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Voter beware: Dem-controlled Senate would harm Arizona workers

From left are Democrat Mark Kelly and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., debate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2020. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

From left, Democrat Mark Kelly and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., debate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2020. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Arizona is blushing, slowly changing from red to blue. Polls continue to show Democrat Mark Kelly leading Republican incumbent Martha McSally.

The state of the Senate race should worry Arizona’s workers, as our state could prove pivotal in the Democrats’ desire to take both chambers of Congress. And if that happens — and Joe Biden takes the White House — our nation’s immigration laws will quickly and permanently change, ushering in a new era of lower wages and fewer job opportunities for hardworking Arizonans.

American workers have had a rough year due to COVID-19. Millions remain unable to find jobs. In Arizona alone, 5.9% of workers — over 200,000 in total — are out of work.

And that figure doesn’t include workers who’ve become so discouraged that they stop looking for work entirely. An estimated 150,000 Arizonans left the labor force from July to August.

With stats like these, it’s no surprise that voters are prioritizing the economy in the coming election. What is surprising, though, is the support Democrats are seeing. After all, the immigration agenda that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are pushing would depress wages, reduce job prospects, and tear apart the fabric of our nation.

Rusty Childress

Rusty Childress

Consider the 11 million people living illegally in the United States. Biden plans to offer all of them amnesty. He’s also promised to halt deportations of people residing in the U.S. without legal permission in his first 100 days and cease construction of the border wall the day he takes office, undoing years of progress and taxpayer funding – essentially ignore illegal border crossings.

Taken together, these moves will attract a flood of new immigrants eager to cross before amnesty takes effect.

Biden’s plans for legal immigration are just as worrisome. He wants to recklessly broaden the parameters for who can seek asylum in the United States. This change alone could open the floodgates to millions of new immigrants who fraudulently claim asylum in a bid to gain residency and work privileges. He also wants to lift President Trump’s moratorium on guest-worker visas, thus permitting hundreds of thousands of foreigners to swarm our labor market during a time of high unemployment.

Democratic control of the House of Representatives is all but guaranteed. So if Biden wins, only a Republican Senate could stop this agenda.

And make no mistake. A massive increase in overall immigration levels would mean fewer jobs and lower wages for Americans, particularly those with blue-collar careers.

Foreign born workers are less educated than those born here. Last year, 20% of foreign-born workers age 25 and over lacked a high school diploma. For native-born workers? Less than 4 percent. With a relatively limited skillset, foreign workers usually flock to blue-collar jobs, competing directly with less-educated Americans who depend on hourly wages to make ends meet.

Americans would thus see their wages drop. Flush with immigrant workers willing to jump in and work for cheap, employers could easily justify slashing wages. Analysis suggests that a 10 percent increase in the number of workers can lower wages by at least 3 percent.

Nearly 20% of construction and mining workers lost their jobs because of Covid-19. That same group saw wages drop by 30%. Likewise, more than a third of all service-industry workers were sent pink slips. And pay dropped 43%. The hardworking Americans in these sectors are already experiencing economic hardship. The last thing they need is more obstacles to good-paying jobs.

The Democrats’ immigration agenda is reckless. America’s workers can’t afford for Republicans to lose the Senate majority.

Rusty Childress is founder of Remember 1986.

5 comments

  1. Is this opinion piece “native advertisement; is it sponsored?

    You intentionally left out the author’s name, citing only as “guest opinion.” It’s a bit odd given this “guest” appears to be the author of all the anti-progressive measures on the ballot this year. I am open to reading them, but this tactic is a bit discouraging. This appears to be the case for the progressive anonymous articles as well

    Articles this week with “guest opinion:”
    *Voter beware: Dem-controlled Senate would harm Arizona workers
    *Adult-use marijuana a failed policy, vote no on Prop 207
    *Illegal immigration cost far too great for Arizona (access required)
    *Here’s why Prop 207 is losing support [I doubt that is the case]

  2. Rusty Warren’s opinion piece is nothing more than a serving of warmed-over Trump rhetoric regarding immigration. Statistics cut both ways, Rusty… which means 80% of foreign-born workers age 25+ have a HS diploma or better. Many are highly educated and well trained in critical business areas such as IT, healthcare, etc. And let’s not forget… the job loss & unemployment numbers you cite are by and large due to the Trump admin’s pitifully inadequate & incompetent response to the Covid pandemic.

    When (not if) a Biden/Harris administration is sworn in, we will evolve a decent, HUMANE, and functionally appropriate immigration policy. Yes, some who are currently here illegally will probably be granted amnesty. But there will be NO “flood” of unschooled, untrained immigrants gobbling up American jobs. They will continue to landscape YOUR yard, build our houses, support the regrowth of our hospitality and food & beverage industries, etc.

    Remember… most immigrants start out life in America doing the jobs no one else wants to do. They come here for a shot at building a better life – and in the process, they improve OUR lives and our country.

  3. The most important issue in this election is what type of government is going rule this country: free market or socialism. Countries that have tried socialism have failed. Inspite of that Biden and the Democrats plan to make this country into a socialist nation. Their socialist plans are found in the DNC platform and will be another socialist failure along with the misery that goes with it. We should learn from other countries mistakes. Countries can only be successful if they are free and operate under free market principles. Winston Churchill once said: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

  4. your opinion on this opinion piece is just exactly what we dont need.
    fact is, until your living in these situations you dont know dung.
    make your world better and everyone else’s too, pay more taxes, give more of yourself until +90% is used up and gone. be a socialist, you’ll be sorry.

  5. Biden/Harris is exactly what this country needs to mend from a disastrous racist and xenophobia policies put forward by Trump. This is written propaganda garbage! As an ex Republican I no longer recognize this party, since it’s a brand of republicanism. It’s based on a rhetoric of hate and stupidity! It points the finger at the ‘other’ as causing our problems, thinking self-isolationism will solve all our problems. We live in a global society, we need to work with other countries to solve big problems and immigrants are NOT the problem. Many come to work hard for this country that ultimately love the US and are very patriotic. Their children go to school and gain higher education at higher levels than white Americans and contribute to our society. They are not stupid, illiterate or trying to game the system. We need to be a Nation that welcomes immigrants, recognize the courts and the international asilymn laws, and give people the chance to come lawfully. The Trump vanity wall has done nothing to make us safer, other than use stolen monies meant for the Defense, build 10 new miles of border wall and has taken land away from ranchers and families that do not want the wall. He has gutted environmental laws across the board to give his corporate buddies more greed for oil and fracking, including our public lands that was set aside as National Monuments and the critical Arctic Refuge (ANWAR). Instead of listening to the scientists for all sorts of policies, including Covid – Trump makes up his own **** and denounces professionals and individuals with expertise in their field. He is racist, xenophobe-wrecking ball that has failed to live up to the ideals of our Constitution, he continues to debase the Office of the Presidency. We cannot afford another 4 more years of this disaster. Our Democracy is in grave danger with Trump.

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