Here in America, we have what essentially amounts to no immigration system. As the migrant caravans are illustrating for us every so often, we effectively have no border. Our original immigration policies have been cut up worse than a poorly carved jack-o-lantern. President Trump and a few Republicans have taken up this issue as a significant tentpole in their campaigns while being accused of racism by the very same people that have sponsored the same immigration standards over the years. It wasn’t always this way though, as neither side can claim to be serious, long-term, on the immigration issue. This issue is particularly strange for me because I used to be a Democrat. And the Democrat party I remember at least acted like they were serious about immigration enforcement. From my memory, it was always the Republicans who were causing the problems on the border, in their quest for cheap labor and corporate profits. As a matter of fact, one can watch Bill Clinton speeches in the 90’s that sound suspiciously close to Donald Trump immigration policies. Over time, the two parties have morphed and twisted on immigration policy like some sort of eldritch abomination out of a Lovecraft story. Let’s take a look at how each party screwed up our immigration system going all the way back to 1965.
The genesis for our immigration issues began in 1968 with the implementation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This bill completely shifted the way we handled immigration and is mainly responsible for the issues we have now. Democrats overwhelmingly championed this bill, but also managed to pull in decent Republican support as well. Both Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy were supportive of these policies, so you can mostly thank 1960’s era Democrats for foisting massive change into our immigration system while they also ran up the tab on social services. I’ve yet to hear any Democrat, from FDR to JFK, to Barack Obama, or to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explain to me how essentially unlimited immigration and welfare state social services are in any way sustainable. In any case, a significant amount of the blame goes to 60’s era Democrats, but make no mistake, Republicans are just as guilty, as you are about to learn.
Coming out of the 60’s left-wing radicalism, we got two Republican presidents back to back: Nixon and Ford. These two spoke so little about the issue that I had difficulty even finding a semi-relevant quote in researching this article. In other words, for 20 years, virtually nothing happened on the immigration front. Post Jimmy Carter, we had 12 years straight of Republican presidents from Reagan to Bush Sr.
And what happened?
Massive amnesties and cheap labor.
What they found was that the Act of 1965 was generating massive amounts of illegals. So, in an apparent political effort to court the burgeoning Hispanic vote, Reagan signed off on the second biggest trash heap of an immigration bill, the Immigration act of 1986. Looking back, we know now that amnesties only empower people to come here illegally, in the hope that politicians will court that voting block with a giant amnesty at an indeterminate point in the future. This was also the era where Republicans became the cheap labor and offshoring party. From 1986 to 2015, you will find nearly every relevant Republican congressional member voting for cheap labor, chain migration, and additional visas.
Fast forward to the Clinton years. The parties have nearly 100% flipped on immigration. All of a sudden, it’s the Democrats being the pro-worker party trying to stop the massive influx of illegal immigrants. Reading this information from 1993-2007 is like stepping into the Twilight Zone. Everything is flipped. Guess who voted to transfer 198 million from the Coast Guard to beds for migrant detention facilities? Some hardcore progressive like Barack Obama? Nope, that would be Republican senators Orrin Hatch and John McCain. What about funding a wall and discontinuing chain migration? Donald Trump or Steve King? No, that would be Dianne Feinstein of all people. Make no mistake, every politician had questionable votes on immigration, but during the Clinton years, Democrats at least acted as if it was a critical issue, as evidenced by Clinton himself during the State of the Union. Interestingly, this was also the era that Donald Trump himself identified as a Democrat, as their policies of the era more closely resembled the America First platform he’d eventually run with and win the Presidency.
Then, in 2007, courtesy of Dick Durbin and two Republicans, we get the DREAM Act. Even though it didn’t pass, this act, coupled with the election of Barack Obama signaled the death of the Clinton era Democrat and ushered in a new era of radical 60’s era politics for the left. All of a sudden, the Democrats went from sort of pro-American worker politics and into nearly unlimited altruism mode, doing precisely as Biden once said, “hammering the country with relentless immigration.” Even still though, you could still find democrats voting for “fencing” and border security, and Republicans voting for more cheap labor. When the DREAM Act couldn’t pass, Obama went for it alone and began DACA by executive order.
