Wednesday, May 24, 2006

S2611 final vote approaches

With the Senate capitulation for cloture on S2611 (the CIRA), a final vote is likely tomorrow. The future of the United States hangs in the balance. Are we going to remain a democratically-principled republic built upon plentiful land, high wages, merit, cultural unity, and relative wealth equality, or are we going to go the way of Latin America with enormous wealth disparities, ethnic tensions, communication barriers, overcrowded and polluted cities, depressed wages, perpetually bouncing between populist leftist leaders and big-business repressers, and with more than a sprinkle of destitute south Asia to boot?

Concerned citizens need to contact their senators. Contact information is here. Below is what I've sent to both of mine. If you're unsure of what to write, please feel free to cut+paste what I've written.

Dear Senator [name],

Please vote against the CIRA. S2611 threatens to usher in unprecedented change in America's demographic composition. Currently less than 12% of the US population is foreign-born--the putative CIRA would up that to well over 20%. This dwarfs even the immigration explosion of the late 19th century not only in absolute terms (obviously), but proportionally as well. Yet as Senator Sessions has aptly pointed out, nine in ten of the some 66 million to arrive in the next couple of decades will be low-skilled. We are importing vacuous poverty. Why?

Does suppressing the wages of the native working class while augmenting the flow of entitlements from wealthy natives to impoverished foreigners condition the US economy to compete globally with the rapidly rising economies of India and especially China? US residents of Mexican descent have an underwhelming high school graduation rate of 30%. Illegals constitute 5% of our general population while comprising almost 20% of our federal prison population. Virtually all studies done on the economic contributions of the low-skilled conclude that they consume more in government services than they kick back in taxes and that in any case their contribution to the GDP is negligible (the left-leaning Harvard economist George Borjas and open-borders WSJ op/ed board both admit this).

There exists a glaring national security threat in porous borders. Atavistic diseases once believed to be moribund in the US have returned with immigrants from destitute places in South Asia, Latin America, and Africa. There is a statistically significant and strong inverse correlation between a state's and and a city's (.65 and .79, respectively) foreign-born population and said entity's level of housing affordability (keeping in mind that .6 is considered a powerful correlation in the social sciences).

A feudal society is not an ownership society. Instead, it is a stratified society based on salient differences in status, where ever-cheaper labor is pursued at the expense of technological innovation (in this way resembling the Confederacy). To remain on the cutting edge of technology, we must remember the words of Socrates in Plato's Republic: "The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention." Further, relatively newly-arrived Hispanics, especially of the second generation, suffer from some of the highest levels of gang activity and teen pregnancy in the nation. Urban areas in the Southwest are becoming no-go zones due to the gathering presence of ruthless gangs like MS-13.

Comparisons between this fourth wave of immigration and the previous three are spurious. No lucrative safety net existed before the middle of the 20th Century, there was a greater strategic need for unskilled labor, and the US always had control of who was allowed in and who was to be removed (at Ellis Island, no less, were those suspected of becoming "net charges" denied residency).

Further, we are a nation of settlers as much as we are a nation of immigrants. For 150 years prior to the Declaration we remade the New World into the United States of America, much to the chagrin of the Native Americans that predated us. Settlers reshape the society they settle. Immigrants assimilate into it. The throngs of law breakers waving the flags of Latin American countries and shrieking in Spanish during the April and May protests are not immigrants, they are settlers. I do not want to relive the experience of Native Americans, and can only assume that as my representative you must feel the same way. A vote in favor of the final version of S2611 is a vote against sovereignty, the value of US citizenship, and against yourself in the next election cycle via me.



We need an immigration policy that admits only those who will benefit the native population through the creation of net wealth in addition to boosting America's quality of living (attributes included high educational attainment, high IQ, English-fluency, good health, criminally averse, etc). The realization of a successful merit immigration system is predicated on an ending of unskilled immigration through the construction of a wall, punitive workplace enforcement, and mandatory jail time for repeat illegals.


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