When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble!
Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable.
Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of how thoughtful Americans are hoodwinked by pundit propaganda, intense marketing campaigns, and phony front groups with fancy names, but sinister plans.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a leader in urging open borders and campaigns to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) viability. Funded by the Koch Brothers, this group opposes any minimum wage, wants Medicare privatized, unions busted, early retirement moved from 62 to 65, and a revamped Social Security system that brutally cuts middle class benefits and makes it a welfare program.
AFP is one of the many Koch open border crusades by dozens of front groups that all fixate on similar goals – in addition to unfettered immigration.
These groups advocate lower wages, lower taxes, privatization of all public entities, removing worker’s rights, and a general destruction of the universal safety net, first initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Uncontrolled immigration serves the Kochs’ goals well.
For example, a documented worker on an employment Visa is tied to the boss, who can fire them and force return to their home country if they don’t cooperate in even the most egregious labor law violations.
An undocumented (not legally here) employee has even fewer rights in America, and will do almost anything to escape exposure and deportation. These are the nannies who get paid nothing and sleep in cellars, the roofers who live in cardboard boxes on our big city streets, and the poor masses huddled in Winter in front of the Home Depot to beg for hard labor at pitiful wages.
Kochs despise middle class, use immigration as weapon to suppress wages
The Kochs and their Libertarian buddies have no problem cutting wages by ending unions, or sickening the poor by slicing Medicare, or terrorizing the elderly by raising the full retirement age to 69, and even totally eliminating earned benefits for some retirees.
It’s all about cheap labor for them, bigger parties with their friends, larger yachts, more mansions, and the self satisfaction of making their underlings subservient and crushed by their whims.
Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, opening floodgates of immigration from poor nations into the U.S. was done only for economic reasons – lowering wage rates and increasing profits.
Any effort to control immigration in recent years has been met with lobbying in Congress and tv ads in opposition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth (an elite group of CEOs).
Democrats mean well, but are confused by Koch smokescreen
Unfortunately, in the regulation of immigration the evil goals of the Koch Brothers align with the sympathies of the modern Democrat Party and its current utopian view.
Despite the Democrat tradition to protect middle class workers from greedy corporations and shareholders, progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seized on unfettered immigration as pure and perfect, while ignoring the real need to protect national borders.
Here is a link to the numerous border barriers around the world. Most are to prevent illegal immigration, terrorism or smuggling.
The extreme right, those corporate water carriers, are very adept at eliminating facts that don’t promote their anti-middle class goals. The left, unfortunately, relies too much on “research” often provided by the Kochs and their think tanks.
Politically, you can’t ignore the politics of immigration and its influence on our legislatures.
Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for the Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.
In 2016 among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling. With foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump with 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote, compared to Trump’s 31 percent.
Brownstein said that Republicans hold about 30 of the 100 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the smallest foreign-born populations. Meanwhile, Democrats control 32 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents.
Koch-backed art exhibit promotes corporate view
The corporate propaganda machine uses many methods to promote its efforts to prevent any immigration control.
Last week, the “Common Ground” exhibit, a joint effort of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, the Libre Institute and Stand Together, used ten videos behind ten doors to send messages about how immigrants supposedly always make America stronger.
“You can go to live in France but you can’t become a Frenchman,” President Ronald Reagan said in one video. “You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you can’t become a German, a Turk or Japanese.”
“But anyone from any corner of the Earth can come to live in America and become an American,” Reagan said.
Reagan gave amnesty to three million immigrants here illegally with the hope that effort would solve the problem of foreigners living and working in the shadows. Today, there are between 11 million and 21 million, depending on which survey you believe.
Congress was supposed to pass legislation and enforce laws, but did neither.
“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” President Barack Obama said in the video.
“We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws,” President Bill Clinton said.
“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” President George W. Bush explained.
The Koch Brothers are the sons of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Fred opposed all the initiatives of the New Deal, which introduced the 40-hour week, overtime, Social Security and a host of other programs to benefit the middle class. Fred’s boys have continued that tradition, founding and funding the Tea Party in Congress, and donating $800 million to elect strict conservatives in 2018 at all levels of government, even down to local school boards.