Now here we are in 2018, Donald Trump is President, and has reshaped Republican politics once again as the parties have continued to play a game of ping-pong over the years with the immigration issue, with neither solving it, and both offering up equally atrocious measures. In reality, none of this really matters. Who is at fault for what vote and when only serves to illustrate how pathetic our politicians have been at actually putting America First. Remember this key point: no American citizen has ever explicitly voted for mass immigration. Ever. These policies were foisted onto the people by politicians seeking either power or wealth. The midterms are coming, and I hope these caravans have made people realize how significant the immigration issue is, and has been for decades. Read my article on The Case for Zero Immigration if you want to understand why we need secure borders, and to end these absurd policies and go back to having a country once again.
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Ah yes, immigration. At the moment, by far the most polarizing topic in America. Given the current atmosphere regarding this topic and the vitriol it’s inspiring, I thought I would make this handy guide for everyone to share with all their friends, so that you too, just like our politicians, can learn how to best screw over the American people. In the event you ever run for office, you will be glad you read this handy guide so you will be able to behave in a duplicitous manner, just like our current crop of politicians. I don’t include Donald Trump in that critique, because he is one of the few that seems to care about this issue. Before I start, it should be noted I am not only referring to Democrats here, as both parties are guilty of selling the American people down the river every single time immigration comes up. I personally believe in net zero immigration, as I laid out here: The Case for Zero Immigration.
With all that said, let’s start the list!
9. Always take the side of illegals over citizens.
Remember never to speak up if actual citizens are murdered by the hundreds, as we see in Chicago, but ALWAYS go berserk if an illegal doesn’t get the newest version of Madden NFL for Xbox in their frankly nicer than the shithole place they came from housing. Always be more than happy to pay billions for facilities, while vetoing bills that take care of homeless veterans. If you get a chance to spend 3 billion on illegals, instead of 1.5 on veterans, be sure to do that, otherwise, how will you be able to brag about how inclusive you are?
8. Ignore all economic predictions.
Every credible business leader on the planet has explicitly told us we will lose 40% of our jobs to Artificial Intelligence and automation, and that our social services will be insolvent, but don’t worry about any of that, things will magically work out! We now have Alexandria Ocosia-Cortez and her flavor of the month “Democratic Socialists” running on a platform of unlimited free stuff AND open borders. Just remember that the free stuff vending machine never runs dry, no matter how many people use it!
What a deal!
7. Champion vague “border security” measures.
At all costs, make sure you sound like a badass when anyone asks about border security. Always promote murky border security measures that aren’t well defined, and make sure that you leave in plenty of loopholes because after all, we need that cheap labor to save 12 cents on a box of Pop-Tarts. You can also use fancy tricks like “funding” border security, but then not actually appropriating the money! You can also have symbolic votes that have no chance of passing, which is an excellent technique around re-election time!
Oh, and no matter what, NEVER BUILD A WALL.
6. Act as though crime isn’t a problem.
MS-13, radical Islamists, drug cartels, human trafficking, and gang crime are all just conspiracy theories, ginned up by the white supremacists. Always make sure that you spout nonsense statistics about native-born people committing more crime (false), so you can willfully ignore the easily preventable crime that comes as a result of immigration. Make absolutely sure you talk incessantly about abolishing ICE, but never mention Kate Steinle, and for crying out loud, don’t reveal that ICE, over a 10 year period, arrested over 4000 members of MS-13, 92% of which were illegal aliens, and also have been busting sex trafficking rings at a rate that makes the Flash look like a junior varsity track team reject.
It’s also best to make sure your constituents don’t understand the concept of Per Capita, as that will singlehandedly ruin most of your statistical arguments.
5. Allow Hawaiian judges to dictate national policy.
This is one of the best plays in the playbook. When your opposition is on the one-yard line and about ready to punch that immigration proposal into the end zone, ring up a Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit judge to stop it, and you don’t even have to take the blame! If you were smart in the first place, you already voted for a left-wing activist judiciary to act as your backup in the event those uppity citizens start asking questions.
