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    David Frum gets it right on amnesty

    David Frum gets it right on amnesty

    I’ve been a pretty harsh critic of David Frum, but when he gets something right, I’m willing to acknowledge it.

    And he’s right about the pro-amnesty wave taking over the Republican Party, which mistakenly thinks rewarding lawlessness is a good thing.

    Frum writes, Immigration Amnesty: The Path to Poverty:

    The United States is already evolving into a society much harsher and less hospitable for the less-skilled. Yet American elites seem determined to enlarge and perpetuate a problem they already don’t know how to solve: how to create economic opportunities for the least economically competitive half of the population.

    Yesterday, the Center for American Progress released a study of the projected economic effects of the president’s immigration proposals. It asserted that immediate full amnesty – residency plus citizenship – would raise immigrant incomes and thereby government revenues.

    Over 10 years, that additional tax revenue would sum to $184 billion—$116 billion to the federal government and $68 billion to state and local governments.

    CAP gets its impressive number with a crummy trick: omitting the increased costs of legalization. Previously illegal immigrants will become eligible for Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits, unemployment insurance, food stamps, and other federal and state programs. Because the illegals are predominantly very low-income, their demand on such programs will be heavy – and not only long-term, but likely multigenerational.

    Why on earth would we deliberately expand the ranks of the least skilled by tens of millions more people imported from abroad, whose grandchildren and great-grandchildren will still require government aid into the 22nd century? That’s the question to keep in mind as the American elite tumbles its way to unthinking consensus in favor of a second large immigration amnesty in 30 years.

    Needless to say, the commenters to the article at The Daily Beast are unhappy.

    Frum is not alone.  Is it any wonder that unions are fighting below the radar to torpedo immigration “reform”?

    Immigration amnesty simply will add to the employment gloom:

    If the FOMC members are right, then the economy is never going to return to its previous full-employment potential.

    There are other, more political, reasons not to succumb to the amnesty narrative being fed us, as Ann Coulter points out:

    Perplexingly, some Republicans seem determined to turn the whole nation into California, in the foolish hope of winning one last election.

    Frum and Coulter agree on the foolishness of amnesty, although for different reasons.

    Maybe there is hope yet.


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    Henry Hawkins | March 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I’m sure a $22 minimum wage would get libs over the necessary ‘voters bought and paid for’ hump.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Right .. and if we just taxed everyone five times more, all funding would be settled? Would all this cheap and bureaucracy free labor be dominant if it was burdened down with the regulatory and tax burdened hell with which “Free America” is being strangled?

      They never consider that the elites love their obedient cheap nannies and lawn care that are subsidized for health care and taxes, so want to ignore ALL regulation the common employer must obey.

      As with my “doctor corrupted by free sandwiches” story, the “rich” love to get cheap nannies and lawn care, and will subvert all law to keep it.

      Beyond that, even now, the illegals are counted in the census, so Chicago illegals get their own representative in the House. Will Democrats lie and fight like hell to keep the illegal alien rep’? Of course they will.

      And at the core perhaps, Paul McKinley exposes the charade, that compassionate sanctuary cities are places that extend an invitation to gun and drug running illegals, where they can take up residence in the Chicago Machine.

      We are in a war … the enemy is within.

    Amnesty leads to dependency, get it? More dependency means more votes for the dispensers of ‘free’ money.

    Ragspierre | March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Coupla thangs…

    1. I know of NO INSTANCE in history…world-wide…where amnesty has worked

    2. There IS “a pathway to citizenship” under current law. It is a hard, kludge-choked, too constrained pathway. That could be changed.

    3. “Comprehensive reform” means nothing. You have to get into the details.

    4. There really is…IMNHO…a thorny problem WRT the kids of illegals who were brought here by their parents as children. This will need to be dealt with, as just treating them as illegals will undermine the moral authority of any reform I would favor.

    5. We have to reverse the incentives (that ol’ “gradient” thingy) we perversely provide to illegally come here and stay. That we provide EBT benefits to illegals is beyond madness. That nobody pays a penalty for employing illegal aliens is simply stoooOOOOOOooooopid.

    This may well be the first thing David Frum has ever gotten right in his entire life.

    Mexico is using the U.S. as the dumping ground for its uneducated and unskilled undesirables. It would be like the U.S. encouraging people in Detroit, Gary, South Chicago or Newark to become illegal aliens in Frum’s native Canada for the free goodies.

      Ragspierre in reply to bw222. | March 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      That was a bridge too far.

      Most people who have come here from Mexico (and other parts) would, under better conditions, be an entrepreneurial middle-class.

      They are, generally, none of “uneducated”, “unskilled” (most have several skills), or “undesirable” in Mexico (or other parts). They ARE undesirable here, but only because of their illegal entry.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political | March 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm


    So in short?

    Today’s Democrats = Intent on bringing back Slavery!

    …Cause it’s so good for our Party!

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