The last time we looked, the Congress of the United States represents all of the American people. So when radical Latinos claiming to represent Hispanic-Americans, who comprise 16 percent of our population of 316 million people, start mouthing off about their demands for amnesty for 11.1 million illegal aliens, the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration has to ask whether these groups appreciate that the rest of us just might have a say in all this.
Keep in mind that while more than 20 million Americans are unable to to find full-time employment, our irresponsible federal government is allowing 7 million illegal aliens to keep their non-farming payroll jobs and every year issuing 1 million permanent work permits to LEGAL immigrants, most of whom bring with them few skills and little education.
But that's not good enough for the National Council of La Raza and their ilk. In fact , even President Obama's proposal for another general amnesty - which would be the eighth since President Reagan's 1986 "one-time-only" amnesty for 2.7 million illegals, will never satisfy those whose game-plan has nothing to do with the long-term interests of the American people.
Here's a sample of the tough talk we're hearing these groups: "We have worked to build our power and now we intend to use it," said Janet Murgia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza. "The bottom line is that Latino voters went to the polls with the economy on their minds but with immigration reform in their hearts."
Oh, really? This New York Times analysis says something quite different.
Sorry, Ms. Murgia, but Hispanics supported President Obama in large numbers because theDemocrats offer them a huge taxpayer-funded safety net. Why would Hispanic-Americans favor an immigration policy that forces them to compete with illegal aliens in a dismal jobs market? Our present immigration policy, which has been deliberately "broken" over the years by Congress and federal government that are supposed to be protecting American workers, has contributed to the 10 percent unemployment rate among Hispanics.
Here's more tough talk from Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, who said his group will keep "report cards" on members of Congress. "Make no mistake, we will be watching." These report cards, he said, will show "who stood with us and who stood against us" on immigration reform (amnesty)."
But Mr. Medina will have company in watching who in Washington is doing what next year when the Obama administration is expected to begin pushing for what would be the 8th amnesty since President Reagan's disastrous 1986 "one-time-only" amnesty for 2.7 million illegal aliens.
"We will be providing grade cards, too," said Roy Beck, founder and president of the 1.3 million-member NumbersUSA, "to show who stands up for unemployed Hispanic-Americans by limiting new competition from foreign workers and those who work against Hispanic-Americans by voting for any comprehensive immigration reform that increases unemployment and lowers wages for America's largest impoverished population."