• Obama 2006: Illegal Immigrants “Depress” Wages; Obama Today: Illegal Immigrants “Raise Wages”

    At a town hall event in Nashville today, President Amnesty contradicted himself on immigration.

    Obama was trying to defy logic and dispel the claims that adding some 5 million illegal immigrants to an already strained U.S. workforce won’t weigh down wages.

    “Studies have shown that over time, immigrants aren’t lowering wages,” Obama said. “But in fact, improving the economy and over time boosting wages and jobs for everyone.”

    That’s interesting. Especially when you consider that Obama had very different views on this exact same subject just eight years ago.

    A passage from Obama’s 2006 autobiography, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, he makes a very strong case for why illegal immigration suppresses wages.

    “[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before,” then-Senator Obama wrote in his 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

    ”Not all these fears are irrational,” he wrote.

    “The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,” Obama noted. “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”

    It seems that Obama has to travel around America lying about immigration because over half the country is against his amnesty order.

    Birther Obama also made a guest appearance today during Obama’s town hall event. While arguing that America needs to promote an immigration system that “reflected human nature” and “the wisdom of the American people,” Obama joked about some Republicans believing that he’s an illegal immigrant.

    “Now, does that mean everybody is going to listen to me, on the other side?” he asked. “Not necessarily, they’re pretty sure I’m an illegal immigrant.”


    As for whether or not illegal immigration drives down wages, the Congressional Budget Office sure thinks so.

    The CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation believe that adding illegal immigrants “with lower skills than with higher skills . . to the workforce, slightly push[es] down the average wage for the labor force as a whole,” their report reads.

    Related story: Obama amnesty in jeopardy with Bush judicial appointee hearing states’ challenge

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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