Nearly a year ago, I posted: “Immigration Armageddon” and described the modern level of legal immigration as “mass immigration.” Since then, legal immigration has not become a political issue; illegal immigration is a big issue of course, but hardly anybody even mentions legal immigration.
Just recently, I was surprised to come across a couple of mentions of “mass immigration.” So, the meme is spreading. And my eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the commercial below from Progressives for Immigration Reform on MSNBC. Their slogan:
“Tell our leaders to reduce mass-immigration until all Americans are back to work.”
That sounds like something Pat Buchanan would say, right? But this commercial is from a left-wing group. I am amazed by this outbreak of common sense because I’ve had a lot of conversations that go like this:
Green: “We must protect the environment from the sprawl.”
Me: “Yes, reducing immigration would be a great way to do that.”
Green: “Oh my god! We can’t do that! We’re a nation of immigrants!”
I once knew an artist who was photographing a rural county as it was being paved over. He was outraged at the housing developments being built. Yet he lived in one of those houses, and he was an immigrant. And many of the people moving into the new houses were also immigrants. When I pointed this out to him, he just stared at me. In his circle, mass-immigration was never questioned.
Of course, environmental impact isn’t the only consideration when trying to calibrate immigration levels. Mass-immigration has delivered a crushing blow to working-class Americans. In one of the conference videos on their website, Leah Durant, Executive Director of PFIR said that some of the wards of Washington D.C. have 40% unemployment rates. Do those areas need more people? I don’t think so.
As we speak, large numbers of middle-class Americans are being turned out of their jobs at IBM in favor of low-paid immigrant workers. The truth is that mass-immigration only benefits the oligarchs by reducing their payroll costs.
President Obama brought in 1 million legal immigrants per year during the Great Recession when unemployment was our biggest problem. That alone may cause him to be turned out of the White House.