Illegal Immigration: It's About Power

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Oct 29, 2018

Historically, Democrats supported strong borders because they knew American workers could never compete with illegal immigrants. Now, they regularly support “open borders.” So why the drastic change? Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, explains.

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Why are Democrats committed to giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship? Studies show illegal immigrants strongly lean Democratic.

  • Democrats plan to expand rights for all illegal immigrants living in the United States.View Source
  • Many immigrants continue to support the socialist policies that they fled.View Source
  • Research suggests that illegal immigrants strongly lean Democratic.View Source
  • According to a recent study from Yale, 22 million people now reside in the United States illegally. Older studies have estimated the number to be around 11 million.View Source
  • The biggest landslide in American presidential history was only 17 million votes.View Source
  • Related reading: “Study finds more immigrants equals more Democrats -- and more losses for GOP” – Byron YorkView Source
  • WATCH: “Build the Wall” – Charles KrauthammerView Source

Democrats used to oppose mass immigration because it hurts American workers. Now, they embrace it because they think it helps their party.

  • In 1975, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown opposed letting Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees into California saying, "There is something a little strange about saying, 'Let's bring in 500,000 more people' when we can't take care of the one million [Californians] out of work.”View Source
  • Then-Senator Joe Biden of Delaware introduced federal legislation to curb the arrival of the Vietnamese.View Source
  • Bill Clinton said of illegal immigration in his 1995 State of the Union address: “Americans… are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”View Source
  • One study by a Harvard economist examined the effect of the mass migration of Cuban refugees to the US in 1980 and found that less-educated American workers in Miami saw their wages fall by 10 to 30% after the refugees arrived.View Source
  • WATCH: Bill Clinton receives a standing ovation in 1995 State of the Union for tough stance on illegal immigration.View Source

In 2006, Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Chuck Schumer voted for a fence on the southern border. 

  • In 2006, Senator Hillary Clinton voted for a fence on the Mexican border. So did Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and 23 other Senate Democrats.View Source
  • In 2003, Hillary Clinton said, "I am adamantly against illegal immigrants."View Source
  • In 2006, leftist economist Paul Krugman said in the New York Times, “immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants.”View Source
  • In another 2006 Times article Krugman stated, “we’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants. Mainly that means better controls on illegal immigration.”View Source
  • WATCH: Flashback: Obama Supported Southern Border Fence in 2006 – Washington Free BeaconView Source

The Leftist hero Cesar Chavez was against illegal immigration. “Si, se puede!”— “Yes, we can!”—was about closing the border.

  • “Si, se puede!”—or “Yes, we can!”—first became famous fifty years ago, thanks to Cesar Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers union.View Source
  • When Chavez said “Si, se puede,” he was referring to closing the borders to illegal immigrants, not opening them, as modern immigration activists now use the phrase to mean. “[T]he first thing Chavez did was to put a sign [in the UFW office] with big letters that read ‘every worker that does not have legal residency cannot be a member of this union,’” said a member of Chavez’s union.View Source
  • Chavez understood the impact of an influx of cheap labor: “As long as we have a poor country bordering California it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes,” he said.View Source
  • Related reading: “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography” – Miriam PawelView Source

Despite the fact that he promoted violence to oppose illegal immigration, Cesar Chavez is still celebrated by progressives. 

  • In 1969, Cesar Chavez led a march to protest the hiring of illegal immigrants alongside Democratic Senator Walter Mondale and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the longtime aide to Martin Luther King.View Source
  • In 1986, a court ruled that Chavez’s UFW “authorized, participated in and ratified regular, consistent and repeated” acts of violence during the 1979 Imperial Valley strikes, during which one strike participant was shot and killed.View Source
  • FBI files document that Chavez’s men beat illegal immigrants in Yuma, AZ. Illegal aliens who dared to work as non-union members had their houses firebombed and cars burned.View Source
  • Despite Chavez’s history, President Obama declared his birthday a commemorative federal holiday.View Source
  • Related reading: “Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution” – Tucker CarlsonView Source

You’ve heard that the U.S. has some 11 million illegal immigrants—recent studies say the real number may be twice the amount.

