American citizens had no say in the immigration act that was passed in 1965. Nevertheless, since this act was passed, the US has taken in nearly 100 million people. The immigration act – dubbed the Hart-Celler act – is the sole driver behind the population surge America has experienced since 1965. The population of the country went from 225 million in 1960 to around 325 million today, and is expected to grow to over 400 million by 2050.
Without the act, the population of America would have remained around 200 million people. The United States has been below replacement birthrates since the late 1960s, therefore it is mathematically impossible for Americans to have grown the population to over 300 million people based on their posterity alone. The population surge is driven by immigration and the children the high-birthrate immigrants are having within the US. At the time of the passage of the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, the foreign-born population of the country was around 9.6 million people, today it is around 45 million people and expected to reach over 72 million within the next 25 years.
One of the strongest arguments against the reform bill was presented at a Senate hearing by Myra C. Hacker, of a group called the New Jersey Coalition. Warning against lowering the barriers to entry at a time of a worldwide population boom, she told a Senate hearing:
“In light of our 5 percent unemployment rate, our worries over the so-called population explosion, and our menacingly mounting welfare costs, are we prepared to embrace so great a horde of the world’s unfortunates? At the very least, the hidden mathematics of the bill should be made clear to the public so that they may tell their congressmen how they feel about providing jobs, schools, homes, security against want, citizen education, and a brotherly welcome … for an indeterminately enormous number of aliens from underprivileged lands.”
Because of the 1965 immigration act, the demographic makeup of the immigrant population completely changed. In 1960 only three states received their main source of immigration from Mexico, but in 2018 over 35 states were receiving most of their immigrants from Mexico. Today, the countries that send their immigrants have changed a bit, but the vast majority of immigrants driving the foreign-born and total population surge are coming from south and central America.
“It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”
The bill did all of those things.
If you have the most basic understanding of supply and demand economics, then you understand that if you increase the supply of something, the cost, and the demand decrease. The same principle can be applied to immigration. Immigration is like trade, Immigration simply allows the production to be done domestically. Even the New York Times recently conceded this fact when they published video-essays by Kahn Academy who explains that immigration and globalization are the main drivers behind the decreasing wages, and the massive gap between wages and the GDP, which coincidentally started to occur around 1965.
According to economists like Edward Lazear, Paul Collier, and George J Borjas, mass immigration of low-skilled workers has been a major drain on the American worker. In his estimate of the immigration surplus, Borjas finds that the total surplus is around $50 billion dollars. This number is negligible in America’s multi-trillion-dollar economy, but the good news ends there. Borjas concluded that the majority of the benefit went to the immigrant workers themselves, and the native firms who push to bring them in, in order to drive down the cost of labor in the first place. The $50 billion-dollar surplus though is completely wiped away when you control for the welfare benefits most immigrants receive, as well as their public education. In terms of economics, mass immigration statistically has been a net-negative on the American people.
On Welfare and Public Education:
The majority of the immigrants that have come over since 1965 are not only causing a loss to native workers regarding wages, but are also a major economic drain in terms of government benefits. The demographic that makes up most of our immigrant population use more government services than the amount of taxes they pay into the system, and more than half of all immigrants are on some form of welfare for decades. Start throwing in public education, public transportation, ESL, cash and non-cash welfare, the criminal justice system, and other public services, and we arrive at the controversial deficit the media refuses to talk about. Federal welfare spending breaks records every single year, and welfare is the biggest portion of the annual federal budget. There are over 80 different welfare programs according to the CRS.
On the changing political Landscape:
Outside of Cubans, who only make up 0.5% of the entire American population, the Hispanic demographic has voted approximately 70% for the democratic party consistently in every election. The recent decline in Hispanic support for the Democratic party Republicans have applauded accounts for a small percentage of Hispanics, and only in certain parts of the country. Around 1 in 10 Republican voters are White non-Hispanic every single election season.
According to Pew Research, 75% of Hispanics say it’s more important to institute gun control than to protect gun rights. Pew also finds that 72% of Hispanics say that hate speech is violence, and 52% of Hispanics say we should criminalize hate speech. A recent poll published by Campaign for Free Speech showed that over 51% of millennials support a “hate speech” exemption in the first amendment. When that poll is broken down by race, it is almost identical to the Pew research study results.
