December 22, 2011
By Don White
1) "We've all heard a million times: We need illegal immigration because they are willing to do jobs Americans just won't do." To that lie Trump says, "Says who? We have 25 million citizens who need jobs, and seven million illegal immigrants holding American jobs. Do the math. If illegal immigrants weren't holding these jobs, American citizens would, because these jobs need to be filled, and guess what? Those jobs would pay more than they pay now, because illegal low-wage workers drive down wage rates."
The Washington Post conceded that an influx of low-wage immigrants has worked to depress wage rates of low-skill wage earners here in America in recent decades. Many economists agree. As research by Harvard economist J. Borjas confirms, "The primary losers in this country are those who do not have high school diplomas, principally blacks and Hispanics."
Professor Borjas found that from 1980-2000, illegal immigrants lowered the average pay for America's 10 million native-born men who lack high school diplomas by 7.4 percent. "You would think that Obama, who talks a good game about caring for the poor, would try to raise wages for people at the bottom of the economic ladder. But with black teenage unemployment now at a staggering 46.5 percent, and with the overall black underemployment rate at a breath-taking 18.8 percent, it's outrageous that the president continues to mock Republican efforts to reduce illegal immigration and boost wages."
Trump quoted Obama's silly defense to this kind of talk from Republicans: "All the stuff that they [Republicans] ask for we've done," he said at a 2011 immigration rally in El Paso, Texas. "Maybe they'll need a moat," Obama said to laughter. "Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied."
To this ludicrous talk, here's what The Donald had to say: "Mr. President, you might think the border deaths, narco terrorists, and the waves of violent illegal criminals into America are a joke, but the people who live along the borders and live under siege do not. We need a president who will get tough, enforce our borders, protect our people, and pull wages up."
One of the biggest myths we've heard is that illegal immigrants actually produce a net gain economically. "This is a cute argument, but it is a complete joke." said Trump. "It assumes, among other things, that illegal workers keep their money here in America. But they don't. In 2006, 73 percent of Latinos workers regularly sent back money to their home countries, amounting to $45 billion. For countries like Mexico, illegal immigrants in the United States are a cash cow. In fact, Mexico's second biggest source of income, second only to oil exports, comes from--remittances from illegal aliens. In 2008, Mexico got $25.1 billion in money sent back home. Remittances have skyrocketed over the last decade. They went from $9 billion in 2001 to $26 billion in 2007. That's money American workers could be earning, saving, and spending, right here in the United States."
So what should we do?
1) Adopt the Canadian plan. It starts with filling out a questionnaire stating, "How will any immigrant applying for citizenship support a strong, prosperous, Canadian economy? "Economic benefit should be our main goal. America doesn't need economic freeloaders who come here to live off our welfare system. We need immigrants who will bring skills, prosperity, and intellectual capital."
In Canada they use a point system. Only 40 percent of the total is given if the immigrant has family living in Canada or has refugee status. The remaining 60 percent of the equation is on how the immigrant will add value to Canada's economy. Trump says America's system is almost exactly the opposite. "In fact it's worse. Seventy percent of the one million of the permanent resident permissions America grants each year is on whether the immigrant has family living in the United States. Only 13 percent depends on employment. . . This makes no sense at all."
2) Work Visas. Trump says our country's leaders are just so plain stupid. "Foreign students come into our country, learn everything there is to learn about physics, finance, mathematics and computers and graduate with honors. They would love to stay in this country, but we don't allow them to. They immediately ship them back to their home country to use all the knowledge they learned here in their native land." How does that help America?
Here is Trump's five-point plan:
First we should repeal the Anchor Baby plan and in its place put in use a smart, five point plan to get illegal immigration under control.
1) Properly built walls work. Keep illegals out.
2) We need a president who will embrace and enforce our laws.
3) Overturn Obama's insane new ICE recommendations for illegal immigrant detention facilities.
In an effort to coddle illegal aliens, officials at nine detention facilities have been told to make the following changes:
- Soften the looks for the facilities with hanging plants, flower baskets, new paint colors...wall graphics and framed pictures on walls, and enhance aesthetics of living areas...
- Expand programming for detainees to include movie nights, bingo, arts and crafts, walk and exercise classes, tutoring and self-paced training at portable computer stations.
4) Oppose the Obama-backed Dream Act which includes in-state tuition if you are a child of an immigrant, But if you're a legal citizen and are going to school out-of-state, you have to pay the higher out-of-state tuition rate.
5) I never did see a fifth part of his plan. It either wasn't in the material or, because the print is so small, I, a senior citizen, couldn't find it.
In summary, Donald Trump has some good ideas. Would he make a good or a great president, that's not clear. he has never served in any government position to my knowledge. His entire career has been in property development. At that, he is world class. Perhaps, this background would be good for a president to have. More importantly, he has some of the ideas of a conservative. But to be a conservative, in my book, you need to do three things:
1) Bring the troops home and save the money. Do not engage in any more aggressive wars. Stop bombing people via drones. There's just too much collateral damage to lives and property. Eliminate or drastically reduce the size of the military-industrial complex. Do not attack another nation until they attack us. Live by the Constitution on this. None of the Candidates, other than Ron Paul, live this part of the Constitution.
2) Eliminate the Fed. Start America on a plan to print its own money without interest and to the benefit of all Americans, not to enrich the bankers. Reduce the size of government. Stop spending so much. Balance the budget. (what budget?). Once and for all fix the economy. Create new jobs for Americans. Let's eliminate unemployment in America.
3) Eliminate government sponsored abortion programs. Little fetuses are living people too. Abortion is a moral wrong. Also, stop pandering to non-traditional-family groups such as gays, lesbians, and transgenders.
In summary, the next president must be a moral man who lives the Constitution. Ron Paul is the only moral man who lives, sleeps, and speaks the Constitution. the other six are imposers. They should be asshamed of themselves for even calling themselves conservatives. They are all RINOS, or worse, they are all neocons. that word means they want wars to continue costing American taxpayers trillions each year, creating deaths and bodily injury to our sons and daughters.