(Big League Politics)
Words have a habit of losing meaning over time. Infrastructure is no exception to this trend. The Democrats’ “infrastructure” bill is laden with handouts, sinecures, and goodies that have nothing to do with genuine infrastructure. All of the bill’s largesse is obviously doled out to satisfy certain constituencies within the Democrat Party.
John Binder of Breitbart News observes that “The so-called bipartisan “infrastructure” bill, backed by Senate Democrats and 18 Senate Republicans, would reward blue states with federal money for driving up immigration levels to the United States.”
Although the bill features tantalizing items like the Digital Equity Act, which aims to expand the reach of broadband into American communities that struggle gaining access to the Internet, it’s filled with all sorts of dubious previsions. The Digital Equity Act is merely a front for an otherwise putrid bill.
One of the sketchiest provisions added to this bill is one that allocates federal funding in accordance with the amount of newly arriving immigrants in a particular state or region. Binder is correct in noting that the bill is designed in a way that “rewards blue states who tend to have the largest foreign-born populations in the nation.”
The legislation outlines how the Department of Commerce would establish a grant program for states to fund broadband expansion:
50 percent of the total grant amount shall be based on the population of the eligible State in proportion to the total population of all eligible States.
25 percent of the total grant amount shall be based on the number of individuals in the eligible State who are members of covered populations in proportion to the total number of individuals in all eligible States who are members of covered populations.
25 percent of the total grant amount shall be based on the comparative lack of availability and adoption of broadband in the eligible State in proportion to the lack of availability and adoption of broadband of all eligible States…
Of those who are part of the “covered populations”, a substantial portion would be migrants who are new arrivals to the US who are barely literate and able to speak in English.
Under this legislation, newly arrived immigrants are “individuals with a language barrier, including individuals who are English learners and have low levels of literacy.” Other groups that are a part of the “covered populations” are veterans, disabled Americans, non-white Americans, rural Americans, and Americans in prison.
In essence, blue states with multiple migration magnets — welfare, sanctuary cities where illegal aliens can roam with impunity, and massive corporations who are constantly looking for cheap labor — are the states that would disproportionately benefit from this bill.
Binder explains how there are winners and losers under this legislation:
California, for example, would be the primary winner of the legislation with a foreign-born population at about 24 percent, the highest in the nation. Behind California is Texas, with a foreign-born population of nearly 11 percent, Florida with a foreign-born population of 9.8 percent, and New York with a foreign-born population of 10 percent.
More importantly, the nation’s top 10 counties with the highest foreign-born populations are primarily deep blue areas controlled by Democrats including Los Angeles County, California; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Harris County, Texas; Cook County, Illinois; Queens County, New York; San Diego County, California; and Santa Clara County, California, among others.
These areas could be first in line to receive funding to expand broadband
Meanwhile, red states and counties such as North Dakota, Idaho, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Nebraska, Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky would lose out on such funds to expand broadband potentially because none have significant foreign-born populations.
Despite Republican attempts to stop this bill, 18 Senate Republicans ended up voting for the “infrastructure” bill, whom Binder exposed below:
Those Senators include Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Todd Young (R-IN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mike Rounds (R-SD).
It’s no secret that Democrats are having a hard time passing amnesty on its own, so they’ll have to turn to under-handed ways of passing amnesty or at least legislation that incentivizes increased levels of mass migration. If there’s one issue that Republicans should hone in on during the midterms, it’s immigration. Should Republicans come out victorious in the midterms this will halt a lot of mass migration legislative initiatives that the DC Swamp attempts to draw up.