View on Immigration from the Western Growers Association

While searching for the video that Johnny posted on about a week or so ago titled, “Hot Topics on Immigration Law,” which has apparently been removed, I ran across this:

Robert Rector gets it right

I totally agree with Rector’s take on immigration

There is one previous study of the fiscal impact of low-skill immigrants: the National Academy of Sciences’ 1997 New Americans study.[7] The findings in that study match those of Heritage research: immigrants without a high school degree imposed a substantial net cost on the taxpayer, and the initial fiscal burden was so severe that it was not erased by the earnings and taxes of subsequent generations. Even when the net taxes paid by the immigrants’ descendents over the next 300 years (roughly 10 generations) were estimated, the net present value to the taxpayer of low-skill immigrants remained slightly negative.

The Heritage studies in question show that while college-educated immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits, low-skill immigrants do not. The best public policy would encourage the more high-skill and less low-skill immigration. Unfortunately, S. 1348 moves in the opposite direction.

Bush et al’s soft bigotry of low expectations…of Americans

The faulty logic behind the rhetoric about illegal immigrants, that is, that “Immigrants do jobs that Americans aren’t willing to do”, sticks out with these attempts at amnesty. Once illegal immigrants become Americans, won’t they categorically be unwilling to do the jobs they used to do? The only solution is to import 12 million or so NEW illegals to fill up these new empty positions.

Check out the last 1:30 of the video, which I first found on The Corner…

Trent Lott on "How to Lose Friends and Influence People to Do the Opposite of What you Want"

This story is already well documented in the “Logireaders” section, which I encourage the millions and millions of logifans to click on, but I want to highlight a single quote by the former majority leader of the Senate, Trent Lott (R?).

Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”

At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”

A couple of weeks ago I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch cable news. Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Bill Maher all supported the amnesty bill, though O’Reilly had some reservations. I generally listen to NPR on my way to work (pro-amnesty), read the NY Times (pro-amnesty), the Wall Street Journal (pro-amnesty), and National Review (mostly anti-amnesty). If Trent Lott is going to get his panties in a wad because Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh go against the grain of what 90% of the media is supporting, well, is it any wonder why it’s so hard for the GOP to raise money these days? Sure hope these guys like being in the minority. Besides supporting Bobby Jindal in Louisiana I have little faith in the GOP.

Reagan Gahagan’s take on immigration

Reagan Gahagan’s take on illegal immigration:

For some reason, I never thought about the fact that other countries had a similar baby boom after WWII just like the US had. In fact, every country that was involved in WWII had a similar baby boom after the end of the war when their respective soldiers came home from war. This also includes Japan and Germany. Every day I listen to the news around the world for no other reason than I like to hear world news as opposed to the US only news that is broadcast in the US. NHK, which is the equivalent to the BBC in Japan, is running a special daily series about how other countries around the world are handling their increasing lack of workers, due to baby boomer retirement. While the assholes in the Senate are trying to solve our retiring baby boom situation by allowing millions of Mexicans to gain citizenship, other countries are handling it much differently and some of them have some great ideas. I am convinced that the only reason that the Senate and Bush is so adamant about allowing millions of Mexicans to become citizens is so that the Social Security system will not go bankrupt while a large number of baby boomers in America are retiring. Other countries have this exact same problem with their social welfare systems. Here are some pretty interesting takes on how other countries are solving their problems. You may want to check this out soon because they only leave the broadcast up for 7 days and then they are replaced with a new broadcast.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/rjweekly/english/index.html

(Japan, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands and Australia)

Two articles on immigration

Robert Rector debunks myths about the new immigration bill.

Although proponents of this amnesty suggest that illegal immigrants will be required to return home, in reality, Z visa holders are merely required to go abroad for a single afternoon when they apply for legal permanent residence, and they are permitted to return automatically and immediately to the U.S. Proponents claim that illegal immigrants must go to the back of the line before getting citizenship. In fact, Sections 501 and 503 of Title V of the bill create a privileged admission queue reserved for former illegal immigrants alone. This select queue leads directly to legal permanent residence and citizenship. Amnesty recipients will proceed smoothly down this reserved path to citizenship without ever competing with others who seek to enter and live in the U.S. lawfully.

The WSJ has a piece out trying to make sense of all the backlash they are getting for supporting amnesty.

A quote sums up my position:

However angry, most of these Journal readers want to move forward, not back, as summarized here: “By the way, this doesn’t make me anti-immigrant or a racist, either. If labor shortages are that big of an issue then lobby to adjust our legal immigration and work visa policies.”

Katrina evacuees in Houston

Every time I hear people say, “The illegals are doing jobs Americans aren’t willing to do!” I think of stories like this:

Many had been holding out hope that they would be home in New Orleans by now, but the city’s rebuilding has been painfully slow, and about 100,000 are still here. They have settled in more or less permanently, some still on food stamps.

About 12,000 families are still getting federal aid for housing, the city said. Of that group, about 5,500 heads of households are unemployed, not counting those who are elderly and disabled, city officials said.

Sadly, Katrina evacuees, citizens of the US of A, are treated with less respect than people who willfully (and sometimes repeatedly) broke American laws to enter the country, and have no plans of assimilating or even learning English. What does Al Sharpton or Hillary Clinton have to say about all this?