My focus today is a commentary
I wrote for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) blog that was posted on their website on March 3, 2013.
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It is nothing short of astonishing that at a time when record numbers of Americans are living below the poverty line and record numbers of American families have lost their homes to foreclosure- not because of something that they did wrong, but because greed permeated the banking industry and because of failures of the government to effectively exercise proper oversight- perhaps exchanging overlook for oversight!
It is important to remember that America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals- protect innocent lives and protect the jobs of American workers. As I have noted on prior occasions, prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws of the United States was the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor. Back then America’s leaders understood that the key to the success of the United States was inextricably linked to the success of American workers. By making certain that American workers would not have to face unfair competition from foreign workers, the Labor Department helped the Middle Class expand and along with this expansion, more Americans than ever earned more money than ever- giving birth to the concept of the “American Dream” where for most Americans, acquiring a needed skill or education would translate into better jobs and higher wages.
Thus, America became the envy of the rest of the world!
Today a large numbers of political “leaders” are calling for the importation of large numbers of foreign workers and foreign students claiming that without this influx of foreign “talent” American will not be able to compete in the world marketplace.
On October 20, 2012 CAPS posted my commentary:
In that commentary I quoted none other than Alan Greenspan, one of the key architects of the economic meltdown. Check out the news report that appeared on the Fox News website on January 27, 2011 and bore the title:
“Financial Crisis Panel: Bank Meltdown Could’ve Been Avoided”
Here is the astounding quote Greenspan uttered while providing testimony on April 30, 2009 before a hearing conducted by the
U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Immigration, chaired by
that incessant advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Senator Chuck Schumer.
“…The second bonus (in accelerating the influx of skilled immigrant workers) would address the increasing concentration of income in this country. Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created a privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at non-competitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.”
Clearly Greenspan demonstrated unmitigated chutzpah, referring to skilled Americans as the “privileged elite!” His infuriating goal of reducing skill-based income inequality is nothing short of anti-American in both ways of interpreting that statement. It flies in the face of the American dream and would serve to pull the floor out from under American middle class workers and their families!
When you consider how average hourly wages are in decline and how America’s Middle Class is rapidly shrinking while more Americans than ever before are living below the poverty line, it would appear that Greenspan’s goal of reducing “some of our income inequality” that was based on skills and/or education!
On August 7, 2012, CAPS posted one of my previous articles, this one focused on the plight of the American workers who can no longer support themselves and their children.
My commentary was predicated on a heart-breaking report that aired on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday, July 29, 2012 the CBS News Program 60 Minutes aired a truly disturbing and disheartening report that they entitled, “Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars.”
The title for my article was:
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today! Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers.
Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within. The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!
If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
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With The Worst Economic Crisis since The Depression — More Than Ever, Charity Must Begin At Home
Too many Americans have been gulled into believing the false arguments made by open border advocates under the guise of what they call comprehensive immigration reform. I refer to those who argue for amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens as “Immigration Anarchists” They prey on not only the vulnerability in Americans’ traditional kindness and but their foolishness also. The open borders lobby has political allies looking for votes and campaign contributions, blithely ignoring the irreparable damage amnesty would do to America’s national security.
In his February 1, 2013 editorial, Mortimer Zuckerman, the chairman of U.S. News & World Report wrote: “Mort Zuckerman: How We Can End Our Modern-Day Depression”
Zuckerman noted that the biggest difference between today’s economic crisis and the Great Depression is that in the 1930s there were long lines of starving Americans waiting to be fed at soup kitchens while today’s poor are invisible, staying home and receiving Social Security checks and food stamps.
Here is how Zuckerman described the growing American economic crisis:
“Today millions are assisted by checks from Social Security and by food stamps. Food-stamp enrollment has been rising at the rate of 400,000 per month. More than 47 million Americans now depend on that program, an almost incredible record, for it is 15 percent of the population compared with the 7.9 percent who received food stamps from 1970 to 2000.
“Meanwhile, nearly 11 million Americans are now collecting federal disability checks from Social Security, and half have signed on since President Obama came to office. In 1992, there was one person on disability for every 35 workers. Today it is one for every 16. Such an increase simply cannot have been caused by direct disability experienced during employment. This is in effect another unemployment program, one without end. Many of the people on disability would normally be considered unemployed.”
Only the naive believe the propaganda that illegal aliens are doing the work Americans won’t. Americans today, as they have for centuries, are doing the tough, filthy, backbreaking and dangerous jobs.
Today Americans toil in coal mines and steel foundries and trudging off to work on construction jobs, assuming they haven’t been displaced by alien workers.
Yet the amnesty advocates’ mantra continues—falsely claiming that Americans won’t do the physically demanding jobs or can’t do the Silicon Valley high-tech jobs. They vilify anyone who insists that the government lives up to its responsibility to enforce immigration laws. The compassion of those seeking effective enforcement of the immigration laws on behalf of their fellow Americans is constantly challenged by open borders lobbyists.
Yet no one would challenge a parents’ compassion who rescued his own child from a burning building before helping other victims. Similarly, America must secure the well-being of its own citizens before acting to help foreign nationals.
As I noted on a recent appearance on the Fox News program, “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. But under the Obama administration, violations of America’s borders and immigration laws have become “punishmentless” crimes.