President Trump is advocating major changes in the policies for legal immigration into the United States after decades in which both legal and illegal immigration have spun out of control.
Trump wants to reduce legal immigration numbers; focus on admitting immigrants who are skilled and educated and who speak English; and limit government benefits that immigrants can receive.
This is common sense. The United States economy cannot continue to accommodate an endless influx of people, particularly unskilled and uneducated people from around the world, both legal and illegal. We should be tailoring immigration numbers to meet economic demand, which the Trump plan will do.
Democrats, of course, have gone hysterical over every aspect of Trump’s plan. They want to continue unlimited immigration so as to create chaos and widespread dependency, which already is happening nationwide. As Rush Limbaugh has said many times, “The Democrats need a dependent underclass” for their political power. How true. This is why they want open borders.
Open-borders advocates claim that we need more and more workers for our growing economy, yet today we have a record number of 95 million Americans who are considered ‘out of the work force’ (people of working age who are not employed). This is obviously a major problem that president Trump wishes to address by absorbing these Americans into the economy before bringing in more people from the outside.
Trump can also use his plan to get Americans off of welfare. If they are offered a job, they must take it; otherwise they lose their welfare. Bingo. Problem solved.
Immigration into the United States has ebbed and flowed since our nation’s founding. Large numbers of immigrants came in the early 20th century, when the economy was thriving and jobs were plentiful. But Republican president Calvin Coolidge signed the Immigration Act of 1924 which severely curbed legal immigration. Coolidge felt that our nation needed to absorb and assimilate the large numbers of immigrants who had arrived in the previous decades. Here is how Wikipedia describes the Act:
The Immigration Act of 1924, or Johnson–Reed Act, including the National Origins Act, and Asian Exclusion Act (Pub.L. 68-139, 43 Stat. 153, enacted May 26, 1924), was a United States federal law that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States as of the 1890 census, down from the 3% cap set by the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, which used the Census of 1910. The law was primarily aimed at further restricting immigration of Southern Europeans and Eastern Europeans especially Italians and Eastern European Jews. In addition, it severely restricted the immigration of Africans and outright banned the immigration of Arabs and Asians.
According to the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian the purpose of the act was “to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity”. But though the Act aimed at preserving American racial homogeneity, it set no limits on immigration from other countries of the Americas. Congressional opposition was minimal. According to Columbia University historian Mae Ngai, the 1924 Act put an end to a period where the United States essentially had open borders.
So notice that “open borders” was an issue even in 1924. Also notice how blatantly the Act discriminated by nation. Imagine trying that today.
In the first two decades of the 20th century an unskilled immigrant could go into hundreds of US towns and cities and easily find a job in a factory making goods for the local, regional or national economy, like in the auto industry in Detroit or the meat-packing industry in Chicago or the textile industry in Massachusetts; or making myriad products (shoes, wool, furniture, tools, food products, farm equipment, paper, etc.) in thousands of smaller factories across the Northern Tier of the United States from Illinois to Maine.
Today many of those factories have disappeared and the demand for unskilled factory labor is much lower, while an increasingly high-tech economy demands skilled and educated workers.
In the 1950s Operation Wetback (yes, that is what it was called) deported more than one million illegal Mexican immigrants from the US.
In 1965 the US border was thrown open again with the assistance of (who else…) Democrat US senator Ted Kennedy. Wikipedia reports:
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (H.R. 2580; Pub.L. 89–236, 79 Stat. 911, enacted June 30, 1968), also known as the Hart–Celler Act, changed the way quotas were allocated by ending the National Origins Formula that had been in place in the United States since the Emergency Quota Act of 1921. Representative Emanuel Celler of New York proposed the bill, Senator Philip Hart of Michigan co-sponsored it, and Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts helped to promote it.
The Hart–Celler Act abolished the quota system based on national origins that had been American immigration policy since the 1920s. The 1965 Act marked a change from past U.S. policy which had discriminated against non-northern Europeans. In removing racial and national barriers the Act would significantly, and unintentionally, alter the demographic mix in the U.S.
The new law maintained the per-country limits, but also created preference visa categories that focused on immigrants’ skills and family relationships with citizens or U.S. residents. The bill set numerical restrictions on visas at 170,000 per year, with a per-country-of-origin quota. However, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and “special immigrants” had no restrictions.
Hart, Celler and Kennedy were all left-wingers. They were very generous with Other People’s Money as liberals are today.
This 1965 act not only greatly expanded legal immigration, including ‘chain migration’ of family members, but it piggybacked on a policy to ignore increasing illegal immigration, which was supposed to have been addressed by the so-called Simpson-Mazzoli bill signed by president Reagan in 1986. Here is how Wikipedia describes it:
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3445 enacted November 6, 1986, also known as the Simpson–Mazzoli Act, signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States Immigration law. The Act
• required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status;
• made it illegal to hire or recruit illegal immigrants knowingly;
• legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants, and;
• legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language.
At the time, the Immigration and Naturalization Service estimated that about four million illegal immigrants would apply for legal status through the act and that roughly half of them would be eligible.
