Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power

Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power

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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    Daniel MacDonald

    The math adds up. I guess the regressive left believes in math as much as science, logic and facts in general.

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    James Potts

    I consider myself a mild leftist, on some issues especially, that's not what I'm concerned about here. What troubles me the most is American job loss because of illegal immigration. How can one argue the economics of the math involved. You can't do it unless a person wants to "knowingly" bypass a Truth, which is done by years of study and research preformed by some of the greatest thinkers of history. Stop being "purposefully-blind" to this issue for the sake of a liberalism agenda that's outdated, overly sympathetic for others and biasedl against American citizens!!

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    BonzoDog67 Lizardking

    This is true, but it's only half the story. Farm lobbies liked that cheap labor and had representatives on both sides of the isle for Big Agra.
    The late Jack Kemp (R) thought illegals were just dandy and said the politically smart thing to do was to give them a free education.
    Another factor was the bipartisan screwing that was Globalism. NAFTA and other agreements let corporations race to a global bottom for the cheapest labor. Workers be damned.

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    Paweł Skotnica

    A genocidal maniac still has his birthday celebrated and statue standing in Ukraine, the name is Stepan Bandera. Food for thought.

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    Tom Williams

    I never was stupid enough to vote Democrat. I figured out a long time ago that that party is totally full of shit and now appear to be anti-American.

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    Chavez was ruthless and dosnt hold up to the hero standard…. now lets look at Washington, Jackson, and Reagan…..oppp they suck too

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    Anthony Garcia

    Tucker is spot on the corporate elites just want cheap labor and Democrats wants lobbyist money and future voters. MAGA 2020!

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    postmodern liberalist

    Truth revealing: self entitled liberalists are really close minded. They r sending western civilization to the hell! I’m here for western values rather than multicultural society and Political correctness!

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    Chezare Da Silva

    Not here to praise illegal immigration, as I agree with most of what was said in the video. However, wages have been stagnant for more than 30 years, which may be due to a lot more things other than immigration. (Automation, Overseas manufacturing, Outsourcing, Temporary jobs).

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    "Peasants from Latin America will always work for less, that's why employers prefer them". So basically PragerU is a commie organization getting in the way of free market?

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    Alex P

    It is impossible to allow open borders along with a never-ending, socialistic welfare state. Eventually, the poor of the world would make their way to pick that nation clean like locusts until nothing remains. An illegal alien is entitled to three things: To be detained humanely, To be provided any essential medical care, Safe transportation home.

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    Jesse Ash

    Si Se Peude…….translation: obloish illegals flooding in and bogging down our system and overwhelming communities. A number like 22 million is an invading force of people that obviously do not care about our laws or our way of life. They made that clear by sneaking in and manipulating our system. When will enough be enough?

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    Tony Lopez

    How little the average American knows about Cesar Chavez. He was anti-illegal immigrants. If he was alive he would be supporting Donald J Trump.

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    The difference between Conservatives and Liberals is Libs are always emotionally reactive. Most of their political beliefs stems from a feeling of trying to white knight – or be accepted as being progressive and "forward thinking" . Half of the liberals ive met are actually extremely offensive, racist and dare I say "triggering". Liberals like to feel like they are more virtuous and if you arent the same then youre either racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, etc..
    I encourage everyone to read passage John 15:18-25.

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    Nahuel Ranucci

    Los progres de EEUU aprendieron sobre clientelismo observando a la Argentina peronista. Nosotros ya estamos hundidos en esa bosta desde hace más de 70 años.

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    Victoria Wells

    Illegal aliens are DEATH to AMERICA…COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS…THEIR DESIRE FOR POWER at the expense of American citizens‼️

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    Anthony Garcia

    Democrats and all their radical minions want to remake this country's image,demographics and ideology,culture molded to their own agenda.They believe that the poorer and dumber their country's demographics has become it is more likely easy for them to control everyone and impose their masters' oligarch agendas. KAG 2020!

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    Follow My God

    I'm an illegal, and I voted for Trump twice. I just told them I was voting for Clinton and they said I don't need ID

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    Robert Knode

    If some one beat people and set fire to thier homes in today's world it would not help .so why do you word it like that in these times?

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    تدمير ايران

    Can come to United States illegal but become legal when be in United States ?
    I want away from islamic regime, I hate islam my country makes terrorism and kills people for islam I am atheist and want away from islamic law. Please help.

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    Jen farmer

    The weak crave control, of others, and over themselves by others. The strong crave freedom. Theres far more weak people than strong people. And so on.

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    Paul Nielsen

    I recall another story of a family illegally crossing a border to flee violence in their homeland. In fact they made a Broadway musical about it, called the Sound of Music. Funny I don’t hear much from the Trumpers complaining about them.

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    Cris isBliss

    so why not punish the american employer for denying american workers to have a job with american wages. wouldn't that be an easy way stop illegal workers from receiving jobs that legal workers could have? or is the problem american standards of living are too high thats why people from other countries are willing to work cheaper and harder; or maybe the problem is that employers, lenders and share holders need to be content with lower profit margins so that american workers can have these jobs with american pay and benefits. no its not just about power, unless you mean power as in profits. the PLAYERS on BOTH sides, left and right, are concerned with power = profits = power, and the pawns be damned.

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