America Needs to Curb Immigration Flows

Jeff Sessions, Washington Post, April 9, 2015

It is time for an honest discussion of immigration.

The first “great wave” of U.S. immigration took place from roughly 1880 to 1930. During this time, according to the Census Bureau, the foreign-born population doubled from about 6.7 million to 14.2 million people. Changes were then made to immigration law to reduce admissions, decreasing the foreign-born population until it fell to about 9.6 million by 1970. Meanwhile, during this low-immigration period, real median compensation for U.S. workers surged, increasing more than 90 percent from 1948 to 1973, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

In the 1960s, Congress lifted immigration caps and ushered in a “second great wave.” The foreign-born population more than quadrupled, to more than 40 million today.

This ongoing wave coincides with a period of middle-class contraction. The Pew Research Center reports: “The share of adults who live in middle-income households has eroded over time, from 61% in 1970 to 51% in 2013.” Harvard economist George Borjas has estimated that high immigration from 1980 to 2000 reduced the wages of lower-skilled U.S. workers by 7.4 percent–a stunning drop–with particularly painful reductions for African American workers. Weekly earnings today are lower than they were in 1973.

Yet each year, the United States adds another million mostly low-wage permanent legal immigrants who can work, draw benefits and become voting citizens. Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States. In other words, as a matter of federal policy–which can be adjusted at any time–millions of low-wage foreign workers are legally made available to substitute for higher-paid Americans.

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If no immigration curbs are enacted, the Census Bureau estimates that another 14 million immigrants will come to the United States between now and 2025. That means we will introduce a new population almost four times larger than that of Los Angeles in just 10 years time.

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It is not mainstream, but extreme, to continue surging immigration beyond any historical precedent and to do so at a time when almost 1 in 4 Americans age 25 to 54 does not have a job. What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together.

But high immigration rates help the financial elite (and the political elite who receive their contributions) by keeping wages down and profits up. For them, what’s not to like? That is why they have tried to enforce silence in the face of public desire for immigration reductions. They have sought to intimidate good and decent Americans into avoiding honest discussion of how uncontrolled immigration impacts their lives.

But that dam is breaking. The elite consensus is crumbling–and the enforced silence on this critical issue will end.

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  • superlloyd

    93 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED. Sessions understands that immigration of turd world immigrants is only negative for native born Americans.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Jeff Sessions obviously holds traditionally southern views on race.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFGPaqK7I6k

      • Usually Much Calmer

        I made it 18 seconds into that video. Who can stand to watch well paid grown ups sulk and gloat like toddlers on TV? I don’t get that.

  • AR didn’t even include the most interesting part:

    This federal policy continues at a time when robotics and computerization are slashing demand for workers. One Oxford University professor estimates that as many as half of all jobs will be automated in 20 years. We don’t have enough jobs for our lower-skilled workers now. What sense does it make to bring in millions more?

    It’s not going to be that much longer until automation makes most of us redundant. And it won’t just affect immigration policy (hopefully it will), it’s going to change our society, culture and politics vastly. It will mean that the ideologies that bolster the public policies of the future will seem alien to us today.

    • Sick of it

      Actually, automation, being performed by low IQ ethnic types, has failed miserably in countless ways. I see each new version of software fail even more than what came before it. It must be astounding to people who are not race realists. Now simple menial jobs, sure, but that’s been a given for decades.

      • Usually Much Calmer

        I think the world only gets more confusing each day for those who are not race realists.

  • Jason Lewis

    The economy cannot collapse fast enough. That’s the only thing that can stop this.

  • how about this

    Do we have any hard evidence that “that dam is breaking. The elite consensus is crumbling–and the enforced silence on this critical issue will end?” I am not arguing against it, and I hope it is true; I just want evidence.

    • John Smith

      The majority of real Americans have been opposed for a while now and nothing got done, so what has changed?

    • Usually Much Calmer

      You won’t get ‘evidence’ until it’s a done deal. You have to gestalt where we are in the process.

  • Publius Pompilius Quietus

    All of the evidence supports the assumption that mass inflows reduce wages, access to resources, and currency value; yet increases unemployment. Immigration is neither needed nor desirable.

    • SentryattheGate

      Even the Left’s saint, with a holiday named for him, Cesar Chavez was against illegal immigration, as he realized it brought down wages. But, of course, the Left doesn’t mention that fact, because they favor the hordes of leftist voters expecting to latch on to the gubmint teat!

    • John Smith

      There’s a time in the development of a nation when it might be necessary, but eventually you’ll reach a plateau where growth is nearly flat for each additional unit of labor added.

    • Dale McNamee

      ” STEM graduates are working in sectors which don’t relate to their training. ”

      Neither are many NON-STEM college graduates… Because the jobs needing the college degree never really materialized.

      When I was in high school from ’67-’71, college education was peddled as the way out of menial, low paying jobs and trade schools were ridiculed…

      I attended college from ’71-’75 and saw the falsity behind the hype.

      I’ve never had a job that I actually used my degree for. But, what I had was the ability to teach myself, to be trained by others, etc. That served me better than the degree.

      Companies used to do on-the-job training, but no more.

      And job history & experience don’t matter.

