President Obama has just opened the floodgates for young illegal immigrants in the United States, a move that will ultimately squeeze the aspirations of legal Americans in the process.
Obama’s illegal immigration policy will create significant new competition for jobs and university slots at a time of nationwide recession and numerous states’ efforts to curb public spending. In the middle of a deep recession Obama is providing massive work permits to Illegals, American are having a hard enough time without the added competition.
“I see a tidal wave coming,” said Brad Botwin, president of Help Save Maryland, a group that opposes legalization for undocumented immigrants. “Half of our college graduates today can’t find jobs, and the unemployment rate for high-school-aged Americans is extremely high. This is unfair to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who are out there struggling to get ahead.”
Under the new policy, as many as 1.4 million undocumented immigrants under age 30 will be able to apply for the amnesty, allowing them to work and attend college legally, adding millions into an already struggling system.
Steven Camarota, a researcher with the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, said that Obama was not taking into account the new measure’s probable impact on competition for jobs at the low end of the economic scale, where chronic unemployment is highest. Among Americans with less than a high school education, he said, the jobless rate is 13 percent.
“It doesn’t seem the administration is considering the cascading consequences,” Camarota said. “What does this mean for unemployed Americans who will be competing for jobs with a million-plus people who can now apply for work authorization? Is this really a good idea?”
The White House decision to enact the DREAM Act through executive fiat is a lawless act. Any DREAM Act supporter who applauds this measure has forfeited any right to complain about future usurpation of the Constitution. Even backers of DREAM in Congress have a responsibility to deny funding to Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to carry out this policy.