For new readers we have a very large archive of posts on how Wyoming Governor Matt Mead wants to open a refugee program in the only state in the nation with no formal resettlement program. We wondered where the state’s Republican Senators are on the issue of immigration and we get a hint for one of them in a lengthy Breitbart story (hat tip: Jim) entitled, ‘No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration.’
Breitbart reporter, Julia Hahn, who has been doing a lot of great work on legal immigration issues, including refugee resettlement, tells us this about Wyoming Senator John Barrasso:
In the Senate, for instance, while Senate Republican leaders gently and quietly opposed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%’s (R-FL) unpopular immigration bill once it was assured of Senate passage, they grounded their statements of opposition in vague criticisms of border security. [They are such chickens, it makes me want to scream—ed] Public comments suggest they were supportive of Sen. Rubio’s effort to drastically expand the total level of immigration into the United States. The Schumer-Rubio plan would have handed out more than 30 million green cards to immigrants primarily from countries with little to no history of Western institutions, but Sen. John Barasso (R-WY) praised Rubio’s efforts to expand the labor supply in this way:
I’m [a] child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized. Marco Rubio is working on that… We need additional labor.
Barrasso’s state of Wyoming has a population of about half a million people. Ironically, if just 1 million of Rubio’s 30 million green card recipients had moved to Wyoming — instead of more likely destinations in eastern states such as Georgia and Virginia— Wyoming could suddenly, almost overnight, have the same politics as California.
Generations of rural traditions passed down from parents to children would be electorally crowded out by the new traditions of new arrivals. Barasso never explained why he thinks adding millions of laborers from mostly poor countries would improve schools, hospitals, or job markets in states like his own, or why it would be “important for our country” to resettle millions of immigrants with green cards from non-Western countries.
Read all of Ms. Hahn’s report by clicking here.
Frankly, all of this makes me very concerned about any Republican running for the Presidency in 2016. We know Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush can’t be trusted to protect AMERICAN WORKERS, can any of them?