Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, July 27, 2015

Where is the Leadership on Jobs?

Both Democrats and Republicans repeatedly talk about jobs as one of the biggest issues facing our country, and they’re right. Today, there are 93 million Americans who are not in the labor force, the highest number ever. The labor force participation rate is only 62.7%, which is the lowest since Jimmy Carter’s terrible economy. Joblessness hurts some parts of our society more than others. For example, 12.2 million black Americans aren’t in the labor force, which is also a record. For blacks between 16 and 19 years old, unemployment is 25%. One out of four black teens is looking for a job but can’t find one.

These statistics show that many Americans are left out of today’s economy, but Democrats and many Republicans continue to insist on so-called “comprehensive” immigration reform, which will only make matters worse. When talking about immigration, comprehensive reform means more legal immigrants and amnesty for more illegals. We already give one million people a year permanent legal status and offer hundreds of thousands of visas. In addition, 12 million illegal aliens would step forward to compete for jobs and claim government benefits. President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesties have already let several million into our workforce, which former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell calls an unlawful attack on American workers at every skill level. Obama’s actions also harm workers who choose to retire, as Obama’s amnesties entitle illegals to Social Security.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the only candidate talking about controlling immigration to improve American jobs and wages. As he said in Iowa, “I don’t know how anyone can argue against that.” This view has wide support at the grassroots. Americans will reward the candidates that are willing to limit immigration.

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