Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has some lofty expectations for what an immigration bill will do for our economy:
Locke discussed how comprehensive reform will help create jobs in the U.S. and stressed the need to build an immigration system that will attract the brightest, most highly-skilled people from around the world, so their skills, ideas and entrepreneurial spirit can help start new businesses, enhancing U.S. global competitiveness.1
President Obama is just as effusive about the potential of his favorite immigrant group, Hispanics. The White House treatise on Hispanics and winning the future pushes for:
. . . reforming immigration laws so that we stop expelling talented, responsible graduates who want to contribute to our country where they grew up and know as home.2
Sounds fair, but none of the administration’s justifications make any sense, and the facts do not back the president’s claims. If this is really about bringing in talent, Mr. Obama is looking in the wrong place.
In 2009, there were 6.2 million naturalized citizens from Asia in the U.S., compared to only 3.5 million from Mexico and Central America.3 Of the illegal immigrant population, only one million come from Asia. Eight million come from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.4 Despite geographic barriers that should make it much more of a trial to enter the U.S. from Asia, Asians seem to have less of a problem getting here legally. Why is this important? The president tells us education makes the difference, and that those with education are being forced to leave. Where do educated immigrants come from?
In 2009, only 8% of those born in the U.S. lacked a high school diploma, compared to 29% of foreign-born residents.5 Only 10% of Asians and 6% of Europeans and Canadians in the U.S. have less than a high school diploma, compared to 56% from Mexico and Central America. 33% of Asians and 27% of Europeans and Canadians have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 5% of Latinos.6
In another statement from “President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community” that is oddly similar to the one above (see note 2), the Obama administration claims we are shutting out talented immigrants who will save our economy:
Winning the future demands that our economy be built on top of an immigration system that works, and that we stop expelling talented young people who want to contribute to the country they grew up in and know as their own.7
Except that those the president has chosen to win our future, by the administration’s admission, lack the education we need:
Overall, Latinos have the lowest education attainment level of any group in the U.S.8
Time for a little honesty. This is not about winning America’s future. It is about social spending, and ethnic favoritism created by a huge potential voting bloc. We have a massive population of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America because we let the problem go unchecked for too long. Despite administration claims to the contrary, the Democratic agenda calls for suppressing enforcement, and holds out the possibility of legal action against states who protect legitimate residents. Deportation actions have narrowed to focus on criminal aliens (see: Criminal Aliens: An Unaffordable Luxury). Our president is getting the word out that citizenship for Latinos is just around the corner, accompanied by an education initiative to give them the skills to secure their future.
We are being sold a false bill of goods based on ethnic preference so Democrats can stay in power. This is an incredible offense to the American people. Republicans, why aren’t you screaming about this?