Rep. Rohrabacher: California is the model for the whole country, if amnesty passes
WASHINGTON—“If we have amnesty, the breakdown that has happened in California will be the model of what happens to the whole country,” said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, in an exclusive interview with SFPPR News & Analysis.
Should Congress grant amnesty, Rohrabacher, who represents Southern California’s 48th congressional district, projects that America will move in a more collectivist direction that will “erase our individualist and free enterprise system,” making the “nation much more Leftist and socialist.”
At the heart of the matter, Congressman Rohrabacher believes “the Left is very interested in changing our society and changing the fundamentals of our society,” where it “sees illegal immigration and ‘immigration reform’ as a means to transform our nation.” Barack Obama’s own words spoken on October 30, 2008 at a campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri come to mind, and they are instructive. The would-be president proclaimed, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Taken together, Obamacare and amnesty for illegal immigrants, indeed, would do just that and our Founders would find America unrecognizable.
Now that the government shutdown has been resolved, President Obama and Republican leaders are looking to bring so-called “immigration reform” back into the national discussion, much to the chagrin of conservative members of Congress, who view the establishment proposals as amnesty.
Rohrabacher said America has “had a culture that has been very open” to people of various backgrounds but the nature of American society cannot be sustained “with the mass injection of millions of people into our society.”
He attacked the Democrat Party’s mantra that amnesty is all about helping the poor and downtrodden, saying “this is not a plan to help poor people who are struggling for a better life; they see these people as political pawns and big business sees them as cheap labor.”
In Rohrabacher’s view, the goal of the Left is the accumulation of power.
He says “the Left wants to use illegal immigrants and an amnesty program to gain political seats, whether it’s in the state legislatures or the U.S. Congress to give them such a solid majority, as well with the presidential election, that will give them the ability to dramatically change the nature of our society.”
The Congressman places special emphasis on saying, “Obama and his cohorts want to change the basic nature of our society and this is part of their game-plan.” Rohrabacher described how the Left increases its power through expanding “multiculturalism and polygloting our society.”
Rohrabacher’s statements present a similar bleak projection by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the 2013 CPAC who said, “if amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another election.”
A similar warning was echoed by Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, who said in a recent Townhall Op-ed that “amnesty” will mean “suicide for the Republican Party” and with the “influx of these new voters will reduce or eliminate Republicans’ ability to offer an alternative to big government, increased government spending, and favorite liberal policies such as Obamacare and gun control.”
As far as pro-amnesty fellow Republicans are concerned, Rohrabacher’s description of their agenda was much simpler saying they’re “kowtowing to the interests of big business who wants cheap labor.”
Putting the numerical affects of a prospective amnesty in perspective, Rohrabacher, who represents Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, disputed the traditional figure of 11 million illegal aliens, which he says “is based on very old numbers that are about 10 years old.” The Congressman indicates that the actual number of illegal aliens in the United States “is closer to 20 million.” However, he says that “if you include family reunification, as happened with the last amnesty, it will be closer to 30 or 40 million.”
Furthermore, he projects that once amnesty passes and is announced, there will be approximately another “10 to 20 million that could start to come in.” Therefore, he concludes, we are looking “at a situation where approximately 50 million people could be granted amnesty” in the United States, truly transforming America as we’ve known it.
By then injecting these additional millions of people into the U.S. economy, Rohrabacher says it will “drive down the wages of anybody trying to get a start in life,” and most “dramatically hit on America’s poor standard of living.”
This will occur, because, according to Rohrabacher, illegal aliens are basically “poor and uneducated” and they will be “injected into the economy” causing a much more “competitive economic environment,” resulting in tremendous societal dislocations.
In using California as the model again, Rohrabacher points out that “the cascade of economic troubles in California can be traced back to Ronald Reagan’s amnesty in 1986.” This was then felt politically, when the Republican Party of California “lost 50% of the [Republican] members of our legislature.” The Congressman says that “it took about 10 years for the full impact to be felt” but in the end it transformed California into a one-party, socialist state.
As this is applied to the so-called Affordable Care Act, Congressman Rohrabacher believes that “if Obamacare is made available to people who came here illegally, then that will certainly attract large numbers of people, along with their families to come here” to the United States. Consequently, Rohrabacher concludes, “we may end up with just as many uninsured people in the system and it would lead to a chaotic situation in providing health care for people who are immigrants, legal or illegal.”
Edwin Meese III, who served as President Reagan’s attorney general knows and understands, perhaps better than anyone else today, both how similar the Senate proposal is to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which ultimately granted amnesty to nearly three million illegal aliens. The un-kept promises for this amnesty included border security, immigration enforcement and sanctions against employers who violate the law.
According to recent polling, as reported by The Hill newspaper, 60 percent of likely voters oppose the Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty plan, while “44 percent of likely voters want the government to reduce the number of permanent work visas issued.”
If this amnesty model is then applied to the country at large, Rohrabacher, a staunch defender of American borders and national sovereignty, is afraid “our economic system could collapse” under “the weight of the socialist system.”