Skip to comments.George Will: Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Necessary to 'Sustain the Welfare State'
Posted on 04/15/2013 1:46:13 AM PDT by Bratch
On ABC's This Week Sunday, George Will made a comment about the need for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that is likely to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
"As the baby boomers retire, and as the birthrate declines, we need something to replenish the workforce to sustain the welfare state" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
*NOTE: Video at link*
JONATHAN KARL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: George, right to you. You heard a debate among Republicans on immigration. Which side should the Republican Party come down on?
GEORGE WILL: Every conservative sympathizes with what Jeff Sessions was saying about not rewarding law breaking. However, conservatism begins with facing facts. The facts are that of the 11 million people who are here illegally, two-thirds have been here a decade or more, 30 percent, 15 years or more. They're woven into our society. They're not leaving. And the American people would not tolerate the police measures necessary to extract them from our community. Therefore, the great consensus has to be on the details of a path to citizenship.
The most important thing Rubio said in your interview was, even if the system weren't broken, if you had no illegal immigrants, we'd still need to do something about this because we need the workers. As the baby boomers retire, and as the birthrate declines, we need something to replenish the workforce to sustain the welfare state.
KARL: The framing from Rubio was interesting, saying we really already have amnesty. Nobody's prosecuting the undocumented immigrants here now.
RUTH MARCUS, WASHINGTON POST: Absolutely, I want to say I'm going to really enjoy saying this next sentence. I completely agree with every syllable that George Will just said. And I think that the stars are in alignment for many of the reasons that he said.
"As the baby boomers retire, and as the birthrate declines, we need something to replenish the workforce to sustain the welfare state."
Is this an inconvenient truth or a stretch?
We know that this is a problem that countries such as Japan are already facing. Most of Europe is projected to see a peak in population in the next few decades. When this happens, entitlement programs become impossible to fund if they aren't already.
The velocity of our population growth has been slowing for decades.
As such, does Will have a point or should our future budget woes be irrelevant to this debate?
That would be fine and good if we had a policy of attracting people based on skills rather than family ties. It would also work out well if we weren't hell bent on turning a blind eye as millions of "undocumented Democrats" pour across the border looking for "free stuff".
I believe it also is about getting recruits for the military.
Whatever the excuse, it’s not good enough. Immigration, legal and illegal is a net drain on social services...THEY are part of the reason we need to sustain the welfare state.
“No one really wants the secured borders.”
According to every poll, you’re incorrect. Immigration only benefits the top 1%. GOPe, like Grover Norquist, Cesar Conda, McCain and Obama and his liberals are the ONLY ones who don’t want the border secured.
Border Security - NumbersUSA
Found exclusively on: Google
CNN Poll Reveals Continued Support for Arizona Enforcement Law and Increasing Support for More Border Security. Thursday, May 27, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT ...
Public Opinion Polls on Immigration | Federation for American ...
Found exclusively on: Google
Poll after poll shows that Americans want well-enforced, sensible, and ... Only 30 % of likely voters say that the U.S. border with Mexico is secure; 64% say that ...
In new poll, big majority says border not secure - Washington ...
Found on: Google, Yahoo! Search
5 days ago ... A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll asks several questions about immigration reform, including one about border security. From what ...
Fox News Poll: Secure the Border First | Fox News
Found exclusively on: Google
Jul 2, 2010 ... A majority of American voters think the federal government should secure the country’s borders first, before Congress works on new ...
Border Security Hawks Aren’t Racist, Most Americans Say: Poll
Found exclusively on: Yahoo! Search
Immigration hawks worried about appearing racist can breathe a sigh of relief. Only 11 percent of U.S. voters think people who want to secure the border ...
and on and on....
With one party the party of big government and the other party being the party of big business - there is little chance that anything will be done about illegal immigration and/or illegal labor.
If we cut off illegal labor there would be no more illegal immigration.
It would be very easy using existing laws to curtail over 90% of illegal labor.
The idea that law enforcement needs to deport anyone, or that securing the border will do anything more than increase the time cost and effort to get across the border is ludicrous.
If illegal immigrants couldn’t make a living in the USA they would leave (many do seasonally anyway) and not come back.
extension of civitas (citizenship)
.. Roman citizenship declined in the empire, however, because military service was no longer compulsory, and suffrage was invalidated by the abolition of republican government., In ad 212 the Edict of Caracalla granted citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire.
Interesting , goes to show that history does repeat itself, and that we're looking more like Ancient Rome every day
The importance of citizenship declined to the point where its special legal protections disappeared...however, Caracalla gained a million new taxpayers via a doubling of coverage and quantity the inheritance tax. From which, of course, the rich were immune.
Really good reading about this is in The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter.
It’s a really good book I read for grad school, and worth looking for.
You’ll be able to talk rings around your average half-educated Freeper.
Notice how no one talks about ending birthright citizenship. This tells me they have NO intention of slowing illegal immigration, let alone ending it. One more time our officials give the American people the middle finger.
You are back! I have missed your posts. I hope everything is OK with you and yours.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.