President Obama has done nothing to secure our borders. More illegals are being deported under his watch, but that is the result of higher security efforts imposed after 9-11, like E-verify. Read this alarming story about thousands of poor, unskilled people from India surging across the Mexican border into Texas. Hundreds have been caught, then were released and promptly disappeared into the USA, even though they had no ID and came from a region near Pakistan. Don’t think most Republicans really want to stop the cheap labor flow either. Border security was one of the first things the GOP cost cutters slashed.
Obama has failed to even try to boost the minimum wage, despite campaign promises. Minimum wage is 50% lower than in the 1960s, which means that millions of full-time working Americans don’t earn enough to live in their own efficiency apartment, much less pay for an “insured” car, health care, or a family. If you want to help the working poor, reduce welfare, discourage illegal immigration, and improve service throughout the private sector, you should support boosting the minimum wage to a livable $10 an hour. Ignore constant corporate propaganda that boosting the minimum wage increases unemployment, which has been disproved by every legitimate study. Anyone who has worked for minimum wage knows they are the most essential workers. It’s not like MacDonald’s has a couple of extra workers loitering around in the back who would be laid off if they were forced to raise wages to a livable level. Here is my old SRA article on mass immigration from July 25, 2007 that remains relevant:
Open Borders Insanity
Libertarians have good ideas about free societies. However, some advocate the naive idea of open borders, which they call “the free movement of labor.” Such people have no grasp of the world beyond the windows in their ivory tower. There are billions of desperate poor people around the world who would move to a modern nation if allowed. This is why no modern nation on Earth allows open borders. Nevertheless, rapid population growth has resulted in large migrant flows into developed nations, both legal and illegal. This has become a major problem resulting in political battles.
Corporations want cheap labor to push down wages. A favorite tactic is to portray foreign workers as ignorant simpletons who only perform mindless tasks. In reality, only a small percentage of illegal immigrants work in agriculture. An unlimited number of work visas are available for farm workers, but wealthy American farmers dislike the program because it requires them to provide health insurance, so their foreign workers do not burden the local county medical system. Many illegal workers are highly skilled and earn high wages as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, computer programmers, and nurses. Corporate spokesmen assert that mass immigration is needed to fill worker shortages, while they also peddle the myth that a higher minimum wage will increase unemployment.
Senator John McCain has never labored in his life, having been on the government dole since they day he was born. He is an open borders advocate, while representing the border state of Arizona where polls show that stopping illegal immigration is the primary concern. Last year, McCain argued that Americans are too lazy to work. He told a working class audience that Americans would not work for $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona. He dismissed angry shouts from the crowd with a demeaning: “You can’t do it, my friends.”
McCain seems unaware that 1.7 million U.S. citizens work for minimum wage, which was just boosted to $5.85 an hour; the first increase in a decade. These workers make less in one year than McCain earns from one month of “government service.” President Bush and many U.S. Congressmen frequently insult American workers. They often say the nation is at full employment, ignoring the 7 million unemployed Americans looking for work, and another 1.5 million who want to work but are not counted as unemployed since they had not applied for a job during the past month. If just 5 million of the estimated 20 million illegal aliens were deported, this would help these U.S. citizens obtain jobs. Bush often states that deporting illegal aliens is unrealistic, ignoring the fact that thousands are deported each day.
Another tactic is to portray those who oppose mass immigration as racists. While this is a factor for some, the people hurt by mass immigration are the poor and minorities who face job losses, higher rents, less healthcare, and more crime. Poor immigrants crowd into the poorest neighborhoods and cause problems that go unnoticed by those living on estates or posh gated communities. Cultural conflicts also cause problems for native-born Americans. For example, employers in parts of the USA prefer applicants that speak Spanish to deal with the large numbers of non-English speaking customers.
Imagine if Great Britain opened its borders to all the world’s peoples. Enterprising ship owners would soon find profitable cargo in the form of human migrants. They could ship people en masse to Britain for maybe $100 a head. Millions of refugees would board ships in India, Pakistan, Iraq, China, the Philippines, and all of Africa for the land of riches. Thousands would file off docks at British seaports each day with no money, no food, few skills, and no grasp of English.