  • According to a recent study from Yale, 22 million people now reside in the United States illegally. Older studies have estimated the number to be around 11 million.View Source
  • Many immigrants continue to support the socialist policies of the countries they fled.View Source
  • Research suggests that illegal immigrants strongly lean Democratic.View Source
  • WATCH: Tucker Carlson unpacks “the Left’s rhetoric on immigration.”View Source
  • Related video: “Build the Wall” – Charles KrauthammerView Source

I recently watched a group of protestors, most of them young, denouncing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. They were waving Mexican flags and shouting: “¡Si, se puede!”—"Yes, we can!”

This is now the rallying cry of the open-borders left, but it wasn’t always. In fact, I wondered if a single person at the protest knew where it came from.

The slogan first became famous fifty years ago, thanks to Cesar Chavez. He was the founder of the United Farm Workers union. When Chavez said “Si, se puede,” he meant something very different: “Yes, we can… seal the borders.”

Cesar Chavez hated illegal immigration.

He was Hispanic, obviously, and definitely on the left, but he fought to keep illegal Mexican immigrants out of this country. He understood that peasants from Latin America will always work for less than Americans will. That’s why employers prefer them. Chavez knew that. “As long as we have a poor country bordering California,” he once explained, “it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes.”

In 1969, Chavez led a march down the center of California to protest the hiring of illegal immigrant produce pickers. Marching alongside him was Democratic Senator Walter Mondale, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the longtime aide to Martin Luther King.

Ten years later, Chavez dispatched armed union members into the desert to assault Mexican nationals who were trying to sneak across the border. Chavez’s men beat immigrants with chains and whips made of barbed wire. Illegal aliens who dared to work as scabs had their houses fire-bombed and their cars burned.

Chavez wasn’t embarrassed about any of this. He bragged about it.

No matter. Chavez remains a progressive hero. President Obama declared his birthday a commemorative federal holiday.  It’s an official day off in half a dozen states.  There’s a college named after him, and dozens of public schools.

 Cesar Chavez’s life is a reminder of how much the left has changed—and how quickly.

Until recently, most Democrats agreed with Chavez. They opposed unchecked immigration because they knew it hurt American workers. And they were right.  

One study by a Harvard economist examined the effects of the mass migration of Cuban refugees to this country in 1980—the so-called Mariel boatlift. He found that American workers in Miami with a high school education saw their wages fall by more than thirty percent after the refugees arrived. If you believe in supply and demand, this is not surprising.

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown opposed letting Vietnamese refugees into California on the grounds that the state already had enough poor people. As he put it at the time, "There is something a little strange about saying, 'Let's bring in 500,000 more people' when we can't take care of the one million Californians out of work.”

First term Senator Joe Biden of Delaware agreed; he introduced federal legislation to curb the arrival of the Vietnamese.

Two decades later, leading Democrats were still wary of mass immigration, especially illegal immigration. As Bill Clinton put it in the 1995 State of the Union address, “…Americans… are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”

No prominent Democrat would say anything like that today without being denounced as a racist. Clinton got a standing ovation.

As late as 2006, there were still liberals who cared about the economic effects of immigration, legal or illegal. “Immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants,” explained economist Paul Krugman in the New York Times. “…We’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skilled immigrants. Mainly, that means better controls on illegal immigration.” 

That same year, Senator Hillary Clinton voted for a fence on the Mexican border. So did Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer and 23 other Senate Democrats.

Not anymore.

Twenty years after Bill Clinton told Americans they had the right to be upset about illegal immigration, his wife scolded the country for enforcing border controls.

So, what changed?

Not the economics of it. The law of supply and demand remained in effect. It’s not a coincidence that as illegal immigration surged, wages for American workers stagnated. What changed is that Democrats stopped caring about those workers. About the middle class, really.

Why?

Here’s the answer, in four simple facts.

One: According to a recent study from Yale, there are at least 22 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Two: Democrats plan to give all of them citizenship. Read the Democrats’ 2016 party platform.

Three: Studies show the overwhelming majority of first-time immigrant voters vote Democrat.

Four: The biggest landslide in American presidential history was only 17 million votes.

The payoff for Democrats: permanent electoral majority for the foreseeable future. In a word: power.

That’s the point, no matter what they tell you; American workers be damned.

I’m Tucker Carlson.

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