Record 51 Million Legal/Illegal Immigrants Expected In Next Eight Years

The Census Bureau estimates that a record 51 million legal and illegal immigrants are expected to reside in the United States by 2023. By that time, immigrants will account for more than one in seven members of the nation’s population.

Driven mostly by legal immigration, the Bureau predicts the immigrant population will increase to one in five by 2060, totaling 78 million people. The U.S. population is expected to reach 417 million by then, an increase of 108 million from 2010.

“These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment,” said Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.”

Center for Immigration Studies

Center for Immigration Studies

These statistics will likely have an impact on the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are seen as moderates on the immigration issue, having supported changes to immigration law in the past that would encourage greater legal immigration and grant resident status to illegal immigrants already in the country. Others like Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have stood for stricter enforcement of the nation’s current immigration laws before considering any reforms.

Walker added to the debate this week, arguing that U.S. immigration policy should also take into account the impact of legal immigration on American workers:

Well the one thing they’re not saying is we need to make sure as part of that any future legal immigration system that goes forward has to account for American citizens and the workers of this country and their wages to make sure that even with legal immigration in this country we respond to it in a way that doesn’t take jobs away from hardworking Americans.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, shared this concern in a letter to the New York Times published last week:

In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 United States residents were born abroad. Five years from today, the Census Bureau estimates that more than one in seven United States residents will have been born abroad. Eight years from today, the share of the population that is foreign-born will rise above any level ever before recorded and keep surging.

It defies reason to argue that the record admission of new foreign workers has no negative effect on the wages of American workers, including the wages of past immigrants hoping to climb into the middle class. Why would many of the largest business groups in the United States spend millions lobbying for the admission of more foreign workers if such policies did not cut labor costs?

A Reuters poll conducted last summer found 45 percent of Americans want to see the number of legal immigrants reduced, while 38 percent believe the current number was appropriate; and 17 percent thought the numbers should be increased.

On average, 800,000 people immigrate to the United States annually. The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 11.4 million people in the United States illegally, making up about one-fourth of the total foreign-born population. The United States has issued on average about 1.1 million “Green Cards” in recent years (for new legal permanent residents).

Do you believe we should reduce, increase, or keep about the same the total number of immigrants allowed in the United States each year? 

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Scott Walker Makes Clear Immigration Argument — Protect American Workers

The Left has been given a free pass by the mainstream press over the last decade with regard to their immigration agenda’s effect on the ordinary American worker. Huge legal immigration combined with gargantuan illegal immigration has put downward pressure on blue-collar wages and reduced the opportunities for Americans to find good jobs. This is an obvious consequence of millions of legal and illegal immigrants coming into America to compete with regular Americans looking for work.

Yesterday, Scott Walker told the mainstream press and the Left that their emperor has no clothes. A predictable liberal freak out followed.

Breitbart reports:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is marching forward with his bold new pro-American worker immigration policy. He’s not afraid to push for a legal immigration system that doesn’t box out American workers with a massive influx of inexpensive foreign labor.

After first rolling out his new ideas on Glenn Beck’s radio program on Monday, Walker appeared on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s show to further elaborate on how he hopes to protect Americans economically from special interests pushing for a massive influx in cheap foreign labor from around the world.

“When it comes to immigration, as a governor I don’t have any direct role in that—but having talked to border state governors and having talked to other people, seeing how screwed up immigration has become under this president, it was clear to me talking to them and listening on this issue, traveling to the border actually going there with the governor of Texas Gov. Abbott, seeing the problems there, yeah from my standpoint going forward we need to secure the border, we need to enforce the laws that we currently have with an e-verify system,” Walker said.

These are fighting words for the Left. Why? Because this is an effective way to grab hold of the populist reigns and effectively neuter the Left’s immigration argument that conservatives simply don’t care about the kids or are racist. When you are sticking up for the American worker, the liberal, multicultural argument simply doesn’t hold water.

Conservatives have been desperate for a champion to effectively and clearly make the conservative argument to the American people in a way they can simply understand how it affects them and their pocketbook. Scott Walker looks to be the candidate to take up the Reagan mantle as the great communicator. It’s about time.

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Conservatives Face Armed Government ‘Witch Hunts’ In Wisconsin

Since Scott Walker took office as governor of Wisconsin in 2011, he has faced the state’s bizarre “John Doe investigations”: witch hunts in search of a crime. They have expanded to include conservatives throughout the Badger State.

The tactics used in these investigations have often involved pre-dawn home raids by armed police officers. Those who are the subject of the investigations are prohibited, under force of law, from saying they are the subject of the state’s scrutiny to friends or family.

USA Today contributor Glen Harlan Reynolds, in a recent article entitled Wisconsin’s Dirty Prosecutors Pull A Putinwrote that the use of the government to go after political opponents is something that one expects under a dictatorship–but not something that should be happening in the United States of America.

A John Doe investigation, according to the statute, is a legal proceeding that a judge authorizes to investigate “any conduct that is prohibited by state law and punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.” It is like a grand jury investigation; but rather than falling on a jury of one’s peers to determine if there is likely criminal activity warranting prosecution, the entire process is overseen by a judge.

Wisconsin Democrats have consistently used it to go after Scott Walker under campaign finance laws. To date, they have failed; but they have also turned their guns to go after his supporters–and conservatives in general–in the state in search of any crime they can find. The key to the investigation going forward is finding an agreeable judge.

