Immigration Spot Delivered Best Part of GOP Presidential Candidate Debate
Published on September 20th, 2015
Important and obvious question on immigration omitted
Last week’s Republican presidential candidate debate didn’t last as long as Reagan’s first term; it only seemed like it.
As expected, immigration was a hot topic in the debate, but the focus was on the crime of illegal immigration. “Creating jobs” came up several times, but “jobs” were never connected to the immigration topic, with the exception of the usual nonsense that Americans will not work in agriculture.
That’s too bad. Maybe more Americans would have been reminded that the natural laws of supply and demand actually do apply to immigration too. Yes, it’s true: The higher the number of workers in the labor market, the lower the wages for working Americans of every description.
And nobody responded to the alleged “agriculture worker shortage” with the fact that the Ag industry bosses run the only business in the nation with its own apparatus – the H-2A visa – with which they can import an unlimited number of legal temporary foreign farm workers.
The debate did include a very educated description of the legal background on the 14th amendment and the current widely accepted myth that it automatically confers birthright citizenship on the children of illegal aliens. Americans paying attention with an open mind got some valuable and factual information.
One of the highlights of the three hours was the ad from Washington, DC-based NumbersUSA, which made a critical point about the lawful immigration issue – the numbers of legal immigrants the U.S. takes in every year.
It’s a shame that the moderators and candidates ignored the fact that even with millions of unemployed Americans, the United States naturalizes about 1 million job seekers annually, the most of any other nation. And, we import hundreds of thousands of “guest workers,” but do not effectively monitor their departure.
A question that didn’t come up: “If you don’t support open borders, then how many new immigrants should the U.S. import each year?”
Pre-campaign history has given us some insight into a few of the candidate’s positions on immigration numbers. In the lineup are Republicans who wanted to double immigration (by way of the failed senate amnesty bill of 2013) and increase the number of H-1B tech workers brought in to compete with Americans (by 500 percent!).
While there was the usual election-time clichéd talk about “securing the border” and attacks on the frontrunner with the premise that it is somehow impossible to deport illegal aliens, what wasn’t offered as a solution to illegal immigration – and the employment woes of American workers – is the tried and proven successful plan of stepped-up interior enforcement and continual reduction of the illegal alien population by ending illegal employment and cutting off benefits and services.
Rather like noting that not many people will break into Disneyland or stay past closing if they are not allowed to ride the rides. Note that Disneyland is more secure than America’s borders 14 years after 9/11.
Here’s hoping there are no more three-hour candidate debates.