It seems like the only people standing in the way of conservative legislation for this nation are the Republicans themselves.
After the epic fail of repealing Obamacare, now it seems as if Republicans are also planning to block immigration reform.
A few hours after President Trump endorsed the Reforming American Immigration for a strong Economy Act (RAISE) bill, two Republican Senators — Lindsey Graham and Ron Johnson — have publicly stood against it.
Graham released a statement: Unfortunately, the other part of this proposal would reduce legal immigration by half, including many immigrants who work legally in our agriculture, tourism and service industries.
South Carolina’s number one industry is agriculture and tourism is number two. If this proposal were to become law, it would be devastating to our state’s economy which relies on this immigrant workforce.
Johnson did also: [W]e need to make sure we have an immigration system that allows enough people into this country to make sure that we can staff manufacturers and dairy farms and all of our organizations that grow our economy.
Both Republican senators are big supporters of mass migration, importing foreign workers, ‘even the low-skilled workers who compete directly with American citizens for the kinds of starter jobs that can do a young person enormous good,’ states John Nolte at the Daily Wire.
He continues: Moreover, this unending flood of the unskilled manipulates the labor market in a way that decreases wages. And this of course benefits big business which in turn benefits the politicians in both parties who receive campaign contributions from big business.
Naturally, Senate Democrats are already declaring the bill DOA. They want the business contributions and the votes.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, in 2015 some 1.38 million foreign born immigrants came to the United States. This does not include the flood of illegal labor. This is legalimmigration. As you can see from this graph, legal immigration has more than tripled over the last 50 years. Meanwhile, our overall population in that same amount of time has not even doubled. Per capita, we are taking in a whole lot more legal immigrants than normal. Moreover, we are also dealing with millions and millions of illegal immigrants.
This influx of cheap and illegal labor has been devastating, primarily to black teens, who suffer unnaturally high unemployment rates in the 30% range — almost twice the national average. Keep in mind that this unemployment rate only counts those actively looking for work, not the untold numbers who have given up. The most recent statistic I could find for the labor force participation rate among black youths is 42.7%, compared to 56.5% for whites.
Intelligent legal immigration is not the issue here. Everyone supports that! The pressing problem is that citizens in our own nation are having their jobs taken away by people who don’t really belong here.
Its time to change the tides. This massive spike in ‘legal immigration’ has caused middle class wages to be stagnant for years.
The RAISE Act would end the madness of what is known as chain migration, where anyone allowed into the country can eventually bring along their entire family regardless of skill level or ability to self-support, and well beyond spouse and children (which the RAISE Act would of course still allow). Then there is the madness of the 55,000 visas handed out annually in a lottery for “underrepresented countries,” another program that has nothing to do with skill level or ability to self-support.
We need this bill to succeed. End of story.