Immigration Reform Fizzles as Campaign Issue for Democrats

Alexander Bolton, The Hill, July 12, 2014

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

Latino voters, who are the most energized about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, will have little impact on the battle for control of the Senate, with the possible exception of Sen. Mark Udall’s (D) race in Colorado.

White working-class voters will play a more important role in the midterm election compared to the 2012 presidential election. They are not energized by immigration reform. Instead, they are concerned about downward pressure on wages, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has linked to higher immigration levels.

Coincidentally, President Obama’s support among white voters without college degrees has steadily eroded.


Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has led the effort in Congress to link high immigration flows to stagnant wages but many Republican lawmakers have not joined in because the business community wants more guest workers and visas for high-skilled employees.

Despite the lack of concerted effort by GOP leaders in Washington to use immigration reform as a weapon against Democrats, the issue could hurt them among white working-class voters who are slipping away from Obama.

Polling by Rasmussen, a GOP survey group, showed working and middle-class Americans oppose large expansions of immigration flows. People earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction in immigration by a 3-1 margin, according to the group’s data.

A Pew Research poll showed that 69 percent of the public believes the federal government should restrict and control people coming to live in the United States more than it already does.


CBO estimated the average wages for the entire labor force would be 0.1 percent lower in 2023 if the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill became law. But it projected wages would be 0.5 percent higher in 2033 under the bill compared to current law.


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  • Sifting through all the nonsense in this article, the key takeaway is that the working class white voters still matter and are still crucial in electoral calculi.

    Now, it’s time for me to sift through the nonsense.

    Latino voters, who are the most energized about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws

    Not that energized. What they really want is welfare. Bill Richardson said as much a few years ago.

    “In light of turnout models it’s (white working class voter turnout) probably not as strong an issue as it would be in presidential years,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist and former advisor to several senators

    What are you talking about, Jarding? White working class turnout, or rather, their lack of turnout, due to their lack of enthusiasm for Willard Romney, was one of THE two crucial factors behind Obama ekeing out re-election in 2012. The other was the very high turnout among elderly black women, and you’ll never guess who they voted for.

    “I still think Democrats have fumbled this issue because they allow the issue to be played on Republican terms,” he said. “Republicans are trying to suggest immigration is the reason wages are suppressed and it’s a racial issue. I don’t like it. That’s what they’re doing cynically. They’re saying when you get immigration, you suppress the wages of non-immigrants, i.e. white people.”

    Which Republicans have done this? I wish they would. The bought and paid for wh*res of the donor class certainly haven’t. The Republican Congressional leadership haven’t. Rand Paul certainly hasn’t, in fact he’s sucking up to Mark Zuckerberg. This mentions Jeff Sessions, by far the best Senate Republican on the immigration issue, but even he hasn’t openly or even implicitly connected the issue to race, even though he has to wage suppression. Dave Brat is very similar to Sessions.

    As an aside, a lot of incumbent Republican politicians this season are facing serious primary challenges, and in one case, Cantor/Brat, the primary challenge succeeded. Guess which incumbent Republican Senator running for re-election doesn’t have to worry about this, as he is totally unopposed in his attempt to seek another term? Jeff Sessions. Why? You figure it out.

    A recent automated survey by Harper Polling of more than 500 likely voters in 26 states found that 86 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of independents say the immigration system needs to be fixed. Majorities also said Congress should act on the issue this year, according to the poll. But such general survey data often do not distinguish between various approaches to immigration reform such as increasing border security, boosting legal immigration flows and granting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

    You got that right. It’s called “pollaganda.” They ask people polling questions telling them about all the fake enforcement provisions in a hypothetical “comprehensive immigration reform” bill, not telling them about all the amnesty and the vast expansion of legal immigration, so of course most people answer Yes. Then the cheap labor lobby uses those polls as “proof” that people want “comprehensive immigration reform,” aka amnesty and massive expansions of legal immigration.

    Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who has studied the Democratic Party’s relationship with white working-class voters said the real reason for their alienation is the poor economy.

    And as we all know, mass immigration has nothing to do with the economic alienation and dispossession of working middle class white people.

    Teixeira said white working-class voters are concerned about stagnant wages but they do not connect the problem with higher immigration rates.

    Unless someone tells them. To wit: Dave Brat.

    Unlike in other Senate battlegrounds, Latino voters make up a large chunk of the (Colorado) electorate. About 21 percent of the state’s population is Hispanic

    Except Hispanics punch well under their weight politically speaking. They were only 8.4% of all voters nationally in November 2012. In California, in November 2012, Hispanics, while a plurality by population though not yet a majority, they were only 21% of all voters. And that was a high turnout Presidential cycle. They’re even less of an entity in lower turnout midterms. Don’t be surprised if Hispanic voters in Colorado in November 2014 are only around 5% of all voters in the state.

