Immigration “Reform” a Dead Issue

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62K1V220100322

Talk about bad timing.  Thousands of immigration “reform” activists gathered on the Washington mall on the very day that health care reform legislation faced a final vote.  If you blinked, you may have missed any reporting of this event altogether.  The issue has been pushed so far out of Americans’ consciousness that, only hours after this rally took place, I actually had to do a search on Reuters in order to find an article.  (See above link.)  It had already been pushed aside, not just by health care, but by squabbles over aid for Greece, corporate mergers, Tiger Woods and other trivia. 

The problems faced by advocates of immigration “reform” (a euphemism for amnesty for illegals) are the same that they faced when George Bush tackled the issue.  First of all, the vast majority of Americans oppose amnesty.  The vast majority see illegal immigration as a drain on our social safety net resources.  And the vast majority favor putting a halt to illegal immigration and deporting illegal immigrants. 

George Bush quickly found that any attempt to placate the Hispanic voting bloc with amnesty legislation had absolutely zero chance of success without first assuring legislators that border security and the problem of illegal immigrants stealing jobs from Americans had been addressed.  So, to their chagrin, reform activists soon found that their efforts had back-fired when Bush implemented a border crack-down, reinforcing the border patrol with National Guardsmen and building more fence, while simultaneously ratcheting up workplace enforcement with big, high-profile raids that netted thousands of illegal workers. 

Regardless of whether you agree with Obama’s positions, you can’t argue that he isn’t willing – even anxious – to tackle monumental issues.  Immigration reform isn’t one of them.  Being so far down on the priority list, behind the economy, global warming, energy policy and two major wars, its likelihood of ever being tackled by this administration is remote.  The president virtually said as much in his State of the Union address in January. 

But, if it does come up, Obama will face the same problem that Bush encountered, and may very well respond in the same way – by concluding that the path forward first requires a crack-down on illegal immigration.  Until the day arrives when the issue of immigration is seen in the bigger context of the need to stabilize our population, this may be the best that those of us opposed to blindly throwing fuel on the fire of the consequences of overpopulation can hope for.

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8 Responses to Immigration “Reform” a Dead Issue

  1. Mark Hall says:

    The BEST way to re-trigger a natural rise in home values and put more Americans back to work is to start building new homes with LEGAL & TAX PAYING labor.

  2. mtnmike says:

    Mark,

    Good point, but the demand for homes will not return for many years, oversupply and under demand have pigeonholed this economic stimulator for the foreseeable future.

    Pete,

    We are experiencing simultaneous failures of our most important systems. Reform is being called for in banking, insurance, healthcare, Medicare, Social Security, Immigration, education, employment…

    After 234 years as a nation, one must question why? Why the multiple failures? (And I’m sure I missed a couple).

    ALL of our foundational systems are predicated on the mathematically impossible principal of exponential growth. As we continue our now two year old economic contraction, our most important economic underpinnings fail like a collapsing line of dominoes.

    We have reached the top of the proverbial mountain for unchecked expansion, which is the sole basis for our entire economic model.

    At a projected $20 Trillion National Debt in the next few years, how far are we willing to go in borrowing our children’s futures?

  3. Randy says:

    Global Debt saturation has been reached. Go look at the fed reserve charts on their websites to confirm. The exponential function underpinning the fractional reserve system means that an economy will always ditch manufacturing in favour of a nonsensical high transaction economy. Madness over time is guaranteed…its just the way the mechanics of money work. For some reason, Pete believes its just a matter of policy change.

    http://www.alternativeinsight.com/Tulips_of_Stone.html

  4. Randy says:

    “Obama’s positions, you can’t argue that he isn’t willing – even anxious – to tackle monumental issues. ”

    Like every other great Marxist leader who failed before him. Nothing can save the overbuilt housing and car industries. The focus should be on fostering new industries. But we have an army of bureaucrats who need cushy jobs sitting behind computers strangling the productive to death.

    There is an enormous opportunity in bioprospecting sitting right in front of our noses to employ a lot of entrapenurially minded people. But nah, can’t do it because there are monumental issues that Obama the Hobgoblin needs to sort out.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Randy, first of all, please stay on topic in commenting on these posts. The topic was immigration reform.

      That said, what exactly is “bioprospecting?” I don’t recall any legislation aimed at cutting back on “bioprospecting.” I suspect you’re speaking of things like human genome research, although the term you’ve used sounds more like digging through corpses in an effort to find usable parts. Assuming it’s the former, if it’s being held back at all, it’s by a lack of capital from investors who expect a return on their dollar. It seems to me that the health care legislation that just passed will, if anything, enhance the prospects of such research since the general consensus seems to be that the legislation will boost the health care sector in general, as evidenced by the jump in health care sector stocks yesterday.

  5. It fits our needs perfectly the advantage of immigration reform on the country: Greater supply of unskilled workers, a younger workforce, and skilled workers in needed sectors. But there is also a disadvantage of immigration reform like Greater poverty, more educational cost, lower unskilled wage levels, and increased danger of terrorism. Thanks to the post!

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Please explain how more workers is an advantage when we have over 18 million unemployed workers already. You cite as disadvantages greater poverty and lower wage levels. Do you not see an overabundance of labor as the root cause of these disadvantages? How will more immigration help any of this?

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