At this point there’s no arguing that our government is purposely ignoring its own laws, which is allowing thousands of illegal immigrants (criminals) to enter into our country everyday. This lack of authority drastically affects our cost of living and way of life. With the facts stated in this article, there’s no denying the cons far out way the pros. So why is this happening? That’s the million dollar question of the day. Some people would say it’s to grow the economy through cheap labor, and others would say it’s being done because it’s the humane thing to do. Regardless of what the politicians or what our President’s objectives/opinions are, reality tells us that this illegal immigration crisis is –
- extremely costly to our local, state, and federal government’s social, criminal, education, and disease control programs
- massively increasing our security risks
- reducing our rights/liberties
- taking away jobs from legal tax paying citizens
- discriminating against those who are legally waiting in line (sometimes for 2-3 years) to become U.S. citizens
- completely contradicting a nation based on the rule of law
Under federal law, any non-U.S. citizen is an alien. Aliens who have entered the United States without permission, or who have violated the terms of their admission, are identified under the law as illegal aliens. This procedure for handling immigration cases is designed to speed up the process of deportation; it should not be interpreted as an indication that illegal immigration is not a criminal violation. Because illegal aliens are not U.S. citizens, they are not entitled to the full panoply of rights and privileges under the Constitution as are citizens. Thus, they can be held subject to a non-judicial ruling instead of a jury trial for their criminal violation of immigration law.
“You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.This implication, he asserted, “should have a direct impact on the fate of the immigration bill now being debated in Congress. These disclosures further confirm the fact that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to protect our borders or enforce our immigration laws, Fitton said. And the coordination with a foreign government to attack the policies of an American state is contemptible.”
Since President Obama came into office, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation has increased at 10 times the rate of job creation, the annual spending on SNAP has doubled, and one in seven Americans now participates in SNAP.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said of this discovery –
“USDA is actively working with the Mexican government to promote food stamps for illegal aliens.”
The fact that these executive actions are unconstitutional and illegal must not be overlooked when discussing their economic effects. An economy that rewards those who are most willing to break the law is not a sound one. The rule of law is the only basis for sustained prosperity, which is one reason why the past 45 years of unprecedented levels of illegal immigration have corresponded with increasing income inequality. President Obama, having asserted that he is the sole limiting authority on the extent of his executive powers, is now claiming that he can circumvent the economic consequences of his actions by presenting an alternative reality where outcomes are determined by wish-fulfillment. The unemployment rate has been dropping over the last few years not because there are fewer unemployed Americans but because there are more who are dropping out the labor force and are no longer officially counted as unemployed. The jobs that have been created since the U.S. economy started its “recovery” have been mostly low-wage and part-time –the kind of jobs that illegal aliens compete with Americans for. There are 8.7 million people unemployed and 92.8 million not in the labor force. A paltry 15,000 more jobs a year, even if they were to materialize, would do nothing to alleviate the jobless crisis in America, especially when all net job growth since 2007 has gone to foreign workers. Amnesty will not boost the economy, even though it might raise the GDP slightly, because amnesty does not address the underlying weakness of our economy: namely the shortage of well-paying, career oriented jobs. The argument that an amnesty boosts earnings for previously illegal aliens and this therefore “stimulates” the broader economy falls flat when subjected to scrutiny. Most illegal aliens are already making more than minimum wage so only a small percentage would see any earnings increase due to legalization. True, there may be some greater job mobility and that could create a very small bump in the GDP as amnestied aliens gain more bargaining power. It is also true that this may result in greater displacement for native workers, resulting in a loss in GDP and increased fiscal costs of providing for unemployed workers. This only emphasizes the point that the current immigration system grows the economy in such a way that any benefits do not accrue to most Americans. What the benefits touted by the White House really amount to is an embrace of the “trickledown theory” of economics that the Democratic Party has decried for decades but embraced in policy –as has the Republican leadership. They are supporting an economic system that allows multinational corporations to increase their profit margins by reducing labor costs, and allows multi-millionaires to hire more cooks, nannies, and gardeners because wages are so low. At the same time, what might remain of the middle class suffers the burden of subsidizing low-wage immigrant labor. This is somehow supposed to benefit Americans because “growth is good.” If immigrants are increasingly performing jobs that Americans are no longer performing, the solution is not to bring in more immigrants. We need to ask ourselves why there are jobs in America that Americans are reluctant to take; and then we need to figure out a way to change that. Does anyone really believe that immigrants only take jobs American’s won’t do? How are President Obama’s immigration policies going to strengthen the middle class, or make young people in Ferguson, Missouri believe that a brighter future awaits them? We need to make sure that Americans have incentives to work, and those who do want to work have opportunities. There is no shortage of good American workers. There is a shortage of good jobs available to Americans and immigration, beyond any doubt, contributes to that problem. Our government has helped to create a disincentive for some Americans to work, and the impossibility that many of those who do work can support themselves and their families. What is a good job? One that pays a living wage, allowing a worker to take care of his or her family without having to depend on government assistance. President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty is only going to make the problem worse, and the report put out by the White House on the “benefits” of executive action on immigration only reinforces that fact.