From the “just when you thought it couldn’t get worse” files come this study from USC. Released Wednesday, the study found that roughly 10% of the California workforce is made up of illegal immigrants. In a year where the nation has really started to sour on the subject of amnesty, news like this is hardly going to endear anyone to the thought of weakening our borders. Except Obama and California Governor Jerry Brown, of course, who probably regard this as a sign that America’s precious diversity is stronger than ever.
You can already see mainstream media outlets trying to spin this as a positive thing for the country. One article emphasized how much these immigrants contribute to the state economy while another phrased the study like this:
It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.
Don’t you love that? How they participate in state life. That’s beautiful. That makes you want to go down to the border and give out a tall glass of sweet lemonade to every foreigner that comes into Texas, doesn’t it? Don’t you understand, you stupid Republicans? Illegal immigration benefits America! Why, we would just be a bunch of old, white, boring racists if it wasn’t for the lovely tapestry of culture these illegals provide us with.
Apparently, advocates for a “more inclusive” immigration policy point to the study as proof that illegal immigrants are contributing invaluably to our economic bottom line. Reshma Shamasunder (real name) of the California Immigrant Policy Center says, “Every one of California’s immigrants helps shape our state’s economic and civic vitality.”
Those who point to the impact these immigrants have on the GDP are really missing the forest for the trees. A larger economy doesn’t mean a better economy by any means. Those who want to see more taxes fill up government coffers would undoubtedly see it that way, but that isn’t important (particularly since illegals don’t pay their share). It’s at least far less important than making sure real citizens have enough jobs, that crime is kept to a minimum, and that we don’t lose our cultural identity – an identity that virtually every other country in the world is entitled to have except for America.
Still, this is the state of things in today’s America. The fact is that we have an enormous illegal immigration problem that isn’t going to be solved in one fell swoop. Trying to deport all of these illegals would be an exercise in absolute futility. But we cannot allow a lax approach to deportation affect our resolve to stem the tide. Our best focus now is on shoring up our borders by any means necessary. If that means slowing even legal immigration until we can get a handle on the problem, then that’s what it means. If we don’t, that 10% figure is only going to multiply.