Why Not Just Give Them A Roomful Of Gold? Or: Immigration – Just Another Government Program
The role of the US government in not only allowing,
but in subsidizing the growth of immigration has been
frequently underestimated. It`s not just welfare.
There are a thousand governmental and
quasi-governmental programs for transferring money
from rich (and not-so-rich) Americans to poor (and
For example, an angry reader in Wichita, Kansas wrote
to us with a question:
I need information on the
formation of a non-profit organization called SER. I
know it`s based in Texas and is now here in Wichita,
Kansas. It states that it is a National Training Center
and Low Income Housing Program for Immigrants,
especially Hispanics. Our local
Chamber of Commerce is targeting these
new Hispanics in their businesses as
new workers and buyers or
consumers. When thousands of citizens here in
losing their jobs after 20 years or more, now our
city is welcoming more immigrants to take jobs that
should go to our own long time residents
During fiscal year
1994-95, over a million individuals benefited from SER`s
programs with total funding exceeding $40 million.
According to the
Handbook of Texas Online, SER was founded with
Federal funds, has used both Federal and local funds
through a system of grants, (though Reagan managed to
make some cutbacks in the Eighties) as well as private
They receive, for example, Training and Technical
Assistance grants from the Department of Labor. You can
read a report on one of these from the Office of the
here, a case of misuse of federal funds.
By coincidence, in 1999, SER Corporation`s 25th
Annual Banquet and Scholarship Awards was held in
Wichita, the city where our reader lives. Lucille
Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus Institute
spoke. From the press release:
"By 2005 Hispanics will
become the largest minority, as well as the youngest
segment of the U.S. population. Now more than ever,
access to higher education for our youth is crucial, "
said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. "CHCI is the conduit
that provides opportunities to develop our next
generation of leaders. SER shares in CHCI `s mission by
making higher education possible through scholarships
When she says that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
is a "conduit," she means a conduit for taxpayer
dollars, of course.
SER recently had a conference, and the report from
mentioned that two of the attendees were from the
7-Eleven corporation, which is always looking for cheap,
I`m not sure how much funding comes directly from the
government. A lot of support seems to come from private
industry, perhaps because they need labor, and perhaps
because they are strong-armed by fear of civil rights
AMIGOS de SER "SER`s corporate advisory council, the
Amigos de SER, was formed in 1973 to provide financial
support, employment opportunities and business advice.
On a national level, over 100 Fortune 500 corporations
are currently represented in the Amigos de SER.")
But what about the much-publicized virtuous
immigrants – who get jobs, start businesses, own homes
Well, it turns out that the government is subsidizing
them too. Recently, I found an email in my inbox saying
that the reason
so many small motels are owned by Indian immigrants
named Patel (click
here for a PDF report on the business drawbacks of
this form of immigrant enterprise) was because the US
government was financing them. I didn`t believe it. I
cynically assumed it was some kind of legend, made up by
people who don`t like immigrants.
I should have been more careful where I pointed my
cynicism. I should have kept it aimed at the US
Government, where it belongs.
Paul Craig Roberts recently
reported here that
In a 1995 Forbes story about Hospitality
Franchise Systems, Joel Millman wrote:
Nor were the immigrants
shy about cashing in on U.S. affirmative action
programs. Though in no sense disadvantaged,
Patels qualified as a "minority" and tapped below-prime
financing offered by the Small Business Administration.
The same kind of thing occurs with home ownership.
Congress has created two corporations, known as
Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, to help Americans own their own homes.
federally chartered corporations are designed to
make financing for home mortgages easier to get.
"Well, what`s wrong with that?" Some people might
ask. "As long as they`re American citizens, don`t they have
just as much right to a slice of this gravy train as any
Well, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been lending to
resident aliens too, although allegedly
insisting that they be legally resident. And Fannie
Mae now has a home mortgage program designed to provide
mortgage loans to illegal aliens. Cheap!
It works like this: Fannie Mae says it believes in
fighting all kinds of
"discrimination" in mortgage lending. In addition to
fighting the discrimination rational lenders feel
towards giving a mortgage to someone with no down
payment and a low income, they have recently started a
program in their
"Border Region" called the "NCLR Pilot Program."
Guess what “discrimination” this is going to combat.
As Fannie Mae boasts on its website:
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Pilot A
pilot developed with NCLR to address barriers to
homeownership for Hispanic communities. It waives the
requirement that borrowers provide evidence of
permanent resident alien cards and allows for a down
payment of the lesser of $1,000 or 3 percent.
American taxpayers are being forced to subsidize
their own displacement – on a scale not seen since 1532,
when Hispanic immigrant
Francisco Pizarro made the Inca fill an entire room
January 30, 2002