Skip to comments.The Immigration Trap
Posted on 11/09/2012 1:41:46 PM PST by libertarian neocon
Since Romney lost on Tuesday, many Republicans, like Sean Hannity and John Boehner, have been promoting a change in the Republican views on immigration policy to attract more hispanic/latino voters. Unfortunately, I think this is a trap that will make Republican electoral prospects worse, not better.
Just do the math, there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. Let's say you do what Sean Hannity proposes and give those already here a "path to citizenship". Now, assume they don't magically become Republicans when they gain their citizenship and 71% vote Democratic like in the last election. That means that we'll have 7.8 million more Democratic votes and only about 3 million Republican ones, a potential gap of 4.8 million (I realize turnout wouldn't be anywhere close to 100%, which is why I used the term "potential"). Considering Romney just lost by 3 million votes, this number is not one to sneeze at and could effectively create a permanent Democratic majority, the exact opposite of what the Republican "path to citizenship" folks are trying to achieve.
Plus, what will stop millions more from coming into this country illegally now that they know they will just have to wait out any reticence from the US government to give them amnesty. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986 and all we got from that was 11 million more. Thus, the illegal immigration issue will never go away and trust me, the Democrats will always out-pander the Republicans on this issue. Simply, they know who the newly minted citizens will be voting for.
Amnesty won’t satisfy the situation. Open borders is the goal.
I don’t think trap is the right word. Idiotic is more like it.
Sean Hannity is not a Republican.
If we listen to O’Reilly, Hannity, Boehner and the rest of their ilk we are toast. Boehner is already on one knee to Barry trying to save his own little power position and salary. Prepare for a push by our own party for wholesale amnesty. And open borders.
First of all, why is this such a priority given all of the other challenges facing this country? We have sequestration, debt ceiling, unemployment, entitlement reform, etc. that deserve immediate attention.
Do these talking heads understand what the impact of an amnesty would be?
Any legislation that legalizes the status of those who broke our laws by entering our country illegally and allows them to stay and work here is amnesty. We must not only prevent the Democrats and some moderate Republicans from hijacking the meaning of the word amnesty, but the public must be made aware about the true impact of an amnesty. The Heritage Foundation concluded that the cost of amnesty would be $2.6 trillion just for increased entitlement program costs. And the number of additional LEGAL immigrants who would join those who were the recipients of amnesty through chain migration, i.e., family reunification, would approach 70 million over a 20-year period, assuming there are only 12 million illegal aliens. We cannot assimilate such numbers. An amnesty would destroy the United States of America with the stroke of a pen.
If the public understood that legalizing the status of the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens would permit them to sponsor at least another 66 million more LEGAL immigrants, the poll results would be much different. On immigration generally, Americans want less, not more, immigration.
Conferring rights and privileges upon illegal aliens has a corrosive effect on the Rule of Law, the very foundation of our Republic. It is also a slap in the face to legal immigrants who have followed the rules and obeyed the laws. There are four million immigrants waiting their turn overseas to enter the U.S. legally and approximately 40 million immigrants living in the U.S., most of whom followed the law.
If you want to understand why the Dems are pushing amnesty, just take a look at this chilling 2009 video of Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President.
If the GOP approves an amnesty, I will never vote for a Rep again.
Thanks for the long reply! I agree with just about all. They seem intent on changing the character of this country. This country was based on the Western Judeo-Christian values of European immigrants. In the latest year only 8.5% of immigrants came from Europe. They come from places that dont really care for the rule of law and probably dont give a crap about the founding fathers.
Since the 1965 Immigration Act, our pro-population growth immigration policies have fueled major demographic changes in a very short period of time. In 1970, non-Hispanic whites comprised 89 percent of the population; today they are 66 percent; and by 2042, they will be 50 percent. The Democrats, under the banner of multiculturalism and diversity, have forged a political coalition that depends on individuals coalescing around racial and ethnic identities rather than the issues. The continuing and increasing flow of minority immigrants, mostly poor and uneducated, provides a natural constituency for the Democrats, which see them as their principal source of political power.
The nations immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in our history. The U.S. immigrant population has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970, when it stood at 9.7 million. Of the 40 million immigrants in the country in 2010, 13.9 million arrived in 2000 or later making it the highest decade of immigration in American history, even though there was a net loss of jobs during the decade. Growth in the immigrant population has primarily been driven by high levels of legal immigration. Roughly three-fourths of immigrants in the country are here legally. With nearly 12 million immigrants, Mexico was by far the top immigrant-sending country, accounting for 29 percent of all immigrants and 29 percent of growth in the immigrant population from 2000 to 2010. The median age of immigrants in 2010 was 41.4 compared to 35.9 for natives.
Create a Provisional Citizenship category with all rights except that the right to vote will only kick in after 10 years of residency.
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