What stake do these people hold in immigration? The businesses and their lobbyists want cheap labor. For example, ICE has estimated that up to 25% of the employees at some Cargill plants are here illegally. On multiple occasions, Cargill administrators have been arrested for harboring illegal aliens and helping them obtain fraudulent IDs.
The left wing groups’ stake in immigration is political power. The Center for American Progress has an ongoing research project called “The Demographic Change and Progressive Political Strategy Series.” The Center champions the fact that immigration is causing “the voting electorate’s race-ethnic composition…to evolve rapidly” because if “minorities retain their current political leanings, this shift in the distribution of voters should substantially advantage the Democrats.”
All of these “stakeholders” are at odds with the constituents they purport to represent. When the National Association Evangelicals made a statement in favor of amnesty in 2009, 75% of the individual member denominations refused to sign on.
The non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies regularly commissions Zogby International to poll different constituent groups on immigration. They asked evangelicals if they preferred putting illegal immigrants on the “pathway to citizenship” or enforcing the law to have them “return home.” Evangelicals supported enforcement over amnesty by over a 6-1 margin.
While African Americans and Union households had slightly more liberal views on immigration, the vast majority are at odds with Al Sharpton and Richard Trumka. When asked the same question, only 30% of blacks and 28% of Union households supported amnesty.
Unions used to take a very different view on immigration. The founder of the Trumka’s union Samuel Gompers wrote in 1921, “Those who favor unrestricted immigration care nothing for the people. They are simply desirous of flooding the country with unskilled as well as skilled labor of other lands for the purpose of breaking down American standards.”
When assessing the assortment of race hustlers, left wing ideologues, and corporate lobbyists who Obama teams up with to promote amnesty, Gompers words ring truer than ever ninety years later.
The real stakeholders in our immigration are the 16 million unemployed Americans who have to compete against the 8 million illegal aliens in the workforce and over 1.5 million foreign workers we allow into the country legally each year. They are the ranchers in Texas and Arizona who see their property destroyed and lives threatened by invading drug cartels. They are the students who have to attend overcrowded schools with resources diverted for bilingual education. They are the thousands of Americans who have been murdered, raped, and robbed by illegal aliens.
The next time Obama wants a “conversation” about immigration, he should consider their voices as well.
J.D. Hayworth represented Arizona in the United States Congress from 1995-2007. He is the author of the book. Whatever It Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security, and the War on Terror.
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