2010 October 03 Sunday
Arizona Sheriff: Obama Hands Around Throat

Larry Dever thinks Barack is insincere about border security. Sure 'nuff.

Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz. told CNSNews.com that President Barack Obama has “got his hands wrapped around our throat” as his administration sues the state of Arizona for trying to enforce the immigration laws that the federal government itself will not enforce.

Dever repeats a familiar argument: Obama is holding border security hostage in exchange for amnesty. Worse yet in my view: the USG will not make the border secure even if the elites get another amnesty. They want more unskilled immigrants who will vote for the Democrats while simultaneously lowering living standards for the lower classes. They do this while pretending to represent the interests of the lower classes. Cheeky devils.

Dever also said he has “zero confidence” Obama will secure the border before his presidential term is up in two years and that the president is putting the people who live and work in Cochise County at risk by willfully failing to secure that border so that he can maintain political leverage for his goal of winning an amnesty for illegal aliens.

This battle over immigration happens against a backdrop of worse than stagnating incomes.

The inflation-adjusted income of the median household—smack in the middle of the populace—fell 4.8% between 2000 and 2009, even worse than the 1970s, when median income rose 1.9% despite high unemployment and inflation. Between 2007 and 2009, incomes fell 4.2%.

A rational person who had the best interests of the American people at heart would see these results and recognize the need to stop the influx of immigrants from south of the border. If we can't have a government that pursues policies in the national interest then I really want to join the top 1% who are having a party.

Since Hispanics are the most rapidly growing portion of the US population and they aren't exactly tearing up academically it bodes poorly for the future median income of America that Hispanics have a high rate of poverty.

The Census report showed increases in poverty for whites, blacks and Hispanic Americans, with historic disparities continuing. The poverty rate for non-Hispanic whites was 9.4 percent, for blacks 25.8 percent and for Hispanics 25.3 percent. The rate for Asians was unchanged at 12.5 percent.

You can see how things are going per ethnic group in America with figure 1 of Mish's post on the lost decade. I'm pretty confident that we are starting into another lost decade. Too many factors are working against rising living standards in America.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 October 03 10:39 PM  Immigration Economics

Linda Gottfredson's Apprentice said at October 4, 2010 8:06 AM:

The Elites have multiple reasons for wanting more illegal immigration:

1. There are those who are in the consumer business, like Cell Phones, Religion, etc, who benefit when there are more consumers,

2. It also makes it harder for those who would put a stop to it, if there are more illegals,

3. It makes it harder for people from the middle class to ascend into the elites ...

There is a whole complex of vested interests around illegal immigration ...

James Bowery said at October 5, 2010 1:06 PM:

To get into the top 1% you have to demonstrate your chops. That means demonstrate you are willing to exchange a wink and bend the rules to get there. If you don't, they'll fear you and make sure you don't make it "in".

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