Amnesty, Immigration on the Forefront of the 2014 Elections

PolitiChicks.comWith the nation beginning to take a stand against illegal immigration, it’s no surprise that the issue of amnesty is a “hot potato” issue for politicians and a critical deciding factor for independents. A candidate’s stance on immigration is the new litmus test, one that was previously left to the issue of abortion.

When Murrieta brought the immigration debate to the national stage last month, other cities, like Oracle, Arizona, began to take a stand against the feds. Even heavily liberal Boston took to the streets to voice their opinion.

According to a report by the Daily Caller, “…Americans disapprove of his [Obama] immigration policies by 57 to 31 percent. That’s much worse than his overall rating, which showed 40 percent approval, and 54 percent approval, said CBS.”

The reality? The majority of Americans don’t want illegal immigrants flooding our nation. We’re already in a recession – on the verge of a depression – and yet we’re giving people the opportunity to come to our nation, to take the jobs that Americans would gladly do and to give them benefits that each of legal citizens are paying for. If you ask me, that’s Heaven on Earth.

We can’t feed, cloth or house our veterans and homeless but we can give all of those things to people who come across our borders. We can’t give our veterans – the men and women who were willing to lay down their lives for this nation – the proper medical care they don’t just need but deserve.

Some people will argue that the economy and jobs are far more important than immigration. What they’re failing to see is the connection between the two issues. Instead of looking at them completely independent of one another, we need to look at them together.

You can’t give amnesty, healthcare, welfare and other social programs without it taking a toll on the economy. The math doesn’t add up. Doing that would add more unemployed, unskilled labor to the markets. More people would be in need of welfare programs, programs that are paid by those who can find jobs. More will be taking out of the system than is being put into it.

American citizens, especially recent high school and college grads, like myself, can’t find jobs because of this very reason. There is no incentive for a business to hire someone like me when they would have to pay me more, report and hold my wages and pay for insurance. They have every incentive to hire illegal aliens.

As we go into the 2014 election cycle, it is my hope that the immigration issue stays at the forefront of our nations politics. I hope this long, tiresome fight doesn’t die, as most grassroots movements do. It is also my hope that this election cycle turns up true change in Washington.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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