” People come to America because it is a remarkable oasis of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity for foreigners no matter what socioeconomic rank they were assigned in their native country. Republicans and conservatives recognize that the principal reason for our unique abundance is our constitutional restraints on the power of government. As Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Accordingly, Republicans and conservatives believe in limited government, constitutional separation of powers,balanced budgets, and a minimum of government supervision and interference in our daily lives. Other countries have constitutions that list what the government should do for individuals, whereas the U.S. Constitution recites what government cannot do to us.
This approach has stood the test of time: Our Constitution is the longest-lasting constitution in history. Republicans recognize this as the major factor in our economic
successes.As this report makes clear, current immigration policies are adding thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative agenda of limited government. Most immigrants come from countries where the only government they knew was one that played a much larger role in the economy and society.
By itself, the 1.1 million legal immigrants that arrive each year under the current system will create 5.1 million new potential voters by 2024 and 8.4 million by 2028. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections indicate that under the Senate Gang of Eight’s S.744 bill the total additional potential voters would rise to 9.7 million by 2024 and 17.9 million by 2028.
Current immigration policies are adding thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative agenda of limited government, reducing Republicans’ ability to offer an alternative to big government.
The influx of these new voters will reduce or eliminate Republicans’ ability to offer an alternative to big government, increased government spending, higher taxes, and favorite liberal policies such as Obamacare and gun control. New voters will lean on our hard-pressed health care system and overcrowded public schools to demand more government spending. Amnesty advocates point to the assimilation of large numbers of immigrants in the early years of the 20th century.But that was followed by a national pause and slow down of immigration from the 1920s to the 1960s that allowed newcomers to assimilate, learn our language, and adapt to our unique system of government.
Furthermore, most of those earlier immigrants arrived eager to become Americans. Many became almost 200percent Americans, typified by Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and by those who dominated Hollywood in those years. Still, it took seven decades and Ronald Reagan before descendents of many of those immigrants votedRepublican.There is nothing controversial about this report’s conclusion that a significant majority of immigrants arriving today generally agree with the Democrats’ big government
agenda. And it is for this reason that they vote two-to-one for Democrats. This report not only cites a large body of survey research showing this is the case, it also quotes numerous academics and political observers making the same point. Immigration has created a greatly expandedleftist Democratic electorate.
The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single, government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative CongressionalElection Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government. A Harris poll found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens.“