Center for American Progress: Support Amnesty, or We’ll Crush You

The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, is one of the groups at the forefront of push for amnesty.

Not surprisingly, CAP’s latest issue brief on immigration calls for swift passage of an amnesty bill by Congress. What should raise a few eyebrows is the lack of any subtly in their argument, their lack of any effort to sell amnesty as good public policy, and the bare-knuckles, racially-tinged nature of their demands.

“[A]s our nation moves toward a point where by 2043 we will have no clear racial or ethnic majority,11 other states such as Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and even Georgia are also reaching demographic tipping points,” states the report entitled, Immigration is Changing the Political Landscape in Key States. Moreover, the issue brief openly declares that “demography is destiny,” and that they intend to use immigration policy to shape both.

CAP’s message to Republican lawmakers is equally blunt: Get out of the way on amnesty, or we will crush you. It is a message echoed by others on the political left who are boldly proclaiming that they are no longer even seeking compromises. An article appearing in the National Journal notes, “The liberals believe they can threaten to walk away from an immigration bill that falls short, because they assume that in a few years they will get another chance at a better deal. Political pressure to resolve immigration will only increase on Republicans, these liberals argue. ‘The wind is at our backs,’ said Frank Sharry, executive director of the immigrant-advocacy group America’s Voice.”

Or, as Bob Dylan warned more poetically in his 1963 anthem, The Times They are A-Changing:

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

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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    The Republicans are running scared since the Nov elections. They are willing to surrendere due to the projected demographics in 2040. But those demographics depend on continues illegal immigration, chain migration and birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens born here. If we would just enforce our laws and comon sense to our immigration policies, the demographics would be proven wrong in 2012.

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    1) Citizen wages lost (US average)…$43,500
    2) Citizen on unemployment & welfare…… $20,000++
    3) Illegal alien on welfare, education, medical, etc… $20,000++
    4) add $20,000 each when Obamacare starts

    1) Citizen wages lost (US average)…$43,500
    2) Citizen on unemployment & welfare…… $20,000++
    3) Illegal alien on welfare, education, medical, etc… $20,000++
    4) add $20,000 each when Obamacare starts

    Unemployed citizen cost (1=2): = $63,500/yr++
    Unemployed citizen by illegal alien in a citizen’s job (1+2+3) = $83,500/yr++ !

    No one knows how many illegal aliens are here – estimates range from:
    11 million ($919 billion/yr cost),
    to 20 million, ($1.7 trillion cost),
    to 30 million ($2.5 trillion cost)!

    A government that borrows $1.25 trillion a year that it can’t repay, and demands more taxes, is treasonous. Demand action to stop amnesty and put Americans to work FIRST, before any alien (legal costs $63,500/ea & illegal costs $83,500) STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF THE USA!

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      messed up the above top part – should begin with this para. sorry about that…… pd

      According to Fox, 23 million Americans are unemployed, most of which are on unemployment or given up looking. Many are underemployed and working part time in all types of jobs. By far hardest hit percentage-wise are black and Hispanic CITIZENS. The reason they don’t have a decent paying job is 11 to 20 million illegal aliens driving wages down and taking cash pay work that pays no taxes or workmen’s compensation, unemployment, etc.

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      A legitimate $10/hour wage costs roughly $13/hr when employer FICA, workmen’s compensation, unemployment compensation, liability insurance etc. are paid. Because they are illegal, wage and hour laws are also illegally ignored, such as overtime (1 1/2 time), etc.

      A legitimate worker earning $10 less 20% income tax & 7.65% FICA-MED takes home $7.24/hr., which varies significantly with state & local taxes, deductions, etc.

      The cash worker saves the illegal employer at least 44% of the labor costs. They can work lots of overtime ($20.25/hr (@ 1 1/2) for $7.24/hr & save 64% of legitimate label costs!

      Reality says most of these shadow “operations” are essentially “contract labor” run by an illegal alien posing as a legitimate contractor, who harbors, shelters, feeds, and transports those laborers, like “slaves” in some instances paid a far less amount that illustrated here.

