By Rick Oltman, April 21, 2017
As more immigration enforcement measures are announced with illegal immigration continuing to decline for the first time in decades, expect to hear the cry that “Immigration is good for the economy.”
The head cheer leader for more “immigrants” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “More, more, more” has been their chant for at least twenty-five years. Of course, “immigrants” means anybody coming into our country: legally, illegally, visa overstays, it never matters to them.
“Cheap labor” is the reason most American citizens would first name when asked why illegal immigration has been allowed to go through the roof over the past twenty-five years. And, illegal alien workers will, and do, work for less. Most come from countries that offer no reward for their efforts, and they are willing to work hard, for less money, than American workers find acceptable.
But, at least equal to the illegal alien cheap labor benefits enjoyed by business are the new consumers they become.
An economy can be a producing economy (manufacturing) or a consumer economy, or (best example) both. But with the off-shoring of so much manufacturing over the past three decades, we manufacture much less, so the burden of supporting the economy falls to consumers, whose numbers are shrinking as our population ages.
The Post WW II Baby Boomers, who were not just the engine but the jet engine on after-burner for our economy in the post war years, are aging out of the consumer cycle.
The boomers born in 1946 will be 71 years old this year.
In our economy, the experience has been that a person’s consuming slows at about 50 years old, and by 55, we are pretty much out of the consuming cycle we enjoyed for about 30 years. The first of the baby boomers have been pretty much out of the consuming cycle for at least 15 years. The last of the baby boomers turned 50 years old in 2014. Certainly, consuming habits change generation to generation, especially with the technological innovation we have enjoyed.
And, if you look at it from the foreigner’s point of view, these people have been watching American movies and American TV shows for years, and they know exactly how we live here and they want to come and live like us. And, who can blame them?
Illegal aliens are the perfect new consumers for business. When they arrive here, they have little more than the clothes on their back. They have nothing, they want everything. And, again, who can blame them?
This is what the Chamber of Commerce sees as the advantage for business, why immigration is “good for the economy.” The newcomers are built-in consumers ready and willing to replace the aging baby boomer consumers.
Now, as the “immigrants” will work for less, and the middle-class shrinks, their consuming habits will be different than the boomers, but business will adjust.
Sears, J.C. Penny, K-Mart, Macy’s and others of the old economy will close stores. The internet certainly has something to do with it. But the new consumers with less disposable income, will support the new stores announced by Dollar General, The Dollar Tree, Costco, and other retailers who serve the lower-income wage earners.
And, the expansion of the welfare state with its EBT cards and SNAP (formerly food stamps) also has its benefits to businesses who don’t care where the consumer gets their money, only that they spend it.
So, certainly “immigration” is good for some sectors of the economy. But, there are other things that are equally important to America and Americans: Culture and values heading the list.
Allowing our society to be so radically changed by illegal immigration for economic reasons is just not good enough for those of us who understand history and freedom and the threats to our culture from massive numbers of people entering our country.
And, this doesn’t begin to address the environmental impact of millions and millions of Third World people becoming First World consumers and polluters. At the current rate of influx, America will have a population of half a billion people in just 33 years.
So, yes, immigration does benefit some parts of the economy. However, all will not share these benefits, whereas all will experience the problems that are inevitable with unrestricted mass immigration.
The economy is important, but it is not the only important thing to America. Wise strategies must consider all the aspects of mass immigration when determining the policies that will shape America for, at least, the next 100 years.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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