4. Never vote on this issue.
You never want to hold an actual vote on immigration. Most mass immigration measures are deeply unpopular, so you never want to actually vote on it. Make sure when you campaign that you have harsh rhetoric, but not too harsh, because you need to make sure you sound inclusive. Don’t learn the lesson of Donald Trump, that immigration wins elections, so make sure you stick to your usual tried and true ways of losing, just like Mitt Romney and John McCain.
3. Always fall back on historical talking points.
“We are a nation of immigrants!”
“Read the Statue of Liberty poem!”
When presented with well-reasoned arguments, always fall back on poems from the 1860’s as though they are 2018 immigration policy. Yes, that’s right, someone wrote a poem once, so that means you as a citizen don’t get a say on who comes into your country.
2. Make absolutely sure to call people racist.
Also includes: xenophobe, islamophobe, bigot, and deplorable. Obviously, the quickest way to get what you want to is to break out the big guns: calling people racist. When nothing else works, you can rest assured that virtually everyone will cave if you break out the nuclear weapon of persuasion, the big R word. Use it as much as possible, and you’ll eventually get your way.
And, by far, the most essential item on the list:
1. NEVER, EVER ask for permission, just do it.
No American in history has explicitly voted for mass immigration. We were never once ASKED if we wanted hordes of people from other countries by the tens of millions. Yet, America somehow ended up with massive immigration change in 1965 and a broad amnesty in 1986, absurd amounts of “guest workers,” no wall, and tons of preventable crime. Once you are in office, you can follow the will of your big donors and lobbyists to pass even more amnesties, and refuse to pass any actual legislation.
There you have it, everything you need to run for office and hose over your citizenry just like our past and current crop of politicians! Share to your friends so they can be enlightened as well!
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This week, the White House released their framework for a new immigration system, which somehow managed to infuriate both sides of the aisle. A significant number of Republicans, myself included, were apoplectic over the proposed 1.8 million amnesty recipients, and, as usual, Democrats immediately played the race card, saying that any reduction of immigration levels, visas, and elimination of chain migration is, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, “Making America White Again”. In my article The Diversity Lie, I deconstructed the fabrication that America isn’t diverse and made the case that America is the most diverse nation on the planet. In addition, that the Democrats have a vested interest in sustaining mass immigration of poor people, in order to support them and their big government programs.
Today, I will take it a step further. I will argue that not only is the White House’s proposal unacceptable, I will argue that we should have a net ZERO immigration policy. By net zero, I mean that if someone leaves the US, we can then take in a replacement from elsewhere, based solely on merit. Before I get into the nuts and bolts of this argument, I will establish the assumptions I’m operating from:
1. 30-40% of jobs will be gone in less than 50 years due to Automation and Artificial Intelligence. This is a non-controversial view business leaders on both sides of the aisle agree with.
2. You cannot have unlimited immigration with a welfare state, universal healthcare, free college, etc. Any society with open borders is going to be progressive enough to try to have the above social programs as well, and likely others.
3. America’s Labor Participation Rate and unemployment are nowhere near zero, so we have plenty of available workers.
4. The Nation State and the concept of borders are ideas that have been proven correct over the course of millennia.
5. Open borders would immediately cause mass migrations to the most prosperous countries, or the ones with the most social programs.
It is my belief that all five of those assumptions are inarguable to virtually anyone. Well, almost anyone. There is a subset of globalists, such as the infamous George Soros, or British economist Phillipe Legrain that believe “Freedom of movement is one of the basic human rights.” Essentially, their argument boils down to having totally open borders, where people can freely move wherever they like. Setting aside the absurdity of billions of people collecting in one or two places and cratering the host economy, their previous location would become materially worse as well.
