Progressive Indictment | Everyone Wants Immigration Reform—Except The Rich, But They Run Politics (For Now)

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VDARE.COM readers have seen repeatedly that there is a big gap between how political leaders vote on immigration—and what the public wants.

But how does this gap differ among ethnic various groups?

Recently, a reader forwarded me this article and another from the website MajorityRights.com using Americans for Better Immigration [ABI]`s grading system to demonstrate that Congressmen of different ethnicities voted significantly differently on immigration:

 

  White Jews Hispanics Blacks
A 51      
B 120 1 2 1
C 61      
D 59 9 1 13
F 48 14 21 26
Total 339 24 24 40

Grades from Americans for Better Immigration

Now, the some of the folks at MajorityRights were using this to suggest that “the problem” with US immigration policy is that specific ethnic groups were voting differently than whites (that is, non-Jewish whites) were. 

And there is indeed clearly a substantial systematic difference in how Black, Jewish and Hispanic congressmen vote on immigration compared to how White congressmen vote.

Still, is this really a reflection of how Black, Jewish and Hispanic voters in fact feel?  

Polls cited by the Center for Immigration Studies show there is a real systematic difference between elite and popular opinion on immigration.  And poll data from FAIR breaks out this elite-popular division by ethnicity:

Answer to FAIR`s question: Do you want less immigration?

  Whites Jews Hispanics Blacks
People 84% 49% 42% 44%
Political* Leaders 50% 4% 8% 2%
Ratio .59 .08 .19 .045

*Grades B or A were taken as indicative of wanting less immigration-this may be an overly generous assumption.

What these polls suggest is that Black, Hispanic and Jewish congressmen are even more different from Black, Hispanic and Jewish voters than white congressmen are from white voters.

Who, then, are those congressmen representing—if not the voters?

Recently a colleague and I created a tool that measures the average Americans for Better Immigration voting record of the politicians to whom any specific individual donates—using the records available at open secrets.org.

My colleague is an H-1b casualty who needed help with his rent that month. The project cost a tiny fraction what any H-1b intensive shop would have charged.

One of the first things we used this tool for was to see how the congressional recipients of donations from the 20 richest Americans in 2001 voted on immigration issues.

Rank           

        Name                             

Net worth

(millons)

Age     

ABI grade of donation Recipients

1

Gates, William H. III            

54,000             

45

47.77

2

Buffett, Warren Edward     

33,200              

71

31

3

Allen, Paul Gardner              

28,200              

48       

28.25

4

Ellison, Lawrence Joseph     

21,900            

57

38

5

Walton, Alice L.                    

17,500              

52       

62

5

Walton, Helen R.                   

17,500            

82  

66.91

5

Walton, Jim C.                      

17,500            

53  

66.81

5

Walton, John T.                     

17,500            

55   

77.61

9

Walton, S. Robson               

17,500            

57  

62.1

10

Ballmer, Steven Anthony       

15,100            

45

42.19

11

Anthony, Barbara Cox           

11,300            

78   

33.86

11

Chambers, Anne Cox            

11,300            

81

40.09

13

Kluge, John Werner             

10,600            

87   

27.68

14

Redstone, Sumner M.           

10,100

78

28.43

15

Dell, Michael                          

9,800               

36  

63.2

16

Anschutz, Philip F.                 

9,600               

61        

60

17

Johnson, Abigail                    

9,100               

39        

66.3

18

Mars, Forrest Edward Jr.       

9,000               

70        

31

18

Mars, Jacqueline Badger      

9,000               

62

31

20

Mars, John Franklyn              

9,000               

65

—-

21

Murdoch, Keith Rupert          

7,500               

70

44

22

Ergen, Charles                     

7,100               

48

40.9

23

Soros, George