John Stossel writes, (KDM, Sept. 19, Immigration is American), "we ought to let more of them in. Half of America's agricultural workers are here illegally ... But without them, the government says food would cost much more. Milk would cost 61 percent more."
He continues "... when immigration rules were still pretty lax (if you weren't Chinese, since there were racist quotas)".
First, the amnesty issue is one that Congress must address. It is not Obama's right or privilege to pen executive orders granting amnesty to millions of illegals currently in the U.S. His only duty, which he is miserably inept at, is to enforce existing immigration law and halt the invasion at the border.
The often-used excuse by immigration activists is that illegals fill the need to do work that Americans won't do (agricultural work, unskilled labor and menial jobs). The CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says, "We need programs that would allow employers to use immigrant labor when U.S. employees are not available." He also believes we can't sustain vital programs for the elderly and the less fortunate without more employees to grow our economy and tax base, and we can't harvest our food or care for our sick without immigrants and temporary workers (note: millions of "immigrants" living in the U.S. do not contribute to, but drain resources from that tax base).
The solution to this deception is simple: Congress should move to stop paying years of unemployment wages. Stop providing welfare payments, food stamps or EBT cards for millions of able-bodied workers. Stop paying $2,200 monthly Section-8 rent for millions of able-bodied people. Stop indulging the liberal-progressive social-welfare agenda; require those able-bodied unemployed, welfare recipient, Section-8 people to do that work.
Second, regarding Stossel's misreading of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, he presents, in today's political and cultural climate, the politically correct revisionist concept of the Act. Despite its name, the Act excluded only laborers. All other Chinese - travelers, merchants, teachers and students - were welcomed. Read Roger D. McGrath's Chinese Exclusion (Chronicles, August 2014) for a perspective.