SAYING NO TO UNLIMITED IMMIGRATION
By Jim Camp
That is why it strikes me as disturbing that both presidential candidates have similar positions on immigration, positions that run contrary to the views of the vast majority of voters in both of America's major political parties. Other than the war in Iraq and concerns about the economy, the issue of immigration -- both legal and illegal -- and the need to bring immigration reform into our society are likely to emerge as a deciding factor in the election.
In a new book by Political Science scholar Dr. Joseph H. Boyett, Won’t Get Fooled Again, the author warns:
He adds that voters should “treat every person who presents himself or herself to you as a potential leader with the utmost suspicion.” This is particularly true in a political campaign in which --
A healthy level of caution is critical to every successful negotiation. After all, negotiation is 100% emotional, until a decision is reached. You will find yourself in a very good position in this election negotiation, if you say no until a vision is created that allows you to say yes. The object is not just to get the deal done, but often to know when to walk away from a bad deal, so, for goodness sake, embrace only a good deal.
The June 30, 2008, results of a Rasmussen telephone survey concerning Americans' views on immigration are instructive. Fully 63% of voters view gaining control of the border as a high priority, a result that bears out earlier surveys. Moreover, 32% of those surveyed identified themselves as “angry” about the immigration issue.
Why then does neither Senator John Sidney McCain III nor Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., show any indication of wanting to take action consistent with the views and concerns of the vast majority of Americans?
My view is that immigration is seen quite differently by national politicians fighting to govern the nation. Even though a majority feels strongly that immigration is a great threat, our candidates keep quiet. Why? They want the vote of those who sponsor and support illegal immigration. They are quiet because they don’t want to attack illegal immigration and lose votes.
Consider, however, the massive outcry against the most recent effort by Congress to grant amnesty to the estimated twelve million illegal immigrants, the massive outcry that derailed the legislation. Congress was forced to back off because “the consent of the governed” is critical to re-election!
Voters paying attention to this issue know that, since 2000, an estimated 10 to 12 million immigrants have arrived, representing the highest seven-year period of immigration in U.S. history! If immigration was to continue at this rate, the nation’s population would increase from 301 million today to 468 million in 2060, a 56% increase!
One in eight U.S. residents is now an illegal or legal resident
Research on the impact this is having on the U.S. economy reveals that, each year, American state governments are spending between $11 and $22 billion of the taxpayers' money on welfare to illegal immigrants. Of this, $2.2 billion a year is spent on food assistance programs, such as food stamps and free school lunches.
An estimated $2.5 billion a year is spent on Medicaid. The demands on American hospitals have forced some to close emergency rooms, as illegal immigrants crowd them and the law requires their care, despite their inability to pay for it.
Approximately $12 billion is spent on primary and secondary school education for children that are here illegally, many of whom cannot speak English.
It costs Americans $3 million a day to incarcerate illegal aliens, and 30% of all federal prison inmates are illegal immigrants. The crime rates of illegal immigrants are estimated to be two-and-a-half times higher than native-born Americans for crimes that include illicit drugs, rape, and murder.
Native-born Americans are losing an estimated $200 billion in wages that have been driven down by the influx of illegal immigrants. This particularly hurts minorities and the young seeking parttime or fulltime employment.
Meanwhile, over the past five years, illegal aliens sent home to their countries of origin remittances estimated to be between $25 and $45 billion.
We are at a critical moment in our nation’s history, a time when a moratorium on virtually all immigration is needed. We had such a moratorium in the past, one following the vast immigration of the late 1800s and early 1900s. At that time, America needed immigrants to help build the nation’s infrastructure and participate in its industrial growth. Today, major U.S. domestic industries, such as automobile manufacturing, are on the brink of declaring bankruptcy.
What America needs now is a period of stabilization, a period in which to reduce through deportation the current population of twelve million illegal immigrants and to slow the entry of legal immigrants. If we do not do this, we risk so overburdening our economy, our schools, and our health care and criminal justice systems that grievous harm will be done to present and future generations of Americans.
Failing to stem the tide of immigration is to literally import poverty. As a share of the U.S. population, one in eight residents is now an illegal or legal immigrant. It is the highest level in 80 years.
Voters need to pay close attention to the immigration policies of the two major-party candidates seeking to become the next President of the United States. There is simply no excuse for an unsecured southern border. There is no excuse for the profligate granting of visas to people whose presence in the nation cannot be tracked.
In the 1960s, President Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “The days of unlimited immigration are past.” He was right. The next President and the next Congress must close the borders and must reduce the number of legal immigrants until assimilation and integration of those already here can be achieved.
It is a negotiation in which the voters must loudly say “No!”
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Jim Camp is Chief Executive Officer of The Jim Camp Group and the author of two best selling books on negotiation --
No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home (Crown Publishing Group, 2007) and Start
with No: The Negotiating Tools That the Pros Don't want You to Know (Crown Publishing Group, 2002). His
Internet website is www.startwithno.com.
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