First of all, my apologies for posting so infrequently recently. For the past month I’ve been working on a major project at home that has taken all of my attention and physical energy. Now that it’s winding down a bit, it’s time to comment on the immigration bill that was passed by the Senate this week – S.744.
As I explained in Five Short Blasts, when a nation breaches a critical population density, the interests of big business and the interests of individuals, which up to that point had been alignment, with population growth serving both, begin to diverge. It’s in the best interest of business to continue to grow the population, adding more customers and sales volume. But it’s in the interest of individual citizens to halt that population growth to avoid the consequences of worsening unemployment and poverty as per capita consumption begins to decline.
This week the Senate came down solidly on the side of the interests of business, passing a bill that will dramatically increase the rate at which the U.S. population is growing. To the 68 senators who voted in favor of this bill, it’s no matter to them that this bill will flood the labor force with additional workers at a time when 17 million Americans are still out of work. Even the unemployed still have to purchase food, clothing and shelter and all of the other products necessary to survive. More sales volume. More profits. More campaign donations from corporations.
In a nutshell, S.744 provides a path to citizenship for approximately 12 million illegal aliens – “amnesty” – while supposedly beefing up enforcement to discourage further illegal immigration. We’ve been down this road and have heard all of the promises before about stopping illegal immigration. We all know that what we’ll get is 12 million people rewarded for ignoring our laws, most of whom will either head straight to the unemployment line or will displace American workers who will then find themselves standing in that line, and a token effort to secure the borders that ends as soon as the media spotlight is turned away.
But this bill goes beyond simply providing amnesty to those already here. A report that I received this week from FAIR – Federation for American Immigration Reform - makes clear just how scary this bill is in terms of exploding our population. So I’d like to share with you some data from that report.
In terms of the impact on immigration, FAIR estimates that this bill has the potential for admitting 50 million permanent immigrants over the next 10 years. The breakdown is as follows:
- amnesty recipients – 12,800,000
- immigration through existing visas – 11,805,236
- backlog reduction – 4,050,000
- merit based – 1,269,076
- derivative visas to dependents – 1,179,177
- employer sponsored – 1,132,010
- uncapped immediate relatives – 855,000
- “recapture” of past unused visas – 325,000
- education based – 314,447
- investor visas – 125,779
That’s a total of almost 34 million. Add to this an additional 25 million temporary “guest” workers, most of whom will seamlessly transition to permanent status as “temporary” workers have always done.
What’s the cost of all of this new immigration? Included in the FAIR report is an evaluation of the costs done by the Heritage Foundation, who estimates that this new tidal wave of immigration will add $6.3 trillion to our national debt. This is broken down as follows:
- The typical illegal alien is 34 years old and has a 10th grade education. Even while in illegal status, such an individual uses $14,387 more in government benefits than they pay in taxes per year. Once legalized and eligible for additional benefits, that figure will swell to $29,500 per illegal alien.
- In terms of Social Security benefits, an amnestied alien will consume $3 in benefits for every dollar that they pay into the system. (Those who champion immigration as a way to boost the number of workers paying into the system never address what happens when those workers age and begin to draw benefits themselves.)
- In total, amnestied aliens would be expected to pay about $3.1 trillion in taxes while using $9.4 trillion in benefits.
This bill is an absolute disaster for Americans and will doom our quality life to a slow descent back into the poverty that characterizes most densely populated countries – those who haven’t been clever enough to dupe the U.S. into a massive trade deficit.
Thankfully, the House of Representatives now stands in the way of passage of such a bill – our last hope to stop this madness, since our bleeding heart president is unable to connect the dots between the problems we face and out-of-control population growth. Hopefully, the Republicans in the House will show more backbone and stand up for the American people in greater numbers than their Senate counterparts.