How Democrats Can Achieve Three Top Priorities - Blog 3
Our cities’ schools struggle to provide African American children a foundational education. School districts across the country have seen a huge surge of immigrant children that drive costly support programs. Last year alone 74,000 unaccompanied minors came to the U.S. and the federal government dispersed them across the country. These children alone could fill 80 schools in cities across the U.S. Those were just the unaccompanied minors, which pale in comparison to the number of children of legal and illegal immigrants. In Chicago, over one third of students in 123 public schools are in English immersion programs. These programs can cost 50% more than educating an English-speaking student and consume valuable, limited resources, funding, and teachers’ attention. America has always welcomed immigrants, yet the record immigration levels have overwhelmed our ability to assimilate them into our schools and society. As we seek to improve the performance of our education system, we cannot afford to compound the burdens to our schools.Reducing our immigration levels would provide more educational and job opportunities for African Americans and other minorities. They will see an increase in wages and experience and a decrease in crime and poverty.Immigration PoliciesSo why do Democrats strongly advocate for high immigration levels and granting citizenship to immigrants here illegally? Why does President Obama issue controversial executive orders to refuse to deport those who violated our laws and borders? Why does Hillary Clinton pledge to double down on the President’s immigration efforts to grant citizenship to all immigrants here illegally and recruit millions more low-skilled immigrants? Is it just to win the Hispanic vote in elections?At a time when far too many Americans are unemployed and far too many struggle to make ends meet, why are we adding over one million new immigrants and hundreds of thousands of guest workers every year? Why are we issuing millions of visas to the poorest, uneducated, least developed nations to compete with poor Americans? If we want to tackle climate change, why are we multiplying the carbon footprint of nearly 100 million people by 500 times? If we want to provide more opportunities for African Americans, why are we flooding our labor markets with unskilled labor?We need to rethink our immigration policies and have a thoughtful discussion on how they can best strengthen our nation, economy, and future. We need to educate people on the numbers and impact of immigration, beyond the talking points by many politicians, 30-second debate responses, and cable news anchors. If we really want to make a difference on income inequality, climate change, and civil rights, the first step is to reduce our immigration levels.The author of this guest opinion is a federal policy analyst.
“We won’t be living up to our ideals when their parents are struggling with substance abuse, or are in prison, or unemployed, and when fathers are absent, and schools are substandard, and jobs are scarce and drugs are plentiful. We won’t get there when there are communities where a young man is less likely to end up in college than jail, or dead.”