Enforcing Immigration Laws To Get Americans Back To Work

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By Michael W. Cutler

Mike is a Senior Fellow with CAPS and retired INS Senior Special Agent. During his 30-year career with the INS he rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. He was assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the DEA and for 10 years was assigned, as an INS Senior Special Agent, to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has testified at numerous hearings conducted by committees and subcommittees of the House and Senate and provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.

He hosts "The Michael Cutler Hour" on USA Talk Radio Fridays at 7 p.m. (EST) and is frequently interviewed by broadcast media on various aspects of immigration issues, especially the nexus to national security.

The writer's views are his own.

June 1, 2012

Virtually every candidate for elected office knows that he (she) must proclaim his goal of "creating jobs."

This is the case for those who seek office at the local level and is certainly true for those who aspire to win elections for seats in both houses of the United States Congress and for the Presidency.  Shortly after winning enough delegates to the Republican convention to lock up the Republican nomination Mitt Romney talked about his abilities and experiences as a businessman to know how to create jobs for Americans.

Yet think about how many candidates for elected office have taken to the bizarre position that they oppose the enforcement of our immigration laws.  There are mayors of cities that are scattered around the United States who have managed to win their campaigns for their elected positions by declaring their cities to be "Sanctuary Cities!"  There are governors of states such as New York's Governor Cuomo who has withdrawn the State of New York from the Secure Communities program complaining that not all of the deportable aliens who were being identified in the prison system should be removed from the United States.

What many people may not know is that prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws was the responsibility of the United States Department of Labor.  It was understood that labor is a commodity and that by flooding the labor pool with a huge and easily exploitable workforce of foreign workers that American workers would likely lose their jobs to foreign competitors and that even if Americans were not displaced, they would be forced to accept lower wages because of the fundamental economic principle known as “Supply and Demand.”  If you increase the supply of a commodity but do nothing to increase the demand, the value of that commodity decreases- often precipitously.

We are constantly reminded that the United States was built by immigrants.  Indeed, our nation has what is arguably the most diverse population of any country on the planet.  However, what came to be known as the “American Dream” was the understanding that the key to success in the United States was for those who aspired to earn more money and possibly write the next success story, was to acquire a needed skill or trade or perhaps attend a university and receive an advanced education.

Creating jobs from scratch generally requires that a business secure money and use that money to construct a facility that will ultimately employ workers.  This takes both time and money.  Meanwhile there are unknown millions of illegal alien workers who are employed across our country right now.  If the federal government simply enforced the immigration laws in a meaningful and balanced manner, fining and, where appropriate, prosecuting employers who intentionally employ illegal aliens and simultaneously arresting illegal aliens found in the workplace, millions of jobs could be liberated without a single facility needing to be built!  The same day that illegal aliens could be removed from a factory, office or other such workplace, American workers of every race, religion and ethnicity could replace that illegal workforce.

We are often told about thousands of new jobs being created yet there is never any mention about how immigration law enforcement could, virtually overnight, liberate millions of jobs for unemployed Americans and simultaneously discourage more illegal aliens from running our nation's porous borders.

A final thought- as might be expected, foreign workers come to the United States to earn money that they can send to their families back home.  Every year tens of billions of dollars are wired or otherwise sent from the United States to the home countries of millions of foreign workers.  This is money that is not only unearned by beleaguered American workers but is money that is ultimately not spent or invested in America either.

There is a credit card company that has a slogan that says, “Membership has its rewards.”  The time has long since come for the United States to adopt a similar slogan, “Citizenship has its rewards!”

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