Friday, June 12, 2015


A timely post about from about immigration restriction from both conservatives and liberals. This follows this post about Obamacare subsidies and the Supreme Court This follows this post about commencement speeches, including Michelle Obama, who is highlighted by VDARE here.
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Univ. of Chicago Press
Regnery Publishing
Fresh & Spirited Arguments From Both Progressive & Conservative Viewpoints

The first of NumbersUSA's webcasts with these two authors will be next Tuesday afternoon, June 16th, with Ann Coulter in our Arlington, Virginia conference room.
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Nobody would question that Coulter, the sharp-tongued TV commentator and best-selling author, speaks as an unapologetic conservative on issue after issue. And nobody should question that author Phil Cafaro speaks from the core of progressive ideas, according to the University of Chicago Press which promotes his book like this:
"(Cafaro's) as progressive as they come, and its progressives at whom he aims with this books startling message: massive immigration simply isnt consistent with progressive ideals. Cafaro roots his argument in human rights, equality, economic security, and environmental sustainabilityhallmark progressive values."
Coulter argues that allowing mass legal immigration to continue is causing conservatives to lose everything they love about their country. Cafaro seems to suggest that supporting mass immigration is causing progressives to lose their ideological souls.
Coulter has always attacked illegal immigration and weak enforcement, but she says this book is mainly about the threat of legal immigration. An example of her unrelenting conclusions:
"The only thing that stands between America and oblivion is a total immigration moratorium. Theres no possibility of quick fixes. The entire immigration bureaucracy has to be shut down. Its evident that the government cant be trusted to use three brain cells in admitting immigrants, so its discretion has to be completely revoked.

"No other fix will work. Congress could just insist that immigrants pay taxes, learn English, not collect welfare, and have good moral character, except the problem is: It already has. All those laws were swept away by INS officials, judges, and Democratic administrations. Doing it again wont produce a different result. We trusted the government, and it screwed up."

I just finished reading both books. When they refer to any number of subjects such as global warming, the two authors' approaches couldn't be more different. But when it comes to what the government should do about immigration policies, they both call for a moratorium on most legal immigration and for mandatory E-Verify for every employer as the main way to deal with illegal immigration.
Their tone of writing is as different as you might imagine when you think of Coulter yelling at Bill O'Reilly and what you might hear in a Colorado State University classroom from a soft-spoken professor of philosophy and ethics. But both have filled their books with original reporting and both made me laugh out loud at many places with the cleverness of some of their analogies and arguments.
Both of them seem to save their sharpest barbs for America's wealthy elites. Says Coulter:
"Immigration isnt about rescuing the 2.4 billion people of the world living on less than two dollars a day. Its about enriching the already rich, who like to laugh at blue-collar people being ground down by cheap labor. . . . Its about the gilded class being able to afford a battery of servants. Its about ethnic activists increasing their power and media desirability. Its about Democrats winning a permanent political majority. And its about Republican officeholders pleasing their well-heeled donors and clinging to power, at least for a few more years. . . . The only people not benefiting from immigration are ordinary Americans. But who cares about them?"

Cafaro says the liberal egalitarian argument for high immigration is based on the idea that the free movement of labor causes the earth's resources to be distributed more equitably. He says this is a particularly comforting philosophy for relatively wealthy Americans because:
"You do not have to give up anything yourself to help poor foreigners live better lives. You can fulfill any moral obligation you may have toward them by allowing them to come here and cut your grass, cook your food and diaper your children.

"If you are a progressive . . . you would never support a special tax to help poor people overseas that broke down as follows: 5% tax on income for Americans making less than $30,000 a year, 2% for people making $30,000-$60,000 per year and 0% on those making over $60,000 a year -- with half the tax money collected not distributed to poor foreigners at all, but instead redistributed to Americans with annual incomes greater than $100,000.

"But that, effectively, is the kind of regressive 'tax' on wages and benefits that high levels of immigration impose on poorer Americans today.

"This injustice is why progressives should not support our current immigration policy, or proposals to make it even more expansive."

You can find more about the two books here:
Be sure to join the first webcast with Ann Coulter in our NumbersUSA conference room next Tuesday, June 16th.
Because our membership covers the political spectrum, many of our members may love one of these books and be uncomfortable with the other, some will love both books, and some won't find their voice in either book.
We're pleased to give you a special chance to see what you think.

roy beck
NumbersUSA President

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