Leadership: Immigration, Job Creation, & Why You’re Stupid if you Think Obama is Wrong

So apparently my right-wing friends are going ape-shit over Pres. Obama giving the country back to Mexico by giving certain “illegals” work permits; yes, they’re calling it amnesty. You wanna hear something funny? While everyone is expressing their frustrations over the shift in Homeland Security policy — a policy shift which was proposed about a year ago — a study by Pew research revealed that the fastest growing immigrant group, happens to be Asians. Yeah, hilarious, right? I don’t know, but I think it is.

I mean while everyone is running around afraid of the little brown Mexican al-Queda jumping fences to come into the country illegally and have more babies than white folks. Nobody realized that the Asian immigrant community has surpassed Hispanics to become the largest immigrant group in the United States. Yeah, nobody is worried about them bringing in all that MSG to get us fat so we die of heart disease, diabetes, mesothelioma, or whatever as payback for dropping bombs  on them back in the day. Nope, instead, let’s fuck with the tanned people and make them out to be the job-stealing, drug-pushing, and no-insurance-having while driving illegally people they are.

Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.

A century ago, most Asian Americans were low-skilled, low-wage laborers crowded into ethnic enclaves and targets of official discrimination. Today they are the most likely of any major racial or ethnic group in America to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry across racial lines. When newly minted medical school graduate Priscilla Chan married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last month, she joined the 37% of all recent Asian-American brides who wed a non-Asian groom.1

These milestones of economic success and social assimilation have come to a group that is still majority immigrant. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Asian-American adults were born abroad; of these, about half say they speak English very well and half say they don’t.

Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States. The educational credentials of these recent arrivals are striking. More than six-in-ten (61%) adults ages 25 to 64 who have come from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor’s degree. This is double the share among recent non-Asian arrivals, and almost surely makes the recent Asian arrivals the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history.

Recent Asian immigrants are also about three times as likely as recent immigrants from other parts of the world to receive their green cards—or permanent resident status—on the basis of employer rather than family sponsorship (though family reunification remains the most common legal gateway to the U.S. for Asian immigrants, as it is for all immigrants).

The modern immigration wave from Asia is nearly a half century old and has pushed the total population of Asian Americans—foreign born and U.S born, adults and children—to a record 18.2 million in 2011, or 5.8% of the total U.S. population, up from less than 1% in 1965.3 By comparison, non-Hispanic whites are 197.5 million and 63.3%, Hispanics 52.0 million and 16.7% and non-Hispanic blacks 38.3 million and 12.3%.

Asian Americans trace their roots to any of dozens of countries in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Each country of origin subgroup has its own unique history, culture, language, religious beliefs, economic and demographic traits, social and political values, and pathways into America. (source: Pew Research)

So what is this all about? Well, we already know how that fear-mongering thing works in America. You pick a certain minority ethnic group, you bastardize them, criminalize them, and the next thing you know, you have a folks in the racial majority afraid and ready to string them up in trees like a pinata while posing for pictures on Main Street. Well, on this immigration debate, I say it’s time we shifted the paradigm just a bit. Rather than worrying about “illegals” voting as Gov. Rick Scott and pretty much all Republicans who attempt to sell the faux voter fraud meme to justify purging registered voters. Why not focus on the benefits of immigration; or more specifically, the economic benefits our society has enjoyed by the many immigrants entering the country? With the US being a nation of immigrants, surely there must be benefits to bringing people into the country other than to pick cotton for free, right? But let the noisemakers tell it, this was just a politically expedient move by Obama. Newsflash: Obama was kicking Romney’s ass when it comes to Hispanic voters as far as polls have reflected:

So how have we benefited from immigrants? Well, I believe the answer ironically lies in the shift in deportation policy for undocumented immigrants brought to this country by their parents without prior authorization. You know, the kids who for all intents and purposes are actually Americans at heart as Pres. Obama said, because to them they know no other country as home other than the United States of America. But if course of you don’t agree, maybe we should have the many kids born in prison to citizens, actually serve time with their mothers. Who cares, the cells are big enough, right? Sounds crazy, I know; but, this is what life as a DREAMer must be like.

So let’s dispel some myths, shall we? As I’ve written before, contrary to popular belief, there is a positive economic effect in cities with a significant influx of immigrants. I know, I’ve said it time and time again and many of you still refuse to believe me. But according to a recent study by the folks at S&P — you know, the credit agency otherwise known as Standard & Poor’s? — everything I’ve told you before is correct. According to a Bloomberg article, U.S. cities with “significant immigration” over the past decade, have seen their credit ratings improve.

Even amid concerns about the pressures of new, lower-income or less-educated residents, cities with high numbers of the foreign born saw tax bases grow and per-capita income increase, the report released today by the ratings company said.

“To make a case that immigration causes governments to go broke or jurisdictions to have budget overruns is a simplistic argument,” said Horacio Aldrete-Sanchez, a senior director in state and local government ratings for S&P and an author of the report. “There are undoubtedly costs to these governments, but there is also an overall increase in economic activity and a stabilizing impact on the labor markets.”

The company looked at cities where immigrants fueled population growth from 2000 to 2010 as well as cities where rapid population growth was primarily due to domestic migration.

The analysts found that while it is difficult to isolate the impact of immigration on local governments, it has not resulted in the deterioration of city economies or financial standings. No city has had its municipal credit rating downgraded because of the burden of immigration, Aldrete-Sanchez said.

“Regardless of whether foreign immigration or domestic migration, as long as there is population growth that seems to be the one factor that drives economic activity,” Aldrete- Sanchez said.

So yeah, about the debate over Obama’s execution of prosecutorial discretion mistakenly billed as an executive order (see here). When you sonsider that most of these kids and adults have been educated here in America, wouldn’t it be a waste to kick them all out for the crime of not having legal documentation because of the actions of their parents? Rather than look at immigrants — legal and otherwise — as criminals and an economic drain on society. Why not understand what we stand to lose by nor allowing DREAMers or all undocumented immigrants an opportunity by comprehensive reform? But hey, if you don’t believe me as most of you are known to do, let me remind you that over 50% of graduates with advanced degrees particularly in STEM programs, are in fact foreign-born students. That said, surely it’s understandable how this benefits us from an economic perspective.

Here’s what I’m talking about; you have to watch this:

In closing, to attribute Obama’s move as one of political expediency undermines the efforts of activists who have been fighting for change for the last decade. Also, it’s important to remember that the policy change itself is in fact a temporary measure. The answer as I’m sure most would agree would be found with the enactment of policy that provides long-term comprehensive immigration reform. Until then, it’s my opinion that we’re shot-changing ourselves with a focus on the more popular enforcement method that is deportation. At the end o0f the day, you might be surprised to know that you’re currently employed by a company or firm started by a foreign-born immigrant; or, if not now, maybe in the future. Like I pointed out earlier in this post, by focusing on the word “illegal,” we foolishly ignore the possibilities for a better society; heck, at least 64% of us support this move. Just like the Emancipation Proclamation, this is a temporary move; slavery wasn’t ended until the 13th Amendment was ratified. That said, it’s time for you naysayers to come on in and accept that this will benefit us all; hell, we’ve all benefited from immigration, in one way or another.