Just to get everyone in the mood for the mass amnesty
the Bush administration is secretly planning, the
Washington Post blared across its front page this
week a report of a new study that claims
"Immigrants Account For Half Of New Workers: Report
Calls Them Increasingly Needed For Economic Growth."
[by D`Vera Cohn, December 2, 2002.]
Well, now, if immigrants are "increasingly needed"
for economic growth, surely no sane American can be
By cleverly playing on desire for material gain and
fear of losing what is "needed" for it, the Post
managed to manipulate
public opinion toward favoring mass immigration.
The study in question has just been
released by the Center for Labor Market Studies at
Northeastern University and happens to have been
commissioned by the
Business Roundtable, a gaggle of
Big Business leaders who just happen to like mass
immigration and the cheap labor it imports. In fact,
what the study tells us about
cheap labor is probably more important than what the
Post chose to report at all. [VDARE.COM
report can be downloaded from the Business Round Table`s
The study found that 80 percent of new male workers
in the United States over the last decade were
immigrants, and of the 13 million, legal and illegal,
who entered the country in the 1990s, 8 million joined
the labor force, "in a period when the total number
of new workers was 16 million." Therefore, half the
new workers were foreign-born.
Just in case you`re not convinced by now, the Post
drives the lesson home. "Without new immigrants, the
labor force would have experienced no growth in New
England and the New York region," it preaches,
though it also acknowledges that "in the fast-growing
southern and Rocky Mountain states … which drew
population from elsewhere in the country, immigrants had
less of an effect."
The study seems to regurgitate the stale chestnut
that "immigrants take jobs Americans refuse to take"
and also seems largely to ignore the possibility
that mass immigration
takes jobs from Americans or forces their wages down
The Post does rather grudgingly admit that "the
report cited evidence that the entry of many poorly
educated immigrants into the workforce has held back
wages of the lowest-paid American-born workers."
But the truth is that this is the whole point.
One of the major reasons the American ruling class
has permitted mass immigration on such a huge scale for
the last 30 years has been precisely to drive down
wages, gain cheap labor and undermine the bargaining
position of labor.
What the new study tells us is that the plan has
George Borjas estimates that immigration has already
reduced wages for lesser skilled American-born workers,
but his estimate may be too low. A study from the
Columbia University Economics Department by economists
Donald Davis and David Weinstein, released last May,
finds that "the magnitude of losses for U.S. natives
may be quite large–$72 billion per year or 0.8 percent
of Gross Domestic Product." [Download full report in
PDF] For some reason, the Post story didn`t
get around to mentioning either Professor Borjas or the
But it did emphasize yet again that immigrants are
just so needed. "The American economy absolutely
Andrew Sum, the study`s director, told the Post.
"Some people get very angry when I say this, but our
economy has become more dependent on immigrant labor
than at any time in the last 100 years."
The argument for the "necessity" of immigrants is
that economic growth can`t take place without them (not
true, since Japan
managed to grow significantly for 40 years with hardly a
single immigrant and with virtually none of the
"diversity" so gabbled about in the West)
click here for Peter Brimelow`s Forbes article on
immigration and the Japanese economy] and
that many companies wouldn`t be able to expand without
low-wage immigrant workers (since Americans won`t
take the jobs).
But the company could also have expanded by hiring
low-wage minority youth or low-wage elderly people,
both categories Americans.
Moreover a good deal of the low-wage jobs for which
immigrants are said to be so "needed" could simply be
automated, as most fast-food palaces already
virtually are, despite the immigrants who work at them.
Fully automated 7-Eleven`s might be even more efficient
than they are now.
The point is that entrepreneurs will find ways to
lower costs, even if the cheap and easy (and
exploitative and culturally destructive) way of
importing a new underclass is denied to them.
Despite the Post`s best efforts to prove that
mass immigration is “needed,” it failed to make the
What`s really needed is to protect what remains of
American-born workforce by shutting off mass
of Sam Francis` columns, America
Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration
Of American Culture, is now available from
Americans For Immigration Control.]
December 05, 2002