Immigration FACTS you need to know! The media won't tell you!
What I Say, Not What I Spend
Analyzing nearly 1,000 bills is no small task, even for those devoted exclusively to the immigration issue.
The vast majority of immigration lobbying is conducted by narrowly focused interest groups that take positions contrary to the majority. The Sunlight Foundation found that ethnic activists, universities, chambers of commerce, and industries that prefer foreign laborers dominate efforts to influence legislation. In other words, disproportionately represented elites who benefit politically or financially from mass immigration are aggressively pushing bills that would significantly expand the legal system.
Their efforts have brought unprecedented success. The number of immigrants residing the country hit a record 40 million in 2010. This development comes at a cost to the public, much of which faces increased competition, diminished wages, higher fiscal costs, and social disruption. Those driving this policy can insulate themselves from most of the negative consequences by living in gated communities and sending their children to private schools.
There are more than 50 million working-age Americans who are not in the labor force. Hourly wages have declined 22 percent for unskilled workers since 1979. A quarter of immigrant households live in poverty. Immigration accounts for two-thirds of the increase in the uninsured population since 2000. One of every four students speaks a language other than English. The consequences can be seen in vivid detail for anyone who wishes to look for them.
Polls reveal a consistent and decisive objection to current policy. But the will of the majority is not shaping our immigration system...... The immigration lobby is not without irony. The coalition that is bankrolling open borders is comprised of those on the political right who champion free enterprise while adding millions to the welfare rolls by employing foreign workers at substandard wages who are then subsidized by taxpayers. And it is comprised of those on the political left who champion the poor while significantly lowering their quality of life through increased competition.