Simpson-Mazzoli is reported to have given amnesty to more than 3 million illegals, just as Democrats wanted. Naturally Democrats promised to seal the border and enforce the provisions, like the ban on hiring illegals, in exchange for amnesty, but they never did, as we knew they never would and never will. Thus illegal immigration has spiked since then, particularly under Obama when it spun totally out of control
Now here is The New York Times reporting on president Trump’s new policy. Each excerpt from the Times is followed by a Nikitas3.com comment:
Times reports: The (Trump immigration) bill, sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the country and granted legal residency green cards, favoring applicants based on skills, education and language ability rather than relations with people already here. The proposal revives an idea included in broader immigration legislation supported by President George W. Bush that died in 2007.
More than one million people are granted legal residency each year, and the proposal would reduce that by 41 percent in its first year and 50 percent by its 10th year, according to projections cited by its sponsors. The reductions would come largely from those brought in through family connections. The number of immigrants granted legal residency on the basis of job skills, about 140,000, would remain roughly the same.
Nikitas3.com comment: Good. Let’s admit people who will not end up on welfare, as millions of immigrants, legal and illegal, are now doing. I see them in my town, most of them illegal, including an African guy who told me that he was living at the homeless shelter. What good does this do for our country?
Times reports: Under the current system, most legal immigrants are admitted to the United States based on family ties. American citizens can sponsor spouses, parents and minor children for an unrestricted number of visas, while siblings and adult children are given preferences for a limited number of visas available to them. Legal permanent residents holding green cards can also sponsor spouses and children.
In 2014, 64 percent of immigrants admitted with legal residency were immediate relatives of American citizens or sponsored by family members. Just 15 percent entered through employment-based preferences, according to the Migration Policy Institute, an independent research organization. But that does not mean that those who came in on family ties were necessarily low skilled or uneducated.
Nikitas3.com comment: This ‘chain migration’ for family members essentially means that the whole Third World could eventually end up in America. This system will just feed on itself. And this is on top of illegal immigration. It all needs to end because it is totally chaotic.
Times reports: The legislation would award points based on education, ability to speak English, high-paying job offers, age, record of achievement and entrepreneurial initiative. But while it would still allow spouses and minor children of Americans and legal residents to come in, it would eliminate preferences for other relatives, like siblings and adult children. The bill would create a renewable temporary visa for older-adult parents who come for caretaking purposes.
Nikitas3.com comment: Sounds good. Let’s bring in people who will add to our economy, not subtract from it. And bring in people who are accounted for, like parents or those who have skills, education, jobs or legitimate sponsors.
Times reports: The legislation would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 a year and eliminate a diversity visa lottery that the sponsors said does not promote diversity. The senators said their bill was meant to emulate systems in Canada and Australia.
The projections cited by the sponsors said legal immigration would decrease to 637,960 after a year and to 539,958 after a decade.
Nikitas3.com comment: Since we started at 1 million the liberals see these lower numbers as a blow to their dependency culture. Combined with illegal immigration and poor Americans, liberals are seeking to overwhelm the American economy with tens of millions of dependents (called the Cloward-Piven strategy). They already are doing so. That is why we have a $20 trillion national debt, which is causing widespread economic stagnation.
Times reports: Mr. Cotton said low-skilled immigrants pushed down wages for those who worked with their hands. “For some people, they may think that that’s a symbol of America’s virtue and generosity,” he said. “I think it’s a symbol that we’re not committed to working-class Americans, and we need to change that.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Good for senator Cotton. The Democrats constantly crusade for higher wages, but then when we find a way to assure higher wages naturally – by controlling immigration – the left does not like it. Because it is not their way, which comes through government activism like raising the minimum wage to $15. Yet their methods ultimately lead to lower wages (through a big pool of illegal immigrants willing to work for less) and job losses (caused by the increasing cost of labor).
Times reports: The National Immigration Forum, an advocacy group, said the country was already facing a work force gap of 7.5 million jobs by 2020. “Cutting legal immigration for the sake of cutting immigration would cause irreparable harm to the American worker and their family,” said Ali Noorani, the group’s executive director.
Nikitas3.com comment: The 95 million Americans who are out of the workforce, including skilled and educated people, can take these 7.5 million jobs easily.
Times reports: (According to a recent poll)… 53 percent of Americans remained dissatisfied (with the current level of immigration).
Nikitas3.com comment: So let’s change the system. We have the majority that wants change.
Times reports: Stephen Miller, the president’s policy adviser and a longtime advocate of immigration limits, defended the proposal. … He rejected the argument that immigration policy should also be based on compassion. “Maybe it’s time we had compassion for American workers,” he said.
Nikitas3.com comment: Good for Miller. He is very smart. He reflects Trump’s common sense.
Times reports: When a reporter read (to Miller) some of the words from the Statue of Liberty — ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — Mr. Miller dismissed them. “The poem that you’re referring to was added later,” he said. “It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Liberals love to twist those words as some sort of call for open borders or to say that the Statue of Liberty is really about immigration. It is not and never was – it is about liberty.
Those words were composed years after the Statue was erected, by a left-wing Jewish poet named Emma Lazarus. A CNN reporter named Jim Acosta actually thought that the words were part of the original statue. This shows how ignorant the media are.
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