The population of British cities would double within four years. Schools, hospitals, and prisons would be overrun. Parks and sidewalks would teem with homeless refugees desperate for food. Crime rates would soar as homeowners erect high fences to keep out squatters, scavengers, and criminals. Millions of Britons would lose their jobs as immigrants are hired for a sterling a day. If mass immigration continues, the thousands of refugees who arrive each day would find themselves herded into massive refugee camps. These people want to work and become Britons, but there simply isn’t room.
On the positive side, corporations would see large increases in profits as labor costs plunge. More people mean more economic activity, so GDP surges. Private security firm work would explode as every small business and house needs a security guard. Since governments must double in size to accommodate this larger population, government officials gain rapid promotions and spending power, boosting GDP further. This is because GDP is not a measure of prosperity, but activity. Therefore, mass immigration is good for GDP, as well as smoking, hurricanes, earthquakes, crime, automobile accidents, and wars.
“The free movement of labor” into Britain would require a sharp rise in taxes to accommodate immigrants, even if they all find employment. This is because the existing modern infrastructure is inadequate, so new schools, universities, hospitals, parks, roads, fire stations, buses, and government offices would be needed in short order. Since space for new facilities is finite, citizens would be forced to live in a far more congested environment. As these poor immigrants soon outnumber native Britons, they would discover that democracy can address their needs. The nation’s wealth and good jobs would be concentrated among the native born, so laws are passed to raise taxes and share the wealth, and to allow newly arrived minorities a fair share of good jobs, even if they are less qualified. This has already occurred in the USA, which accepts more legal immigrants each year than all of Europe, and explains America’s stronger GDP growth.
The British are beginning to learn about this problem as well. In 2004, Britain took a step toward open borders by allowing the free movement of labor from European Union (EU) members. Industrialists fooled the public by suggesting that only 30,000 skilled foreigners would arrive to fill shortages. Two years later, that number grew to more than 600,000, and may be much higher since new immigrants are not talkative about their status.
The “Economist,” Europe’s most influential financial magazine, has long advocated open borders. However, Britain’s recent experience has dampened their enthusiasm, and they now report on unexpected problems. For example, teenagers from impoverished Romania and Bulgaria have discovered that they can “visit” London by hitchhiking, and then as a minor, sign up for free housing and welfare payments. Most are poorly educated, few speak English, and some arrive pregnant.
Britain has since limited open migration to EU tourists, banning work and state benefits. However, millions remain to help friends and relatives find illegal work in the land of plenty, or how to live off the generosity local churches and charities, or by begging on the street. Britain will find it impossible to control these perpetual tourists since nothing prevents EU deportees from returning the next day. As in the USA, rackets will develop for forged documents and phony marriages. Hospitals will become flooded by “tourists” who require emergency medical care. Businessmen and the wealthy will enjoy the benefits of lower wage workers, and press the government for more “temporary” work visas, and “immigration reform” in the form of an amnesty program.
The idea of “open borders” to allow “the free movement of labor” is favored only by anarchists, greedy industrialists, and some hopelessly naïve libertarians. The best level of immigration is open for debate, but restrictions are essential. Unfortunately, many good people evade this issue because they fear criticism that they are heartless or a racist. The solution is to address the root cause, rapid population growth in poor nations, which is also a major cause of warfare, environmental destruction, and pollution. It is far more cost effective to use government and charity funds to improve conditions in poor nations, rather than to accommodate a flood of desperate refugees.
 “Labor Leaders boo McCain on immigration, Iraq”, AP, Apr. 4, 2006, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12155322/
 “Insulting the American Worker”, SRA, May 25, 2006,
 “Employment Situation Summary”, U.S. Govt. BLS, June 2007, http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm
 “Come and fall on Slough, Economist, May 17, 2007, http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9193822
 An effort to reward illegal immigration to Britain is underway.
See “Illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay under amnesty, says influential think tank”, This is London, July 16, 2007
 “The Refugee Threat”, SRA, Oct. 12, 2006,