Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

Article author: 
Michael Cutler
Article publisher: 
Front Page Magazine
Article date: 
23 July 2014
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

...America has made great strides to create a level playing field to provide all people with equal protection under our laws — indeed, the goal of the civil rights movement and the laws it inspired was to provide equal protection under our laws for all people, especially black Americans, going back to the issue of slavery, with equal treatment in the criminal justice system, where employment opportunities and where housing issues are concerned...

Obviously if “equality” is good, “inequality” is bad. In most situations this is certainly true.

However, when Obama and other politicians, as well as talk show hosts, bring up wage inequality, they don’t ever discuss whose salaries will be used as the baseline against which paychecks should be compared as efforts are made to eliminate or reduce wage inequality. People tend to see and hear what they want to see and hear. It is akin to a Rorschach or inkblot test where the test subject is supposed to describe what they see in a blotch of ink.

The question that is never asked (or answered) is, “What groups are to be made more equal?” Today the average CEO of major corporations often earn salaries that are hundreds of times greater than the wages paid to the workers earning the least money in those corporations where, just a few decades ago, this disparity in wages was far smaller. It is naïve and, indeed, wishful thinking to believe that the push for “wage equality” is about narrowing the gap between the CEOs of most companies and the other employees of those companies, thereby expanding the middle class and increasing the standard of living for American middle class workers and their families.

In point of fact, the goal of the majority of advocates for the reduction of “wage inequality” is exactly the opposite: to lower the wages of American middle class workers and greatly reduce the gap between the middle class Americans and Americans living below the poverty line...

The American Dream is inextricably linked to a vibrant and upwardly mobile middle class.  The incentives for the creation of the middle class are created by an element of wage inequality.  If this is confusing, consider that it is expected that generally, more highly skilled or educated workers should expect to earn more money than their lesser educated or skilled counterparts in the workforce...

In December 2011 “Dan Rather Reports” aired a disconcerting hour-long report, No Thanks for Everything” which reported on how highly educated and experienced American computer programmers are being replaced by programmers from India.

On May 15, 2007 a four-minute infuriating video was aired on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN. It features an immigration lawyer’s conference in which lawyers were being coached to not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer is identified in the video as being Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.

The Winter 2014 edition of the quarterly journal, “The Social Contract” published my extensive article on the devastating impact that Comprehensive Immigration Reform would have on the middle class and on the economy of the United States.  My article was entitled: “American Dream Being Sold at Auction – America’s Middle Class to Be Put on Endangered Species List”

Middle class workers and the working poor are clearly getting hammered by the current importation of foreign workers.  In life there are winners and there are losers.  If American workers — especially middle class workers — are losing, and losing big, someone must be winning.  The question is simple, “Who benefits from open borders and failures to enforce the immigration laws?

The Spring 2012 edition of  “The Social Contract,” contains a lengthy article which I wrote that was entitled, “Immigration: The Modern Day Gold Rush.”  In my article I attempted to answer that question as to who the big winners are.  Who are those who are literally and figuratively making out like bandits by the current circumstances.  You might be surprised to find out how many are feeding at that trough...

Senator Ted Cruz, however, is truly leading the charge against American high-tech workers. He provided an amendment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform (S.744) referred to as “Cruz 5.” The goal of his amendment was made crystal clear in the video of statements by Cruz at a Senate hearing on this issue. His amendment provides for a 500% increase in the cap for H-1B visas, increasing the current annual cap of 65,000 such visas to an outrageous 325,000 Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals....

On January 2, 2014 the Global Post published a report written by James Tapper.

The title and subtitle of his report summed up his findings succinctly: “The Indian tech worker H-1B visa scam:  More than 1 in 3 US tech jobs go to foreigners. Americans, and many foreigners, get cheated in the process. Obama and Zuckerberg want to let in more.”

That the best way to make certain that students who acquire vital education in the United States don’t leave the United States is to educate American students.  Upon graduation, rather than go half-way across the planet, they will simply go half-way across town and take jobs inside the United States.  This will help Americans and also the American economy.  Foreign workers, both legally and illegally working in the United States, last year sent at least 125 billion dollars in remittances back to their home countries.  Economists estimate that because of the multiplier effect this alone increases America’s burgeoning national debt by roughly a half trillion dollars per year...