Why Should Immigrants (And Amnestied Illegals) Benefit From Affirmative Action Quotas?

The immigration bill does not address the problem.
Like most bills, it is the product of

influential moneyed interests
. It serves

these interests
at the

expense of the American people.

I have nothing against immigration in principle and
nothing against Mexicans. Illegals, or what are known in
the construction trades as "first generation
are hard workers. They show up for work
sober. They will work from dawn to dark and on holidays.
They don`t take a job in order to restore their
eligibility for unemployment compensation, or in order
to claim or arrange an injury that pays worker`s
compensation and drives up the worker`s comp tax on the
employer until he can no longer compete for contracts.

As for

crime committed by illegals

generally, it pales into insignificance
compared to the crimes of the

against humanity, the Constitution
and the

Bill of Rights.
Neoconservatives used lies and
deception to lead America into a lost war that has
killed and maimed tens or hundreds of thousands of
people, made the United States a hated and reviled
country, and destroyed our

soft power
. Neoconservatives have re-established the
medieval practices of torture, self-incrimination, and
hearsay and secret evidence. By overturning

habeas corpus,
neoconservatives have laid the
foundation for a tyrannical

police state.
If I could rid America of
neoconservatives, I would accept the entire population
of Mexico.

Immigration is a problem because it is occurring on a
scale that cannot be assimilated and, thereby is helping
to balkanize our country. America is already being
balkanized by other factors, the most important of which
are the quotas that, in an ironic twist of history, came
out of the

Civil Rights Act.

The purpose of the Civil Rights Act was to reaffirm
and to reinforce the 14th Amendment`s requirement of
equal protection of law. As Larry Stratton and I
documented 12 years ago in The New Color Line,
new federal civil rights bureaucracy turned the act
upside down and created new

status-based privileges
, or

, based on race, soon to be expanded to gender
and disability. By sabotaging the act,

federal bureaucrats
, abetted by federal courts,
introduced de jure privilege, which has since
been expanded to all Americans

except white males
. Blacks had to cope with de facto
inequality, but

white males
are saddled with

de jure inequality.

Mexicans fit the

federal definition
of a

racial minority.
 Amnesty that leads to citizenship
for millions of Mexicans or Hispanics brings with it the
requirement that Mexicans be represented in

university admissions
, professions, and all sectors
of employment in proportion to their percentage of the
population. Failure of universities and employers to
adjust their percentages for the new quotas will result

in lawsuits and penalties.

White males, already hammered by the existing quotas

of manufacturing and

middle class professional jobs,
will sink into an

The other massive cost of unchecked Mexican
immigration is that it raises the percentage of the
population that is poor and poorly educated precisely at
the time when jobs offshoring is shrinking the jobs that

ladders of upward mobility
. If the

obscene salaries of the corporate elite
are removed
from the income data, it is clear that the

real incomes of the American people have ceased to rise
Adding a large number of

lower income citizens
will further overburden
demands on public resources, as well as common resources
such as


air quality.

The failure of the

US Government to address the immigration issue

should surprise no one, as the US Government has failed
to address every issue.

The US government responds to organized moneyed
interests. It responds to nothing else.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.