By Roy Beck of NumbersUSA
I finally got my chance to get a formal hearing before Members of Congress on Thursday for NumbersUSA’s year-long argument that U.S. unemployment requires deep, immediate cuts in immigration.
I let the key numbers do the talking. Do you know them? Take a look at the top three below.
First Number — at least 7 million
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated last spring that 8 million illegal foreign workers held U.S. jobs at that time. Pew said only 4% of them were in agriculture. Since that report, many illegal aliens’ jobs have been eliminated. But it is likely that at least 7 million construction, service, manufacturing and transportation jobs are still currently held by illegal foreign workers. Those are 7 million jobs being sought by more than 7 million less-educated Americans who are currently unemployed and actively seeking a job.
Members of Congress and this Administration need to look at those numbers and come to understand that immigration enforcement is about creating jobs for unemployed Americans. In general, when a government action results in an illegal foreign worker leaving a job, an unemployed American gets to go back to work. Congressman Smith, the 920,000 members of NumbersUSA in every congressional district of our country wholeheartedly support your efforts to promote far more immigration enforcement as one of the most effective JOBS programs the government can have.
Second Number — 75,000
It appears that American workers’ own federal government in October issued permanent work permits to about 75,000 working-age immigrants — 75,000 new LEGAL immigrant workers in just one month.
Third Number — 190,000
In October, 190,000 U.S. jobs were eliminated. Our government added 75,000 more permanent workers to compete with 16 million unemployed Americans for 190,000 FEWER U.S. jobs. Since Jan. 1 of this year, it appears that our government already has issued nearly three-quarters of a million new permanent work permits to immigrants.