November 26, 2009
The German government wants immigrants to sign an ‘integration contract’ binding newcomers to German ‘values,’ the country’s commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration said on Monday. “Anyone who wants to live here for a long time and who wants to work has to say “yes” to our country,” Maria Boehmer told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten local daily. “This includes learning the German language as well as the readiness to participate in society,” she said. In exchange, immigrants “can expect help and support.”
She said that common values that immigrants would have to pledge to uphold included freedom of speech and equality of the sexes.
Boehmer added that there were parts of large German cities with “parallel societies” where there are “significant deficits” when it comes to speaking German and school performance.
But she added that success stories among Germany’s 15.1-million strong population of immigrants and their descendants had to be better publicised, such as those who create firms or become engineers, doctors or lawyers.
Last year, in common with some other European countries, Germany introduced a test on key facts about the country for people wanting to gain German citizenship.
November 25, 2009
I am guessing that this is in part driven by a hope that most of those caught will be Tamils. Sri Lankan Sinhalese have a hatred of Tamils created by many years of ferocious Tamil terrorism — and a desire for some degree of payback is very understandable
As a further 52 asylum seekers were brought ashore on Christmas Island [Australia] yesterday, a fleet of fishing boats carrying 142 Sri Lankans bound for Australia was intercepted. Sri Lanka’s navy last night said it seized the four fishing trawlers off the island nation’s southern coast and handed them over to local police.
“The passengers had paid large sums of money to people smugglers to take them abroad,” navy spokesman Athula Senarath said. In recent months there has been an increase in the number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia, many claiming political asylum – most famously the 72 who ended up aboard Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking.
At Christmas Island yesterday, however, the 52 new arrivals – brought to land under the watchful eye of an Australian Federal Police contingent – were Afghans.
They were transferred from an Australian Customs vessel standing off the island and conveyed by barge to the public wharf in Flying Fish Cove, where interpreters were waiting with buses to take them to the island’s detention centres. Sources said the latest group comprised 39 adult males, one adult female and 10 minors, plus two crew.
Extra security precautions have been in place since Saturday night’s violent riot at the island’s principal immigration detention centre – where the men will be housed while their identity and security checks are carried out.
The women will be put in temporary accommodation of prefabricated huts behind barbed wire in the grounds of the recreation centre and at an adjacent construction camp. The male arrivals will put further stress on the already overcrowded camp, which was built to hold 400, expanded to cope with 800 and has recently held more than 1000. On Monday, nearly 70 people who were processed on Christmas Island were informed they were to be granted permanent visas and taken to Australia. [A reward for forcing the gates!]
November 25, 2009
Spain is helping Mauritania fight the illegal immigration of Africans trying to reach Europe. The number of those trying the dangerous ocean crossing are down, but many young Africans remain determined to make the trip. The northern city of Nouadhibou is Mauritania’s commercial capital. But its proximity to the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands also makes it a center for illegal immigration in West Africa.
Bamba Zoumana traveled overland from his home in Mali to join other West Africans trying to make the nearly 1,000 kilometers to the Canary Islands on a small wooden boat. They were turned back to Nouadhibou. But Zoumana says he will try again. Zoumana says in his own country no one respects you because you have no money. So he made the final decision to leave for his family. It is a choice between reaching Europe and dying in the ocean. If you die, your family loses. But if you reach Europe, Zoumana says, your family wins. Some of the people who do not make it to Europe then decided to stay at home. But not Zoumana. He says he should be there. But if he does not succeed, he says he is obliged to do his best for his son to reach Europe.
The Spanish and Mauritanian governments have stepped up patrols along the coast to stop that illegal immigration. Madrid is helping Nouakchott with an annual budget of nearly $750 million and a small plane to keep watch on immigration routes.
Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Angel Moratinos was the first European foreign minister to visit Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz after his election earlier this year. Moratinos announced plans to strengthen development assistance for fishing, agriculture, and health as well as strategic cooperation on fighting illegal migration, terrorism, and smuggling.
