Eric Cantor’s loss is a victory for immigration patriots

Dr. David Brat

OCALA, Fla., June 11, 2014 — The Earth hasn’t quite stood still, but it certainly slowed down a bit.

Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss was unthinkable for virtually everyone in our nation’s punditocracy. As the results from his primary race started to trickle in, one could sense the shock radiating through the Washington-New York metroplex. After the race was called at around 9:00 Tuesday evening, the folks who typically can’t shut up were rendered all but speechless.

Cantor’s defeat set off a renewed discussion about illegal alien amnesty and why so many voters not just oppose, but fear it. This is because Cantor was one of the strongest GOP voices for, at least to a certain extent, “comprehensive immigration reform”.

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“We all know that our immigration system is broken and we should make reforms in a step-by-step approach,” Cantor recently told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It is the daily newspaper of Virginia’s capitol city, which anchors his district. “We should be able to find common ground when it comes to securing the border and addressing children who did not break any laws and were brought here at no fault of their own and know no other country as home. I do not and will not accept the president’s all-or-nothing approach.”

Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, said to the same publication that “Eric Cantor believes that we need to import more low-wage foreign workers at the expense of lower wages and fewer jobs for Virginia families. Cantor also favors the Dream Act and Enlist Act principles.

“A vote for Eric Cantor is a vote for open borders and corporate handouts. I pledge to work for all the people of our district and will always oppose amnesty. I support legal immigration, but it needs to be done within the context of the rule of law.”

Over the last few weeks, opposition to amnesty has permeated the Republican rank-and-file. In Texas, party platform language which supported certain legalization measures was removed just a few days ago. Cantor’s loss is but the latest, though certainly most prominent, development in this episode.

Just why do so many stand against amnesty, however?

“For NPG, immigration is strictly about the numbers,” Craig Lewis, the executive director of Negative Population Growth, mentioned to me last year. “It is not a leading contributor — it is THE leading contributor to our nation’s population growth. Studies have shown that immigration — legal, illegal, and the children born to immigrants — is responsible for 80 percent of U.S. population growth.

“America has an estimated population of over 11 million undocumented immigrants, with some estimates ranging to nearly 20 million. Each year, we permit over one million legal immigrants to arrive. The average immigrant family (regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, religion, or nation of origin) has more children than the average American-born citizen, and the children of those immigrants also tend to have larger families.

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“The fact is simple: The United States must slow, halt, and eventually reverse our population growth to preserve an enjoyable quality of life for future generations. To do so, we must reduce our immigration levels.”

Jo Wideman, the executive director of Californians for Population Stabilization, explained that “overpopulation is a fact, not a myth.” She later added “(t)o believe that the human capacity for innovation is infinite, and that therefore human populations can grow infinitely, is to believe in fairy tales. It is to believe in a parallel universe in which we live on a flat earth, because only a flat earth extending infinitely in all directions — as opposed to a round earth, which is bounded and finite — could support a human population that never stopped growing.”

Illegal immigration and population growth are closely linked issues that are crucial to our long-term viability as a nation. To treat them as an opportunity for political advantage trivializes the enormous problems facing us and is short-sighted. Eric Cantor has learned just how true this is, and hopefully his fellow congresspersons have as well.

In any case, the people have spoken, and they have been heard. What could be more American than that?

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