You Can't Focus On Economy Until You Control Immigration

As is typical with most liberals, the Fish Wrapper editors continue to push the agenda of allowing illegal immigration without doing what is necessary to control it. In today's editorial, Immigration solution must focus on economy, the Fish Wrapper tried to come across is if they are proposing a "thoughful analysis" on immigration reform. Their problem is that they choose to ignore other relevant facts.

To corner immigration in the global economy is to control a huge strategic asset. What will cushion the United States against the economic repercussions of the steep labor drop-off anticipated in this century is, in fact, immigration. In the future, as the Migration Policy Institute recently reported, "net increases of workers will come from only two sources -- older workers and immigrants."

What the authors seem to take for granted is controlling immigration. The problem right now is simply that immigration isn't controlled. If it was, would there be an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States now? Democrats and the Mexican government complain when a fence is suggested, but they have no alternatives to enforcing our borders. So how do we "corner" immigration if we can't control it?

The forces that draw an estimated 500,000 people here illegally yearly are the laws of supply and demand. Although these workers come here because they desperately need work, our economy badly needs them, too. The key to understanding why, as immigration expert Tamar Jacoby wrote recently in Foreign Affairs, is one statistic: In 1960, half of American men dropped out of high school to look for work. Less than 10 percent do so today. According to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute, 11 of the 15 occupations projected to undergo the largest job growth in absolute numbers by 2014 won't require a bachelor's degree. These include retail sales people, home health aides, truck drivers, janitors, waiters and cooks. Without illegal immigrants, the meatpacking, agriculture, construction and hospitality industries in our country would already be hurting for workers. Our economy will need high-skilled workers, too, and the children and grandchildren of immigrants will eventually help to fill this gap as well. In both categories, the flow of this vital resource -- workers -- shouldn't be dictated by emotions or politics but by the needs of our economy.

If we really had control of the flow of immigration from Mexico, then - and only then - would we be able to control the numbers that are allowed in to the U.S. and do it in such a way that only what is needed for the economy are allowed. Until that time comes - if it ever does - it is absolutely imperative that we do everything possible to keep illegal immigrants out. Another thing to think about on this issue is this: why do we have a shortage of workers? Is it because people are just lazy and don't want to work (yes, that is true of many people who are on welfare, but that's a different story). What if there were another, say, 45 million workers available? Would that help fill the jobs that the Mexicans take? So where would these workers come from? Chuck Colson explains:

But what’s the root of the problem? Why do we have a shortage of workers? Aha, that’s the unspeakable “A” word that the elite dread the most: abortion. The reason we must allow millions of illegal aliens in to fill these jobs is because we have murdered a generation that would otherwise be filling them: 40 million sacrificed since 1973 to the god of self-fulfillment. And Americans are barely maintaining a replacement-level birthrate of 2.1 children per woman. Remember the compassionate stuff that the abortionists used to tell us: “We are just preventing these poor kids from growing up in deprived, impoverished circumstances”? Hah! False. What happens is that others come in from abroad to live in those deprived, difficult, and impoverished circumstances and at great public cost. I hope the politicians will have the courage to face this issue in a way that does not undermine the American economy, shows compassion to those in our midst, and restores the rule of law. At the same time, you and I can contend to restore the culture of life, because it is the culture of death that has put us in this mess today. Is there a solution? Sure. Seal the borders, which you have got to do with terrorists out there anyway, insist the workers we have welcomed in our midst file and comply with appropriate immigration laws, and—oh yeah—stop killing our children.

Oh, I can already hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth if this is suggested. Not the sacred cow of abortion! To me, it's just another result of the me-centered society that we have become. Sorry folks, but you can't have it both ways; you can't indiscriminately kill millions of unborn children or simply choose not to have children at all, and then wonder why we don't have enough people to fill all the jobs that need to be filled in our economy.

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