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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Connecting Immigration And Unemployment

The argument that immigrants do jobs that Americans will not do is as phony as a three-dollar bill. As economist Thomas Sowell pointed out, virtually every kind of work that Americans supposedly will not do is in fact work that Americans have done for generations. Today, most of the people doing that work are still Americans.

After a speech in Cedar Rapids, presidential candidate Scott Walker answered a question by saying he would make sure that our legal immigration system is based on making our number one priority to protect American workers and their wages. That’s music to the ears of the grassroots, but Walker seems to be the only candidate who gets it. Americans not in the labor force now exceed 93 million for the first time. Over 22 million of those people are black Americans who are not in the labor force. For black teens age sixteen to nineteen, unemployment is a whopping twenty five percent. This means that one in four black teens does not have a job and is actively seeking one.

White House spokesmen telephoned friendly corporation officers and assured them that his immigration policies “would make it easier for them to retain foreign workers.” But the public was fed a much different line. Obama claims that foreign workers will not compete for existing jobs because they will be creating new jobs, new businesses, and new industries right here in America. It’s time for our President to fess up about the truth of immigration. The unemployment rate is simply too high to sustain millions of alien workers who will either steal American jobs or else steal American welfare dollars. The American people need to start pressuring our legislators to treat the immigration issue like it is: a real threat to unemployed Americans who are looking for a job.

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