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An Immigration ‘Hardliner’ Confesses

February 16, 2017 at 11:35 am 8 Commentary

I admit right up front that when the subject is immigration, I’m what the media loves to call a “hardliner.” When or why journalists came to embrace hardliner as their preferred word to describe Americans who believe in enforcing immigration law, I’m not sure. But I’m certain that reporters and their editors rarely miss an opportunity to use the pejorative hardliner in a not-too-subtle attempt to condemn those of us who feel that laws must be obeyed.

How I became a hardliner is easy to explain. Americans have had little say in the immigration policies that the federal government has imposed. Even though immigration affects every aspect of citizens’ lives, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which both contributed hugely to Americans’ job displacement and the nation’s unsustainable population growth, were negotiated behind Congress’ closed doors, passed and signed with great media fanfare. The one time I voted directly on immigration, in 1994 on California’s successful Proposition 187 that would have reasonably limited some benefits to illegal immigrants, then-Governor Gray Davis conspired with the courts to overturn it.

On average, more than one million legal, employment-authorized immigrants have arrived every year for more than two decades. The historically high immigration level has immeasurably hurt American workers. Most severely penalized are the underskilled and undereducated. Even two prominent immigration expansionists recognize the relationship between high immigration and stagnant wages: former President Barack Obama and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman. In his book, the “Audacity of Hope,” Obama wrote that record immigration “threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans.” Krugman, citing supply and demand principles, said that “immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants.”

Keeping the borders wide open and having more than a half million non-immigrant visa guest workers employed at jobs Americans allegedly won’t do has also economically hurt Americans who once worked in manual labor or in the service industry.

If only Obama had followed through with what he knew instead of promoting more immigration, more refugees and amnesty during his two terms, maybe 95 million Americans wouldn’t be detached from the labor force, many of them displaced by immigrant workers. The last Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, the final one of Obama’s presidency, showed that the number of Americans not actively in the labor force increased by 14.6 million, or 18 percent, since January 2009. During Obama’s last year, immigrant employment rose 38 percent faster than native employment.

As for immigration-driven population growth, the topic remains taboo on both sides of the aisle. Researchers, however, are willing to explore what the current immigration rate means to population. The Pew Research Center’s U.S. population projections found that if current immigration demographic trends continue, future immigrants and their descendants will be the major source of population growth. Between 2015 and 2065, immigrants and their children are projected to account for 88 percent of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million. For a California guy who has photos in his family album of my parents, siblings and me on Santa Monica Beach without another soul in sight, the very idea of 441 million is frightening.

As said at the outset, I readily acknowledge that I’m an immigration hardliner —- a proud, uncompromising, absolutist about enforcing laws for the common good of working Americans, and future generations that deserve to live in an environment with a stabilized population.


Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow. Contact him at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org and on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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  1. Jota_ February 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    “Between 2015 and 2065, immigrants and their children are projected to account for 88 percent of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people”

    And the suckers will inherit a 70 trillion dollar debt

    And since they will be running the place the Mexican way, GDP will be five times less, so the debt will be at least ten times GDP

    No one will use the dollar as the reserve currency and the American military will be a toy boat in a bath tub

    Famine will be a regular occurrence, followed by a plague

    It will be the Dark Ages all over again

    And the best part, they can protest themselves because there will be 70 million less white people than there are today to blame it on, and no one will admit to being a descendant of Obama, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, or Bozo Brown

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    • angdevgirl February 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Glad I will be gone by then! I cry for my children and their future children though.

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    • nodisguisindatruth February 17, 2017 at 8:13 am

      (Washington-ABC7: “Hundreds rallied in the District Thursday to bring attention to the role immigrants play in the U.S. But the biggest impact of “A Day Without Immigrants” was not the march through the streets … it was the people missing from their jobs and schools.”)

      Didn’t bother to watch the parade of illegals celebrating their victorious entry and residency here in the U.S….. they’ve been throwing that in our LEGAL citizenry faces for years now. Previous administrations have simply ignored the problem that has escalated to the point that a non-political non-emasculated figure had to take office in hopes of remedying the invasion.

      But, bring attention it did. The ‘demonstration’ did reveal that our economy would suffer but a lone hiccup without illegals at their tasks…,nary a leaf fluttered here in flyover country. However, what was made apparent is that if all those displaced illegals would have been rounded up and assisted back to the country they smuggled in from….just look at all those ‘apron ready’ jobs that would be available for our LEGAL unemployed citizens.

      And as to the nationwide problem of over crowded schools,….problem solved.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      [But, bring attention it did. The ‘demonstration’ did reveal that our economy would suffer but a lone hiccup without illegals at their tasks]

      And to me it shows that there’s quite a # of businesses INS needs to pay a visit to!

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  2. ltuser
    ltuser February 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Its a sorry state of affairs where IMMIGRANTS are having a higher Job Growth than American Citizens are for 8 straight years..

    THAT SHOULD tell anyone with two brain cells to rub together, UNFETTERED immigration does NOT HELP the USA, it HURTS us..

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  3. genemz
    genemz February 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    They are not “illegal immigrants.” They are “illegal sneak-ins.”

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    • Billzilla February 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      They are hordes of foreign invaders, an army of foreign invaders!

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  4. ltuser
    ltuser February 17, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Hence why i call them illegal invaders Bill..

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