Ahmed Ould Khayer runs a non-governmental organization in Nouadhibou that helps illegal immigrants who are waiting to be returned to their home countries. Because most of the people trying to emigrate illegally from Nouadhibou are not Mauritanians, Khayer says they live in the country in secret, making their cases difficult to follow. Khayer says his group’s research shows the number of people trying to get to Europe illegally has fallen by nearly 80 percent as a result of renewed efforts to secure the coastline.
Malian Diara Oumaro knows it is a dangerous trip. But he is in Nouadhibou getting ready to go. Oumaro says illegal immigrants are paying boatmen between $700 and $1,000 for passage to the Canary Islands. Many of his friends and neighbors died at sea in 2006 and 2007. But he is determined to try. Everyone loves Europe, Oumaro says. In Africa now, if you have a job you are saving money to try to get to Europe. If you don’t have money, you take small jobs in construction, and as soon as you have enough money, you try to reach Europe because in Europe, Oumaro says, you can make a lot of money and come back home.
Yahya Cisse, who heads a group of young Malians in Nouadhibou, says illegal immigration is a problem for everyone – for the home countries of migrants, for Mauritania, and for Spain. Cisse says people in Mali know nothing about the ocean. If they knew how dangerous it was, he says, maybe they would not take the risk. In Mauritania, he says Malians must be better informed about the dangers and better prevented from trying the ocean crossing. As for Spain, he says there are some Spanish nationals who are accomplices in illegal immigration who play down the risks of the trip to get money from people desperate for what they hope will be a better life in Europe.
November 24, 2009
1. Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue
Excerpt: This study examines academic and government research on the question of immigrant crime. New government data indicate that immigrants have high rates of criminality, while older academic research found low rates. The overall picture of immigrants and crime remains confused due to a lack of good data and contrary information. However, the newer government data indicate that there are legitimate public safety reasons for local law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities.
2. Immigration-Related Theses and Dissertations, 2008
Excerpt: It is the mission of the Center for Immigration Studies to examine, inform, and critique American immigration policy. In the pursuit of this goal, the Center seeks to provide the latest immigration news and research for all involved in the debate over this complex issue. In addition to its e-mail news services, reports, and books, the Center disseminates an annual list of doctoral dissertations and theses which relate to immigration in order to keep those involved abreast of the most recent developments in emerging scholarship. This compilation contains dissertations completed in 2008.
3. Immigration’s Impact on U.S. Workers
Excerpt: There is some disagreement among economist about the size of the impact on American workers. However, almost all economists agree that less-educated workers have done very poorly in the labor market over the last four decades as immigration has increased. This testimony examines trends in wages and employment and finds no evidence of a shortage of less-educated workers. Moreover, there is significant research showing that immigration has reduced employment and wages for less-educated natives.
4. Labor Market Effects of Immigration Enforcement at Meatpacking Plants in Seven States
Excerpt: Thank you, ranking member Smith and Republican members, for the invitation to testify about two reports on how local labor markets were affected by immigration enforcement at seven meat packing plants in seven states.
5. Hate Groups, Nativists, and Vigilantes
Excerpt: But if I might put myself in their heads for a moment, this kind of caution is irrelevant to the organizers of the hate campaign against amnesty opponents. And it’s not because La Raza and the rest are cynically trying to taint pro-enforcement voices. On the contrary, they sincerely believe that support for any kind of immigration enforcement or limit on immigration is, by definition, hateful and an incitement to violence. Despite occasional pious acknowledgments that a nation has a right to control its borders, open-borders groups (on both the left and right) oppose all existing immigration-control measures and any prospective ones. This is because they reject the moral legitimacy of immigration controls, borders, sovereignty, and nationhood itself. Thus, unyielding opposition to amnesty and illegal immigration — however measured the tone, however sober the argument — is necessarily the equivalent of an act of violence in their eyes. And so they perceive their vilification campaign simply as a matter of self-defense, a response to our provocation.
6. Latest Senate Health Bill’s Immigration Smoke and Mirrors
Excerpt: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ gives the appearance of going further to bar illegal aliens from taxpayer-funded health benefits than the House-passed legislation or other Senate bills. But a closer read exposes loopholes, flaws, and the very tools for quickly undoing whatever merits the Reid measure contains.