    Many Senate Republicans voted against comprehensive immigration reform legislation because they said it did not guarantee total border security before granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

    Many Senate Republicans voted against the Gang Bangers of Eight bill for outward appearances, because they knew it had enough votes to pass, but wanted to be on record as supposedly voting against it. (Take note of who voted for it in committee, or voted for cloture, but voted against the final bill.) Rand Paul voted against it but gave some cockamamie reason that it wasn’t open borders enough. Mitch McConnell voted against it in but did nothing to use his power as leader of Senate Republicans to marshal votes against it. It got 68 votes as it is, I think it easily could have racked up 80 votes. But I don’t read anything into the number of Senate votes it got other than the fact that it’s indicative of how rich special interests love to dump money in Senate elections, because of the relatively low number of Senators and the high expense of Senate campaigns. The Senate is an especially juicy path to bribery.

    Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano claimed last year that the Southern border was secure

    Obama is also running around saying that the border is more secure than ever, a contention that the events of the last two months makes silly as all get-up. However, what I think Obama means by “the border is more secure than ever” is that the Border Patrol employs more people than ever. Which should be a great comfort to us all, considering that USBP agents are doing a lot of diaper changing these days.

    Obama also says that he “provided more border security than Republicans wanted.” I hate to inform you all, but he just might be right, because of the weasel words, “than Republicans wanted.” It’s easy to provide more border security than bought and paid for shills like Boehner and McConnell want, just as it’s easy for the turtle to beat the snail in a 10 yard dash.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      When I first heard of Rand Paul, I thought he would be nothing but a gadfly. The more I get to know him, I realize that he’s someone who gets it. He understands our plight. He knows that middle class greed hurts billionaires in need. You don’t have to tell him twice.

      Yeah I know Sheldon is still anxious in a bad way about him, because of Israel. But sometimes you have to ignore Sheldon. He can get really lame brained about stuff at times, sometimes even paranoid. At times he leaves you with the feeling that he thinks that there’s some murderous conspiracy to wreck Israel behind every building.

      As for me and just about everyone else in my club of multibillionaires, we are…


      Don’t forget…

      Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

      • JohnEngelman

        I love this slogan: “middle class greed hurts billionaires in need.”

      • propagandaoftruth

        I’m so sorry man. It’s like gun control.

        A few years ago the Demoncrats (a compliment that, by the way, Hail Satan!), realized that the gun control thing just wasn’t doing it. Took them a while, but they got together in vape filled backrooms (anachronistic, but so what, eh?) and agreed that although, yes, they did ultimately want to take all guns away from anybody but the gubbamint and criminals, those redneck-white trash-bible thumping-inbred-hillbillies who vote could be siphoned off at sufficient numbers to elect a mulatto crypto White Genocidalist.

        So they shut up about the gun thing. Been mumbling about it recently, but still trying to get enough white people to hate themselves so a critical mass of brownies can gush through the gates and elect them forever. It’s so easy to buy people, is it not?

        I’m sorry, Zuck ol’ boy, I rant while you suffer. I’m sure you’ll figure something out. You invented the internet, after all.

        Hey, there’s always the Virtual World. Ever played Sid Meir’s old god game, Alpha Centauri? Great one, bet you did. There’s this horrid Mao-like tyrant named Chairman Yang (how’s the wife, by the way?) who invents a world wonder called “The Virtual World”, which allows people to use “network nodes” to play hyper real games and masturbate with hyper real…whatever 24/7.

        Just always remember the immortal words of Chairman Yang as he suits up for a well earned romp in the Virtual World while the drones riot…

        “What do I care for your suffering…”

    • ViktorNN

      It is frustrating and depressing how the left has been allowed to frame the debate on immigration such that any form of “immigration reform” = some form of amnesty.

      If there is such a thing as populist Republicans in this country comparable to UKIP or the National Front (Breitbart would like to establish such a comparison), then they need to be aggressively re-framing immigration reform in alternative terms such as Mandatory E-Verify, getting rid of birthright citizenship, denying public benefits and services to illegals, etc.

      This is a winning issue – if only there were Republican populists who wanted to win.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has led the effort in Congress to link high immigration flows to stagnant wages but many Republican lawmakers have not joined in because the business community wants more guest workers and visas for high-skilled employees.”