      My wife, who has 34 years as a nurse and about 40 years as an EMT (volunteer ), can’t get a job because she doesn’t have “hospital experience”. But, yet these same outfits will hire the newly minted BSN ! ( BTW, she has her BSN )

      And then again, she’s going to be 62 this year…

      She hears via the grapevine that the younger nurses are lousy…

      She laughs and is not sympathetic to their plight…

  • SentryattheGate

    Make sure to contact Senator Sessions’ office with your support and thanks, and contact your representatives and senators to tell them that you support Sessions, closely watch this issue and will vote accordingly!

  • Johann Wald

    The Post must be hurting bad from a circulation standpoint to publish a conservative piece on immigration like this.

  • We live in an oligarchy. The American “melting pot” was false sloganeering designed to lull patriotards to sleep. The oligarchy always wanted cheap labor. They imported the slaves, the descendants of which are killing us today.

    They are importing the thurd world for the same reason they imported the slaves. We have no say in the matter. The only way we will ever have a say is through American Revolution 2. Whites will have to be willing to put their iives and property on the line, not an easy thing to do.

  • listenupbub

    At this point, illegal immigration will probably have little effect on low-skilled wages, because we already have enough of an oversupply of workers. It might affect low-skilled wages in certain communities.

    The only thing immigration is accomplishing is Democrat voters.

  • E. Newton

    Note that despite the simple courage that Sen. Sessions shows, even he cannot ever suggest we are in a struggle to preserve our culture. To say that obvious thing opens one up to the charge of being a witch, or in this case, a racist. Since all cultures are equal, there can be no valid reason to protect your culture. That’s how thoroughly we have lost this nation.

    We were victors in the second world war, you know, the war against racism… Imagine the Japanese being frightened to even suggest that Japan ought to remain Japanese.

    • journey

      Some time ago, he used to say our sovereignty as a nation was threatened by open borders.

    • LHathaway

      Racism was not defeated during WWII. Fascism was not finally defeated with McCarthy. This is when they began.

  • journey

    The massive immigration from third world countries has more to do with the dilution of the white majority as shown by open borders in all Western countries. There is no shortage of stats regarding the low quality of peoples from third world countries. This also serves to dumb down and then eventually the disappearance of the white gene pool as miscegenation is heavily pushed. This is a sure way to collapse an advanced civilization.
    Sure, the corporations want the cheap labor at both ends but no country needs such unregulated massive unlimited peoples year after year.

  • I’ve been saying of the Republican field that not a one of them has shown me the ability to win states like PA, OH, MI, WI, IA, crucial Great Lakes swing states, or at least enough of them to matter in the EC math.

    Jeff Sessions gets in? Whole new ball game.

    • journey

      No, Senator Sessions and similar will never get close. This planet, not just this country is controlled and managed by the elites.

    • NoMosqueHere

      There’s no evidence Sessions will enter the prez race. But I wish he would.

      You would think some of the gop candidates would roll the dice and come out for immigration reductions. Running for prez is a crap shoot anyway, so why not be bold?

  • Anglo

    Jeff Sessions for President. If MSNBC hates him, you know he’s saying and doing the right things.

    • bilderbuster

      MSNBC thinks Jeb Bush is a right winger.

      • John Smith

        Almost everyone is compared to them. Lenin might even be.

  • bilderbuster

    It’s nice to know that he’s concerned how immigration affects the oh so put upon African American workers ( both of them) but otherwise he didn’t seem concerned about the races of the invaders and he never mentioned anything about White workers.

    • John Smith

      Yes, but that’s just the way you have to play the game now – noticing bad things about minorities is a thought crime.

  • slobotnavich

    The only reason we have relatively unlimited immigration is that it provides a practically unlimited supply of reliable Democrat voters. Period. Uneducated, unskilled, sub-par in terms of IQ is the very definition of your typical Democrat. People who wish to come here with verifiable skills and needed talents go to the back of the line and endure an endless bureaucratic nightmare in coming here. Our present immigration policies are directing this nation in a descent toward national suicide.

    • Earl Turner

      It isn’t just for a voting bloc. Big business wants the cheap labor and controllable subservient workforce. They hate us middle class whites. We’re too independent. We are not easily controlled. We are not slave labor. They want slave labor.

      • slobotnavich

        The auto industry, silicon valley, the aircraft industry, all airline pilots, the entire auto industry, etc aren’t exactly cheap labor. The only “cheap labor” is in the agri-business and consists largely of illegals. “Big business” has nothing to do with setting pay scales – the market does. If you have valuable and marketable skills you’ll be paid well. If you don’t, TS.

  • Earl Turner

    Here in the so-called Red State of Georgia, the Republican-controlled state legislature decided in a secret and anonymous vote to continue granting drivers licenses, state ID cards, and welfare to illegals.

    www dot macon dot com/2015/04/12/3689221/king-by-an-unrecorded-vote-georgia dot html

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  • Canadian Friend

    What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals???

    NOPE! what every white nation from the USA to Norway needs to do NOW is completely put a stop to immigration for a hundred years, and then re-evaluate.

    Yes for a hundred years. That is what I would do if I was in charge. I am dead serious.