Slick as they are, Democrats have backed themselves into a corner over immigration. Their efforts to clean up the image of illegal Latino immigrants so we will accept them as our friends and neighbors have led to insanely exaggerated claims about the benefits of immigration reform. Despite Democratic contempt for the intelligence of the masses, most of us have figured out what they are after.
Earlier this week, Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz spoke of immigrants, startups, and Fortune 500 companies:
In the speech he gave a year ago in El Paso, the President pointed out that a full 25 percent of recent high-tech startups in the U.S. were founded by immigrants. That led to 200,000 jobs here in the United States. Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.¹
Sounds promising, but the El Paso speech was not about Fortune 500 CEOs. It was about granting legal status to illegal immigrants. The venue for the president’s policy statement told us all we needed to know about what he is after.
The Department of Education has decided that immigrants not quite ready to start their own corporate empires can do their part for America by going to college. DREAM Act advocate Arne Duncan painted an impressive and utterly false picture of the role Latinos will play in raising our college graduation rate:
“We know that Latinos will play an integral part in helping America reach President Obama’s goal of having the highest college graduation rate in the world by 2020,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.²
This would be so much easier if Democrats would just knock off the flimsy excuses and admit what they want (see: Just Admit It. Illegals From Mexico are the Prize). Our next generation of Einsteins is not going to come from Latin America. Just the opposite. Illegal Latino immigrants will drag us down because of their low educational attainment and minimal job skills. Those who are here legally already present extreme challenges for our school system. Despite all the Washington hype about America’s future being tied to Latinos (see: Obama Gives His Chosen a Slogan), the only reason we are joined at the hip is that the majority of illegal immigrants come from Latin America, and Democrats are slavering over thoughts of their support. The problem for taxpayers is that if we turn these illegal Latino immigrants into legal residents it would take a heroic effort to bring their education and skills to a level where they are not a liability.
The Labor Department has fessed up to a problem that mocks Arne Duncan’s statement about Latino college graduates:
Employed Latinos are much less likely to have a college degree than are either Whites or African Americans. Approximately one in six employed Latinos aged 25 and over have completed a bachelor’s degree, less than half the proportion among employed Whites.³
The White House treatise on Latinos and Winning the Future also disagrees with Duncan’s prediction, pointing out that nearly 50% of our Hispanic students do not graduate from high school.4
Hispanics have realized two achievements on the education front. Their educational attainment is the lowest in the U.S. and 12.4 million Hispanic students have put them at the top of the list of minorities in our public schools.5 These are big problems for America, Democrats, and the president. Latinos cannot start Fortune 500 companies if they are in the midst of an education crisis, but the administration needs to stump for undereducated Latinos to help justify spending on schools and teachers. Latinos also need to live up to the Democratic fantasy of the highly-skilled immigrant to rationalize opening America’s doors wide and granting legal status. Like it or not, America has no use for legalized illegal Latino immigrants who have no education or job skills.
Fortunately for immigrant rights supporters, there are congressmen like Luis Gutierrez who know the score, understand that the numbers are against us, and resort to the common sense argument that we are stuck with what we have and might as well get it over with:
Mitt Romney can either support a policy based on pure fantasy to drive 10 to 12 million undocumented immigrants and their families out of our communities or he can be for getting them in the system, on-the-books, and incorporated into American society.6
Or we could change nothing, focus on education for Latinos and other immigrants who are here legally, and deal with the rest as current law dictates. If we spot any Einsteins on the plane ride back to Mexico, perhaps we can make an exception.