• The surge of poor people across our border is bad news for poor and middle class Americans

    How does importing millions of very poor and little-educated people into the United States help America’s existing poor and working class families?  Answer: it hurts them.

    First, all of the incoming poor people get free education and health care: that diverts billions of dollars from the safety net for American citizens.  Next, many of these illegal immigrants battle against American citizens for entry-level and low-wage jobs, further driving down wages and making our nation’s unemployment crisis even worse. Finally, too many of these illegal immigrants remain trapped in poverty, and eventually they or their children become loyal Democrat voters, backing more welfare spending and other devastating economic policies.  That is why CBO projects Medicaid spending will increase 15% this year, while the economy will grow a paltry 2%.

    A few statistics from Pew using US census data will make you sad…and furious…and then, we hope, get you to act:

    • There are more people living in poverty in America today than there were in 1964, even after the US Government has spent $20,000,000,000,000 ($20 TRILLION!) in the so-called “war on poverty.”
    • Since the government started keeping these statistics in 1972, the poverty rate of Hispanics in the US and the total number of Hispanics living in poverty here has risen.
    • Today, 27% of African-Americans are living in poverty.
    • The poverty rate of whites is now higher than it was in 1964.
    • The unemployment rate for African-Americans age 16-19 who are actively looking for work exceeds 30%.
    • One more: “more than half of the 22 million-person increase in official poverty between 1972 and 2012 was among Hispanics.

    Now ask yourself again: how does importing millions more very poor people, as Obama and the Democrats are doing, help any of America’s existing poor?

    Open borders and mass amnesty make inequality worse, though they are great policies for folks who want cheap housekeepers or more votes for Big Government. In short, these policies are devastating for poor and working class Americans of all races and ethnicities.