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    Jeff Sessions: Help Low-Wage Workers By Controlling Immigration

    by Caroline May
    17 Apr 2015

    Low-wage workers are rising up to protest their wages and call for a drastic increase in the minimum wage.

    The disgruntled, largely fast food, workers — spurred by labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union — staged a rally this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They insist the current economy is unfair to low-wage workers.

    But while labor unions and progressives push for a higher minimum pay, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) argues that what’s really depressing wages is the continued influx of immigrant labor — which, ironically is also part of the current big labor agenda.

    “Regrettably, real hourly wages have fallen beneath 1973 levels,” Sessions explained in an exclusive commentary to Breitbart News. “Yet, as some union leaders seek higher pay they are also pushing for immigration policies that would reduce both their members’ pay and job security. Improved wages and employment in low-skilled industries comes when labor markets tighten.”

    Sessions, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, pointed to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute which showed that there are about 20 unemployed people in the food and accommodation service industries for every 15 job openings.

    “If you were to raise the wage floor without reducing the supply of new immigrant labor into these various industries, three things would happen: First, you would end up with an even more unbalanced ratio of jobseekers to jobs and thus artificially high unemployment; second, pay increases would remain scarce due to the surplus of available entry-level labor; and third, American workers with a poor employment history would be disadvantaged when applying for the same jobs as newly-arrived immigrant workers,” he wrote.

    The Alabama immigration hawk was one of the key opponents of the failed Senate Gang of Eight bill that would have drastically increased immigration levels. Instead, he argues the goal should be an economic stability brought about by controlling immigration.

    “If your goal is to create more stable social conditions, greater access to the middle class, higher employment and wage rates, then it is clear you should stop adding millions more low-skilled workers to the labor market – particularly at time when automation is steadily reducing demand for workers,” the Alabama lawmaker explained.

    Sessions highlighted the impact of low-skilled labor on African American workers.

    “Another item that must be discussed is the impact of high immigration on African-Americans. A paper authored by Harvard Professor George Borjas, University of Chicago Professor Jeffrey Grogger, and University of California Professor Gordon Hanson found high levels of immigration to be enormously detrimental to African-American workers in the United States,” he explained. “They determined that a ’10-percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 2.5 percent,’ and also ‘lowered the employment rate of black men by 5.9 percentage points.’”

    With the U.S. already legally offering green cards to about 1 million low-wage immigrants and work permits for 700,000 guest workers annually, Sessions noted the current, relatively high rates of welfare use among Americans.

    “It is not only an economic question, but a social one: is there not an inherent public interest in asking our companies to hire from the unemployment office before seeking workers from the immigration office?” he asked.

    “As conservatives, we believe the lessons of the past should guide our decisions in the future. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the share of the population born outside the U.S. will soon exceed 1 in 7 persons and eclipse all historical records,” Sessions continued. “The last time the percentage of population foreign-born was at a peak, in 1910, it declined for the next six decades, falling to less than 1 in 21 people in 1970. But now, unlike the prior wave, Census data shows the foreign-born share rising to a new record every year and decade to come.

    According to Sessions, the drastic change in the size and composition of the American work force has been largely obscured and done without the consent of the citizenry.

    “This unprecedented development has never been discussed with the public, and they have never voted upon on it,” he wrote. “Polls show Americans of all ethnicities and backgrounds think future immigration flows should be moderated to lower, more historical levels. It should be incumbent upon the proponents of unchecked immigration to explain why it is in the national interest to sustain a level of immigration never before experienced in American history – and one that is negatively impacting wages and employment.”

    While low-wage workers at the behest of unions — many of which pushed for the immigration-boosting Gang of Eight bill — protest against what they say is an unfair system, Sessions’ commentary may ring a familiar tone to some older members of the labor community.

    “Those who favor unrestricted immigration care nothing for the people,” Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), wrote in 1921. “They are simply desirous of flooding the country with unskilled as well as skilled labor of other lands for the purpose of breaking down American standards.”

    “You must not forget that if low wages, long hours of employment and unbearable working conditions are signs of prosperity China and India would be the greatest commercial and industrial countries in the world,” he continued. “They have no strikes in China. It is the Utopia of the ‘open Shop.’ America, however, where men are free to voice their desires for greater and still greater advancement in economic conditions, is the greatest country on earth. Its people live better than anywhere else, and the trade unions are responsible for maintaining those standards.”

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    With the U.S. already legally offering green cards to about 1 million low-wage immigrants and work permits for 700,000 guest workers annually, Sessions noted the current, relatively high rates of welfare use among Americans.
    That's almost 400,000 more than what we thought it was. Holy Crap. This government is rotten to the core.