    “Senator Sessions will have at least one ally in the House: Dave Brat. Here’s Brat in his May 28 press conference on immigration — 12 days before he demolished the Republican majority leader 55-44 while being outspent 20-1:

    “People in Richmond are suffering . . . They are seeing their wages flat-lining and they are struggling to make ends meet. But what is Eric Cantor doing? He is leading the push for more low-wage foreign workers to take Virginians’ jobs. He wants more guest workers, more low-wage labor. Eric Cantor wants open borders for corporations. Eric Cantor does not represent the views of his constituents in the Seventh District of Virginia. He represents large corporations that want more cheap labor.”

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      I have a feeling we are going to see the very same speech used again and again. Americans of all colors are well aware that they are being screwed by this border nonsense. The problem has intensified by a factor of 10 since Obama was reelected.

      The really scary bit is that these border jumping central American jungle kids are carrying parasites and diseases. And they will be placed into American schools in a matter of weeks. To infect American children. This is an attack folks.

      They are attacking our children. Our future.

  • Dave4088

    The Republicans aren’t doing anything to address the concerns of working class whites either. They’re too busy Hispandering and cultivating a rainbow coalition of non-whites and freaks. Both major parties have thrown the white working class under the bus since it’s a shrinking demographic.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Shrinking as a direct result of anti-white, genocidal policies on the part of both parties I daresay.

      • Dave4088

        Yep, added.

    • willbest

      Which is odd because if the GOP would go anti immigration they would probably double their African American vote from 4 to 8%. Plus 30% of the Hispanics here don’t want more coming in to kill the golden goose.

      • Bossman

        The GOP has become an anti-immigration party since after 9/11.

        • SentryattheGate

          Yet “pretty boy” Latino Senator Marco Rubio, who pushed for Amnesty with the “Gang of Eight”, (w/John McCain) is still hoping to become the first Hispanic president, recently proclaiming that he can beat Hillary.

        • Greg Thomas

          I only wish that were true!

    • Chip Carver

      They – the politicians – have no interest in addressing the concerns of whites because they are following the orders of their masters who hold the purse strings and control what kind of media coverage they’ll get. Anything that comes off as a positive for whites is good old fashioned lip service. Nothing else.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Or course immigration doesn’t appeal to working class whites, it NEVER did through the history or America. It was also never welcomed by the Ukrainians either! I am a working class white man, and I can feel the total alienation among other working class whites. What I feel towards the ruling elite here is worse than alienation, it’s cold hatred and utter contempt for them and their countries of origin. Working class whites, men in particular are also getting angrier by the moment at the business and plutocratic classes as WELL as the unwanted invaders. Immigration against the will of the Ukrainians has led to war, and unwanted immigration against the will of white Americans will also lead to war here.

    • Chip Carver

      I am at the point where I have to say that war “here” might not be a bad thing in the long run. It truly seems as if our enemies have ramped things up, especially after seeing how the elections went in Europe in the areas where the Soros owned electronic ballot machines weren’t allowed to take root. It’s coming.

    • Gerald Michael

      “…cold hatred and utter contempt.” Yes.

  • IstvanIN

    Any White American who votes Democrat is a fool. A party that ran on a platform of secure borders, an immigration moratorium, and end to free trade would kill the competition. They would easily get 75% of the White vote, 40% of American Hispanics and a much bigger percent of the black votes than any Republican has in 50 years.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Any White American who votes Democrat is a fool.

      Correction: Any White American who votes in what has become a rigged political system is a fool.

      Of course, any anti-immigration, anti-free trade, pro-American party would clean up at election time, but the plutocratic elites have rigged the system in order to prevent the emergence of an effective third party alternative to their established political power.

    • Bossman

      Republicans are the biggest supporters of free trade. A political party promoting isolationism will not succeed. It is the wrong time in history for that kind of ideology. The last time that such an ideology was promoted was during the Great Depression.

      • IstvanIN

        Free trade has sent our manufacturing overseas. A nation this size can not survive on service jobs. We are not Monaco. Besides I would rather be poor and free.

        • Bossman

          The Nobel prize winners in economics have said that free trade is good.

          • IstvanIN

            Obama won a Nobel prize.

          • Greg Thomas

            So did Al Gore!

          • HE2

            So did Mandela! [barf]

          • Chip Carver

            The Nobel Prizes have become so political and pandering in nature that they are turning into a joke, even in the sciences. Judges have complained about the pressure from certain parties to ensure that individuals from their teams win.

          • WR_the_realist

            Paul Krugman won a Nobel Prize in economics. He believes that the more federal debt, the better. You need to be clever to win a Nobel Prize but you don’t need to be wise.

