Politicians who preach to us about having to fix our "broken" immigration policy (that many of them helped to break) share a common bond: They most often are clueless about the issue.
The most recent of these ill-informed individuals to parrot that message is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, who just prior to last week's National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., joined other notable Republicans who already are drinking the amnesty Kool-Aid they believe is the secret to attracting more Hispanic-Americans to the "stupid party."
Walker, or to be more accurate his "handlers," have been ignoring all the warning signs since the November election that regardless of what the GOP does, including losing its "harsh rhetoric" on immigration issues, will send Hispanic-Americans in droves to pound on the Republican National Committee's (RNC) front door. The most recent of these warnings was issued by the Center for Immigration Studies in a paper carrying the headline: Pro-Immigration Congressional Republicans Do Not Perform Better Among Latino Voters
The RNC's lights are on, but is anyone home?
Not only does Walker want 7 million illegal aliens to remain in their non-farming payroll jobs while 20 million Americans can't find full-time work, he also supports increasing legal immigration levels beyond the 1.2 million people we have been admitting annually each year since 1990.
Just what the nation needs, right? More poorly educated and unskilled immigrants to compete in a sour jobs market that would make life even more difficult for our own working poor, especially blacks and Hispanic-Americans. Their unemployment rates are nearly 14 percent and 10 percents, respectively.
Speaking of unemployment, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the other day that 6 percent unemployment is at least three years away. But I digress.
We need a "simple" way to let people come here, Walker complained. How much simpler can we make our immigration policy given that every year we admit more immigrants than the rest of the world combined? Is the Visa Lottery really complicated? The various chain migration visas?
If you're looking for complexity in our immigration policy, try this: Nearly half of the nation's ll million illegal aliens are visa-overstayers. When those visas expired, those who "promised" to return to their home countries simply disappeared into our society and nobody can find them because, well, it's just too difficult.
Walker said we need more high-skilled workers without acknowledging that something should be done for the 1.8 million Americans with engineering degrees who are either unemployed or working in unrelated fields. Does he know that there are more Americans with science backgrounds than there are jobs being created?
Walker concluded his remarks by saying he doesn't hate government.
"I hate government that doesn’t work," he said. Much of our federal government does not work.”
You said a mouthful, Mr. Governor, and thanks to politicians like you the prognosis for it getting its act together is not particularly encouraging. When it comes to the job of protecting American workers, the Congress of the United States has been out of session since President Reagan "welcomed" 2.7 million illegals in 1986.