House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a Thursday speech on the House floor that the illegal migrants brought to the US by their illegal migrant parents are “true and rightful heirs… of our founders.”
Pelosi made her claims as Democrats prepared to vote on an amnesty for at least three million migrants who have been classified as belonging to different groups. They include many illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents as children. Even though Americans are also dreamers, Democrats refer to newcomers as “dreamers.”
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Pelosi asserted, ”
This bill protects “dreamers,” as well as TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) recipients, and recognizes that immigrants are essential to our country’s ongoing revitalization.
When parents bring their children here with their hopes, dreams, and expectations for a better future for their children, that courage, that determination, and those aspirations are all American characteristics, and they all make America more American, with all of that.
These dreamers are, without a doubt, true and rightful heirs of our forefathers. We talk about the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” all the time.
Pelosi continued to praise illegal immigrants while ignoring American dreams and aspirations, as well as the needs of the country’s 17 million unemployed:
They’re our professors and experts. They are the CEOs of our company. They’re business owners who give back to our community in a variety of ways…
Millions of Americans have banded together to organize and mobilize in support of dreamers, including labor leaders, industry leaders, religious leaders, national security officers, law enforcement, and more.
Dreamers and immigrants who have spoken out with dignity and eloquence, refusing to be pushed back into the shadows, are the true VIPs of the moment.
The praise for illegal immigrants echoes the progressive viewpoint that America is not a homeland for American people, but rather a concept, or a “Nation of Immigrants,” open to any foreigner, regardless of what ordinary Americans prefer. Wealthy Americans are increasingly pushing this viewpoint, in part because it increases their stock market wealth by bringing in more low-wage workers, consumers, and landlords.
Pelosi’s pitch is in line with the pro-amnesty pollsters’ recommendations.
On March 10, Breitbart News published pollsters’ advice to Democrats concerned about voting for amnesties in the face of widespread opposition:
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It is preferable to concentrate on all of the aforementioned sympathetic details of those affected [by an amnesty] rather than making economic arguments, such as wage or labor demand arguments. As we’ve seen in the past, talking about immigrants doing jobs that Americans won’t do isn’t a good frame, and other economic arguments aren’t as effective as the ones listed above.
Pelosi went on to say:
In every way, dreamers, TPS, and DED recipients are Americans. They’ve lived and worked in our country for decades, if not their entire lives, and they’re vital strands in our country’s cloth… Our companies, our economy, our CEOs, and taxpayers are all fueled by dreamers. As entrepreneurs and researchers, they contribute to America’s technological edge. They safeguard our country’s national security, military might, and civilian experts.
So many people on the front lines of the pandemic are undocumented immigrants: first responders, sanitation workers, food workers, and our teachers, our teachers, our teachers. There’s a lot of our country to see.
These [illegal] immigrant communities contribute to the strength, prosperity, and ennoblement of our country, and they must be allowed to remain.
Pelosi cited President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 farewell speech, in which he expressed regret for his support for the 1986 amnesty:
I enjoy quoting President Ronald Reagan’s final speech as President of the United States. His final speech — this is his final message to the American people as President. “Thanks to each wave of newcomers to this land of opportunity, we’ve become a nation for every young person, always bursting with energy and new ideas, always on the cutting edge, always leading the world into the next frontier,” he said.
This quality is critical for the future of our country. If we ever close the door to new Americans, we will quickly lose our global leadership.”
With that, I call for a bipartisan vote and return the remainder of my time.
For years, pollsters have found widespread American opposition to legal migration, labor migration, and the influx of temporary contract workers into jobs sought by young U.S. graduates.
Despite the media’s magnifying of many skewed polls and articles that still push the 1950s corporate “Nation of Immigrants” claim, multiracial, cross-sex, non-racist, class-based, intra-Democratic, and solidarity-themed opposition to labor migration coexists with generally favorable personal feelings toward legal immigrants and toward immigration in theory.
The widespread recognition that migration moves money from workers to employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to real estate investors, and from central states to coastal states, has fueled widespread public opposition.
Zuckerberg & pals at https://t.co/rMcu0vygjZ warn legislators to never mention Jobs & wages when they're trying to sell amnesty to the voters: "Not a helpful frame … [family separation] is our most resonant message."
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— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) March 11, 2021