    Jeff Sessions, it's time for you and the immigration hawks in the House to get together on a Moratorium Bill that stops all immigration for at least 10 years, and automatically renews for another ten if real unemployment is 2% or higher and poverty is 5% or more. Why such low numbers for the standard? Because our unemployment counters can't count and won't report the truth, and because there are millions of Americans who need to work but aren't working because either jobs aren't available or wages are too low to justify the cost of day care, transportation or relocation. These are Americans of all ages, skills and education levels and as a result they don't show up in the unemployment numbers, so they're in the "gave up looking" category, but offer our businesses and industries enormous capabilities and are a section of the available work force who if hired would improve the organizations of all employers.

    Businesses and other employers who think they're doing their organization a favor by hiring foreign workers to save a dime, are really just too stupid to be in business. It's why their products no longer appeal as much as they did to US consumers who were always rightfully obsessed with quality and reliability, it's why they have to look for markets overseas to make up for the loss of interest in their products and services by Americans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    But while labor unions and progressives push for a higher minimum pay, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) argues that what’s really depressing wages is the continued influx of immigrant labor — which, ironically is also part of the current big labor agenda.
    When even our STEM grads can't get STEM jobs, I think it's safe to say that we've gone way too far with this nonsense.
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    A President went to China and convinced them to participate in the world economy (Nixon). Within a few years much of our textile industry was manufacturing in China. Few years later a president was elected and he busted a union nearly prior to taking office Reagan). Then he signed an amnesty. Meanwhile more jobs were going overseas and to Mexico. Even auto mfrs. were sending out parts orders to China and Mexico. Soon win there somewhere India became a huge player, and even they did not complete the parade of American jobs leaving America.

    You get the scene, many of you lived it along with me. Government always was blamed for inflation . Finally government found a way to get America to accept cheap labor, deport the jobs and America would flock to the big box stores to buy.

    Soon America refused to defend it's border and we then had nation's sending their poor for our lower wage jobs. Then government, in all its wisdom, increased legal immigration so they could allow. k attract India's and other's higher educated people to take America's higher education necessary jobs.

    Finally America awoke to what had happened to them. America had dealt itself a number of bad hands to play. and they were running low on chips to stay in the game. The rich got richer, the middle class got smaller and received lower wages than 30 years ago. Now the rich can by a majority in Congress to keep things the way they presently are. They also have a President willing to illegally import cheap labor to help the rich continue, and a Congress that refuses to stop him. So, we elect more of those that want things to stay as they presently are, cheap labor and an overabundance of what, cheap labor.

    Are we still the home of the brave, brave enough to again make America the land of the free?
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    A President went to China and convinced them to participate in the world economy (Nixon). Within a few years much of our textile industry was manufacturing in China. Few years later a president was elected and he busted a union nearly prior to taking office Reagan). Then he signed an amnesty. Meanwhile more jobs were going overseas and to Mexico. Even auto mfrs. were sending out parts orders to China and Mexico. Soon win there somewhere India became a huge player, and even they did not complete the parade of American jobs leaving America.

    You get the scene, many of you lived it along with me. Government always was blamed for inflation . Finally government found a way to get America to accept cheap labor, deport the jobs and America would flock to the big box stores to buy.

    Soon America refused to defend it's border and we then had nation's sending their poor for our lower wage jobs. Then government, in all its wisdom, increased legal immigration so they could allow. k attract India's and other's higher educated people to take America's higher education necessary jobs.

    Finally America awoke to what had happened to them. America had dealt itself a number of bad hands to play. and they were running low on chips to stay in the game. The rich got richer, the middle class got smaller and received lower wages than 30 years ago. Now the rich can by a majority in Congress to keep things the way they presently are. They also have a President willing to illegally import cheap labor to help the rich continue, and a Congress that refuses to stop him. So, we elect more of those that want things to stay as they presently are, cheap labor and an overabundance of what, cheap labor.

    Are we still the home of the brave, brave enough to again make America the land of the free?
    That is an excellent rendition of what has happened to America, followed by a great question. I think government officials need to think seriously about what 250 million pissed off Americans can and will to do to take our country back, restore and rebuild it to something we the people of the United States want it to be.

    And a land of poverty, unemployment and public debt lining the pockets of an oligarchy, government officials and drug cartels ain't it.
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    When Nixon came back from China and announced what he sold as an accomplishment, it made me nervous. At that time I could not put a name on what made me nervous. When the Air Traffic controllers union was busted I then could see what the overall plan was to be, not the specifics but wage suppression. Then the amnesty even yet made the deal more clear for review. I could never understand why when I tried to explain it to Americans, they denied it. and it just amazes me how many still deny it.

    What infuriates me most is that much of what they have allowed to be done to them is probably irreversible. I cannot understand their willingness to impose it upon their descendants. Many Americans are going to have great grandchildren that do not think well of their forefathers. So unfortunately unnecessary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinssdad View Post
    When Nixon came back from China and announced what he sold as an accomplishment, it made me nervous. At that time I could not put a name on what made me nervous. When the Air Traffic controllers union was busted I then could see what the overall plan was to be, not the specifics but wage suppression. Then the amnesty even yet made the deal more clear for review. I could never understand why when I tried to explain it to Americans, they denied it. and it just amazes me how many still deny it.

