Obama: "It's not a sexy argument to make to the public, but we are younger than our competitors. And that is entirely because of immigration."
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
December 5, 2014


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Obama had some interesting admissions to make at a speech he made to the Business Roundtable Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

He began "It's not a sexy argument to make to the public, but we are younger than our competitors. And that is entirely because of immigration...And we should want that to continue."

Regarding the mass exodus of illegal alien children into the U.S. earlier this year, Obama condescendingly remarked "There was a spike in concern about the borders because those kids had been coming up from Central America during the summer and it got two weeks of wall-to-wall coverage until everybody forgot about it."

Regarding agriculture, Obama admitted in a backhanded way that the famous canard about "jobs Americans won't do" is a lie: "And, frankly, this is one of the few areas where it genuinely is true that it's hard to find Americans to do those jobs. Sometimes that's overstated. Sometimes the question is -- and I hope I'm not offending anybody here -- but sometimes when folks say, we can't find anybody it's because you don't want to pay as much as you'd have to, to find some folks."

He closed with this gem: "And finally, on immigration, I think that's something that probably comes last. I suspect that temperatures need to cool a little bit in the wake of my executive action. Certainly, there will be pressure initially within Republican caucuses to try to reverse what I've done, despite the fact that what I'm doing I think is exactly the right thing to do. We have to prioritize how we allocate limited enforcement resources, and we should be focusing on felons; we should not be focusing on breaking up families who are our neighbors and our friends and whose kids go to school with us."


He acknowledged he may face blowback from Congress: "My suspicion is they'll take a couple of stabs at rolling back what I've done."

While Obama praises the high population growth of illegal immigrants as a benefit to the USA, our own politicians have promoted birth control and abortion for years, which has resulted in the dwarfing of the American birth-rate numbers in comparison. Even supposed 'limited government' Senator Rand Paul is promoting family planning this week, urging both whites and blacks to "Come on guys, you got to wait to have your kids."

Regarding so-called free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama said "But I will tell you, though, when you talk to Boehner and McConnell, that some of those same anti-trade impulses are more ascendant in the Republican Party than they might have been 20 years ago as well. And some of you may have encountered those in some of your conversations. And this was why it goes back to the point -- we're not going to get trade done, we're not going to get infrastructure done, we're not going to get anything done in this town until we're able to describe to the average American worker how at some level this is improving their wages, it's giving them the ability to save for retirement, it's improving their financial security."

He added "If people continue to feel like Democrats are looking after poor folks and Republicans are looking after rich folks and nobody is looking after me, then we don't get a lot of stuff done."

Here are more of the notable excerpts on immigration from his speech and Q&A, which lasted an hour and 36 minutes.:
[A summary of the entire speech can be found here. (Yes, I actually read the whole thing and got the best excerpts.)

...There was a limit to how much we could do on that front through executive action because something like H-1B visa numbers are clear, statutory, not subject to a lot of executive interpretation.

There's an agricultural component. There wasn't a lot we could do administratively on the ag sector, but those whose businesses keep track and are related to what happens in agriculture understand that we should have a more efficient system for managing fairly, justly, agricultural workers who are vital to the economy.

And, frankly, this is one of the few areas where it genuinely is true that it's hard to find Americans to do those jobs. Sometimes that's overstated. Sometimes the question is -- and I hope I'm not offending anybody here -- but sometimes when folks say, we can't find anybody it's because you don't want to pay as much as you'd have to, to find some folks.


But in the ag sector, that's hard work, and it's hard to find enough American-born workers to actually get it done. But we've got to treat them fairly and make sure that it's good for workers, good for business. That we could not do much about through executive action. So those are two big components that are of interest to this group that need to get done.

Border security -- the truth is, we're already doing a lot. We're going to be doing more as a consequence of the executive actions. There was a spike in concern about the borders because those kids had been coming up from Central America during the summer and it got two weeks of wall-to-wall coverage until everybody forgot about it. It does reflect real problems in Central America with their economies and violence, but also active marketing by smugglers to parents, saying that they could get kids in. We brought that back down so the numbers are now below what they were two years ago.


Overall, the border is less porous than it's been any time since the 1970s. And we make huge investments down there. We can still do more, but the truth is, were working that part of it real hard.

And then there's the issue that I did deal with in executive actions, although not for everybody, and that is the 11 million people who are here undocumented but the vast majority who are law-abiding. And the one principle I guess, if, in fact, we can still get a comprehensive deal going forward, even if it's somewhat piecemeal, is I am not going to preside over a system in which we know these folks are in the kitchens of most restaurants in the country, are cleaning up most of the hotels that all of you stay in, that are doing the landscaping in most neighborhoods where you live, whose kids are going to school with our kids, and we tolerate it because it's good for us economically to have cheap labor and services, but we never give them a path to be part of this country in a more full and fair way.

That's just not who we are. That's not how most of our forebears got to the point where we had the opportunities we've got today. So I'm not going to perpetuate a system of that sort.

It's not a sexy argument to make to the public, but we are younger than our competitors. And that is entirely because of immigration. And when you look at the problems that China, Japan, Europe, Russia, are all going to have, a lot of it just has to do with they're getting old. And we stay young because were constantly being replenished by these striving families from around the world. And we should want that to continue.

It is somewhat challenging because of a factor that I mentioned earlier, which is Americans feeling as if their wages and incomes have stagnated. (Regarding Michael Foreman & passage of the TPP)

...And there's a half-truth that is magnified I think in the discussions around trade that global competition has contributed to some of that wage stagnation. It's an appealing argument. I think when you look at the numbers, it's actually an incorrect argument that over time, growth, investment, exports all have increased the capacity for working families to improve their economic standing. But I say it's a half-truth because there's no doubt that some manufacturing moved offshore in the wake of China entering the WTO and as a consequence of NAFTA."

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