  • John R

    Immigration Reform? Let me define this:

    “The invasion of the United States by people who are racially and culturally different from most Americans, so they can depress the wages and working conditions of most Americans for the benefit of a very few wealthy people and politicians. Also, the invasion will consist of entitled groups who will be allowed special privileges like Affirmative Action that will further deprive most Americans of same. Also the infusion/invasion will stress an already overburdened healthcare system and the school systems of this country not to mention our already overburdened infrastructure and cause further damage to our environment.”

    There, that mostly sums it up: Gee, wonder why most working class Whites are against this?

    • Bossman

      Comprehensive immigration reform would also reform legal immigration. One of the good things in the proposed legislation would be to limit chain migration of legal immigrants. Making it easy for the hordes of East Asia to enter legally into the USA is even worse than illegal migration from south of the border.

      • SentryattheGate

        Don’t be fooled! This legislation would more than double immigration! See my above reply to JohnR. Also, check out the why behind the open border—the North American aka Security and Prosperity Partnership, signed onto by Clinton, Obama and both of the Bushs.

      • Greg Thomas

        Why is “comprehensive immigration reform” aka amnesty, needed in order to reform legal immigration? Why are the American people being held hostage unless illegal invaders receive amnesty! Legal immigration needs to be reformed, with illegal invaders being deported as the law mandates.

        • Chip Carver

          All that’s needed is to shut down immigration, period. Then once things are “cleaned up”, allow (true) Europeans to once again come to America. But this is way down the line, after the battle has been fought, the guilty parties, their enablers and idiotic true believers have been removed.

          • M.

            A 1920’s-like quotas system would ensure back a solid white majority in a few decades. If that alone is enacted, there’s won’t be any need to shut the whole thing or to get extreme on the issue.

          • John R

            Yeah, but fat chance of that happening. Liberals love quota systems, unless they benefit Whites.

    • SentryattheGate

      I saw a fascinating interview on Youtube with UC-Davis professor Darrell Hamamoto who is whistleblowing on the tax-exempt Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, who are bringing in immigrants (w/o our political beliefs), paying for their college educations, and planning on them becoming our new totalitarian overlords. Female Hispanics will be the commissars of the burgeoning welfare system and the Asians over the increasingly overworked and overtaxed American worker. Note: Apparatchik Janet Napolitano recently became president of UC. She, as Governor of AZ and as head of Homeland Security, refused to stop the illegal invasion!!!

  • JohnEngelman

    White working-class voters will play a more important role in the midterm election compared to the 2012 presidential election. They are not energized by immigration reform. Instead, they are concerned about downward pressure on wages, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has linked to higher immigration levels.

    – Alexander Bolton, The Hill, July 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrats who find the disaffection of white blue collar workers difficult to understand have difficulty making connections.

    • LHathaway

      Glad you could be persuaded to join us. . .

      • JohnEngelman

        Lot’s of people have difficulty making connections. Republicans do not understand the connection between tax cuts and budget deficits.

        • LHathaway

          I see you decided to ignore my jibe (that may have been in bad taste) saying “I’m glad you decided to join us discontents (I’m glad blacks nearly beat you to death)”. You decided to ignore my jab and make another pro-lefty comment. That shows good taste on your part (ignoring the insult, not the lefty phrases).

          I often do genuinely praise you for joining us (how big of me). How intelligent of me. This time, I couldn’t help notice my comment “glad you could be persuaded to join us” might possibly have a double meaning. I’m not sure I wrote the original comment intending irony. But I noticed it and posted it anyway. Thank you again, John. Sincerely.

          I would go on but how boring could I get?

          • JohnEngelman

            I am not much of a joiner, but I like American Renaissance, and many of the posters, including you. 🙂

          • LHathaway

            TY, my friend.

  • WR_the_realist

    If the Republicans had any sense at all they would join with Jeff Sessions and take a stand in favor of ordinary working Americans. But most will listen to the globalist corporate overlords who fund their campaigns.

    • JohnEngelman

      Don’t be surprised. The business community has controlled the Republican Party since it was formed in 1854.

      The Republican Party exists in order to advance the economic interests of the richest ten percent of the American population. If you keep that in mind you will not be surprised by what Republican politicians do. I hope you will be angered, but you will not be surprised.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Notice that the strategists say immigration reform will do them no good for mid-term elections….but they’re still planning on bringing it back out when presidential elections roll around. The little bit they’re doing now for child immigrants crossing over is going to be brought up by them in defense down the road in 2016 when democrat hispanics complain that they didn’t do enough.

  • M.

    This shows once again how numbers are crucial for political influence. White should do whatever in their power to remain above 60%, or else we’re (probably irreversibly) doomed.