The “senior adviser on migration” of President Joe Biden has assumed control of the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration agency (IOM). He promises to help more poor migrants to be transported from their countries to the United States.
Amy Pope, IOM chief, told Steve Inskeep on National Public Radio that “our goal at IOM” is to allow people to choose to migrate. She said that the migrants were needed to replace populations in Midwest States where population is falling.
As Americans, we know that migration has brought tremendous benefits to our country. Even recent evidence has shown that migration has rejuvenated dying communities. In fact, I was born and raised in Cleveland. Then, I spent a part of my childhood in Akron. Finally, I lived in Pittsburgh. Migration has benefited all of these cities.
Jessica Vaughan is the policy director of the Center for Immigration Studies. She said that migration was not the solution to the [economic- and civic] issues plaguing the cities and people living in them. The [problems that these cities and towns are facing] have more to do [with the development and economic] policies that are being implemented at the local levels.”
It is a bad policy for elites to bring in poor people from other countries. The policy harms American families by reducing wages, increasing rents, diverting K-12 schools’ attention away from the needs and wants of American children, and distracting voters from economic policies that benefit coastal elites.
IOM, a branch of the United Nations based in Switzerland, uses U.S. tax dollars to transport, feed and extract migrants from their poorer countries to the U.S. Border. Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden’s pro-migration immigration border chief, oversees the traffic.
Pope was appointed after U.S. officials pressed other countries to allow her to replace Director General Antonio Vitorino, the Portuguese leader.
Inskeep, a Midwest city migrant in 2022 who visited the migrants, applauded Pope’s win. He concluded that the migrants could replace the missing Americans.
Her words reminded of a report I wrote in 2022 about Akron, Ohio. Like many industrial cities, Akron has seen its population decline. Akron welcomes refugees, immigrants and others to fill the gap. In one instance, a community centre built by former Italian immigrants is now a wedding venue for South Asians.
That establishment-managed goal of “revitalization” and replacement via extraction migration survives and expands because it delivers many lower-wage workers, government-funded consumers, and renters to local businesses.
The government-funded VOLAG and nonprofits who collect and deliver migrants to U.S. cities also gain many new clients. State and local welfare agencies that help migrants pay rent and purchase groceries can also benefit from the extraction migration.
The International Institute of Akron, a business-backed organization, boasts that “currently resettling in Akron, refugees are from Bhutan, Burma and Nepal, Myanmar, Iraq Afghanistan, Iran Pakistan, Vietnam Syria, Uzbekistan Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
The extraction migration policy actually worsens problems that it claims to solve, by starving American families and towns of the income they need to have children.
The costs of immigration for extraction are evident in Akron. There, the influx hardworking, but unproductive migrants have kept wage increases below inflation. They also increased housing costs and forced the local government into making taxpayers foot the bill. In February 2023, the Akron Beacon Journal reported:
The city of Akron has applied for $5.3 million from the federal government to help renters in need and provide free legal advice. They also want to expand affordable housing options.
The programs proposed are in response to the growing concern that residents in Akron are drowning because of the city’s rising rental rates, which have one of the nation’s highest eviction rate. The efforts were compared by one City Council member to “leveling playing fields”. A top city official stated that right to counsel could be used alone to reduce the eviction filings which reached record levels in 2022.
Redfin reported that rising home prices are a major problem for young families and older people in the city.
Home prices in Akron were up 6.4% from last year’s median price, which was $125K, by April 2023. In Akron, homes sell on average after 21 days compared to just 13 days the year before. In April, there were 262 home sales, compared to 297 in April last year.
Vaughan said that migrants “drive up the price of housing and fill vacant homes — and taxpayers pay for it” through federal aid programs.
Vaughan claimed that Pope’s claims of economic benefits to Americans were a self-serving excuse for his pro-migration agenda. She’s “using [her] position as IOM to champion a certain ideology about migration, globalism and also, to try to shame United States to accept more migrants.”
Refugee industries are always on the lookout for areas with low costs of living because they want refugees to be dumped there …. The same story has been told all over the country. The [government-funded migration] companies dump the refugees and expect locals to pick up all the pieces. By the time locals realize the cost of resettling the refugees this way, they are long gone.
In addition, the influx of migrants distracts schools away from their critical job of teaching American citizens, and pushes wages down, especially for Americans with low incomes who are competing for housing and jobs in North Hill, an impoverished district of Akron. The Akron Beacon Journal published a story in 2019 that reported:
In 2018, Akron’s black households received 59 cents for every dollar earned by white households. This is a drop of a dime compared to last year, and far less than the 75 cents they earned in 2006 when the region was losing jobs.
The competition in Akron for decent wages is also a source of conflict that diverts attention from federal policies that bring migrants to their neighborhoods.
James Wright, a resident of CleveScene.com told the website in 2019: “I believe there is a resentment that has not gone away in the black community.” The article continued as follows:
Liddel, a 1988 North High School graduate who lives in the same neighborhood, runs a business that mows lawns and removes snow called God’s Lawn and Garden. His business hires teenagers from the neighborhood to gain work experience and to teach them money management.
