The Problem of Virtual Immigration

One must marvel at the campaign
that a handful of neoconservatives were able to create
around September 11. They were able to commit vast
resources to a war based on falsified intelligence and
to set aside in the interest of executive power the
essential civil liberties that define America as a
nation. A fabricated threat was all that was needed in
order to deep six

habeas corpus,
due process, warrants, and
privacy, shatter America`s reputation, especially among
Muslims, and place the US several hundred billions of
dollars deeper in the hands of its Asian bankers.

Compare this to the lack of
response to a real threat: massive legal and illegal
unassimilated immigration. provides abundant
information concerning the costs to Americans of
unwarranted immigration. Taxpayers are footing




bills for illegals. Construction and other
workers are losing wages and jobs to the flood of
immigrants that greatly expands the labor supply.
America is losing its

and cultural unity. Mass immigration has
created a Tower of Babel.

Americans and their elected
representatives fell for a fake threat while ignoring a
real one.

Opponents of mass immigration have
not been able even to use fear of terrorists to
establish better control over our borders. Bush was able
to commit vast US resources to protecting Israel`s and

Iraq`s borders
while ignoring our own.

Considering Americans` failure to
deal with immigration despite the physical evidence
before their eyes, how will Americans be able to deal
with the virtual immigration that is destroying the
American Dream?

Low wage Americans have lost many
jobs to Mexican immigrants. But virtual immigrants in

China, the

, Eastern Europe and

are taking the professional, high value-added
jobs that comprise the ladders of upward mobility in
American society.

There are several hundred thousand
unemployed American engineers whose jobs have been
outsourced (or filled by foreigners brought into the US
on various work visas). Job outsourcing threatens
practically the entire range of middle and upper middle
class jobs: legal research, accounting, stock analysis,
radiology, IT, drafting and architecture, research and
development, and even innovation itself. Prestigious
engineering schools report a decline in enrollments as
job opportunities shrink.

Civil engineering
seems the only safe engineering
field left for Americans, except for those few with top

who can get jobs doing government
contract work.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics
estimates that few of the jobs created in the US over
the next decade will require a university education.
With few opportunities for graduates, it is reasonable
to expect a decline in America`s institutions of higher

Americans don`t see

virtual immigrants
as they are working offshore in
their home countries and communicating with their US
employers via the Internet. Americans do not experience
virtual immigration until their jobs are outsourced.

Moreover, virtual immigrants have
massive sources of American support:

that maximize profits by

arbitraging labor
and the politicians that they
control, libertarians and

“free traders”
who see freedom and the invisible
hand of the market working through virtual immigration,

“one world”

Federal Reserve policy and the way
unemployment is measured have masked the economic
deterioration caused by virtual immigration. The Fed`s
low interest rate policy created a housing boom that
inflated home prices and permitted home owners to
continue consuming by refinancing their homes and
spending the equity. This spur to consumer demand is
qualitatively different from the support to consumer
demand that results from a growth in high productivity,
high value-added jobs.

The unemployment rate measures
people actively searching for a job. People who have
dropped out of the work force due to discouragement are
not counted.

Last July the Federal Reserve Bank
of Boston published a study which concluded that much
unemployment is masked by a large decline in the labor
force participation rate. A main reason for
discouragement is that job seekers cannot find jobs
comparable to those they have lost. The study concludes
that if the unemployment rate is adjusted for the
decline in labor force participation, the US employment
rate could be as high as 8.7 percent, a far cry from the
5 percent measured rate that is being hyped as evidence
that all is well with the US economy. [Additional
Slack in the Economy:
The Poor Recovery in Labor
Force Participation During This Business Cycle
, by
 Katharine Bradbury]

America is becoming a
third world country not only because of mass
unassimilated immigration from third world countries,
but also because of the loss to

virtual immigration
of the high productivity, high
value-added jobs that characterize a first world
economy. Virtual immigration is more deadly, because it
lacks an observable physical presence even as it
dismantles the ladders of upward mobility. If Americans
cannot deal with what they can see, how will they deal
with what they cannot see?



Paul Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of

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



for Peter Brimelow`s

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