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“Merit-based immigration” is seen as the gold standard of immigration reform by many Republicans and conservative policy wonks. But it could lead to their political ruin.
We already have a clear window into what a merit-based policy could bring to the political landscape: look at the Indian colonization of Seattle’s Eastside—the area across Lake Washington from Seattle which stretches from Sammamish in the south to Bothell in the north. It has been transformed, in roughly 25 years, from a region that leaned Republican into a cesspool of socialism.
It all started with the rise of Bill Gates’ Microsoft in Redmond, followed by likeminded corporate titans who gorged themselves on the delights of Indian staffing agencies that exploit the H1-B visa program. Once a foreign worker’s H1B status expires in six years, them it’s time for an employment-based green card. These green cards have for years been handed out like popcorn with curry on top to almost any Indian techie who agrees to work for, on average, one-third lower pay than American tech workers. [Wages Falling But Congress Wants MORE Guest Workers, by Leo Hohmann, WND.com, March 16, 2016]
In 1969 the first Indian-migrant family arrived in Redmond [What It Was Like To Be Redmond’s First Indian Family, by Liz Jones, Kuow.org, November 18, 2014]
By 2014 Redmond had 7,921 Indians and Microsoft had transformed the city’s demographics [Redmond, WA Population and Races, USA.com, 2010-2014 statistics]
In the words of a retired academic who resides on Washington’s Willapa Bay coastline and blogs at darkgalaxies.org:
Microsoft was an American-led company for many years until its upper leadership became Indian, beginning with the head of personnel some 20 or so years ago. Although the data released by the company is hard to interpret, employees note that the firm is a plurality Indian company in employees, as well as in leadership.
(Pretty clever of the Indians to colonize Microsoft. Pretty foolish to let the Indians colonize Microsoft.)
[Microsoft Diversity Policy, by Admin 777, February 25, 2018]
While Microsoft was turning Redmond into an Indian colony, similar transformations were taking place all over the Eastside. In King County (which also includes Seattle, although most Indians live on the Eastside) the population was 4,000 by 1990. But, as Kuow.org’s Jones wrote:
Then the Microsoft ‘Boom’ happened. And since 1990, the Asian Indian population in King County has tripled every decade. Census estimates from 2013 show 58,465 Indians living in King County.
But I wonder if the quoted numbers are too low. Indians occupy hundreds of apartment complexes and you can drive for miles through new developments of single-family homes where you see Indian women walking on the sidewalks wearing traditional Indian dress. I hear of classrooms in which virtually every student is Indian. You can go into a big-box store in Redmond and the large crowd of shoppers is overwhelmingly Indian—only two or three whites are visible at any given time.
There are an estimated 13,500 illegal Indians in Washington State. And, according to an Indian advocacy group, there are 300,000 Indians waiting to obtain employment-based green cards in the US and 30,000 in Washington State. [Birds In A Cage: The Indian Green Card Backlog, by Melissa Hellmann, Seattle Times, February 21, 2018]
The huge influx of Indians may seem harmless—other than to the displaced American workers, but who cares about them?—but the political fallout impacts everyone in Washington State.
The 45th Legislative District—which stretches along much of the Eastside (including the suburbs of Redmond)—had a Republican representing it in the Washington State Senate. But when Republican Sen. Andy Hill died it became a foregone conclusion that, given Indian leftist propensities (a National Asian-American survey found 77 percent of Indian voters voted for Hillary against Trump), Indian Democrat Manka Dhingra would win.
Alexander Burns and Kirk Johnson reported for the New York Times:
Dow Constantine, the King County executive and a Democrat, said that the once very real political divisions of the region—Democratic-leaning Seattle on the West Side of Lake Washington, Republican-leaning enclaves to the east—have been shattered by demographic change, too, especially as the immigrants who came to work in tech jobs encouraged others in the countries they left to follow them.
[Poised for West Coast Dominance, Democrats Eye Grand Agenda, by Alexander Burns and Kirk Johnson, New York Times, November 4, 2017]
The significance of this: the election of Dhingra gave the Democrats control of the Washington State Senate—they already had the House and the governor’s mansion. That virtually guarantees Washington residents will be subjected to the full Democrat wish list—a carbon tax, an income tax, a capital-gains tax, a tax per-mile driven, and wholesale gun-control laws.
It also means more resistance to President Trump’s efforts to enforce immigration laws. Sujeet Rajan wrote in News India:
…Dhingra’s win will also be an endorsement of many of the liberal, anti-Trump positions she has taken, including supporting the now nationally-recognized state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in his numerous lawsuits to overturn Trump’s travel ban on some Muslim countries, and help illegal immigrants from deportation…
[Why Manka Dhingra Is Important For Democrats, by Sujeet Rajan, New India Times, October 13, 2017]
Unfortunately, the election of aggressive, Leftist, pro-immigration, anti-enforcement Indian politicians is not confined to Washington State. All over the country there are Indian and Asian enclaves created by the tech industry’s desire for a cheap imported workforce. And all over the country there are an increasing number of Indians seeking political power. Ronak D. Desai in Forbes reported a statement by Deepak Raj and Raj Goyle:
At a time when so many of our values are under attack, Indian Americans are stepping up to run, win, and lead. Last Tuesday, 25 of them won their elections in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington State. We already know of 50 candidates on the ballot next November—so it is critical that we lay the groundwork now to elect the most viable candidates who reflect our community’s values. Our community is on the rise.
[Why Indian Americans Were Among The Biggest Winners in U.S. State & Local Election, by Ronak Desai, Forbes, November 19, 2017]
Forbes’ Desai noted that five Indians were elected to Congress—all Democrats.
Why do Indians vote this way? In an interesting analysis, Jayant Bhandari writes that “India is an extremely irrational, superstitious, and tribal country…India was long associated with Britain and has imported western institutions, ways of living, technology, etc., over the last 200-300 years, but has failed to import the concept of reason.”
Bhandari goes on:
[Indians] can only think in terms of might is right, street-smartness and political connections. Such a society cannot have any understanding of the principles of the Ten Commandments, or have respect for the individual and liberty.”
Bhandari writes of India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Modi:
Under Modi’s reign, as the institutions which the British left continue to get destroyed, liberties are falling, taxes are going up without any improvements in public service, and the regulatory burden has increased significantly. The country is getting increasingly centralized as well, and brought under Modi’s command. He believes he has to do more of all these things to ensure India remains on a path to growth. This is a recipe for disaster.
[India: The World’s Fastest Growing Large Economy, by Jayant Bhandari, Acting Man, February 2, 2017]
Is it any wonder Indians in America overwhelmingly vote for the same kind of government? Ironically, because of short-term greed, corporate elites are bringing in future voters who will impose a high-tax, centralized, and over-regulated anti-business regime here—a regime which would certainly not have given corporations the recent historic tax cut and ongoing deregulation?
But if Indians aren’t the right choice for merit-based immigration, then who—Chinese? A Chinese friend of mine who recently visited Taiwan told me that Taiwanese are increasingly siding with Mainland China because they want to be on the side of a country growing in wealth and power. This person said trying to talk to them about human rights, freedom, and democracy was like trying to upload a new brain to a robot.
This friend agreed that the combination of an ancient culture and new wealth tends to give both Indians and Chinese an arrogant feeling of superiority—that they have nothing to learn from Americans about individual freedom and democracy. They are here to make money. They don’t want to assimilate and become real Americans.
The only chance of saving the freedom created by our Founding Fathers: a moratorium on all immigration.
Jesse Mossman [email him] writes from an undisclosed location somewhere in America.