Brown believes that the resources available to North Hill’s black residents are different from those provided for refugees and immigrants.
“I think it’s a mistake to support one group financially and leave the other in the past. Brown says it’s like you are trying to create tension, but not helping both sides. It’s like you are slapping our faces along with everything you have done in the past.
Migration also has a debilitating effect on many American cities, as it reduces the number of middle class families and their political influence.
The Wall Street Journal reported that on May 26: “Researchers discovered that by the time late 1980s women were in their 30s, they’d given birth to, on average about one less child than they intended.”
These findings are consistent with a growing consensus in demography that economic and social barriers have been a major deterrent to many Americans having children. They can’t afford a home as nice as their parents’ or childcare costs while paying off student loans. Because blue-collar work pays less and there are fewer men employed, many men do not have the income to provide for their families. Women are more likely to be unable to find a partner who is compatible with them because they have higher levels of education and income.
Leticia Quiles is a 36-year old administrative assistant living in West Haven, Conn. She said she and her husband (an ATM coordinator) had discussed having two children a decade before they were married. She said, “We definitely wanted to have children someday, but due to the economy and time you would need for children, we are not able to do it.” We can’t even take care ourselves, let alone a child. Quiles instead helps her nieces and neices by babysitting and taking them on outings such as wall climbing. She said, “I have my fill.”
Top Democrats are aware of the economic challenges facing young families. Their goal to import more poor migrants is now their primary goal, replacing their previous goal of prosperous American Families. In November 2022, Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer (DNY) said at a press event that the population is no longer reproducing itself to the same extent as it once did.
We can only have a bright future in America if we embrace and welcome immigrants – the dreamers, and everyone else. Our ultimate goal is to give all 11,000,000 Dreamers (illegals brought here by their parents) a pathway to citizenship.
The policy of poverty migration has been adopted by many marginalized towns such as Buffalo, N.Y. and in prairie towns that use migrants for cheap labor in investor-owned meatpacking factories. WGRZ.com, a website in upstate New York, reported on May 22, a common claim:
Meghan Maloney De Zaldivar is the Director of Organizing & Strategy at Upstate New York Immigration Coalition.
Federal migration policy imports hard-working migrants who are compliant and grateful into major US cities like New York and Los Angeles. The imported population has a tendency to lower wages, increase housing costs and force many middle-class residents to leave those states. The local elites in these coastal cities and states are able to maintain their power because of this forced replacement of middle class Americans.
National lobbying groups are pushing and funding this extraction migration policy, including those that want to resell distressed houses at a profit for new migrants.
Residents of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and many other towns have rejected the poverty migration policy, which includes wage cuts, rent increases, and a rise in poverty.
The establishment is ignoring this public opposition as it transfers wealth and power from Americans to the older political and business elites of Washington and Wall Street. Inskeep, for example, wrote on behalf his peers.
Immigration is expensive, as it requires finding housing for asylum seekers and making room in schools. Immigration, and illegal immigration in particular, can cause disruptions and hardships for everyone involved. But it’s also true migrants have skills and are motivated, they fill jobs that otherwise would be difficult to fill, they become citizens and part of our national fabric. Immigration increases the labor force, which is good for economic growth. This Senate report confirms this. The “nation” of immigrants is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in history.
Vaughan noted that pro-migration elites can “go along with their fantasies” that refugees are helping locals without actually dealing with the outcome of their actions.
In our history, migrants have always settled in areas where there were jobs. It was the same 100 years ago, but today, the refugee industry brings migrants to depressed areas with hopes that they will fix themselves.
She added, “Migrations are a poor substitute for good policy.”
The federal government has operated an unpopular economic Extraction Migration policy for many years. This policy is similar to colonialism, in that it takes large amounts of human resource from countries in need, reduces trade and uses imported workers, consumers, and renters to grow Wall Street.
The inflow of migrants has also helped to increase rents and house prices, and lowered wages for Americans. In addition, the inflow has forced many native-born Americans to leave their careers in various business sectors. It also contributed to a rise in death rates among poor Americans.
This lethal policy also drains wealth and jobs from the heartland by flooding coastal investors with low-wage workers and high-occupancy tenants, as well as government-aided consumer.
The inflow of immigrants also decreases the political power of native-born Americans, because population replacement allows the elites to ignore the needs and concerns of the average American.
Mayorkas has said in many speeches that he is creating a system of mass migration to provide workers to wealthy investors and employers, and to give “equity to poor foreigners”. Mayorkas says that the nation’s border law is subordinated to elite opinion on “the values of this country”.
Swing voters are not fond of migration, and in particular labor migration. According to a poll conducted by National Public Radio, a left-of center organization in August 2022, 57 percent of Americans believe Biden allows migrant workers from the southern border into the United States. A 54 percent majority of Americans said Biden is allowing a southern border invasion, according to a poll commissioned by the left-of-center National Public Radio (NPR) in August 2022.