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Omar M. Campbell: Immigration facts and myths

I know you probably do not have time to watch C-SPAN and all their panels, think tanks, interviews on Washington Journal, etc.

I happened on a panel of economists that were debating a research study and its findings on the effects and impacts of illegals on the economy. They substantially agreed on three points:

The net positive overall effect on the national economy was less than 1 percent;

The group of native Americans most negatively affected by the direct competition for jobs was those with a high school education or less;

With the exception of agriculture, there is practically no job category where there is a definite shortage of people willing to take the jobs.

The Senate Judiciary Com–mittee proposal is no more than a delayed path to amnesty, in a country that is badly overpopulated and fractured by political, cultural-ethnic and religious differences. Your Our View editorial of March 29 seems to reflect the untrue platitudes mouthed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and President Bush; and by the U.S. Chamber, the National Association of Manufacturers and eager employers in general.

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Along with the export of our manufacturing and its jobs, outsourcing, 12 million or so illegals, a cultural disaster of major proportions is imminent. I remember Pat Buchanan, years ago, warning that allowing too many immigrants into the country too fast to be assimilated would lead to ethnic enclaves and general chaos. How prophetic.

I am hoping that we have enough statesmen in Congress to devise a workable border and interior immigration bill. I am not optimistic, however. Politicians of all stripe are far more interested in building a future pool of partisan voters and cheap labor.

Never mind that the real backbone of our country — the middle class — is destroyed.

There will be a very small elite class that controls almost all the wealth; a small middle class hanging on; and a very large poverty-ridden under class scrabbling to survive. Sound like Haiti — or Mexico?

Omar M. Campbell
Steamboat Springs