7. Misguided Energies: An Analysis of the Immigration-Related Theses
Excerpt: CIS does all of us a service by its annual listing of Immigration-Related Theses and Dissertations, such as Matt Graham’s most recent edition published earlier this month.
Each of the approximately 360 papers listed for 2008 represents from one to two year’s full-time work, sometimes more, and its completion is usually the last step on the way to the writer’s securing a Ph.D. In these studies could contain a treasure-chest of highly useful information and insights that could help the nation as it struggles to define its immigration policy.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
8. Audit or Arrest?
Excerpt: The audit strategy is a reprise of a Clinton-era effort tried one time at Nebraska’s meatpacking plants and then discontinued. The employers and politicians were so crazed at the sucess of the initiative that they got Janet Reno to fire the INS official who came up with the idea. It shows how much things have changed that this strategy, so controversial ten years ago, is now touted by the open-borders crowd as their answer to the evil Bush-era policy (at least at the very end of the Bush term) of actually arresting illegal aliens and sanctioning employers. And the only reason the debate has shifted so much is that the political class didn’t get its amnesty and was forced to get progessively more serious about enforcement. If we keep denying them amnesty, maybe they’ll eventually start enforcing the law in earnest.
9. Napolitano Calls E-Verify ‘Centerpiece of Immigration Reform’
Excerpt: Cooking up Thanksgiving-style metaphors, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated yesterday that ‘E-Verify is at the centerpiece of our efforts to maintain a legal workforce both for large and small businesses.’ She quickly added that ‘employers need to be held accountable for maintaining a legal workforce” and “our commitment to this approach is growing.’ It seems that E-Verify has made its way onto the menu for immigration fixings, so much so it holds a prominent position in the center of the immigration reform table.
10. Money That Encourages International Migration — a Typology
Excerpt: Although one would not know it by reading immigration policy debates, money paid to middlemen, mostly Americans, plays a major role in the whole process.
If one seeks to manage, or at least nudge, events in immigration it is useful to visualize the financial transactions involving the non-migratory actors in the field, the people and institutions that shape migration but do not migrate themselves.
11. Federal Employment Verification Requirements: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Excerpt: So, how did ABM Industries end up with huge numbers of illegal aliens on its payroll? Well, probably by fully complying with the letter of a law that is the employer’s equivalent of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy.
12. Bizarre Consistency: Obama, Immigrants, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Excerpt: Two recent decisions by the Obama Administration suggest a bizarre consistency — no matter what the pressures are from Left or Right, the government will not do anything to or for immigrants that would discourage sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
It is not that there is a giant, well-funded lobby for sexually-transmitted diseases, but there might as well be one.
13. Imagine That — Fact-Checking on TV
Excerpt: The unfortunate reality is that anyone can do a study and that few news organizations question what is in them. Not so with Lou Dobbs.
14. The Big Lie Behind H-1B Visas
Excerpt: A Big Lie that has been prominent in the immigration debate has been the existence of a shortage of tech workers. The repeated claims a tech worker shortage has been the rallying cry for industry calls for more cheap foreign labor, generally on H-1B visas.
15. Immigration and Nepotism Revisited
Excerpt: You wouldn’t know it from much of the news coverage, but the ‘comprehensive’ immigration reforms favored by many immigration advocates would do far more than provide legal status to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Two other giant programs would offer a path to citizenship to many more newcomers who, like most of the illegal immigrant population, tend to be unskilled and poorly educated. This means that the demographic effect of ‘comprehensive’ reforms would be an enormous increase in the population of the working poor.
The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 24, 2009
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As a moderator of comments for news.com.au I see a lot of intolerance expressed in the debate over asylum seeker boats, especially from a vocal minority prepared to get very nasty. The Oceanic Viking has stirred the asylum debate. The comments from this quarter typically employ broad-brush terms of abuse to stereotype on the basis of nationality.