    What infuriates me most is that much of what they have allowed to be done to them is probably irreversible. I cannot understand their willingness to impose it upon their descendants. Many Americans are going to have great grandchildren that do not think well of their forefathers. So unfortunately unnecessary!
    You're right, much of what has happened is irreversible. Take the public debt future Americans will have to pay on and one day pay off. That's $18 trillion and growing with absolutely nothing to show for it, no roads, no bridges, no railroads, no parks, no treasured memorials, no museums, no hospitals, no colleges, no libraries, nothing they can put their hands, feet or eyes on, nothing tangible, nothing to be enjoyed, appreciated or treasured, nothing that makes their lives better or their business or jobs easier. There is absolutely nothing tangible that this debt money has been spent on that benefits any American today nor will benefit any American in the future. These stupid politicians who want to whine about Social Security and Medicare are complete idiots, because none of the $18 trillion public debt has funded even 1 cent of Social Security and Medicare, yet that's what they want to change and cut by extending working age limits and reducing benefits.

    We're under siege by a bunch of crooks, thieves, liars and traitors. And Americans better pick up a napkin and put a pencil to how fast and how much they and their posterity have been robbed by the likes of them. Immigration, free trade treason and the income tax are exclusively responsible for this outrageous debt. The three together create the excess population while sending jobs and money supply out of the country that results in the unemployment, poverty, recessions and public spending to float the excess masses until we have a brief recovery, and then the whole cycle starts again, with a 1 step forward, 2 steps back outcome. Figuring it out is a little more complicated than 3rd grade math, but not much.

    In 2014, our national debt was 101% of our GDP. In 1974, the year Nixon resigned, it was 30%, the lowest debt/GDP ratio in the US since 1931. Americans need to reflect on why we have a lawless Obama in the White House who has so far done absolutely nothing for our country, yet Nixon who ended desegregation and gave us EPA to protect our environment, OSHA to protect our workers, the National Cancer Institute to find cures and treatments for cancer, the lowest debt/GDP ratio since 1931, wanted zero-based budgeting for the federal government and a 32 hour 4 day work week for US workers, and who ended the War in Vietnam, was forced to resign because he chose to cover-up a political break-in he had nothing to do with.

    So what have we gotten from every President since? Massive immigration, amnesty for illegal aliens, rampant trade treason, lower worker participation rates, unemployment, growing poverty, massive spending on poverty, loss of our manufacturing base which is the foundation of our economy, 60 hour work weeks with few benefits, enormous personal debt, unaffordable college educations, declining achievements in public education, reverse mortgages, and an absolutely unimaginable public debt, to name a few.

    Americans must realize and face up to the reality of the damage caused by immigration, free trade treason and the income tax and select candidates for Congress and the White House who for a life-time have opposed all three. That is really our only hope to reverse the downward spiral, and yes, most of the damage caused is irreversible for those who have already been impacted which is most of us here now, but by reversing the policies that caused this American Tragedy, like Yellowstone after the Big Burn, our country will heal, it will rejuvenate, and the American Dream can be restored not for those of us here today, it's too late for us, but for our posterity a few generations down the road.

    Will our generation be known as the one who ate its own? Or the generation who against greater odds than we even know stood up and saved our nation for our descendants?

    I suppose only time will tell what the real character of the American People still is or to what it's been reduced.
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    Staying passive about things that are wrong has not been responsible throughout history for many remarkable changes. Passivity would not have prompted the Boston Tea Party. Passivity will lose out some time and maybe not far in the future.


    Continuing the path of rewarding lawbreakers with employment, gov't benefits, amnesties, and illegal amnesty and illegal "Presidential ordered " jailbreaks will at some time lead to more American citizens victimized than non-victimized. I would think that the numbers are changing quickly since my son was victimized.


    At some point the victims will not be calmed by "It was just an accident," "Americans drive drunk, too," "These things happen everyday, nobody's fault," and ad infinitum. They will rise up to violent action to stop the violence against Americans caused by American politicians constantly elected and re-elected. Would I still be alive when that happens, I cannot blame those that attack Americans that brought on the imported violence by approval of results. Every passive way possible has been used to convince voters and politicians of the error in judgment, voters nor politicians have by majority acknowledged the error, let alone corrected it.

    What is fair for the victims and their families? How many years are we to take watching others HAVE TO ACCEPT that their dreadful loss was for the good of the country? (I was aware that none of it was good for the country prior to my loss, I had applied common sense.).

    Before I expire I do want Americans to tell me two answers! How much is fair for the victims of non-secured borders and uncontrolled legal and illegal immigration to endure? If we have surpassed fairness, when can Americans expect positive change with positive results?
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