20 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED: CASE FOR IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM
By Frosty Wooldridge
March 29, 2010
Part 1: Immigration drives unemployment and undercuts wages in the USA
Let’s face it, immigrants over the past 300 years swarmed this pristine continent with reckless abandon. They crushed the Indians and their way of life. Immigrants built mines, factories, cities and constructed a gargantuan civilization.
“We are a nation of immigrants,” shout those in favor of relentless immigration.
However, you never hear, “We are a nation of 300 million immigrants on our way to 400 million and beyond that, we’re headed to 500 million and then, 600 million. What exactly will we do with 600 million people trying to eat, drink and grow food for survival as resources such as water and oil dwindle?”
NOBODY LOOKS DOWN THE ROAD TO THE END RESULT OF RELENTLESS IMMIGRATION
In the winter publication of The Social Contract, www.thesocialcontract.com , notable economist Edwin S. Rubenstein, president of ESR Research, wrote, “The Economic Case for a Moratorium.” Vol.XX, No.2, Winter 2009-10, The Social Contract Quarterly.
In it Rubenstein said of earlier immigration, “In economic terms, immigration was a win-win proposition—benefiting immigrants as well as natives. Our immigration policy reflected this…until the 1920s there were no limits on immigration. Eventually the frontier vanished and American lives became overcrowded. Our physical capacity to absorb new arrivals eroded. Immigration became a zero sum game: the gains accruing to immigrants were more than offset by losses suffered by natives.”
Today, in March 2010, over 20 million Americans cannot procure a job, but the U.S. Congress imports over 100,000 legal immigrants every 30 days. At the same time, 35 million, yes, you read that number correctly, 35,000,000 Americans subsist on food stamps because they cannot secure a job. CBS’ Katie Couric reported that 13.4 million American children live in poverty.
Yet, as we import millions of immigrants, they record even more children.
“In 2000, native-born Americans averaged 13 births per 1,000 population, while immigrants averaged more than 28 births per thousands,” said Rubenstein.
Thus, U.S. population projections show this country adding 100 million people in the next 25 years and hit another 38 million in 40 years to reach 438 million by 2050. Does anyone possess an ounce of fright or even terror at those numbers—given the problems we already suffer in 2010 as to water, energy, toxic air pollution, gridlock and crowded cities?
THE CRISIS OF 2007, 2009 IN JOBS
“This gargantuan rate of increase since 1965, [100 million people added to USA in 40 years], has led to an immigration disaster that adds an immigration dimension to every public issue—government debts, health care, the housing bubble, crime, school overcrowding and cost of living,” said Rubenstein. “Nowhere is the immigration employment more evident than in employment. Nearly eight million jobs vanished since December 2007. Economists estimated 100,000 new jobs must be created each month just to absorb new labor force entrants.”
Tell me how we can put to work 20 million unemployed American workers by only adding 100,000 jobs monthly when we add 100,000 immigrants every 30 days. As a math teacher, I can tell you unequivocally, it doesn’t add up; it cannot be done; and in the end—it means we are screwing ours own citizens.
“In 2008, 1.1 million new immigrants and 400,000 ‘temporary workers’ were allowed to enter and take up residence in the United States,” said Rubenstein. “Most will receive work permits and look for jobs. This translates to 125,000 new immigrant job seekers per month, 29,000 per week and 4,100 per day. Implication: one year’s worth of legal immigration could easily take most of the 650,000 jobs the Obama Administration claims were saved or created by its stimulus package.”
THE WISDOM OF A TOTAL IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM
“Perhaps the most compelling reason for a moratorium is to protect native workers from job and wage losses,” said Rubenstein. “Economics 101 teaches that an increase in the supply of labor will reduce the price or wage of labor. Immigrants accounted for nearly 50 percent of the U.S. labor force growth between 1996 and 2000 and as much as 60 percent of the increase between 2000 and 2004.”
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In the end, you cannot continue adding workers for less and less jobs. You cannot expect to raise the standard of living for American workers by lowering the wages to reflect the growing numbers of immigrants competing for jobs. You cannot maintain the American Dream if 10 percent of Americans cannot secure a job. Thus, we need a total moratorium on all immigration to give American workers jobs, homes and the ability to sustain America as a viable and sustainable civilization.
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