(Big League Politics) – In a recent article for the New York Times, Miriam Jordan argued that foreign immigrants take American jobs in an illegal manner because the federal government does not allow them to legally displace American workers.
Neil Munro of Breitbart News raised an interesting point about how the headline of the article was “editor-approved”. The title was “The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants” to obfuscate the fact that the immigrants in question are illegal aliens.
“The Reagan-era amnesty in 1986 caused only a temporary drop in the number of undocumented immigrants because it was not accompanied by a robust system for legally bringing in low-skilled workers,” declared Jordan in a Times article published on January 27.
According to Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, the New York Times’ take on illegal immigration is line with George W. Bush’s “Any Willing Worker” strategy.
Neil Munro of Breitbart News observed that “It is the business perspective that the level of immigration should be set by market conditions, that there are no limits.” He added, “The desires of business and of the immigrants are the two things that determine how many immigrants come here, not the American people’s elected representatives.”
A similar assertion was mades in a previous occasion during the 1990s, which Munro noted:
“The same claim was loudly made in 1990 when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and President George H. Bush doubled the inflow of legal immigrants and visa workers in the 1990 immigration expansion act.”
Despite the streamlining of legal migration a few decades ago, illegal immigraiton still grew. Munro observed:
Nonetheless, 5.5 million illegal migrants moved into the United States from 1990 to 2000, doubling the illegal population to seven million, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security.
Curiously enough, the illegal flow of migrants took place as Congress established legal immigration reforms. Munro expanded on this:
That illegal inflow happened even though Congress also created the blue-collar H-2A and H-2B visa worker programs in 1986 and allowed the J-1 program to quadruple during the 1990s.
The past 40 years have witnessed a significant expansion in legal immigration which started to hurt the middle class. Munro explained how these new policies benefit rent-seekers in corporate America:
The Bush/Kennedy 1990 act also allowed CEOs to push two generations of U.S. professionals out of skilled careers because it allowed the Fortune 500 CEOs to import a huge number of H-1B visa contract workers. That legal inflow still helps investors suppress competition by minimizing the number of innovative Americans and consolidating their control of the sector.
The constant flood of legal migrant labor could potentially bring about massive socio-economic disruption.
“If the [pro-migration advocates] got their way, we would end up with the United Arab Emirates in North America,” Krikorian said.
Krikorian is referring to how the UAE and a number of Gulf Arab states use foreign helot labor from countries such as India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to work under squalid conditions while the ruling class lives pampered lifestyles.
With how powerful corporations have become in the U.S., there’s no telling what they can get away with when it comes to importing migrant labor.
This is why the Republican Party must re-assert the power of the nation-state and severely restrict immigration by legislative means. At the end of the day, corporations must serve the national interest when it comes to immigration policy.