The Immigration Bill: Another Failure of Government

Paul Craig RobertsThe immigration bill does not address the problem. Like most bills, it is the product of influential moneyed interests. It serves these interests at the expense of the American people.

I have nothing against immigration in principle and nothing against Mexicans. Illegals, or what are known in the construction trades as “first generation Mexicans,” are hard workers. They show up for work sober. They will work from dawn to dark and on holidays. They don’t take a job in order to restore their eligibility for unemployment compensation, or in order to claim or arrange an injury that pays worker’s compensation and drives up the worker’s comp tax on the employer until he can no longer compete for contracts.

As for crime committed by illegals or immigrants generally, it pales into insignificance compared to the crimes of the neoconservatives against humanity, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Neoconservatives used lies and deception to lead America into a lost war that has killed and maimed tens or hundreds of thousands of people, made the United States a hated and reviled country, and destroyed our soft power. Neoconservatives have re-established the medieval practices of torture, self-incrimination, and hearsay and secret evidence. By overturning habeas corpus, neoconservatives have laid the foundation for a tyrannical police state.

If I could rid America of neoconservatives, I would accept the entire population of Mexico.

Immigration is a problem because it is occurring on a scale that cannot be assimilated and thereby is helping to balkanize our country. America is already being balkanized by other factors, the most important of which are the quotas that, in an ironic twist of history, came out of the Civil Rights Act.

The purpose of the Civil Rights Act was to reaffirm and to reinforce the 14th Amendment’s requirement of equal protection of law. As Larry Stratton and I documented 12 years ago in “The New Color Line,” the new federal civil rights bureaucracy turned the act upside down and created new status-based privileges, or quotas, based on race, soon to be expanded to gender and disability. By sabotaging the act, federal bureaucrats, abetted by federal courts, introduced de jure privilege, which has since been expanded to all Americans except white males. Blacks had to cope with de facto inequality, but males are saddled with de jure inequality.

Mexicans fit the federal definition of a racial minority. Amnesty that leads to citizenship for millions of Mexicans or Hispanics brings with it the requirement that Mexicans be represented in university admissions, professions and all sectors of employment in proportion to their percentage of the population. Failure of universities and employers to adjust their percentages for the new quotas will result in lawsuits and penalties.

White males, already hammered by the existing quotas and offshoring of manufacturing and middle-class professional jobs, will sink into an underclass.
The other massive cost of unchecked Mexican immigration is that it raises the percentage of the population that is poor and poorly educated precisely at the time when offshoring is shrinking the jobs that constitute ladders of upward mobility. If the obscene salaries of the corporate elite are removed from the income data, it is clear that the real incomes of the American people have ceased to rise. Adding a large number of lower-income citizens will further overburden demands on public resources, as well as common resources such as water and air quality.

The failure of the U.S. government to address the immigration issue should surprise no one, as the government has failed to address every issue. It responds to organized moneyed interests—and nothing else.


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