Thursday, July 31, 2014

Decoding the Immigration Reform Propaganda

Jeb Bush proudly volunteers the fact that his wife is from Mexico and fashions himself a champion of a "comprehensive immigration reform". In his most recent statement, he pontificated ""Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."

Decoding: America needs more low-skilled migrant workers who are not interested in achieving socio-economic mobility. This way, the nation's leading corporations can exploit their labor-power by paying them less than minimum wage. Thereby, they will gain a competitive advantage over smaller businesses who have a more restricted access to the pool of such undocumented workers.
While this would be the ideal situation for Bush III and his coterie of Rockefeller Republicans, it is taboo to openly encourage illegal immigration. Thus, he is settling for the next best thing that will place the low-skilled Hispanic workers on a fast track to citizenship.It is not a coincidence that Reagan's "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986" was followed by the massive widening of wealth disparities that continued well into the Clinton Administration.

Bush and his corporate cronies do not want ambitious immigrants who will rapidly cultivate highly lucrative skills to begin contributing to our economy. This is anathema to his party because the innovative accomplishments of such foreigners can challenge the reign of the corporate lobbyists.  ""Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families,"" It is interesting that Bush cited the fertility of immigrants as one reason to reform the nation's policy on this issue. When low-skilled immigrants raise six or seven children on a minimum-wage income, is it likely that their children will become entrepreneurs, doctors or engineers?

Let's just be honest here, do the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs and Monsanto want immigrants like Sergei Brinn and Carlos Slim? Clearly, these individuals posses exquisite entrepreneurial talent that less than a million of newcomers will have.
At the very least, however, the ambitious immigrants will likely help the small businesses more than the large corporations. Hundreds of foreigners are small-time entrepreneurs who operate gas stations, convenience stores and virtual enterprises. If they do not start their own business, most of them will not settle for dead-end jobs in corporate bureaucracies. They've sacrificed far too much and have come way too far to settle for a mere mediocre living at a job they don't find sufficiently lucrative or intrinsically fulfilling. They will become the kind of workers who reward new entrepreneurs for their ingenuity, boldness and morally upstanding conduct. Clearly, most modern corporations are clearly lacking these virtues and the ambitious immigrants will likely support their competitors because of that.

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