In recent weeks, immigrant-rights rallies have been held in protest of president Trump’s threat to deport millions of illegal aliens. On January 14, 2017, such rallies were held in 50 cities across the country. This “Day of Action” initiated “a new phase of activism in defiance” of Mr. Trump’s immigration plan. Said one of the organizers, “We are prepared to defend our dreams and our families, whatever comes.”
According to Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream, “there is a deep sense of fear and worry in immigrant communities“ and activists have called on city mayors and local officials to provide “sanctuary” for the illegal immigrants residing in them. To date, mayors in at least seven major US cities have “reaffirmed their commitments to shelter illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities.” Said Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, “We’re gonna stay a sanctuary city. There is no stranger among us. We welcome people — whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova where my grandfather came from. You are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.”
Of the estimated 11 to 20 million immigrants residing in the US illegally, Trump plans to “Move criminal aliens out day one” – as many as 2 million convicted criminal aliens, including more than 870,000 aliens who have been ordered deported, but remain at large. The influx of future illegal immigration is to be reduced by a border wall (legislated with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2006, but never built).
Encouraged by the rallies, illegal aliens have become undaunted by the threat of deportation. “We are here to stay,” was the message from protestors at the Washington DC rally: Martin Batalla, a nursing student from New York, told ABC News, "DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; a program that granted protected status and work authorization to 750,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally when they were children] changed my life, and it changed lots of people like me. I was able to get a work permit, I was able to finish school, graduate, and I was able to get out of the shadows." As to Trump’s wall, "There will be a wall," said a speaker at a Chicago rally on inauguration day, "but it will be a human wall of resistance."
As to Trump’s recent executive order to conduct “extreme vetting” of travelers from seven Muslim countries that are plagued by radical Muslim terrorism, a wall of Democrat politicians rallied in condemnation. A smattering of denunciations from Senate Democrats include: “a betrayal of American values” (Elizabeth Warren), “fundamentally un-American” (Corey Booker), a “Muslim ban” (Kamala Harris), “Trump has now handed ISIS a path to rebirth" (Chris Murphy), and “tears are running down the checks of the Statue of Liberty” (tearful Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, at a press conference surrounded by tearful Muslim refugees).
Enraged Democrat politicians and other activists now flock to numerous pro-immigration rallies, where they manufacture tears for 109 travelers detained by Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Yet they have attended no pro-American rallies to express outrage for the 42,400 US factories that have been shuttered since the turn of the century and the 5.7 million Americans who lost their manufacturing jobs.
At the DC rally, an impassioned Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) promised, in both English and Spanish, that he “will not rest until everyone that wakes up in the morning to go work hard, sweat and toil, guarantee that they return to their husbands, wives, and families." Said the equally impassioned Senator Chris van Hollen (D-Maryland), "We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue of Liberty. We're going to reaffirm that torch of Lady Liberty and say that we are a nation for all peoples regardless of religion, regardless of background, regardless of who you love. We are here for everybody."
Everybody except for the many tens of millions of American citizens, whose American Dream is being buried by the ooze of irrational immigration policy. And there are tens of millions more, mostly former immigrants, whose wages are depressed by the relentless, uncontrolled onslaught of Third World immigration advocated by our political elite.
We welcome immigrants, they say. From all over the world. Diversity makes us stronger. Immigrants bring new life to our aging population. They come here to work. They do the jobs that Americans won’t do. … America is the great Melting Pot. We are a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are. The pabulum is seemingly endless.
But we welcome them to a labor force of 210 million working age adults (16-65), where they compete for work in an economy capable of providing only 152 million jobs (123 million private sector jobs). And that is after eight years of job growth – a record for which now former-president Obama still boasts, still incessantly.
