By Paul Bedard
October 19, 2015
If nothing is done to address legal and illegal immigration, some 14 million more immigrants will come to the United States over the next 10 years, according to a warning call from two congressional immigration critics.
In a full-page ad to run in Roll Call Tuesday, and previewed in the paper today, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat provided the raw data on the nation's building immigration problem and blew the whistle on the so-called "Gang of Eight" proposal to ease immigration rules.
"Including all forms of immigration, the Census Bureau estimates another 14 million immigrants will enter the U.S. on net between now and 2025 — that's almost five times the number of students who will graduate from public high school in America this year," the two wrote.
And much of it is legal, and threatens U.S. workers, they added.
"Over the next 10 years, the U.S. will hand out more green cards than the combined populations of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This has absolutely nothing to do with the border or immigration enforcement: these green cards will be issued — this year and a hundred years from now — unless Congress passes a law to prevent their issuance.
"On top of this, the U.S. issues each year approximately 700,000 visas to temporary foreign workers, 500,000 visas to foreign students, and 100,000 visas to refugees and asylum-seekers.
"Because these new immigrants and foreign workers arrive legally, corporations can legally substitute them for their existing workers at lower pay. From 2000 through 2014, all jobs gains among the working-age were claimed by foreign labor. Moreover, because immigrant workers are paid lower salaries, their wages are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that 3 in 4 immigrant households with kids are drawing welfare payments," they wrote.
Their assault on the Gang of Eight bill was a warning shot at those eyeing the House speakership and presidency that conservatives won't back legislation that hints at amnesty.
"This is not immigration reform," they wrote. "This is the dissolution of the nation state, of the principle that a government exists to serve its own people."