Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton’s open borders immigration agenda as devastating to American immigrant communities and driving down wages and employment opportunities for black and Hispanic workers.
“The first victims of her radical [immigration] policies will be poor African-American and Hispanic workers who need jobs. They are the ones she will hurt the most,” Trump said during his Wednesday speech.
“Hillary’s Wall Street immigration agenda will keep immigrant communities poor, and unemployed Americans out of work,” Trump said. “She can’t claim to care about African-American and Hispanic workers when she wants to bring in millions of new low-wage workers to compete against them.”
“Hillary Clinton has put forward the most radical immigration platform in the history of the United States,” Trump explained. “She has pledged to grant mass amnesty and in her first 100 days, end virtually all immigration enforcement, and thus create totally open borders in the United States.”
Harvard Professor George Borjas has shown that “a 10% immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group is associated with a reduction in the black wage of 2.5%, a reduction in the black employment rate of 5.9 percentage points, and an increase in the black institutionalization rate of 1.3%.”
As U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has documented, “Competition from immigration accounts for approximately 40 percent of the 18-percentage point decline in black employment in recent years… That’s nearly a million jobs lost by blacks to immigrants.”
“Hillary also wants to spend hundreds of billions to resettle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States, on top of the current record level of immigration,” Trump added. “For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would like to spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America.”
Trump’s inclusive message echoes that of President Calvin Coolidge who, in 1924 — before a group of recent immigrants — delivered an address presenting immigration controls in the context of his desire to take care of all Americans, regardless of birth place. Coolidge assured them that, as Americans, they will all be collectively defended as one people from foreign competition. “We want to keep wages and living conditions good for everyone who is now here or who may come here,” Coolidge famously said. “As a Nation, our first duty must be to those who are already our inhabitants, whether native or immigrants. To them we owe an especial and a weighty obligation.”
During his remarks, Trump also read the letter of Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was murdered by an intoxicated illegal alien who was driving the wrong way down an Arizona freeway. At the time of the accident, her son’s murderer had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. The illegal alien had been driving the wrong way for over 35 miles on four different freeways. Although the illegal alien had been convicted of previous crimes, he had not been deported.
Sgt. Mendoza was half Hispanic.
“Let me share with you a letter our campaign received from Mary Ann Mendoza,” Trump said. “She lost her amazing son, Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, after he was killed by an illegal immigrant because of the open borders policies supported by Hillary Clinton. Sadly, the Mendoza family is just one of thousands who have suffered the same fate. Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Mendoza’s letter:
Hillary Clinton, who already has the blood of so many on her hands, is now announcing that she is willing to put each and every one of our lives in harms’ way – an open door policy to criminals and terrorists to enter our country. Hillary is not concerned about you or I, she is only concerned about the power the presidency would bring to her. She needs to go to prison to pay for the crimes she has already committed against this country.