The setting? The Marriott convention hotel in the fashionable Dupont Circle district of Washington, D.C. Date? June 15, 2009. Participants? A coalition of big-business oriented, pro-Open Borders dedicated groups, corporations, and lobbyists. Organizer? Tamar Jacoby and her newly-formed ImmigrationWorksUSA lobbying group.
The welcome is by Deborah Marriott Harrison, who is granddaughter of the Marriott Hotels founder and V.P. Government Relations for the chain.
She announced that her dad is willing to speak on behalf of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. [CIR, big-business style, is defined later in this report.] She repeats the mantra that the "system is broken."
Tamar Jacoby, recognized as organizer of the conference and head of new business-backed "ImmigrationWorksUSA" group. Her remarks:
We are having the conference because we failed last time [to pass amnesty in 2007] and we must change. We did none of the things the opposition did. Opponents sent over a million faxes. We need to learn to leverage grass roots power. The basic goal is to promote the free flow of labor into the USA. This issue, immigration, is the top of the second tier of issues. Politicians are asking themselves if there will be public support.
Mentions Lou Dobbs and NumbersUSA shutting down the switchboard. We do not need to be even in faxes and phone calls because we have great lobbyists. But we need more faxes and phone calls than we have been getting.
We have a chance this year. The election of Obama was a game changer. The Latino electoral power is a sleeping giant that is now awake. The 2008 election reflected 3 million more Latino voters than in 2004. Latinos went 67 to 31, Obama to McCain. Other minorities were strong for Obama.
Craig Regelbrugge, American Nursery and Landscape Association Government Affairs Director, gave these remarks:
The contacts to most offices are staggeringly in favor of anti-immigration. We want to build a communication apparatus to balance out the anti-immigrants. Our side will never have the passion level. NumbersUSA has had twenty years to organize.
Competitve advantage against what? China? India? Do we have to keep the number of poor people up and wages down so we can compete in the global marketplace producing cheap stuff? If we don't keep those starvation-wage jobs plentiful, where will we be?
People such as the attendees at this Open Border conference are all marked by the same level of hope and expectation which flies in the face of experience.
Drafting huge numbers of immigrants into a country (I note they talk about bringing in 'labor" and assume they avoid mentioning the many dependents and benefit-claimants and other drains on the established economy that come with the workers) has a long-term effect.
Sad to say, largely a detrimental effect on society.
The hope is that all of these 'newcomers' will forever remain grateful for the chance offered, but as Britain and a lot of Europe is seeing, while the first wave may be happy to do the menial tasks (and thus improve the lot of the leisured left-wing 'organisers' and 'leaders' while allowing them to play at social engineering) the newcomers' offspring in time find there either aren't the jobs for them or they don't want to do what their parents were willing to do.
There is then the inevitable backlash and dissatisfaction. For a start, higher unemployment among the young, more drains on the economy, and even a reversion to 'cultural identity' or tribal ethics among the newcomers. Moreover, not only is there a determination to embrace their historic background but also to insist it must impact on the host society. With this smouldering resentment comes aggression but little positive energy.
Our society isn't theirs.
So the hoped-for gratitude (and the resultant left-wing votes) is eroded within a generation. The people who were born and raised in the host country feel themselves under siege from within and recoil. They feel isolated by their own government and are required to see themselves as 'the problem'
Of course, the left who love all this mayhem are quick to accuse the natives of 'racism' and any other ill-considered and fashionable slurs, so more barriers to social cohesion go up – though many of the barriers were already erected by those disaffected immigrants wanting to position an idealised copy of their family's old home in their new home.
There is certainly no loyalty, and treason means nothing when you have no interest in where you live.
And at the end of it, the left-wingers wring their hands and blame everyone but themselves, though they will say: "Who could have guessed it would turn out like this?"