There’s this gut-level tendency to lump all pro-illegal immigration Americans into the same category. Namby-pamby liberals – many of whom never interact with Hispanics at all, much less with people who were born in another country – who think they can solve America’s problems from their ivory towers while never bothering to get their hands dirty. Idiotic millennials on college campuses who think that our laws should be based on whatever “feels” right to them at the time, never mind what any facts or statistics have to say. The kind of people who not only want to remake this country in their own idealistic images, but actually already live in a kind of alternative America where they only see what they want to see.
But it’s not a stretch to say that these misguided liberals are only a small part of the problem. A bigger part – the part that really makes it difficult to DO anything about illegal immigration – are the businesses and corporations who are exploiting immigrant labor for a profit. These businesses donate heavily to both Democrats and Republicans, which is why you sometimes hear people talk about the Uniparty in Washington. And when it comes to immigration – not rhetoric, but actual solutions – that term is pretty fitting.
We still have hope that the election of Donald Trump is going to change that sad truth about Washington, but the fact remains that business leaders are going to do everything in their power to see that it does not. Take note of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their well-funded efforts to make sure Obama’s so-called “Dreamers” get to keep their amnesty. They’ve plastered two billboards across from the White House which say: America: Built by Dreamers. In other words, it’s the old Obama line: America is a nation of immigrants…which for some reason means we can no longer do anything to enforce our own laws!
The billboards went up just in time for business leaders to start pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would solidify DACA into permanent U.S. law. Breitbart notes that these business interests have a number of reasons for preferring that outcome, none of which have anything to do with what’s best for the American people:
The business groups are demanding the extra immigrant workers and employers, even though new data shows that the migrants dubbed ‘dreamers’ by Democrats have college graduation rates that are one-tenth of similar-aged Americans’ college graduation rate.
However, any infusion of new immigrants provides Chamber companies with millions of extra workers to lower wages rates. The immigrants also serve the Chamber as millions of government-dependent customers. For example, Breitbart News estimated that an amnesty for 3 million ‘dreamers’ would require taxpayers to provide $115 billion subsidies via Obamacare to myriad health-care companies.
Whether or not there is room for some form of “no deportation” legislation for Dreamers is up for debate, but what IS certain is that Republicans must get some major concessions from Democrats if the voters are to forgive them for this sort of amnesty. Trump campaigned on a platform diametrically opposite to everything this is about; if he signs amnesty for 1 million+ illegal immigrants without getting something significant in return…well, it’s gonna be no bueno for the GOP come next election.