How Mass (Legal) Immigration Dooms a Conservative Republican Party
Eagle Forums detailed report makes clear, current immigration policies are adding thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative agenda of limited government. Most immigrants come from countries where the only government they knew was one that played a much larger role in the economy and society
A large volume of survey data shows that, in general, immigrants and their children, from every part of the world and of every race, are significantly more liberal than the average American voter.
Immigrants and their children are more supportive of government expansion, Obamacare, affirmative action, gun control, greater environmental regulation, and of other issues championed by the Left.
Each decade, current policy adds about 11 million new legal immigrants and potential voters with that ideological profile. Being liberal is not a moral failing on the part of immigrants; it is simply reflective of their backgrounds. But if future immigration is not reduced, it will be virtually impossible for Republicans to remain nationally competitive as a conservative party.
That’s why the Democrats work so hard to keep immigration high.
People come to America because it is a remarkable oasis of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity for foreigners no matter what socioeconomic rank they were assigned in their native country. Republicans and conservatives recognize that the principal reason for our unique abundance is our constitutional restraints on the power of government.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Accordingly, Republicans and conservatives believe in limited government, constitutional separation of powers, balanced budgets, and a minimum of government supervision and interference in our daily lives. Other countries have constitutions that list what the government should do for individuals, whereas the U.S. Constitution recites what government cannot do to us.
This approach has stood the test of time: Our Constitution is the longest-lasting constitution in history. Republicans recognize this as the major factor in our economic successes.
As this report makes clear, current immigration policies are adding thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative agenda of limited government. Most immigrants come from countries where the only government they knew was one that played a much larger role in the economy and society.
By itself, the 1.1 million legal immigrants that arrive each year under the current system will create 5.1 million new potential voters by 2024 and 8.4 million by 2028. Congressional Budget OfFice (CBO) projections indicate that under the Senate Gang of Eight’s S.744 bill the total additional potential voters would rise to 9.7 million by 2024 and 17.9 million by 2028.
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