“Free Market” Lobby Group Acknowledges the True Aim of Their Immigration Agenda: Cheap Labor

Unlike the ethnic lobbies, whose campaign for amnesty and open immigration is entirely centered on building political power bases, the business and “free market” lobbies have couched their arguments for mass immigration in terms of enlightened national self-interest. This has been particularly true for those interest groups seeking near unrestricted admission of workers with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There simply aren’t enough Americans qualified to do these jobs, the business lobby has contended, and without massive infusions of foreign STEM workers our most vital industries would wither and die.

As it turns out, the case they have carefully constructed is about self-interest, but it is not all that enlightened. Like everyone else pushing for more immigration their motivation has nothing to do with what is good for the nation.

In a press release opposing H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, one of the most vocal “free market” lobby groups, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), made it clear that their true agenda can be summarized in one word: More—more skilled workers, more unskilled workers, and more family-based immigration.

H.R. 6429 (also opposed by FAIR for different reasons), which passed the House of Representative on Friday, calls for converting the 55,000 green cards currently allocated each year through the so-called Visa Lottery into visas for foreign students who earn post-graduate degrees from U.S. universities in STEM fields. One might think that support for such legislation by a group such as CEI would be a no-brainer. But that was not the case. CEI came out against the bill because “it seeks to use the illusion of immigration reform to decrease immigration.” Their concern is that “there are not enough foreign-born STEM graduates to fill demand for this new visa,” which might result in (gasp!) a slight reduction in overall immigration levels. In addition, CEI objects to a provision that would create a public database of companies that hire immigrant workers instead of Americans.

In the final analysis, groups like CEI do not seek to make America more competitive by enhancing innovation and productivity, but rather by driving down the cost of labor – and immigration is nothing more than a means to that end.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Even Bernanke’s Previous OVERPOPULTION Debt Planner, Greenspan Said It All
    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in a recent interview that the U.S. is suffering from an unproductive youth movement in the labor force, and that companies dont want to hire these young folk. Greenspan also said that U.S. companies would be better off hiring immigrants….”

    Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/07/13/alan-greenspan-its-gen-xers-fault-theyre-out-work/#ixzz2E6UxRyVr

    No wonder our youth feel “hopeless in America”….and no amount of money on schools is gonna help if we don’t give the X and Y Generations “HOPE” [IMO]. Greenspan could care less or doesn’t understand our American Youth and Childrens’ “Hopeless” Fate evidently.

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    Oh? I thought it was the fact that illegals do jobs Americans won’t do. Or, how about “We don’t want to break up families (never mind that they themselves broke up their families). Then there is always the humanitarian reason. Or how about “illegals contribute to the upkeep of a dying, white society.” It all garbage, but but al last we hear the partial truth. It’s for cheap labor. Okay. How about the anti-American organizations who trade votes for having as many third world inhabitants flood our nation? Whatever the reason, our country is being destroyed by multiculturalism.