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
not-so-poor) immigrants.

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
Wichita are

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

I wrote her back that

SER
was created by the League of United
Latin-American Citizens. Its history can be found by
clicking

here
. Note this line:

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
corporate funding.

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
Inspector General

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
and mentoring."

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
the conference

mentioned
that two of the attendees were from the
7-Eleven corporation, which is always looking for cheap,
expendable, labor.

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
lawsuits. (See

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.")

Of course, government subsidies for deadbeat
immigrants – expensive job training programs,

welfare
,

food stamps,
and other entitlement programs – are
old news to VDARE.COM readers.

But what about the much-publicized virtuous
immigrants – who get jobs, start businesses, own homes
etc. etc.?

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

Few Americans know it,
but many immigrant businesses originate in

preferential financing
or loan set-asides from the

Small Business Administration
.

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
.
[Emphasis added]

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.
These

federally chartered
corporations are designed to
make financing for home mortgages easier to get.

Both of them have decided to make this funding easier
for immigrants to get. (Freddie Mac was the
sponsor of that

pro-immigration conference
Thomas Allen

wrote about
yesterday.)

Fannie Mae has a

New Americans
program (part of their "Trillion
Dollar Commitment
" which is designed to help

foreigners
who don`t speak

English very well
borrow money.

"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
one else?"

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
.
[Emphasis added.]

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
with gold.

January 30, 2002