Illegal migrants “embody the best of our nation,” says the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
The flattery for migrants came December 21 as Pelosi urged the House Committee on Rules to include an amnesty for 3.25 million ‘dreamer’ illegals in the two-week budget resolution. According to Politico:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the committee to add an amendment to the short-term spending bill that would attach the bipartisan DREAM Act, H.R. 3440 (115). Pelosi said Congress had a “duty and obligation” to protect undocumented immigrants …
“They embody the best of our nation: patriotism, hard work, perseverance,” Pelosi said of DREAMers. She added that Congress shouldn’t “leave them to celebrate the holidays in fear, watching their DACA protection expire.”
Pelosi’s for migrants flattery failed to persuade the GOP-majority panel, which rejected her proposal.
Her praise, moreover, is complicated by facts. For example:
The ‘dreamers’ migrants were brought to the country as minors by their parents, but are now adult illegal immigrants who prefer to live in the United States despite the law.
The migrants’ skill level is very low, according to education tests. For example, the college-graduate rate for the ‘dreamer’ illegals is roughly one-tenth the college graduation rate for Americans.
Relatively few of the migrants speak English. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”
With few skills, many of the migrants choose to accept economic transfers from Americans’ welfare programs.
Many of the ‘dreamers’ who got DACA work permits from former President Barack Obama have already committed crimes.
Some of the migrants despise Americans’ laws. “I came to this country with dreams to protect my sons and to give them a better future” illegal migrant Ingrid Vaca told Congress in October. “I would not let anything stand in their way,” said Vaca, who arrived from Bolivia in 2000.
But the federal government’s support for migrants has a huge impact on Americans — roughly nine million Americans have been pushed out of the workforce as wages have fallen amid the flood of immigrant labor.
Yet Pelosi and other progressives have a track-record of flattery for illegal migrants.
“Our Dreamers, they make America dream again,” Pelosi exclaimed in October. “They’re so lovely and we, frankly, owe a debt to your parents for bringing you here to be such a brilliant part of our future.”
Former President Barack Obama shared her view about the merits of migrants. “I’m proud to be among the first to greet you as ‘My fellow Americans’… We can never say it often or loudly enough: Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew America,” Obama claimed at December 2015 naturalization ceremony, while standing under a giant mural of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
Progressive business executives also praise illegals. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, insisted in September 2017 that the DACA amnesty is “the biggest issue of our time.” He said:
This is the biggest issue of our time because this goes to the values of being American. This is ‘Are we human’? ‘Are we acting in a track of morality?’ right? These people … At Apple we have many … they love America deeply. When you talk to them, I wish everyone in America loved American this much. They have jobs, they pay taxes, they are pillars of their community, They’re incredible people, and so, to me, it would be like someone coming to Mike [Bloomberg] and saying ‘Mike, I just found out you aren’t really a citizen here, you need to leave.’ This is unacceptable. This is not who we are as a country, and so I am personally shocked that there is even a discussion of this.
A progressive columnist at the New York Times declared in June 2017:
So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat…
I’m the child of immigrants and grew up abroad, I have always thought of the United States as a country that belongs first to its newcomers — the people who strain hardest to become a part of it because they realize that it’s precious; and who do the most to remake it so that our ideas, and our appeal, may stay fresh.
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) December 21, 2017
We must keep faith with the dedicated #Dreamers who make this great nation even greater – and that means passing the #DreamActNow. I will vote against any Continuing Resolution that fails to include the #DreamAct. #NoDreamNoDeal
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 20, 2017
In contrast, President Donald Trump won the 2016 election by promising to make American great again.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.
The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.
Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.