Getting Real About Immigration Reform: What The Left Doesn’t Want You To Hear

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

It is deeply disturbing to me that there are certain issues which we are not allowed to discuss. Topics worthy of legitimate debate, and moreover, in dire need of discussion have been banished to the cornfield because these particular topics make people upset. These topics are engulfed in a political fire that cannot be quenched. Sides are taken, and any further discussion becomes contentious. The source of contention inevitably comes down to issues of sensitivity. Racial and cultural sensitivity play a massive role in freezing debates that desperately need to be heard. I—for one—am sick of it.

Possibly the most heated, and controversial banned topic is immigration. Obviously, illegal immigration is a source of difficulty, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about legal immigration, specifically, legal immigration in a time of recession.

Our immigration system is broken. Oh, wow! Something that everyone in the universe has already said! The problem is, once that cliché statement has been uttered, the conversation stops. That’s not to say that people don’t have ideas regarding how to reform our system, but those ideas are often dismissed faster than a question about Benghazi at a White House press briefing. Why? Because of perceived racial and cultural sensitivity. Political correctness is stopping a legitimate and necessary conversation.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 28.5% of all immigrants in the United States have less than a high school education, compared to 7.4% of natives. This tells me that we have a problem. Low-skill immigrants are taking jobs away from young people and low-skill native workers. Low-skill immigrants are flooding the job market. On top of that, many states in which immigration numbers are highest are suffering high native unemployment, when compared to immigrant employment. Once again, according to the CIS:

“…in all of these states there is a very large population of working-age, native-born people who are not employed. For example, in California, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina there are more than one million working-age natives not employed. If we compare the number of natives not working to the number of post-2000 immigrants it shows that in almost every state the number of natives (18 to 65) not working is about four times the number of newly arrived immigrants. And in many states the proportion is even larger.”

“Even more striking is the decline in the employment rate of young (18 to 29) less-educated natives. On average, the share holding a job in this group declined 15 percentage points in these states. Employment rates were already relatively low for this group, so the decline is that much more profound.”

We are in the midst of a recession that seems as though it will linger for quite some time, and our unemployment numbers are still abysmal, when you take into account the historically high number of Americans who have left the work force permanently. We have American-born citizens struggling to find work, many of whom would settle for a minimum wage job, while at the same time, we’re accepting a regular flow of immigrants. How are native-born Americans supposed to find work when the market is being saturated with employable immigrants? Furthermore—because of the recession—how are native-born Americans supposed to make ends meet with a low-skill job (such as fast food) if we flood the market with low-skill immigrants who have no viability outside the minimum wage field?

We need to employ a merit-based immigration system (or improve our current system) which would encourage the immigration of skilled individuals, and discourage those who cannot contribute effectively to our economy. It’s done in other countries, why can’t we do it? Just because we are the land of immigrants doesn’t mean that we should allow our economy to collapse under the weight of unskilled workers. Additionally, we cannot allow our country to cater to a new wave of immigrants at the expense of native-born citizens, and long-term immigrants who came here many years ago.

Finally, so long as we are in a recession in which millions of native citizens remain unemployed, we must slow, or stop entirely, immigration to the United States. This is where the situation gets tricky. This is where racial and cultural tensions run high—more specifically, this is where white, liberal guilt goes on a rampage. Anytime anyone brings up the ideas I just mentioned, they are castigated. They are called xenophobic, racist, and exclusionary (that’s the nicest one). But what the angry liberals don’t understand (or don’t care to understand) is that these ideas about immigration are not based on a hatred of other cultures, they are not based on racial animosity, but rather on logic.

The notions of restricting the flow of immigrants, and only allowing those who can contribute have nothing to do with race, but because the left can make it look like they do, they use it to make conservatives look like monsters. It’s yet another vote-getting scheme in a long list of liberal tricks. On top of that insanity, few Republicans are willing to make a peep about these types of immigration reforms because they are afraid to be labeled as racist loons. They stay silent. It’s like an unspoken treaty between the left, and the right, in which the left gets everything they want, and the right is forced to stay silent. No more. This needs to be talked about, and we can’t be afraid of being labeled. Liberals will always label their opponents as racist, xenophobic, jingoistic, exclusionary thugs. It’s just the way it goes. Given that, we shouldn’t be afraid to speak the truth, and offer up logical solutions to complex problems.

Embrace the hatred heaped upon you by liberals. It means you’re doing something right.