As Americans continue to repair the economy after the pandemic, there are steps that must be taken to make sure that rebuilding is strong, ensures national security, promotes safe health standards for our citizens, and ensures opportunities for all Americans.
The United States of America is a nation of settlers and immigrants. It is supposed to be a melting pot of the best from around the world. Whether you are a first, second, or 10th generation American, our families traveled from various parts of the world, on mostly arduous trips, to create a better life.
America is still the land of opportunity. How do we ensure that our youth coming out of college and trade schools have the opportunities they deserve?
How do we implement an America First agenda that is true to our American core values? The answer is by hitting the immigration pause button. Our workers and fellow citizens, whether they are blue collar or white collar, need an immigration moratorium.
Since the earliest days of our republic, our Constitution has empowered the United States Congress to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 4).
A year after the original 13 states ratified the Constitution, and before the Bill of Rights was ratified, Congress enacted the Naturalization Act of 1790.
Over the centuries, Congress has enacted various immigration moratoria. As recently as 1994, Representative Bob Stump (R-Ariz.) introduced the “Immigration Moratorium Act of 1994.” That bill never left committee, unfortunately.
It’s time to try again.
We need to ensure that governments at all levels and the globalist corporate sector understand our post-pandemic labor and job markets. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize the facts of our current economic situation, and to provide sound analysis of what sectors are in need and what areas of our job market are overly saturated. This is something that should be done continuously in a joint effort between and among federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector.
America must first ensure there are enough jobs for American citizens in our country before continuing to flood the country with immigrants who take opportunities that could put food on the tables of our own countrymen. This perspective is not anti-immigrant. It is pro-American.
Through cooperation between and among the private sector and governments at all levels we can better understand our societal challenges, including unemployment, homelessness, and some private businesses currently without adequate staffing. With this better understanding, we can intelligently set immigration levels designed to fill job vacancies that currently cannot be filled by Americans.
We can start promoting industries or sectors for young high school kids to choose, with immediate job placement upon graduation. If the United States needs more engineers and this promotes a healthier economy, then the government, presumably at the state and local levels, could look at a subsidy and guaranteed job placement programs or vocational training for high school students wanting to enter these fields. We need to be a nation of builders, not baristas. Driving working-class wages up will increase family formation, home ownership, economic stability, and engagement in community organizations that form the backbone of civil society.
Secondly, we must ensure that abuses of work visas and other immigrant visas by businesses are better controlled through increased, and more harsh, punishments. We need more than simple fines for these businesses. It’s time to consider higher degree misdemeanor and felony charges for businesses that abuse the system by hiring lower wage foreign employees over qualified Americans. Allowing global corporations to drive down American wages, by shipping in professionals from abroad, does nothing but benefit their bottom lines at the expense of our countrymen. The predatory behavior of these globalist entities needs to be managed; it is not a free and fair market if they get to manipulate immigration policy.
Visas must be more strictly enforced to protect American jobs.
There are many countries that utilize merit-based systems to bring in immigrants who meet and fill specialized shortages in their countries. These meritocracies, if implemented by the U.S. Congress, could ensure that those who come to America are not draining resources but being productive members of society.
Bringing in more immigrants who do not possess the job skills or the ability to get into the workforce only means further strain on American taxpayers and increases to our national debt. Additionally, undercutting the economic prospects of America’s working class by continuing the mass importation of their competition is unjust in good economic times and downright cruel as the nation reels from a pandemic and astronomical inflation.
We must be more fiscally conservative and promote America First policies that help all Americans and gain more independence for our energy, raw material, and agricultural sectors.
It’s time for America to hit the pause button, and put an immigration moratorium in place to promote a strong republic with America First policies. Let us secure our borders, reform immigration, to make it less cumbersome for those who are deserving of and willing to adopt our American culture—and ensure America returns to greatness