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Sessions, Brat: Immigration Invasion 'Forbidden' Subject in Politics Today

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By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 09:46 PM

America is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation based on record levels of immigration yet the subject "remains the forbidden conversation" in politics today, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Rep. Dave Brat say.

Sessions, an Alabama Republican, and Brat, a Virginia Republican who notably defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary race last year, wrote a scathing denunciation of current political inaction in the face of a wave of unchecked immigration washing over the nation in an opinion piece for Roll Call Monday.

"America is about to break every known immigration record," the pair write. "And yet you are unlikely to hear a word about it."

Sessions and Brat say the citizenry was never asked if it supported such an influx of people into its communities:

"Pew Research projects that new immigrants and their children will add another 103 million residents to the U.S. over the next five decades. That’s the population equivalent of 25 cities of Los Angeles.

"Did any American vote for this extreme and untested policy?"

The country has been subject to an enormous social and cultural alteration since the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the two Republicans assert.

"In 1965, Congress passed a new immigration law which helped produce an unprecedented wave of low-skilled immigration," they write. "The foreign-born population more than quadrupled, from fewer than 10 million in 1970 to more than 42 million today.

"In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 residents were foreign-born, today it is approaching 1 in 7. In cities such as Los Angeles and New York, almost 4 in 10 current residents were born in another country. One-fifth of our residents now speak a language other than English at home. One-quarter of our residents is now either an immigrant or born to immigrant parents.

"This ongoing immigration wave continues during a time when workers are being replaced with automation, when record numbers are living on welfare and when manufacturing plants are closing their doors. All of this has combined to help create an immense wage-compressing surplus of labor: 66 million working-age residents are not working. Real average hourly earnings are lower now than they were in 1973. "

The two Republicans scornfully dismiss what passes today for "immigration reform."

"Immigration reform should mean improvements to immigration policy to benefit Americans. But in Washington, immigration reform has devolved into a euphemism for legislation that opens America’s borders, floods her labor markets and gives corporations the legal right to import new foreign workers to replace their existing employees at lower pay….

"This is not immigration reform. This is the dissolution of the nation state, of the principle that a government exists to serve its own people."

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