They want to move here because it’s all already set up for them. They must lack the stamina to build their own opportunities and fortunes.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 10:03:37 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Thunder90

I wonder how Zuckerburg will feel if one of his precious new workers starts stealing ideas.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 10:04:35 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: 12th_Monkey

“this would be under the assumption they grew a pair and had a spine.”

Precisely.

They’re still waiting for that ideal candidate to come along and take all the hits and do all the dirty work so they don’t’ have to lift a finger.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 10:05:24 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: setha

I always wondered where the lawyers are; a good smart mind can make a fortune suing businesses on behalf of native born Americans who lost out on opportunities like schooling and jobs because an illegal took them.

Another idea of mine is to make the born here = citizenship reformed to mean that the kid born here can only come back at age eighteen. Until eighteen the kid has to live in the country his parents were born in. Then once the kid is eighteen the kid can decide where he wants to live permanently.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 10:07:49 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: neverdem

Isn’t ironic that Obama is so concerned with inequality, but lack of border policing and mass amnesty will increase inequality?


21 posted on 01/07/2014 10:18:01 AM PST by monocle
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To: CorporateStepsister

agreed.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: CorporateStepsister

“Let the upper classes have their neighborhoods affected with crime and disease and let the kids of the upper classes lose their opportunities to various illegals.”

They’ll head that off with sky-high property taxes coupled with zoning law enforcement.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 10:27:05 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

That will only work for so long; in time the illegals will storm those gates as well.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 10:32:52 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister
Yes, a child with adult toys.

Worse...a child with a billionaire's bank account.

25 posted on 01/07/2014 10:38:51 AM PST by gogeo (I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me.)
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To: gogeo

Yeah that does make it worse.

He is right for the time and had a great idea, but realistically, he got lucky in the end that it was successful.

He’s like a celeb in so many ways; he hit the right idea at the right time and thinks that his luck gives him special insight.

Like a celeb, he didn’t really work for it to build it.


26 posted on 01/07/2014 10:42:47 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: neverdem

The Chamber of Commerce wants amnesty, therefore the GOPe wants amnesty. See that was easy.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 10:47:25 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: neverdem

The GOP is in total capitulation. They are racing to embrace amnesty.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 10:48:50 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Vigilanteman

You said (bears repeating)
“The world is no more “entitled” to settle here than we are “entitled” to colonize the world.”

You may have just hit on something, Vigilanteman- that these illegal usurpers are colonizing the US. *Is it* imperialism? The Mexican government certainly promotes it.
It is an act of aggression (not benign).


29 posted on 01/07/2014 10:50:04 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: neverdem
including Mark Zuckerberg

The only person I know that exceeds his smarmy noxious twit rating is Schuck Chumer.

30 posted on 01/07/2014 10:52:46 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

“That will only work for so long; in time the illegals will storm those gates as well.”

I agree, but our ruling class is (obviously) focused on the short-term. In the end, I don’t think they care if their peasants are European, Asian, African, whatever; it is all the same to them (at least that is how it appears).


31 posted on 01/07/2014 11:01:59 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: CorporateStepsister
He was lucky, no doubt.

How many of us came out of college with the wisdom that a pile of $$$ like that requires? Darn few.

I hope early success hasn't stunted his maturity; hopefully he'll live long enough to see the error of his ways.

32 posted on 01/07/2014 11:39:11 AM PST by gogeo (I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Either way, I take comfort knowing that in the long term I’ll have my satisfaction.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 11:41:56 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: gogeo

Sometimes the mentality that makes us successful ends up harming us since we fail to know when to shed that attitude. If he does he’ll see the error, but chances are slim he will since his attitude has been so richly rewarded.


34 posted on 01/07/2014 11:44:03 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: neverdem

I have come to the conclusion that Jeff Sessions is the only one in D.C. with a functioning brain. We need to secede and make him president.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 12:36:47 PM PST by Himyar
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To: Thunder90
RE: “Zuckerburg voted for Obama and Democrats in 2012 and 2008.”

One of Zuckerberg’s immigration PAC’s is named:

“Americans for a Conservative Direction”

It donates money to Amnesty RINO’s like Lindsey Graham.

36 posted on 01/07/2014 1:25:26 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

I know that. But most Dem interest groups will play the other side of the fence. Even the Unions will donate to the right RINO.


37 posted on 01/08/2014 8:36:45 AM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Thunder90
We agree.

I meant to point out Zuckerberg’s instinctive deceit and hypocrisy on the immigration issue, which hugely benefits Facebook’s bottom line.

Not completely clear as I re-read my Comment.

38 posted on 01/08/2014 11:24:03 AM PST by zeestephen
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