A Real Anti-Poverty Program: Stop Amnesty
Both parties pretend to care about the working poor while welcoming in competition.

Pressure tactics: Immigration-reform protesters in Washington (Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Michelle Malkin

It is now all the fashionable rage in Washington, D.C., to proclaim solidarity with America’s working poor in front of the cameras — while stabbing them in the back behind closed doors.

Privileged Illinois Democratic representative Jan Schakowsky and others have taken to Twitter, posting photos of themselves eating tuna sandwiches and buying Ramen noodles to show how much they empathize with minimum-wage workers. On the other side of the aisle, GOP representative Paul Ryan has wrapped himself in a cloak of compassion, putting a cheesy Taylor Swift hand-heart around conservatism by proposing government “life coaches” for those in poverty.

Message: They care! Reality: They fake. The cognitive dissonance on Capitol Hill is so thick that you need a V8-powered chainsaw to slice it.

While cynical politicians prattle on about protecting the American dream, they’re working together to destroy it. If these elected officials care so much about reducing poverty, why are they working so hard to import more of it from around the world? Leaders in both political parties have thrown struggling Americans under the bus to feed the cheap illegal-alien labor machine.

The working poor are the biggest losers in D.C.’s amnesty game. U.S. Civil Rights commissioner Peter Kirsanow has been a lonely voice warning about the impact of mass illegal immigration and perpetual amnesty on low-income black Americans. “The country’s economic woes have disproportionately harmed African Americans, especially those with little education,” he warned this spring. “The economy has a glut of low-skilled workers, not a shortage,” he said, which is driving wages down.

Stagnant wages and depressed economic growth affect working poor Americans of all colors, while illegal-alien amnesty beneficiaries cash in. Steve Camarota and Karen Ziegler of the Center for Immigration Studies reported last month that “since 2000, all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population. Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.”

President Obama has already granted administrative amnesty to an estimated 2 million illegal aliens and renewed “temporary” work permits for 520,000. The administration is planning an expansion that would grant amnesties to at least 6 million more lawbreakers.

Where is the opposition? Appeasement Republicans refuse to support Texas GOP senator Ted Cruz’s on-target proposal to repeal Obama’s “DREAM” magnet and Alabama GOP senator Jeff Sessions’s clarion call to block any more executive amnesties as a precondition to border-bill negotiations. According to my sources on the Hill, the staffs of Senators McCain, Flake, and Murkowski met privately and opposed any changes to Obama’s DREAM passes for illegals — which makes them willing and suicidal accomplices in the perpetual Democratic voter-recruitment drive. On the House side, GOP House speaker John Boehner is also openly opposed to stopping the DREAM nightmare.

There are no longer two separate parties in Washington. There’s just one big Amnesty Inc. conglomerate addicted to Big Business donations and Big Government grievance politics. The Obama White House needs to buy off Hispanic voters, keep immigration lawyers employed, and secure a left-wing permanent ruling majority. Establishment Republicans need to pay off the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pander to minority lobbyists, and curry favor with open-borders CEOs led by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

The real crisis is not at the border. It’s being fomented inside our nation’s capital. The “border crisis” is a bipartisan D.C. catastrophe of craven politicians abandoning their constitutional duties to defend our sovereignty and put American workers first.

— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies. Her e-mail address is [email protected]. © 2014

Meme Watch: Border Crisis
JULY 21: As the long hot summer drags on, there seems no end to the human wave at the border, no end to President Obama’s prevarications, and no end to the mainstream media’s refusal to hold anyone accountable (other than Republicans). Here’s a look at some recent Photoshop missives from social media. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
He's got a pen and a phone ... and a magic wand. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Remember the old saying about good fences making goodneighbors? (Image via Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
To be fair, he was referring to the border of the room-service breakfast menu at the Ritz-Carlton. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Please direct any questions to Senator Reid's press secretary, Baghdad Bob. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Maybe he lost his medication when he switched to an Obamacare plan. (Image via Facebook/KRLA870am)
Ask Dirty Harry how many rooms are free at the Ritz-Carlton. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
After all, the king gets to choose which laws to enforce, right? It's good to be the king. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Sorry, someone has to pay for all those benefits. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
And a nation of laws, not men. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Again, a nation of laws, not men. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
The only thing President Obama likes better than a photo opp is a fundraising opp. (Image via Facebook/KRLA870am)
Growing voter rolls the Chicago Way. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
And 60,000 isn't enough to get the mainstream media interested. (Image via Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
The path to citizenship shouldn't be a tunnel. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
Didn't you hear? Borders are racist. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
He hopes to change our future. (Image via Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
Embracing his real constituency. (Image via Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
A matter of priorities. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
There's a also a difference between democracy and despotism. (Image via Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Didn't you hear? Background checks are for gun-clingers. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The dictionary of Newspeak gets smaller every year. (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Taxation without representation. That reminds me of something... (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Updated: Jul. 21, 2014