Some conservative pundits demand that conservatives should work to do a better job winning over minority voters of all varieties, but at the rate that minorities are pouring into the country and having children, this is mathematically impossible. Within my lifetime, and to deny this is to deny simple mathematics, a Republican President will soon never be able to win an election ever again unless drastic action is taken.
If conservatives truly want to win over a bigger percentage of Hispanics, they need to focus on the social and crime policies mentioned above in the ‘Statewide Policies’ section.
On the changing culture:
Thanks to policies like the 1965 immigration act – as well as falling birth rates in the US – America’s demographics are changing fast. In 1960, around 90% of America was made up of White people of European descent. By 2050, White Americans will be in the minority.
Humans always will assimilate into the culture of the majority, if there is no majority culture, what culture does the population assimilate into, and what language do they speak?
Back in 2007, the NY Times wrote an article titled ‘the Downside of Diversity.’ In the article – which would never be written today – they talk about research by political scientist Robert Putnam. In his book, ‘Bowling Alone,’ he discusses what is causing the massive decline in civic engagement. Putnam concludes that hat the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.
The demographics that make up most of the immigration the US has received since 1965 are become less and less assimilated into American culture than ever before. If the majority becomes the minority, and the minority becomes the majority, is America still America?
And what about crime? Many newspapers rush to print headlines declaring that immigrants – legal and illegal – commit less crime than American citizens, but this is a lie built on a half-truth.
Our immigration comes mostly from the most dangerous countries in the world, and according to FBI crime data, Hispanic-Americans commit a violent crime rate of around 298 per 100,000 people. White Americans commit violent crimes at a rate of about 75 per 100,000 people. According to the CDC, Hispanic-Americans commit a homicide rate of around 5 per 100,000 people, while White Americans commit a homicide rate of around 2 per 100,000. According to the National Gang Center, Hispanic-Americans make up 1,110 per 100,000 gang members, while White Americans are at 78 per 100,000 people.
If America went from 90% White in 1960 to around 60% White today while the Hispanic population has surged, you would expect violent crime to rise. That is in fact what is happening. While Black Americans commit the majority of violent crime in the country, violent crime rates have increased exponentially since 1960 according to data.
Additionally, we must think about the thousands of extra poor, high crime neighborhoods we have added to the country, that wouldn’t have otherwise existed without the 1965 immigration and nationality act.
Because of the falling assimilation, a surging population, decreasing wages, falling civic engagement, and other issues caused by the unrelenting stream of immigration the US has experienced over the past 60 years – Republican legislators must get behind an immigration moratorium for at least a ten-year duration.
Deport Every Illegal Alien Living Within the United States
Under the Biden administration, we have witnessed a record surge of illegal crossings at our border. According to Biden’s own officials, the crossings for the fiscal year of 2021 are set to surpass 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined.
Since Joe Biden was inaugurated, approximately 60,000 unaccompanied minors have been processed by his administration. It costs the US taxpayer approximately $15,000 per year per student to educate just one of these children. For the total 60,000 unaccompanied minors that have crossed under Biden’s administration, it would cost over $7 billion dollars in taxpayer money to provide these children with an 8-year education. For the approximate 6 million illegal alien children living within the United States right now, it costs the US taxpayer nearly 1 trillion dollars just in education costs alone.
Add on top of this the welfare most immigrants receive, public education, public transportation, and criminal justice costs, and the US Taxpayer is footing a multi-trillion-dollar bill in the name of ‘diversity.’ According to data, ICE spent an average of $10,854 per deportee during the fiscal year of 2017, according to ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe. “This includes all costs necessary to identify, apprehend, detain, process through immigration court, and remove an alien,” she said in an interview. If the US were to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens living within the US, the federal government would save trillions of dollars of taxpayer money that could be going to enhancing education for American citizens or infrastructure.
Republicans should unequivocally be in support of the deportation of every illegal in the country.