While the president is busy selling us down the river during tax hike talks disguised as debt ceiling negotiations, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is keeping watch on the immigration front. Solis spouted the administration’s views on America’s need for foreign workers in a statement backing immigration reform released, ironically, on the same day as June’s stunningly bad employment report.
In keeping with Obama administration strategy to say whatever it takes to brute force an amnesty bill, Solis’ White House Blog post “Changing the Conversation on Immigration Reform” obscured the line between legal and illegal immigrants, first describing the hard life of East Los Angeles residents:
The immigration issue in communities like this one is about a lot more than numbers. For families in this neighborhood, it represents a daily struggle guided by great uncertainty, anxiety, and fear.1
Then quickly segueing to immigrant business owners and patent filings:
They create jobs as small business owners and entrepreneurs and file three times the number of patents. And research shows that immigrants are 30% more likely to form new businesses than U.S. born citizens.2
Unless most of the immigrant business owners Secretary Solis refers to are illegals, which is unlikely given the red tape it takes to start a business, then our laws worked. These immigrants entered the U.S. legally, and started new businesses. She never cited the source for her facts, but the 30% figure can be found in a report from the SBA Office of Advocacy that also showed that only 16.7% of new business owners are immigrants.3 That leaves the remainder of new businesses being formed by native-born Americans.
In a slap to the face of unemployed middle class families who may no longer be able to send their kids to college because of the economy, a Department of Labor DREAM Act press release advocated educating illegal immigrants for professional careers. No mention was made of how much money we will need to dump into the education system to prepare them for college, or of the grant funds that will be necessary to make college affordable:
The DREAM Act would reduce our deficit by $1.4 billion over the next 10 years. It would achieve that through the increased tax revenues that individuals who attend college and earn legal status will generate as they become doctors, engineers, or otherwise realize their full potential.4
Before Solis turns her back on American workers and their families in favor of illegal residents who have her sympathies and those of our president, she should read her department’s mission statement:
To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.5
“Of the United States” means something, or at least it used to. The president and members of his Cabinet are downgrading American workers in favor of new political support that provides easy excuses to keep spending on everything from education to health care. Despite a worsening employment crisis, the head of the department charged with all things labor has chosen to stump for illegal aliens. Secretary Solis claims that we need to make them citizens for the good of our country when the administration’s figures show that the gap between the skills they arrived with, and the skills they need to succeed is vast (see: Immigration Facts or Ethnic Preference for Votes?).
It is reprehensible for any government official to be pointing fingers at native-born citizens, claiming that they are not as capable as foreign-born residents of creating the businesses and jobs that will revive our economy. It is unconscionable to use that finger-pointing as an excuse to pass an amnesty bill by misrepresenting the contributions of immigrants, and blurring the distinction between those who have a right to be here, and those we should be removing.
At least we can give the administration credit for a coordinated approach. While our Department of Labor downgrades Americans, our president’s spending policies are likely to downgrade our credit rating. Passage of an amnesty bill will be difficult to witness, but it will be satisfying when our new citizens discover that their benefactor has wrecked our economy, and that the jobs he promised do not exist. Then they will discover what it feels like to be a duped, real American on Barack Obama’s watch.