Migrants make American great, according to the candidates of the 2020 Democrat debate in Houston, TX, on Thursday night.
“I start with a statement of principles, and that is, in this country, immigration does not make us weaker, immigration makes us stronger,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said at the debate on ABC News. She continued:
I want to see us expand legal immigration and create a pathway to citizenship for our DREAMers, but also for their grandparents, and for their cousins, for people who have overstayed student visas, and for people who came here to work in the fields.
“We have to say to the American people, immigrants are positive for our economic and social dynamism,” Andrew Yang told the ABC cameras, adding:
Joe Biden, however, took a cautious stance during the debate, despite his pro-migration views.
“All those people who are seeking asylum, they deserve to be heard,” he told the ABC interviewers. “That’s who we are. We’re a nation who says: ‘If you want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.’”
But Biden is pushing radical immigration policies to other audiences. On August 9, he told the Asian and Latino Coalition PAC:
We could afford to take in a heartbeat another two million people. The idea that a country of 330 million people is cannot absorb people who are in desperate need … is absolutely bizarre … I would also move to increase the total number of immigrants able to come to the United States.
In North Carolina on August 29, he was asked about the border detention centers that are used to contain migrants, and he promised a policy of catch-and-release that would allow migrants to take U.S. jobs. He said:
Close them down! … We don’t need [the detention centers]. We found that, when we [Biden and Barack Obama] were in office, in fact … [and when] we finally got things under control, [once migrants had] to report back for a hearing on such-and-such a date, people show up!
In contrast, President Donald Trump was elected on the promise to Make America Great Again and to reduce immigration. On his Inauguration Day, he promised a “Hire American” policy, which is pressuring employers to compete for Americans by offering higher wages.
The U.S. Census Bureau said on September 10 that men who work full time and year-round got an average earnings boost of 3.4 percent in 2018, pushing their median salaries up to $55,291, a 3.4 percent gain after adjusting for inflation.
Women gained 3.3 percent in wages, to bring their median salaries to $45,097 for full time, year-round work, the bureau reported.
Further wage growth is expected before November 2020.
Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policy helped push black poverty to a record low as everyone’s wages rise in a (slightly) lower-migration growing economy. This clear success contradicts Democrats’ fervent claim to moral superiority. So how will they react? https://t.co/00lIAu5ftn
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) September 11, 2019
Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.
But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of about 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately one million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers.
The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, it tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and it does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.
This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth for investors because it transfers wages to investors and ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.
This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor also shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, reduces marriage rates, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.
The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the Heartland to the coastal cities, explodes rents and housing costs, undermines suburbia, shrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.