On April 10, 2017, The New York Times reported: United Airlines Passenger Is Dragged From an Overbooked Flight.
A followup article included this paragraph:
The video of Dr. David Dao, 69, of Kentucky, being bloodied as he was pulled off the flight in order to make room for four United employees has ignited conversation and outrage around the world. The three Chicago aviation police officers who removed Dr. Dao from the plane have been placed on administrative leave.
You may wonder what this news report has to do with the enforcement of America’s immigration laws and the way that our immigration laws have become politicized through the use of a false and pernicious narrative.
While people around the United States and, indeed, around the world, were angered to see a paying passenger physically yanked out of his seat and dragged down the airliner’s aisle and removed from the airliner, so that a “deadheading” United Airlines crew member could take his seat, the media did not delve into the political orientations of those who were upset by this report or the troubling images.
There were no polls asking if political “Liberals” or political “Conservatives” felt differently about the story.
All Americans, irrespective of political orientation, should be similarly united in being outraged about the failures of effective immigration law enforcement that have failed to protect the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
To understand my perspectives, I ask that you consider that today advocates for secure borders and effective but fair immigration law enforcement are generally identified as a position adopted by “extreme Conservatives,” while the media generally identifies advocates for Sanctuary Cities, massive amnesty programs for unknown millions of illegal aliens, as being “Liberals.”
Metaphorically, because of multiple failures of the immigration system and immigration policies promulgated by both the federal government as well as local governments, over the past several decades, millions of Americans have been, in effect, yanked from their desks at their jobs and displaced by foreign workers. This is because corporations were able to game the visa process whereby high-tech American workers have been displaced by foreign workers whose only claim to being “exceptional” is their willingness to work for exceptionally substandard wages under exceptionally substandard conditions — and by foreign students who have been granted authorization for Optional Practical Training (OPT) by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
The Democratic Party of decades ago was seen as the party of working Americans. Democratic leaders falsely still insist that they represent hard-working Americans. It is the Democratic Party, however, that has aligned itself with the push to displace American workers with foreign workers.
Today the Democratic Party exploits the economic principle of “Supply and demand” to seek to achieve “wage equality” by forcing highly skilled American workers to compete with ever increasing numbers of lower paid foreign workers to lower wages.
We will delve into this betrayal shortly but the obvious question is why would any American worker support immigration policies that undermine national security, public safety and result in the decimation of the middle class and opportunities for poor Americans, especially among the minority communities to climb the economic ladder out of poverty?
Where is the righteous indignation over this?
America’s immigration laws are utterly and completely blind about race, religion and ethnicity. Our immigration laws were enacted to prevent the entry and continued presence, in the United States, whose presence poses a threat to national security, public safety and public health and the overall wellbeing of America and Americans.
Members of the news media accused United Airlines of failing to respect the rights of its passengers, yet ignore the far greater insult and damage caused to hard-working Americans by their corporate employers who have not only displaced them by hiring foreign workers, but demand that these loyal, experienced and talented American workers train their foreign replacements if they want to receive their severance packages.
This insanity was reported in the January 25, 2016 NY Times report, “Lawsuits Claim Disney Colluded to Replace U.S. Workers With Immigrants” and in the March 19, 2017 CBS News program “60 Minutes” important investigative report on “How the H-1B visas have been abused since the beginning.”
Nevertheless the overall narrative provided by the majority of news media has focused on the rights of foreign workers, whether they are legally or illegally working in the United States while ignoring the impact this has on Americans.
There is a question that asks “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?”
Perhaps a more appropriate question is, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, how would anyone know that the tree fell in the first place?”
When journalists fail to report on the plight of American workers and their families, the majority of Americans have no idea about this outrageous betrayal.
The only reason that so many people have become outraged by the forceful ejection of the American Airlines passenger was because the media reported on it.
These failures of the immigration system, it must be noted are, in reality, Immigration Failure – By Design.
Consider that mayors of Sanctuary Cities and other duplicitous politicians have pushed for providing illegal aliens with driver’s licenses because they openly state, these aliens need licenses so that they can safely drive to their jobs- jobs that under our immigration laws, they are prohibited from doing.
Meanwhile the mainstream media supports these efforts to undermine American workers by referring to foes of effective immigration law enforcement as being “Pro-Immigrant” while branding anyone who would dare suggest that America’s borders must be secured and our immigration laws be enforced from within the interior of the United States as being “Anti-Immigrant.”
There have been precious few reports about how greedy corporate executives have not only shown contempt for American workers but have made it impossible for many Americans, especially young kids living in poverty to succeed by getting entry level jobs to help build a resume to ultimately enter mainstream economic America.
The unholy alliance of politicians, media and such anti-American groups as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) could not care less about the plight of these American and lawful immigrant workers, and their struggling families, who have forfeited their livelihoods and opportunities for success to foreign workers.
In point of fact, it is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate interest groups that have been behind the push to import a virtually limitless army of foreign workers to drive down wages and working conditions.
Not long ago I wrote an article, “The Wage Equality Deception: The veiled attack on the middle class” in which I contrasted the position of then U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank on the issue of H-1B visas.
Sessions was crystal clear on how these visas undermine middle class American workers either costing them their jobs or their wages.
Greenspan, on the other hand, stated in his prepared testimony when he testified before a hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform conducted by the Senate Immigration Subcommittee on April 30, 2009, at the behest of Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Schumer, had the unmitigated chutzpah of referring to American middle class workers as the “Privileged elite.”
Greenspan advocated for the importation of ever increasing numbers of foreign high-tech workers a means of reducing the “wage premiums” paid to high-skilled American workers to ultimately, “… reduce at least some of our income inequality.”
Finally, with the exception of the occasional tragedy of a victims such as Kate Steinle who was, in a manner of speaking, brutally yanked from the bosom of her loving family when she was shot to death by an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history who had been previously deported from the United States multiple times, the thousands of other such senseless deaths each year, attributed to illegal aliens goes largely unreported.
The terror attacks of 9/11, the Boston Marathon attack of April 2013 and the San Bernardino terror massacre all resulted from failures of the immigration system. Yet many journalists downplayed or flat-out ignored the obvious nexus between those attacks and the failures of the immigration system.
However, when any Americans speak out against the failures of the immigration system, the media and politicians have turned to the tactic of intimidation by bullying and accusing these understandably concerned Americans of being racists, xenophobes, haters and nativists.
The false narrative that has been carefully crafted over a period of decades by the open-borders/immigration anarchists and has become a part of the political landscape to the point where sensible Americans have been convinced of the outrageous lie that the sensible and necessary immigration policies of the Trump administration should be equated with racism, xenophobia and bigotry.
The only bigotry to be found in the immigration debate is the anti-American bigotry of the immigration anarchists.
If anyone should be yanked out of their seats, it is the politicians who refuse to make Americans workers and their families their true priority.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.