Why im­port work­ers now?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

At the Job Sum­mit two weeks ago, there was talk of a sec­ond stim­u­lus pack­age, of tax cred­its for small busi­nesses that hire new work­ers, of an In­fra­struc­ture Bank to se­lect na­tional pri­or­ity pub­lic works projects like the Hoover Dam and TVA of yes­ter­year.

But no one, it seems, ad­vanced the one ob­vi­ous idea that would have the most im­me­di­ate and dra­matic im­pact — a mora­to­rium on all im­mi­gra­tion into the United States.

Un­em­ploy­ment is at 10 per­cent, near the post­war high of 1983. Fif­teen mil­lion Amer­i­cans are out of work. Ten mil­lion more have given up looking or are work­ing fewer hours than they would like.

We have been los­ing jobs ev­ery month for two years.

Why, then, are we still bring­ing im­mi­grants into the United States at a rate of 125,000 a month to take jobs from fel­low Amer­i­cans and com­pete with our un­em­ployed for the jobs that open up?

In the last year, 1.5 mil­lion new im­mi­grants have come to take up res­i­dence and been is­sued work per­mits. Prob­a­bly twice as many jobs have been taken by th­ese folks as the 650,000 the Oba­maites claim were saved or cre­ated by their $787 bil­lion stim­u­lus pack­age. How do Democrats jus­tify this?

How can they jus­tify bring­ing in an­other 1.5 im­mi­grants in 2010 and an­other 1.5 mil­lion in 2011, when 25 mil­lion Amer­i­cans they are sup­posed to rep­re­sent are un­em­ployed or un­der­em­ployed?

If Obama vot­ers feel dis­il­lu­sioned do they not have valid rea­son?

As for il­le­gal aliens, it is es­ti­mated that 8 mil­lion still hold jobs in the United States. End­lessly we are told that th­ese hard­work­ing folks are just do­ing jobs that Amer­i­cans refuse to do.

But Mid­dle Amer­i­can News has taken a look at the Cen­sus Bureau data. In al­most all the oc­cu­pa­tions to which un­skilled and semi-skilled il­le­gal aliens grav­i­tate, na­tive­born Amer­i­cans hold most of the jobs.

U.S. cit­i­zens ac­count for well over half of all house­keep­ers, maids, taxi driv­ers and chauf­feurs in the U.S., al­most two-thirds of all the butch­ers, meat pro­ces­sors and ground main­te­nance and construction work­ers, and three-fourths of all porters, bell­hops and jan­i­tors.

We are told that many if not most of th­ese are “dead-end jobs” Amer­i­cans do not want or will not take. Yet, how can that be true when Amer­i­can cit­i­zens are al­ready do­ing most of th­ese jobs?

As re­lated here in Oc­to­ber, USA To­day found that, in­vari­ably, when U.S. au­thor­i­ties raid a plant site where hun­dreds of il­le­gals are work­ing, and send them pack­ing, hun­dreds of Amer­i­cans show up and ap­ply for the jobs.

Is this not as it should be, if we are looking out for our own peo­ple first? And isn’t that what a fam­ily does, or should do?

Why, then, is the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion cut­ting back on job­site raids and in­spec­tions? Why is the ad­min­is­tra­tion talk­ing of mov­ing in 2010 to le­gal­ize the sta­tus of the 12 mil­lion to 20 mil­lion il­le­gal aliens in the United States?

Is putting il­le­gal aliens on the path to cit­i­zen­ship a higher pri­or­ity for this Obama crowd than open­ing up jobs for Amer­i­can work­ers?

Are the K Street lob­by­ists whose cor­po­rate bosses can­not get enough low-wage la­bor that pow­er­ful? Are the His­panic lob­bies like La Raza and MALDEF, with their charges of “na­tivist” and “xeno­phobe,” so in­tim­i­dat­ing the Demo­cratic Party can­not stand up to them?

Two weeks ago, The Wash­ing­ton Post, fo­cus­ing on un­em­ploy­ment among young African-Amer­i­can males, wrote, “Job­less­ness for 16-to 24-year-old black men has reached Great De­pres­sion pro­por­tions — 34.5 per­cent in Oc­to­ber, more than three times the rate for the gen­eral U.S. pop­u­la­tion.”

More than one-third of all young black males are un­em­ployed.

Which raises a ques­tion. Where is the Black Cau­cus?

Here are folks who fa­vor pref­er­en­tial treat­ment for their black con­stituents over white Amer­i­cans — i.e., af­fir­ma­tive action.

But they go mute when it comes to im­mi­grants com­ing and tak­ing jobs and il­le­gal aliens hold­ing down 8 mil­lion of those jobs that could be go­ing to the un­em­ployed in their own com­mu­nity.

Nor is it only work­ing-class Amer­i­cans who are be­ing shoul­dered aside by the an­nual flood tide of im­mi­grants.

As Jerry Woodruff, ed­i­tor of Mid­dle Amer­i­can News, writes: “Im­mi­grants are tak­ing good, high-pay­ing jobs from highly skilled Amer­i­cans. The Cen­sus Bureau found that 34 per­cent of all soft­ware en­gi­neers [. . .] are im­mi­grants. Yet, the In­sti­tute of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neers re­ports that 48,000 U.S. soft­ware en­gi­neers are un­em­ployed.”

If Mr. Obama wants to take ex­ec­u­tive action to as­sist Amer­i­cans out looking for work, he could take two strong and ef­fec­tive steps.

First, call on Congress to vote a mora­to­rium on im­mi­gra­tion un­til the un­em­ploy­ment rate falls be­low 6 per­cent. Sec­ond, in­struct Home­land Se­cu­rity and the Jus­tice Depart­ment to re­new the raids and en­force the law against em­ploy­ers who are tak­ing jobs from Amer­i­cans by il­le­gally hir­ing un­doc­u­mented aliens.

If Mr. Obama did that, sud­denly folks would sit up and say, as they did af­ter Ron­ald Rea­gan busted the air con­trollers, “This man is se­ri­ous.”

Pat Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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