While the furor over illegal immigration rages, there has been no public debate over legal immigration, which has brought a massive multicultural wave of 60 million immigrants to America in the 50 years since the Immigration Reform Act of 1965. The vast majority (75%) of the 17 million immigrants that have entered the US in recent years (2000-2014) were largely low-skilled workers from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – an ongoing stampede that has been unchallenged by politicians of both parties (Republicans seeking cheap labor; Democrats seeking cheap votes), who are afraid to be honest with the tens of millions of existing American workers discarded in its wake. And there has been no discussion of the moral obligation to our unemployed citizens, whose dreams have been trampled in the name of GDP growth, never mind an assessment of the effects of immigration on our national character, cultural identity, and social cohesion.
Liberal politicians tacitly believe that we have a greater moral obligation to those who come here from other nations. They appear at rallies to generate sympathy for immigrants, even illegal immigrants. There is little sympathy for the legal citizens who are displaced in the labor force by the influx. And this sentiment is even shared by some conservatives. Kevin Williamson (National Review), for example, has expressed his disdain for “Trump Country” communities: angry white working class precincts that blame international trade and immigration for their plight. It includes towns such as Garbutt, N.Y., whose local economy, having been founded on now-uncompetitive industries, has driven its inhabitants to inordinate levels of unemployment, divorce, abortion, educational failure, ill-health, Social Security disability fraud, drug abuse, and early death.
Williamson, a brilliant and insightful observer of American life, wrote
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. … The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.
If you want to achieve your dreams, “get out of Garbutt,” he admonishes. Go to where the new jobs are. But the new jobs are being filled by immigrants, and have been at least since the turn of the century, when the “diversity makes us stronger” mantra obscured an immigrant growth rate that vastly exceeds job growth rate. The rush of foreign labor has claimed all of the net US job gains since 2000. And this is occurring, not in a full employment economy (of < 3% unemployment) when an influx of foreign labor might be welcomed, but in the presence of an enormous and growing labor surplus of existing American citizens.
The official unemployment rate (referred to as U3), now at 4.7%, is flaunted, as if the economy was a mere 7.5 million jobs away from full employment. That rate, however, measures only jobless individuals who have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks. A better measure is the U6 rate, which includes workers who have not recently looked for a job and part-time workers who can’t find a fulltime job. With the U6 measure, currently at 9.1%, 14.6 million Americans are unemployed. But there are millions of other unemployed, working age adults who would seek work if good-paying, fulltime jobs were available. These include, for example, students over the age of 25, so-called stay-at-home-dads, and workers driven to the Social Security Disability program. With these individuals, the effective number of unemployed could be as high as 25 million.
But good-paying, fulltime jobs have become scarce. The labor surplus, coupled with a steady influx of “cheap” foreign labor, has depressed wages. And incomes have been additionally depressed by an astounding lack of growth in full time jobs. The net increase in full time jobs created since 2000 is a paltry 11 million; barely 3 million full time jobs were created between 2007 and 2016.
This immense, and rapidly growing, labor surplus is fueled by ruthlessly immoral policies that place the desires of immigrants over the needs of existing American citizens. During the Obama administration, for example, about 11 million net jobs (the vast majority of which were part time jobs) were created. But according to the Department of Homeland Security, in the same period, at least 25 million foreign workers entered the labor force: more than 8 million lawful permanent residents and more than twice that number in temporary workers and trainees, not to mention refugees and asylees, and not counting illegal aliens – a net, in just the last eight years, of more than 15 million existing American citizens that now must struggle to get out of Garbutt.
What do we do with these Americans -- besides hold them in contempt, and increase their number by bringing in more immigrants to perform “the jobs Americans won’t do”? If our pro-immigration political leaders have their way, there will be no good-paying, full time jobs for millions of angry white Americans (and not just the ones tethered by ignorance and sloth to decaying towns in places like upstate New York, Appalachia, and the Rust Belt). Nor will there be good jobs for the millions of angry black Americans and millions of angry former-immigrant Americans that join them. For this forlorn, idle cohort, there will be no American Dream, and not a single rally.