Late last Friday evening I got a text from a friend in California telling me that Donald Trump was going to be staging a rally in Mannheim, Pennsylvania, a town about 15 minutes north of me. The following morning, I contacted a few Facebook friends who I knew to be Trump supporters, secured a ticket, and set off for the rally that afternoon.
I was not so much interested in attending the rally per se, rather I wanted to interview attendees about their views on the topic of immigration. Donald Trump was scheduled to take the stage at 7:00 p.m., but a radio report indicated people were already starting to gather by 3:00 p.m. Despite the light to intermittent rain, a large line of supporters was already snaking its way around the perimeter of the Spooky Nook sports complex when I arrived around 4:00 o’clock.
With my trusty video camera in hand, I made my way down the line. It wasn’t long before I came across Michael Gunsler, a construction engineer who lives in Pennsylvania, but has done and continues to do lot of work in the western United States.
Michael struck me as a fair, objective and level headed person. His concern over unbridled legal and illegal immigration seemed rooted in personal experience. Although he had not experienced first hand the impact of the illegal immigrant problem in the state of Pennsylvania, he had a great deal of experience with it in western states. As Michael related in our impromptu interview, the impact of contractors hiring illegal immigrants for next to nothing has had a “ripple effect” that leads to lower wages and benefits across the industry.
He also went on to shoot down the myth of there being jobs Americans simply won’t do. In Michael’s view, the only reason an American won’t do a job is because of the pay.
“Jobs Americans Won’t do” is just one of the many memes that has been injected into the national psyche. Personally, I could never understand how industries that hire a lot of illegal immigrants could somehow be immune from the laws of supply and demand? The bigger the pool of labor, the less demand for labor and consequently lower wages. The inverse is of course the virtuous cycle of a smaller labor pool that creates greater demand and consequently higher wages for workers.
But recent revelations made possible by the leaking of thousands of emails from billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF) by the hackers at DC Leaks indicate billions are being spent to hide certain truths. According to Jerusalem Post reporter, Caroline Glick, Soros has implemented a worldwide push to use immigration to undermine the national identity and demographic composition of Western democracies.”
My own perusal of the documents verified that OSF did in fact give millions of dollars to groups here in the US such as La Raza and CHRLA (Coalition for Humane Rights Los Angeles). Groups such as these purport to further social justice, but their primary push is open borders. Truth be told, Soros himself probably cares little about immigration in and of itself. Rather he sees it as a means to an end. I find it hard to imagine what that “end” will ultimately be. I mean since achieving it will require the end to common sense immigration laws and procedures that were enacted to protect US workers.
When one looks at the astounding amount of money Soros and his OSF has spent over the years, it is little wonder memes such as “jobs Americans Won’t do” are so prevalent. Ira Mehlman of Federation For American Immigration Reform has been researching the OSF email leaks. Based on those documents, he asserts Soros spent $100,002,808 in 2015 and $118,500,126 in 2016 in the US alone.
With this kind of funding, open border organizations have been able to organize deep political support across labor, faith, law enforcement, local elected officials, African American and immigrant constituencies at the local and national level. They have also been able to financially support journalists who write sympathetic pieces about immigrants.
But despite all this, there was this man, standing in the rain on a Saturday afternoon, armed only with truth and the courage to speak that truth to all who would listen. My advice to Soros and his minions is, bring more money if want to keep a man like Michael Gunsler down!