Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon addressed American families whose loved ones were victims of illegal alien crimes during a recent speech, telling them that cheap labor and cheap votes are the main driving forces behind the pro-immigration stances of political and economic elites.
As the current executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon accepted an invitation to be a featured speaker at a Remembrance Project conference to inform those in attendance that the constant flow of illegal aliens into the country profits America’s elites.
After reading off an extensive list of American citizens who were murdered by illegal aliens, Bannon told the crowd that he could sadly continue reading off the list all weekend.
“And each of [the victims’ stories] is heart-rendering,” Bannon expressed to attendees, according to Breitbart. “But what gets me is what about [the American victims’] dreams? Why are illegal aliens called DREAMers and not [the victims]? And by the way, this just doesn’t happen.”
He said that the out-of-control immigration laws that were championed by the Obama administration were deliberately put in place to serve elitists’ purposes.
“This is not some random law of the universe… this is not physics, okay – this is an act of commission,” the conservative leader impressed. “The elites in this country – the economic, political, and the media elites – allow this to happen because they want it to happen.”
Even though the business and political elites tout their pro-immigration stances as being rooted in compassion and humanitarian motivations, Bannon stressed that selfish ambition is at the heart of their left-leaning agendas.
“The multinational, globalist corporations want cheap labor, and the progressive left wants cheap votes,” the political analyst asserted. “This is not a conspiracy. And you are not wing-nuts. This is in broad daylight. And if sites like Breitbart and someone like Donald J. Trump had not given you a voice, it’d be totally hidden.”
And even though some at the top of the socioeconomic pyramid profit greatly from illegal immigration, taxpayers pay for them dearly.
“Despite the benefits of mass illegal and legal immigration for multinational corporations and Democratic politicians – as immigrants are far more likely to vote for Democrats – the impact on Americans has been detrimental,” Breitbart reported.
The financial side
The extent to which illegal immigrants burden the American economy was briefly summarized.
“A continually growing population of illegal aliens – along with the federal government’s ineffective efforts to secure our borders – present significant national security and public safety threats to the United States,” the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reported. “They also have a severely negative impact on the nation’s taxpayers at the local, state and national levels. Illegal immigration costs Americans billions of dollars each year. Illegal aliens are net consumers of taxpayer-funded services and the limited taxes paid by some segments of the illegal alien population are, in no way, significant enough to offset the growing financial burdens imposed on U.S. taxpayers by massive numbers of uninvited guests.”
A rundown of the colossal financial burden illegal immigration puts on the U.S. economy was also given.
“At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion ($46 billion from the federal government and $89 billion from the state and local government) to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens,” FAIR’s Matt O'Brien and Spencer Raley revealed. “That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend.”
Other specific amounts paid for illegals (adding up to $45.8 billion) include:
- Federal education - $1.6 billion
- Federal medical costs - $17.1 billion
- Federal justice expenditures - $13.1 billion
- Federal welfare programs - $5.8 billion
The political side
According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the Democratic Party’s interest in pushing for amnesty and bringing more illegal aliens into the country are threefold, with each one contributing to the reduction of the Republican vote.
- First, the enormous flow of legal immigrants in to the country – 29.5 million 1980 to 2012 – has remade and continues to remake the nation's electorate in favor of the Democratic Party.
- Second, the partisan impact of immigration is relatively uniform throughout the country – from California to Texas to Florida – even though local Republican parties have taken different positions on illegal immigration. The decline does not seem to vary with the local Republican Party's position on illegal immigration.
- Third, if legal immigration levels remain at the current levels of over one million a year, it will likely continue to undermine Republicans' political prospects moving forward. Conversely, lowering the level of legal immigration in the future would help stem the decline in the Republican vote.
And once these illegal immigration communities take root, they grow and alter demographics so that newly evolved populations overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party and its financial redistribution programs.
“By increasing income inequality and adding to the low-income population – e.g. immigrants and their minor children account for one-fourth of those in poverty and one-third of the uninsured – immigration likely makes all voters more supportive of redistributive policies championed by Democrats to support disadvantaged populations,” CIS’s James G. Gimpel explained. “There is evidence that immigration may cause more Republican-oriented voters to move away from areas of high immigrant settlement leaving behind a more lopsided Democrat majority.”