Immigration reform is coming
Immediately after Romney lost the election, I made the prediction that Republicans would take this as a sign to cave in on immigration.
The new “bipartisan” immigration bill being produced by the Senate, as described in today’s Wall Street Journal, will result in a massive increase in immigration. It will immediately allow immigrants here illegally to stay legally. Although they will have to go the “back of the line” to become citizens—unless brought here as children—the new bill is going to make the line move a lot faster, and it’s also going to allow new immigration.
Any company that can prove it can’t hire an American worker will automatically be able to hire a new immigrant, and the new immigrant will have a path to green card and citizenship. I should point out that it’s easy for a company to not be able to hire an American, all it has to do is offer a salary so low that no American would want the job at that salary.
There will also be automatic citizenship for anyone who gets a STEM doctorate degree from an American university. The easy prediction here is that immigrants will flood doctorate-granting diploma mills for the backdoor route to citizenship.
This is all happening at a time when the economy is not creating enough jobs for citizens, and I don’t think it ever will again because we are entering a new economic phase in which automation replaces jobs without creating new ones.
If this bill passes, there will be an immediate increase in the number of new citizens and new immigrants per year, and that will continue over a long period of time. Because new citizens are a lot more likely to vote Democratic than Republican, Republicans are signing their death warrant. Mitt Romney was probably the last Republican candidate who had a chance of winning the presidency.