Skip to comments.Tom Cotton: ‘The Powerful and Elite Reap the Benefits of a Constant Influx of Low-Skill Labor’
Posted on 02/25/2017 6:08:27 AM PST by davikkm
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton responded to New York Times columnist David Brooks over his claims that curbing mass immigration would cripple the U.S., tweeting that an influx of low-skilled labor hurts the employment prospects of young Americans, minorities, and established immigrants. Cotton has sponsored a bill cutting annual immigration flows into the U.S. by half, by limiting entry to 500,000 foreign workers each years. Its a popular position for a wide swath of voters: 54 percent want immigration halved or reduced to zero, including 22 percent who want a total moratorium. That includes 68 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats who want to see dramatic reductions in migration levels.
The foreign-born population is set to grow more than 700 percent from 1970s levels. Now, it stands at 42.4 million. Unless immigration controls are taken off autopilot, over 78 million foreigners will soon reside in the U.S.
Mass immigration from the Third World is crippling workers in the economy, as Breitbart News reported in July. Every single job created from 2000 to 2014 went to foreign-born workers residing in the U.S.
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As Marine Le Pen aptly stated a week ago, “They want low cost labour, to make low cost products, for the poor and unemployed to purchase with their government benefits, therefore keeping the poor and disenfranchised happy and in line.”
Hard to beleive a Republican said that out loud.
For 15 years EVERY new job created went to foreign born workers RESIDING in the U.S. Not necessarily foreign born citizens. WOW!
Trump should mention this every time he VB speaks.
500,000 is still far too many, and the regions they come from must be returned to the non-3rd world, pre-1965 areas.
Taking away the Democrats’ slaves last time didn’t turn out so well.
I find myself re-reading many articles as of late either because I can’t believe a Rep.said something-outloud-or I can’t believe that POTUS has actually done something!
Still not used to my govt working FOR me and telling the truth!
” ... an influx of low-skilled labor hurts the employment prospects of young Americans, minorities, and established immigrants. “:
He is so right.
Illegals reduce job opportunities and lower the wage scale for low-skilled labor.
The obama-unemployment rate from young black men is over 50%. I don’t believe people are understanding the magnitude of this problem. Young black men need WORK EXPERIENCE if they’re going to be successful over the long-run. They’re not going to get jobs that could ever support a family if they don’t have a good work history before the age of 30. What democrats/liberals have offered blacks will doom their future. Wise blacks should immediately ditch the failed democrat party.
I loathe everything Kennedy as much as everything Bush.
I think that’s an oversimplification, at best. The “poor and disenfranchised [sic]” are not the consumers of much of the output of illegal immigrant workers. The poor are not hiring housekeepers, nannies, cleaning services, lawn services, construction workers, low-skilled medical-care workers. They are generally not eating the fresh fruits and vegetables planted and harvested by migrant agricultural workers. It is the wealthy and the middle-class who consume these products and services.
The underclass are consuming high-tech products such as cell phones, computer games, giant televisions, Facebook and other social media, etc. These items are often produced by poor workers in China or Bangladesh, but the big money and intellectual heft involves Indian, Pakistani, or Iranian engineers and programmers who are usually legal immigrants earning good-to-great pay.
The poor are also “consume” a good deal of government, especially at the state and local levels. Government units are a significant employer of legal immigrants.
Senator Cotton was a little bit worrisome at first. But that’s turned around. He’s really come into his own, and a great supporter of President Trump. I’m wondering if, with his resume, Senator Cotton has potential to rise to the Presidency.
They may well regret packing Cotton’s town halls. He does not respond pleasantly to ambush. Just ask Chuckie Schumer.
I know. I have to pinch myself every now and then.
“Hard to beleive a Republican said that out loud.”
Cotton is ahead of the curve. Soon they will all be saying it.
Listen to Bannon’s comments at the CPAC. It’s a whole new ballgame.
“Illegals reduce job opportunities and lower the wage scale for low-skilled labor.”.......
While true, tell me how many of the potential “workers” currently un-employed, would actually take the jobs now being done by migrant workers? I did NOT say illegal migrants workers, I have great respect for the “legal” migrant workers who are working instead of collecting welfare. Illegals on the other hand need to be deported and, should they desire to return, come here the LEGAL way.
Hey, cut off welfare, food stamps, obama phones, etc. Let's see if Americans are really not willing to work or starve.
The post-Kennedy/Johnson CW was that POTUS should have high level executive experience, and as such, legislators made poor presidents. Indeed, 2008, McCain v. Obama, was the first race in decades in which at least one of the candidates had not been a governor or sitting VP. Obama, IMHO pretty much validated that CW.
Should President Trump have a successful eight years, I think people will be much more inclined to look outside the swamp for leadership much as our founders intended. Yes, there are decent senators, and Cotton is, in some ways, proving himself to be one of them, but I think the senate has a long way to go to restore its credibility with the American people, and as a tainted body, the taint rubs off on its members by default.
I have no trouble with migrant workers, as long as those jobs are first offered to US citizens. Keep in mind that migrant workers if it's done right don't have much freedom in the US. They live in provided housing, and at the end of their working season, get transportation back home, with a salary that's not paid under the table. The total cost of employing migrants should not be less than what would be a fair wage (probably more than minimum wage) for US citizens to do the job.
If poor black males didn’t have their cell phones, they would be much more productive.
So would well-off white males (and females)!
My main point was that I disagree with Ms. LePen’s explanation of how illegal immigrants affect the economy. There are a lot more factors.
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