I have nothing against immigration in principle and
nothing against Mexicans. Illegals, or what are known in
the construction trades as "first generation
Mexicans," 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.
crime committed by illegals or
immigrants generally, it pales into insignificance
compared to the crimes of the
neoconservatives against humanity, the Constitution
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
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
quotas, 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
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.
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
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.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Paul Craig Roberts
him] 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 and
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
here for Peter
Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.