Why Enforcing Our Immigration Laws Will Largely Be Irrelevant If The Senate Gets Their Way
Most of you have heard about the incredible number of immigrants the Senate bill was orginally going to allow into the United States. By some counts, the Senate Bill would have had the potential to bring in 217 million new immigrants over 20 years time.
That being said, we’re still not out of the woods yet. I called Jeff Sessions’ office today and spoke with one of his people, Cindy Hayden.
She told me that the Senate Bill, as written today, will allow 73-93 million immigrants to become US citizens over the next twenty years. How big of an increase is that? Well, she told me that under the current laws, 18.9 million immigrants would be allowed to become US citizens. So, we’re talking about an increase in immigration of roughly 55-75 million immigrants over the next 20 years.
If that’s the case, then building a wall and increasing the border patrol is pointless, at least as it relates to illegal immigration — because we’ll be bringing in considerably more immigrants legally than are making it across the border illegally today.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how many enforcement provisions are put into the bill — if you legalize a flow of immigrants that is much, much larger than the number of illegals that are already coming in. It’s like putting a lock on your door to keep people out — then knocking out a wall of your house and putting a sign on the roof that says, “Come on in.”
Having this sort of massive increase in legal immigration dramatically undercuts the entire purpose of the bill, which sadly, is probably the point.
Update #1: From the comments section:
“I thought your major concerns, John, were security and obedience to the law?
Are you actually more concerned with simply the changing face of America with an influx of respectful legal Hispanics?” — economicliberty
My major concerns with illegal immigration are “security and obedience to the law,” but legal immigration at the levels proposed in the Senate bill, wherever it came from, would be terrible for America.
We can’t properly assimilate the much smaller flow of immigrants, illegal and legal, that we have coming in now, hence the much despised, “Press 1 for Spanish and 2 for English,” prompts that have started cropping up everywhere. So, what makes anyone think we can assimilate 95 million new immigrants in the next 20 years? If anything, given that our immigration system is barely functional as it is, we should be seriously considering lowering the numbers of immigrants coming into our country until we can get a handle on the situation.
Moreover, although legal immigrants are currently a boon to this country, that wouldn’t be the case if immigration rose to the levels the Senate wants. You think conservatism in this country would be helped if we added 75-95 million people from mostly socialist countries to our population over a 20 year time period? Do you think the deficit will go up or down if we add, let’s say, another 20-30 million plus people onto food stamps and welfare rolls? What happens when there is an economic downturn and the unemployment rate explodes, in part because there are so many immigrants competing with Americans for jobs? Will we have violence, riots, and car burnings like they have in France? It’s entirely possible.
What it all comes down to is that this country just cannot absorb 4-5 times the number of legal immigrants that are already coming in without massive upheaval, hardship, and strife — and the American people know that. If a stand alone proposal came up to even double the number of legal immigrants coming to this country, the American people would reject it in a landslide. Yet, the Senate is proposing a change that is much more radical and harmful to this country.
If they want to make the case that adding 73-93 million immigrants is a good idea, then why not 200 million? Why not 500 million? At some point, even the most ardent open borders supporters will say, “It would be bad for America if we brought in that many immigrants in such a small time period. That’s too many.” I’m saying the same thing right now when I look at the increases in the Senate bill: “That’s too many.”
Update #2: These results are from a Zogby Poll that came out earlier this month:
“On immigration generally, Americans want less, not more, immigration. Only 26 percent said immigrants were assimilating fine and that immigration should continue at current levels, compared to 67 percent who said immigration should be reduced so we can assimilate those already here.”
Given those numbers, I wonder what percentage of Americans would actually favor a 4-5 fold increase in the amount of legal immigration we have in this country? Is it possible that the numbers could reach into single digits? Someone should poll on that questiom.