False Framing: Immigration Reform
False Framing: Immigration Bill
In modern parlance, its called ‘issue framing’, also known as ‘spinning a story.’
Issue framing is always at the heart of the DC agenda. And, as linguist Geoff Nunberg wrote: “To frame an issue is to reduce it to a story for which there is only one possible outcome.” Where Republicans talk of economic freedom, Democrats talk of ‘economic fairness.’ The false framing term ‘undocumented immigrant’ vs ‘illegal alien’ is another example. The importance of framing an issue, and framing it early, cannot be overstated.
LISTED BELOW are several of the ‘immigration reform’ arguments that have been used by pro-amnesty advocates, corporatist, foreigners, lobbyists, con-men, carnival barkers, members of Congress and low-info voters, including cafeteria Republicans such as Rubio and Ryan, to try and justify illegal immigration, open borders or ‘Amnesty’. Purveyors of liberal bias falsely present themselves as being objective. And too often Republicans are complicit. Next to each argument is the brief reason why that argument has no merit.
1) They are an economic necessity – Not true. The idea that a bunch of desperately poor, uneducated, unskilled, non-English speaking foreigners with an average education equivalent of 10th grade are an economic necessity is ludicrous. In fact, when you compare cost vs. benefit, it is obvious they’re not only NOT a necessity, they’re NOT even an asset. Rather, they’re a liability and a huge one at that. It’s projected ‘each’ adult alien would receive $592,000 more in benefits over their lifetime than they’d pay in taxes. Multiply that by 20 million. Central to the point, the less-educated will use more in services than they’ll pay in taxes. Only market demand should drive ‘legal’ immigration.
2) They do work Americans won’t do – Not true. This mantra is mercilessly bandied about. They do work Americans won’t do for $7 an hour (especially if Americans can collect welfare and unemployment instead). Of course, if you eliminated illegals, the jobs wouldn’t pay $7 an hour. The ’employer’ would have to pay a wage that was attractive enough to get Americans to do the work. And it might even be enough to get those Americans off the unemployment and welfare dole and back into the taxpaying workforce! Illegal aliens artificially depress wages and distort the law of supply and demand in a free market economy. Link.
3) We benefit from all that “cheap” labor – Nonsense. Cheap to who? The only people who benefit from the cheap labor are the unscrupulous people who hire illegal aliens. Taxpayers are left holding the bag. Ultimately, it is the taxpayer who must pay to support all the Americans who have been put out-of-work by illegals and provide billions of dollars in services and benefits to the illegals themselves. From the taxpayers’ standpoint, it makes more sense to draw the enormous number of less-educated US citizens into jobs rather than bring in more less-educated foreign workers. Besides, any ‘cheap labor’ doesn’t require immigration reform or Amnesty; only work visas and a functioning entry/exit system.
4) They are just trying to make better lives – Aren’t we all? The difference is most of us understand that we DO NOT have a right to acquire by illegal means those things that we find difficult to acquire by legal means. And we certainly don’t have the right to do it in a foreign country. Saying illegal aliens are trying to better their lives is like saying a bank robber is working towards financial independence. It is not our job to make illegal aliens happy or take care of them. Many of them have no positive feelings for our country. Many hold values devoid of our civic society norms.
5) It is impossible to round up and deport all the illegals – We don’t have to. They’ll self deport if we: 1] Remove incentives 2] Enforce existing laws. The most critical immigration reform to pursue is remove the incentives that brought them here in the first place. No ‘illegal’ jobs. No Welfare. No taxpayer financed services or benefits (including education). No drivers license. Once we remove the incentives that brought them here illegally, they’ll leave on their own as we pursue meaningful reform; attrition through enforcement: 1] Secure Border 2] Increase enforcement 3] Institute E-Verify 4] Penalize employers 5] Initiate bio-metrics entry/exit and Visa, H-1B system reforms.
6) Immigration control is racist / xenophobic – Get bent. There is no bigotry. Unlawful is a crime. Not a race. Today, the US brings in 1.2 million ‘legal immigrants’ per year; more than rest of the world combined. US citizens welcomes LEGAL immigrants of all races and ethnicities from all over the world who have gone through the legal immigration process in order to combat shortage of skilled labor. This is just another false play of the race card by people who have no other cards to play. Immigration control is a world-wide status quo. This is just an attempt to create racial hatred and division. Besides, any other country in the world catching someone entering illegally into their country is immediately imprisoned, deported or executed.
7) We are a nation of immigrants – This is the “BIG LIE”. The vast majority of Americans [85%] are native-born, and/or descendants of ‘settlers’, not immigrants. I’m not an immigrant. Nor were my parents, grandparents, or great, great, great grandparents, etc. Certainly we have descendants of immigrants (as does the entire world), but that is not being an immigrant. The issue at hand is foreign invasion of illegal aliens, which has nothing to do with legal immigration. Americans are generous and welcoming, as we should be, and encourage LEGAL immigration where economic demand dictates. And we continue to be so. It’s not anti-immigration. It’s anti ILLEGAL immigration.
8) They are people. We must treat them humanely – Ridiculous. Aren’t law-abiding, ‘unemployed’ Americans people too? The illegal alien problem is a legal, not human rights matter. Immigration laws are not people, they are laws. And, those that break them are unlawful. So, lets not fall for the compassion-trap narrative from social-justice lawyers and pretend they’re victims who were dragged here kicking and screaming against their will. It is THEY who voluntarily left their families, came of their own free will, for their own benefit, and broke US law to do it. Why reward ‘illegals’ for criminal behavior? Calling an illegal alien an “immigrant” is like calling a burglar a “houseguest”. Enforce existing laws. There’s nothing “inhumane” or “draconian” or “mean-spirited” about it.
9) It is wrong to break up families – Nonsense. The ‘broken-up’ family decision was already made in their native countries when they decided to leave their family and illegally sneak into the US to work. Yes. Unfortunately, families are often broken up by criminal activity. If you don’t believe it, just drop by any prison on visiting day. We can’t keep families together if a family member chooses to participate in criminal activity. The ONLY ones breaking up families are illegals. They broke the law and chose to do so from their native country. That’s the risk you take when you come illegally. Don’t like it, come legally.
10) They work & contribute to our society – Uh. So do I. And if I break the law and commit crimes, I can expect to pay a penalty. Anything from a small fine to the death penalty. I do not receive special treatment as a reward. One of the most far-reaching aspects of migration that gets ignored is when local economies are impacted when earnings are sent out of the country as remittances. One of Mexico’s largest revenue streams consists of money sent home by legal migrants and illegal aliens working in the US. In 2014, over $60 billion was remitted to Latin America. Mexico’s intake has quintupled in a decade; labor is now Mexico’s biggest export after oil. This is a massive transfer of wealth from America – essentially from America’s displaced working poor – to Mexico.