Cut low-skilled immigration to raise American wages
The Senate could soon vote to give millions of Americans their biggest pay-raise in decades.
The proposal in question isn’t a minimum wage hike or a tax cut. Rather, it’s a bill that would reduce legal immigration by half. The reform would turbo-charge wage growth and open up new job opportunities for working-class Americans.
Senator Tom Cotton’s RAISE Act would reduce family-sponsored visas by eliminating categories that allow for the immigration of extended family members. In plain terms, most recent immigrants would no longer be able to secure green cards granting lifetime residency and work privileges for their siblings or adult children. They would still be able to bring over their minor children and spouses, of course.
The proposed law would also cap refugee admittances at a compassionate but sustainable 50,000 per year — roughly the average annual intake from 2001-2010. Additionally, it would end the “visa lottery” — a fraud-plagued program that awards green cards at random to over 50,000 lucky foreigners each year.
Analysts predict that these changes will reduce legal immigration by 40 percent the first year and 50 percent over a decade.
Why is this a good thing for American workers? Simple. Most of the people who arrive on family-sponsored, refugee, and lottery visas have limited skillsets. Nearly 30 percent of foreign-born adults lack a high-school degree compared to just 9 percent of native-born Americans.
As a result, these new arrivals — most of whom are law- abiding and hardworking — gravitate to blue collar or service-sector jobs. According to the latest figures from the Department of Homeland Security, less than 13 percent of immigrants with family-sponsored visas work in management or professional occupations.
Offshoring and automation have wiped out millions of low and medium- wage jobs. Almost two million Americans have been out of work for six months or more. Importing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to compete with these struggling Americans only holds down wages.
When a country increases the size of a skill group by 10 percent through immigration, wages fall by about 4 percent for that skill group. Wages have been stagnant, especially for low-skill workers, for decades. Hourly wages have scarcely budged since the 1960s once inflation is accounted for.
America should not bring in more low-skilled foreigners when its own lesser-skilled workers cannot find decent jobs. This isn’t about hostility to immigrants. It’s about a deep concern for the citizens of our own country who struggle to make ends meet but who can make little headway in a bulging labor market.
The RAISE Act wouldn’t completely solve this over-supply of low-skilled labor. The proposed law doesn’t address illegal immigration at all. Nor would it eliminate the tens of thousands of temporary, nonagricultural work visas given to foreigners who toil as line cooks, construction workers, and housekeeping staff — jobs that unemployed Americans would thrive in.
Due to an overabundance of laborers, working-class Americans haven’t seen a substantial pay bump in decades. It’s time for a RAISE.
Deena Flinchum is an IT worker who was employed by the AFL-CIO for 25 years before retiring. She is now a community volunteer in southwest Virginia. “Just Plain Neat Information” supplied by a local reader.
“Male and female He created them …” (Genesis 5:2) With those six simple words the Bible gives us all the information we need regarding the genders God created. People are born either male or female; there are no other options. But liberals disagree.
According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of the word lunacy is “wild foolishness” or “extravagant folly.” In an incredible demonstration of liberal lunacy, the politically correct secularists among us have decided that there are now four genders — male, female, males who were born with female bodies, and females who were born with male bodies. These lunatics assert that a person’s “gender identity” and not his biological gender is to govern whether he is addressed as a man or woman. This is, of course, absolute nonsense!
Unfortunately, however, such nonsense is becoming more acceptable in our post-Christian nation. Last year Target announced that a change in its policies regarding restrooms would allow men to enter the women’s restrooms and vice versa. Amazon has a program titled “Transgender.” And, of course, Barack Obama enthusiastically put the weight of the federal government behind the insanity by ordering public schools around the country to allow students to use the locker room corresponding to their “gender identity.” That’s right — Obama tried to force public high schools to allow teen boys to go into girls’ locker rooms.
As is always the case for liberals, the biggest problem they encounter in their push toward a God-less utopia is the presence of Christian conservatives, many of whom boycotted Target and many more of whom voted for Donald Trump in a rejection of all that the Democrat party represents. I am thankful that one of the many positive changes President Trump quickly brought to our nation was a reversal of Obama’s “transgender” policy. The liberals, of course, did not like this and resorted to doing what they always do — personally attacking anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest. As former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said recently, “If you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil.” For example, Chris Cuomo, a co-anchor of a morning show on CNN, responded to a question regarding what one should tell a 12-year-old girl who does not want to see a naked boy in her locker room with a tweet that read, “I wonder if she is the problem or her overprotective and intolerant dad? teach (sic) tolerance.” What hate speech by the left! Once again we see that those who preach tolerance the most practice it the least.
Although this issue has been completely fabricated by the lunatics on the left, we Christian conservatives now find ourselves in a position of having to take a stand. But stand we must. World history teaches us that the rejection of God’s laws by a people will always lead to their destruction. We must continue to aggressively oppose any beliefs that would undermine our moral heritage.