National Review’s David French, in his article Wisconsin’s Shame: “I Thought It Was a Home Invasion,” chronicles the case of Cindy Archer, an aide to Walker and one of the lead architects of Act 10 in 2011, Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill, which limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions. She became the target of a John Doe investigation later that year. During the pre-dawn hours at her home (just months after the bill’s passage), she heard a loud pounding at the front door. Archer felt like her whole home was shaking. Her dogs began barking frantically.

Archer looked out to see a dozen officers at her front door with a battering ram and heard shouts commanding her to open the door. She was not dressed, and her body was in full view of police. French writes:

Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door. “I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police.

The dogs were still frantic. “I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”

The officers ordered her to sit on her couch while they searched her home. When she got up to get a cup of coffee, she was ordered to sit back down or be handcuffed. She was not allowed to call her lawyer; and she noticed a reporter outside, who she believed had clearly been tipped off about the raid.

Having conducted an extensive search through her home, leaving her belongings scattered on the floor, the officers left, taking only her phone and laptop. Archer was not charged with any wrongdoing.

French covers other instances of these kinds of violent raids, when political opponents used the John Doe law to go in search of criminal conduct. Dozens of conservatives have been investigated in this matter. He notes:

Largely hidden from the public eye, this traumatic process, however, is now heading toward a legal climax, with two key rulings expected in the late spring or early summer.

The first ruling, from the Wisconsin supreme court, could halt the investigations for good, in part by declaring that the “misconduct” being investigated isn’t misconduct at all but the simple exercise of First Amendment rights.

The second ruling, from the United States Supreme Court, could grant review on a federal lawsuit brought by Wisconsin political activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the first conservatives to challenge the investigations head-on.

If the Court grants review, it could not only halt the investigations but also begin the process of holding accountable those public officials who have so abused their powers. But no matter the outcome of these court hearings, the damage has been done. In the words of Mr. O’Keefe, “The process is the punishment.”

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In Move To Drive Liberals Off The Cliff, Koch Brothers Back Scott Walker

In a development that is sure to drive liberals across the globe absolutely crazy, the legendary great satans of the Left, the billionaire Koch Brothers, have thrown their massive financial support behind the other Liberal devil, Governor Scott Walker, in his quest for the presidency. This will further cement him as the main challenger to Bush for the Republican nomination.

To show you how serious the Left will take this endorsement, the New York Times writes:

Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, appear to have a favorite in the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker would be the Republican nominee.

Few donors have been courted as aggressively as the Kochs, whose network of political nonprofits, “super PACs” and like-minded donors plans to spend almost $900 million over the next two years advancing conservative candidates and policies.

There are no two entities more hated by the Left than the Walker campaign and the Koch Brothers. Governor Walker defeated everything the unions and George Soros could throw at him and did it three times in his quest to roll back the power of public unions in Wisconsin. The Koch Brothers are a favorite target of Harry Reid and MSNBC.

The reason the Koch Brothers are so despised is because of their substantial financial support of conservative causes worldwide. That kind of money can stand up to the likes of the Soros billions, and the Left knows it–and they really don’t like it one bit.

I can’t wait to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the liberal networks over this.

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Did The Big-Spending Koch Bros Just Drop A HUGE Clue That Could Signal A GOP Game Change?

There’s no doubt that big money will play a big part in the 2016 presidential election. With Hillary Clinton and her Democrat support groups and political action committees planning to raise something like $2.5 billion in the former secretary of state’s quest for the White House, the Republicans certainly need their deep-pocket donors to step up. And among those with the dollars to make a difference in the election, few are more significant or sought-after than the Koch brothers.

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — the targets of frequent and vicious attacks by the Left, including Sen. Harry Reid — are highly influential in Republican politics, largely because of their generous financial donations to conservative candidates. As The New York Times reports: “Few donors have been courted as aggressively as the Kochs, whose network of political nonprofits, ‘super PACs’ and like-minded donors plans to spend almost $900 million over the next two years advancing conservative candidates and policies.”

So, when a Koch talks, people listen. And that’s exactly what happened Monday in Manhattan, when David Koch dropped what some are calling a huge clue about the GOP contender he and his brother would like to see secure the party’s nomination and go on to win the presidency. The Times article reports on what David Koch told the crowd at a fund-raiser for the New York State Republican Party, where the apparent Koch favorite, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, had spoken earlier in the evening:

“’When the primaries are over and Scott Walker gets the nomination,’ Mr. Koch told the crowd, the billionaire brothers would support him, according to a spokeswoman. The remark drew laughter and applause from the audience of fellow donors and Republican activists….”

Though Mr. Koch was reportedly explicit in denying that he was endorsing Walker, he described the governor as “terrific.” A Koch spokesperson indicated to the Times that the big-spending brothers would remain officially neutral during the primary campaign.

Still, as the article makes clear, major players in the GOP presidential field, including Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, have made a point of seeking private meetings with the Kochs. A certain Kentucky senator also made sure his praise for the Kochs was very public.

“Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote an opinion article for Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ issue last week, praising the two men for their ‘passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas.’”

Given what the Kochs and their political associates reportedly spent during the 2014 election cycle, according to a post on National Journal, it’s no wonder GOP hopefuls are making every effort to be on the brothers radar.

“The two groups at the heart of the Koch brothers’ political network spent a combined $100 million on competitive races in 2014, spokesmen for the organizations tell National Journal.”

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