America is in need of an immigration policy that addresses the needs and concerns of Americans first and foremost. In the debate surrounding immigration reform, politicians are quick to note the plight of illegal immigrants who wish for amnesty, but too-seldom are the millions of Americans who are affected daily by the problem of illegal immigration. America needs not an immigration reform policy, but, specifically, an America-first immigration policy.
On Thursday, Chief Strategist for the TheTeaParty.net Niger Innis spoke about the need for such a policy and the reluctance by Congress to do anything meaningful to create the needed reform. Innis stated,
“We are looking for solutions to the problem of immigration. My organization, TheTeaParty.net, several months ago, issued a series of principles, eight principles, for comprehensive immigration reform- an America-first comprehensive immigration plan. Not for politics, not to get Latino votes, not for a certain segment of Americans, but for all of the American people.
You can see these principles at our website which is secureamericanow.us. Since we launched it a day-and-a-half ago, we have gotten 15,000 grassroots tea party activists from across the country that were in favor of certain aspects of immigration reform. We are looking for solutions. Unfortunately, what is currently being called the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill is not the solution. Amendments- from the Thune Amendment to the Paul to the Trust but Verify Amendment- have either been defeated or tabled. It seems clear to me that Senator Schumer and Senator Reid are not serious about getting a bipartisan immigration reform bill passed through the Senate and through the House of Representatives. They are interested in playing politics. Our tea party organization, my organization, TheTeaParty.net, other tea party groups, the 15,000 tea party organizations that have signed on to an America-first immigration policy will not play that political game.”
What’s important to note is that we are not only considering the plight of the low-ball estimate of 11 million illegals in the country already, but that we must consider the long-term ramifications of an amnesty-oriented bill that does nothing to seriously address border security. Estimates range widely, but many have speculated that with a forgiving immigration policy, America may see a swell of 46 million immigrants over the next 20 years.
More directly, these 46 million immigrants are likely to bring with them consequences of their arrival. With a massive influx of largely unskilled labor, the unemployment rate is likely to jump by leaps-and-bounds at a time when the national deficit is already stretched to the max. With a sky-high unemployment, social welfare programs are used, abused and stretched creating a large financial burden on those who pay taxes.
The influx of 46 million Hispanic immigrants will likely spell doom for conservatives and Republicans as, historically, the Democrats have cornered the market on pandering for Latino votes and as such, Latinos typically vote Democrat.
Further, approving an amnesty-oriented bill, such as the Gang of Eight monstrosity, will alienate conservative and Republican voters who feel that American legislators have a sworn duty to look out for the interests of the American people. Niger Innis later predicted that if the Gang of Eight bill became law, that “white turnout will be decreased, any [support from] black Republicans or conservatives or independents will be decreased … and any Latino conservative or independent vote that would think about voting for the Republican Party is not going to be vote for the Republican Party.”
Americans have witnessed too-often the political sorcery that occurs when politicians ram through bad legislation to facilitate their own agendas. In these times of particularly sleazy politics, it, surely, cannot be too much to ask that those we elected enact an immigration policy that considers Americans first.