Cheap-Labor Hucksters Scam America and Its Workers
At a time of record immigration, America’s cheap-labor lobby is demanding more. Its campaign is predicated on the claim that population growth is essential for national prosperity. But this is a Ponzi scheme that cheats U.S. workers and strains public services.
“‘Economic growth requires population growth’ is the basic message that Ponzi demography wants the public to swallow,” says Joseph Chamie, director of research at the Center for Migration Studies. “No mention is made of the additional profits they reap and the extra costs the public bears.”
The venal axis of leftist politicians, libertarian ideologues and corporate media hacks doesn’t care about American workers, taxpayers or even U.S. security. Their mass immigration agenda is literally alien to the national interest.
In 2017, the Census Bureau projected that America’s population was on track to hit 404.5 million by 2060 — a 23 percent increase in just four decades. And that was before Joe Biden toted his disastrous open-border policies into the White House.
“Higher immigration levels were a benefit at a time when cities were not overpopulated, our public transportation and infrastructure were not in disrepair and our entitlement system was not near collapse,” FAIR stated in 2019. “Unrestrained immigration is an undue and unnecessary pressure on our cities and suburbs.”
Even immigration enthusiasts in academia acknowledge the problem. In the words of one study: “Immigrants are less fiscally beneficial than native-born working-age persons because they earn less on average and thus pay less in taxes.” The report went on to cite “significant net costs” of immigration to state and local governments, which fund K-12 schools. A classic Ponzi game.
Meantime, America’s workforce, supposedly unable to meet market demands, has sufficient slack, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition to 5.95 million Americans out of work last month, the ranks of the long-term unemployed are 1.4 million and growing. Another 5.7 million are not in the labor force but want a job. That’s 700,000 more than in February 2020, when COVID arrived.
Among foreign-born residents age 16 and up, 15.3 million are not in the workforce at all, and their 65.6 percent labor participation rate is barely three points above the U.S. average. So, why the necessity for more imports?
“It’s obvious that what U.S. business is ‘frantic’ about (to use the Washington Post‘s term) isn’t a shortage of workers. It’s a shortage of cheap workers,” writes Alan Tonelson at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation. “When business starts offering pay that’s rising higher than the inflation rate, then Americans can start worrying about genuine labor shortages.”
For now the cheap-labor shills are whistling in the wind.