      And here we are – The democrat party and progressives of all brands in all it’s historical glory with everything by the sheet over its head, wanting to “take care their followers” with a brand new leash, while simultaneously driving the middle class and poor citizens into indentured poverty… by stealing everything the is or is not nailed down!!


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    Why must Liberals RUIN ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING? THERE IS no thinking done whatsoever which is so obvious it hurts to even know it EXISTS. Why is everything they do the OPPOSITE of things like the name they choose? Such as Center for American Progress for example? Obama’s FORWARD is making this country move BACKWARD! These are just a few examples. They ALSO SCREAM TOLERANCE AND YET SO SO INTOLERANT! HOW CAN ANYTHING FUNCTION REALLY? ANYONE????? I really need to know this for my own sanity! NO wonder suicide is so UP these days! 🙁 GET THIS INVASION OVER WITH ALREADY!

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    Totally against any version of amnesty its a give up by Washington politically they don’t know how to handle it because they are not military people. Its a job for the military to handle like Ike in 48. He did the job superbly and put them on boats to the interior not offloading them at the border. No half way measures with Ike. Most importantly Obama has no authority he isn’t legal himself despite all the birther mocking, anyone with a 15 social security number past is illegal and anything processed in Congress with his assent will be overturned because his illegality will be found out sooner or later.

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    CAP this is America and not any other Country. The time has come for All Americans to wake up to the Ignorance of the Liberal Idiots like you that don’t appreciate what America has done for this World as many Countries would not have their Freedoms if it wasn’t for the American Soldiers. The Jobs in America are for Americans and Americans only, and not those that come into this country Illegally. It is also time to stop the H1 B Visas. Those from other countries can start their own Company’s in their Country’s and give people jobs in their own home and NOT Ours. Americans have had enough of the Worthless Government we have today catering to the rest of the World. We owe Them NOTHING. Most of this World Owes America everything they have because of the sacrifices by so many to protect you and to give you your freedoms.. Time for our Government to quit kissing the backsides of the rest of the World and start taking care of their own. main thing that needs to be done right now is to Impeach this worthless idiot that is in Our House that’s destroying everything he has touched in America

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    John WInthrop on

    We live in a country that has always been in conflict one time or another from the 1600’s+ to french Wars, Indian’s, Civil War Korea WWI WWII Civil Rights, Bosnia, Irak and others……………………………….and the new generation was always despised by its previous one…….just like nowadays…………………… perhaps out of all of this besides the great stuff we have….it keeps a balance and an opportunity to still be a power and the best of the best…….

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    They’re fools if they think it’s Republicans alone who are stopping amnesty. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress in Bush’s last two years and Obama’s first two, and had the support of BOTH presidents on amnesyt. Yet, no amnesty. Why? Because plenty of DEMOCRATS and independents also oppose it.

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      Concerned Citizen on

      Right, I’m a Democrat.

      I started questioning immigration while living in Manhattan because I saw how companies were abusing H-1B visas. More and more, there were entire departments run by foreign workers and the native-born American workers were drifting away. A lot of it came down to politics. It wasn’t simple economics. There were Russian factions, Indian factions, Chinese factions. There was anti-white bias and anti-black bias. I remember one black African worker who was forced to sit in a far cube away from everyone else. Really felt sorry for him.

      During those years, it became clear to me that there was a huge, unspoken political component to immigration, so I got political about it, too.

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        John WInthrop on

        Ironically enough Bob Dylan’s song has nothing to do with immigration nowadays….it was written for the 60’s demographics and political environment……………………………………if we take this example then the Indians from the 1630 and the English would be consider illegals as well as all of us…………………

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    The Open Border Cult

    Uses indirect threats of layoff from your job [or other harrassment(s)], if you don’t toe the line with the foreign/corporate slavelords….I’m sure that’s why there’s a good percentage of Americans afraid to fight the good fight against overpopulation.

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    Isn’t it odd that the calls for amnesty are based on appealing to certain groups on racial issues only, and not the good of the country. In other words, because southern Democratic politicians [the Solid South] got elected in the first half of the 20th century by appealing for votes based on racism, that was OK because, well, whatever gets you votes. What’s the difference?