- A recent Seattle Times op-ed said that Washington State's
(illegal) immigrants are "indispensable." In other words, "We
need our 21st century slave labor in order to ensure that our corporations
make obscene profits to the detriment of our own citizens."
- Ironically, the Seattle Times did not mention that hundreds
of thousands of Washington State citizens languish in food kitchens, food
stamp and unemployment lines.
- Back in Colorado, I wrote my U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman
urging him to introduce a bill to reduce all legal immigration into the
United States to 100,000 a year. I supplied facts, figures and graphs
to support my stance. For example: we import 1.2 million legal immigrants
annually while we suffer 20 million unemployed Americans. Not only can
we NOT employ 20 million of our own citizens, how do we create jobs for
1.2 million more immigrants annually with credentials only to drive a taxi
or clean hotel rooms?
- A sixth grader could ingest the facts and figures to
see that continued mass immigration into the United States cannot be sustained
from a simple jobs standpoint.
- However, Coffman wrote back, "In regards to your
recommendations, I do not believe it is in the best interest of the United
States to limit legal immigration to 100,000 individuals annually. It will
also place America at a competitive disadvantage moving forward. For that
reason, I do not support eliminating the H-1B and H-2B Visas. I believe
that these visas have the ability to benefit American companies and the
economy as a whole."
- Point in fact, those visas displaced 1.1 million American
IT workers with foreign workers in our own country! Thanks to you, Congressman
Coffman and your colleagues in Congress!
- In other words, to Coffman, a college graduate and a
U.S. Marine colonel, with 20 million unemployed Americans, it's 'competitive'
to add another 1.2 million legal immigrants annually. Even former Governor
Lamm of Colorado said, "Are we in dreamland? The United States has
had zero net job growth since 2000, yet we imported 10 million permanent
immigrants in the same period. Our real U.S. unemployment rate is 17.3
percent when we consider the discouraged workers, more than 20 million,
and yet some in Congress along with Udall and Bennet, propose increasing
legal immigration and giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants,
who themselves will be allowed to bring in their spouses, parents, children,
brothers, sisters and spouses and children of brothers and sisters. America
has its plate full putting our own workers back to work."
- THE NUMBERS COLLIDE WITH REALITY
- In a brilliant essay, Richard Pelto, "Is immigration
indispensible?", Vol. 1, fall 2009, <http://www.thesocialcontract.com>www.thesocialcontract.com ,
he writes, "At a time when it is imperative to understand what is
cracking the foundations of our economic and social system, Jayapal and
Sinclair blindly pursue an immigration policy that demands that the now
top-heavy and wobbly economic structure - already straining to remain balanced
under the weight of unsustainability - be built even higher while blindly
being rooted in the premise that we can never exhaust this Earth's resources.
That is especially absurd because it ignores the welfare of future generations
because those resources enabled the industrialization and population explosion
that came only because of their cheaply-available abundance."
- What astounds me as I research for my weekly columns,
stems from the fact that our leaders from Congressman Coffman on up to
U.S. Senators like Colorado's Mark Udall-fail to understand basic arithmetic.
- How can they think it's 'competitive' to inject over
200,000 immigrants every 30 days into this country, when we suffer 20 million
unemployed Americans? Another 35 million Americans subsist on food stamps!
Millions more suffer foreclosed homes because they cannot pay the mortgages
because they don't have jobs. How about 13 million of our children living
in poverty? How about 1.5 million homeless Americans? Where is the logic?
Where is the common sense? What planet do they live on?
- Am I crazy to ask these questions? Or, are they totally
out of touch with reality as they import 1.2 million more people into this
country annually? I am a former math/science teacher. Numbers either
add up or they do not add up. At our current immigration rates, we can
expect 70 million more immigrants injected into this country within 25
years. It's the most ignored and avoided issue in immigration debate.
- LEGAL IMMIGRATION IS WORSE THAN ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT CONTINUES
METHODICALLY AND WITHOUT PAUSE
- Would you write your senators and congressmen? Ask him
or her to introduce a bill to reduce legal immigration to 100,000 annually.
Why that number? That's how many people egress this country annually.
Thus, we would move our civilization toward a balanced and sustainable
future. Let's make sure the math adds up for our children for a sustainable
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