Editor’s Note: Some say that immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans don’t want to do. Basic economics, however, dictates that having less unskilled labor in our country would cause wages in those “undesirable” jobs to rise. Illegal immigration is bad for the economy, and conservatives who realize that will not put up with a Republican party that pushes for amnesty and increased immigration.
On a recent edition of Meet the Press, faux-Republican Senator Lindsay Graham spoke on the topic of immigration reform and the supposed need for amnesty. Sen. Graham claimed, “If we don’t do the right thing we have no chance to win the White House.”
Well, Senator, your suggestion is not borne by the facts. In 2012, there were millions more working class conservative Tea party whites and blacks that sat out on the election than moderate to conservative-leaning Latinos and Asians that voted for Obama or stayed home because of the GOP’s stand on immigration. Yet, after the election, the dominant media-generated narrative is that the 2012 GOP lost because of failure to move immigration reform.
It’s just not so.
Failed GOP nominee for President, Senator John McCain, asserted this soon after the 2012 election.
“Well, look, I’ll give you a little straight talk,” McCain stated. “Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.”
I have a more provocative statement regarding immigration reform: If we pass some New York Timers-generated immigration plan, not only will the GOP lose the White House in 2016, it will mark the end of the Republican Party and begin the permanent transformation of the United States to being a mediocre economic power. We will be a nation that depends on government for our daily survival as more adult Americans will be receiving public assistance than paying taxes and working.
Those who want to use amnesty to gain political points- the McCains, the Grahams, the Corkers- are just flat-out wrong on the issue of immigration reform.
They are, by asserting this political belief, becoming full partners in the extortion racket being perfected by pro-amnesty immigration activists. These activists are looking for useful idiots who will take on their messaging points by hailing the supposed need for amnesty-oriented immigration reform as a modern day civil rights issue and, unfortunately, too many Republicans are falling for it.
By succumbing to this erroneous notion that America is obliged to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty, these lawmakers are sending a silent dog whistle, announcing that the immigration activists’ policy of political extortion is working.
Now that would be bad enough if their political calculus was correct. But it’s not.
In 1986, after Republicans delivered amnesty, the percentage of the Latino vote that went to Republicans went down in the following two elections, not up.