I am sick & fucking tired of hearing about the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) aKa the Immigration Bill that is making its way around the Congress/Senate/President. Every time I turn on the news, read online, watch the evening news, I am bombarded by the debate over controlling our border(s) (talk about media ubiquity). Today while driving out & about, I swear, immigration talk was on for most of the time I was listening to NPR in the morning, afternoon & evening. The only immigrant population that this plan appears to threaten are Mexicans.
Mexicans have been running for the border living here making a living setting up communities for decades & the way I see it is enough is enough. Mexicans come to America & yes take jobs the average American is not willing to do, but at the same time they are driving down wages for any citizen that is willing to handle hotel, agriculture & other service based work. I mean, if Pedro is happy making 3 dollars per hour, then why would a company or farm etc hire John & pay him minimum wage or more.
- Estimates suggest that immigration since 1980 has raised the total income of native-born Americans by no more than a fraction of 1 percent.
- Mexican immigrants have much less education than the average U.S. worker; they increase the supply of less-skilled labor, driving down the wages of the worst- paid Americans.
- The most authoritative recent study of this effect, by George Borjas and Lawrence Katz of Harvard, estimates that U.S. high school dropouts would earn as much as 8 percent more if it weren’t for Mexican immigration.
- The willingness of Americans to do a job depends on how much that job pays – and the reason some jobs pay too little to attract native-born Americans is competition from poorly paid immigrants.
From what I see in my own community, Mexicans & other immigrant groups are not really seeking to be Americans, they are looking for a place where they can thrive in our economy, live within their customs and traditions & sometimes not even learn English. What turns me off the most is the non-willingness to learn English & speak it, if you are in a country for years: don’t you think you should speak the language (HELLO)?
On a separate but related note, the Senate recently voted to make English the nation language of the US. This news sent immigration proponents into a tizzy because they feel that such an enactment would disenfranchise non-English speaking immigrants/illegals/non-native citizens. They also fear that by making English the national language that ESL programs (English as a Second Language) would suffer, but of course the Senate say other wise. I say so the fuck what. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that the change is merely symbolic & it won’t change anything. My thing is why should a pocket full of people (immigrants/illegals/non native citizens) dictate what our language should be. If you move here legally or illegally, deal with it, learn it & speak it or take your ass back home. You are no longer Mexican Citizen or what ever so live with the choice you made.
I am not suggesting that people give up their cultural beliefs, but… When you travel or move to other countries, if you cannot speak the language, in most cases you are fucked, why make an exception here.
The Heritage Foundations stated that If the Immigration Bill passes, at least 100 million immigrants will become legal over the next 20 years. Ok, I have a question, where in the hell are they going to live?
Key Provisions of CIRA
Amnesty for Current Illegal Immigrants: CIRA offers amnesty and citizenship to 85 percent of the nation’s current 11.9 million illegal immigrants. Under the plan, illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for five years or more (60 percent of illegals) would be granted immediate amnesty. Illegal immigrants who have been in the country between two and five years (25 percent of illegals) could travel to one of 16 “ports of entry,” where they would receive amnesty and lawful work permits.
The New “Temporary Guest Worker” Program: CIRA creates an entirely new “temporary guest worker” (H-2C) program. There is nothing temporary about this program; nearly all “guest workers” would have the right to become permanent residents and then citizens.
Additional Permanent Visas for Siblings, Adult Children, and their Families: The permanent entry of non-immediate relatives—such as brothers, sisters, and adult children—is currently subject to a cap of 480,000 per year minus the number of immediate relatives (the parents, spouses, and minor children of U.S. citizens) admitted in the prior year.
Additional Permanent Employment Visas: The U.S. currently issues around 140,000 employment-based visas each year. Under CIRA, the U.S. would issue 450,000 employment-based green cards per year between 2007 and 2016