Immigration advocates have a number of arguments they use, such as:
1. Immigrants do jobs lazy Americans won’t.
2. Diversity is our strength. (Which it isn’t, unity is. E Pluribus Unum)
3. We are a nation of immigrants.
4. Immigrants bring talents we don’t have.
5. No human being can be illegal, you xenophobe.
6. Stop being racist, bigot.
7. Statue of Liberty poems are immigration policy.
Now I will lay out my tenets and why I believe zero immigration should be the way forward. First, most arguments FOR immigration are what I consider to be a failure of imagination. Saying that Americans won’t do this, that, or the other, or don’t have this talent or that is an attitude from a society that hasn’t put it’s own citizens first for a very long time. Continuing to pound the country and it’s citizens with relentless immigration levels while our education plummets and our infrastructure becomes more and dilapidated is beyond irresponsible. Instead of cultivating our own citizenry, our leaders essentially gave up and decided they needed to import replacements or they needed cheap labor to satisfy their corporate overlords. I believe both parties are responsible for this, over the course of several decades. This resulted in the both the 1968 and 1985 amnesties. Take a look at the following chart:
As you can see, the 1968 Immigration Act completely transformed the country, then the 1985 version further solidified those changes. The country was effectively remade because of two immigration acts. I said we should have cultivated our citizenry. What does it mean to “cultivate citizenry”? Cultivating citizenry means prioritizing education over wars in the Middle East. Infrastructure projects and jobs over foreign aid and one-sided trade and climate deals. You see, that's exactly what the Paris Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership were all about and why they had to be terminated. Those deals were the hellspawn of corrupt globalists looking out for their interests first, not the American people. When America is asked to subsidize the entire planet, as we were in the Paris Accords, that is not cultivating your citizenry. The point of running a country should be to protect your citizens and make sure they have every opportunity to follow their aspirations. If we have people who are optimistic about the future, they will be far more likely to invest, raise families, and foster a positive climate in the country. The family part is critical, because if people are optimistic about the future of the country, they will be more likely to have a family, thus offsetting the need for immigration.
So much of our immigration thinking resides in the past, as evidenced by the left constantly citing The New Colossus poem on the Statue of Liberty, or the "We are a Nation of immigrants!" line they use to justify essentially unlimited immigration. It apparently hasn't dawned on them that it is not 1880 anymore. We don't have a country to populate, nor a massive industrial revolution occurring. There is also the argument that I call "cultural transference" that is, that immigrants bring culture or technology that enhances the area they migrate to. For example, in Thomas Sowell's Race and Culture, he outlines a number of scenarios where the migrants or immigrants brought valuable skills or technology the natives of a particular country didn't have. Take the example of the Japanese, who learned of the train from the British, and regarded it as near mythical during the samurai age. A century later, the Japanese bullet train is far superior to anything we have in America.
Why is this?
Among a number of reasons, I'd argue it’s largely due to the Japanese aversion to immigration. They focus on their citizens first, before any immigration considerations are made. They live in a largely harmonious society, virtually devoid of terrorism and violent crime. In addition, the world is so compressed due to technology, that there is effectively no need of cultural transference any longer, except from more developed countries to less developed countries. We have the means to immediately copy or acquire any technology or method necessary, without the migration of the originating people.
A significant amount of the support for these ridiculous mass immigration proposals comes from the far left, for whom virtue signaling about how altruistic they are is paramount. In The God Of the Left, we learned how projecting altruism at any cost is the religion of the left. Most of the rich celebrities and limousine liberals that virtue signal about immigration are the ones not affected in the least by it given that they live in gated communities with security, and bodyguards. In addition, I can’t count the number of liberals that we see infantilizing these poor immigrants, as they always seem to suggest they will be maids and picking fruit. One of the hilarious ironies I find these days is that the left purports to want better education, universal healthcare, free college, and a peaceful utopia, yet they have it in their heads that these things can be done with essentially open borders and by bringing in poor migrants by the tens of millions.
The fact is, America can easily be greater than ever before, without any immigrants, but not if we continue on our current path. It would require a much deeper commitment to our education, public works, infrastructure, and our cities. There are numerous countries with virtually zero immigration, that have an amazingly vibrant, safe, and prosperous cultures. As our economy is reshaped by technological advancement, we are going to need massive changes in how we view immigration.
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