OCALA, Fla., August 7, 2014 — It seems very likely that President Barack Obama will move forward with a non-citizenship-related amnesty program for illegal aliens. Beyond the talk of his constitutional duties or how amnesty might play for Democrats this November, what would legal stats for unlawful immigrants bring American citizens?
“Amnesty will have brutal consequences for the most vulnerable Americans,” Dr. Stephen Steinlight of the Center for Immigration Studies told me several months ago. “Unfair competition with cheap immigrant labor already devastates America’s working poor and working Americans. The net fiscal effect of immigration is to transfer wealth from the poorest Americans to immigrants.
“The most authoritative study ever undertaken showed 44 percent of the decline in wages for the poorest Americans results from competition with cheap foreign labor. That was in 1995. Increased competition will yield more devastating results. “Amnesty will also destroy forever the dream that most African-Americans will find a secure place in America’s economy by having jobs with social dignity.
“‘Cheap immigrant labor’ is a bargain only for employers. The huge gulf between minimal taxes paid by immigrants and the huge welfare benefits they receive is a multi-trillion dollar drain on the economy.
“The law of supply and demand is immutable. This means more unemployment and part-time employment, and fiercer competition for lower pay and jobs. If S.744 passes, the CBO estimates these conditions will prevail for at least a quarter century, making the rise of an enormous permanent underclass a distinct reality.”
Craig Lewis, the executive director of Negative Population Growth, told me last year that “(f)or NPG, immigration is strictly about the numbers. 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.
“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.”
Lewis later mentioned that “(a)s America continues to ignore the problem of overpopulation, our size continues to grow larger and our resources continue to dwindle. Our infrastructure decays, unemployment rises, our roads and hospitals become more crowded, our environment continues to deteriorate, schools and universities become more expensive and more competitive for our young people, and more of our green spaces vanish.
“At some point, it is inevitable — we will reach ‘critical mass’ in our population size. We will be forced to address the situation, and we will have to make difficult decisions as a nation. Under those circumstances, elected officials will have no choice but to take a position on the issues. We can only hope that, once they begin to face reality, it won’t be too late.”
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