The targets of these hateful attacks are Australians. The most popular terms of abuse are “redneck” and “racist”. Those commenting along these lines normally express a boundless compassion for asylum seekers. Strangely however, they seem completely devoid of any interest in sympathetically understanding the views of their fellow citizens, without name calling.
The overwhelming sentiment I’ve seen online mirrors what opinion polls say, most want a hard line on boat people. Undoubtedly sometimes this does reflect racism or xenophobia and a desire to keep Australia “white”. I occasionally see these type of comments.
What is more interesting, I think, are the other reasons repeatedly given by those advocating a hard line. The general sentiment is that the boat people are queue jumpers. Often the strongest outrage is from people who have recently migrated or know others trying to. Australia is not an easy country to move into, the process can be long and expensive. So for people to sail in and simply claim residency upsets many, whatever the boat people’s circumstances. For all our supposed larrikinism, Australians, I’d say, value law and order. They like those who “do the right thing” and “go through the proper channels”.
The legalistic argument that asylum seekers are not jumping the queue because “there is no queue to jump” generally doesn’t wash. There is a UN process for refugee settlement readily available offshore and it certainly puts you in a long bureaucratic queue, one that may take years. When some asylum seekers are seen to get a special deal, as appears to have happened for those who occupied the Oceanic Viking, it looks even more unfair.
Another sentiment often expressed by those opposing asylum boats is that those onboard will become welfare bludgers and we have lots of other things to spend money on. Australia resettles migrants with extensive welfare and social community support, teaches them English and provides training to those who can enter the workforce. That’s all well and good because jobs are the key to upward social mobility for migrant groups. Without plentiful jobs you are likely to perpetuate welfare slums, crime and often alienation extending into a second generation.
All the high wage and highly economically regulated countries in Europe that have relatively high and entrenched levels of unemployment have struggled with immigration. Many make it difficult for outsiders to become full citizens. Some, like Denmark, are even paying migrants to go back. Many have trouble with ethnic populations, who sometimes war in tribes against the police, as in France. Some nations have seen the rise of anti-immigration parties.
Britain with low minimum wages has had high migration but it isn’t escaping the other problems, especially during an economic downturn.
The world’s most successful immigrant society is America, at least by scale. America has resettled the “huddled masses”, including large refugee communities and millions of illegal migrants. This has been done by basically saying people should look after themselves, with minimum welfare offered and not even universal healthcare but usually free education. What America traditionally provided was plenty of low wage jobs that require no skills and limited or no English.
In Australia we do not believe in low wage jobs. So except in times of real economic boom unskilled migrants without English will have few employment prospects.
Sometimes it seems widely forgotten, even by Australian Workers Union boss Peter Howes when he talked about “Labor hero stuff” in leading the debate for a more welcoming approach, that Labor heroes of yore were leaders in keeping people out. The unions and Labor were strong advocates of the White Australia immigration policy. The traditional aim was to preserve Australian wages and conditions against the hordes of cheap Asian workers.
I would suggest that most people who call their fellow Australians rednecks or racists often also value award-set high wages, extensive economic regulation with universal and generous welfare. Probably many of these same people have environmental concerns and support policies that will result in higher costs of resources and lower economic growth. None of this is really compatible with increased humanitarian immmigration on a major scale, or perhaps greatly increased immigration of any sort.
Tightly controlled borders are the precondition of much of the Australia we know, the barrier behind which “the Lucky Country” (said with or without irony) was built. Having our borders opened in a major way would threaten to undermine this. We would likely see a less orderly Australia, a less equal one and perhaps a less safe one.
On the other hand it would be more interesting, more dynamic and more exciting. Personally I’d pick the more exciting version. I acknowledge though that I am pretty well economically protected from the real costs and pressures of increased immigration, whether that is competing for unskilled jobs or living in a potentially high crime suburb. I suspect many of those who want the boats welcomed are in a similarly fortunate situation. I’d also guess many are just as committed to preserving the insular “Australian way of life” as the people they call “rednecks”.
November 23, 2009
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Immigrants who don’t understand English have been able to buy language certificates that give them the right to settle in Britain.
An investigation by The Sunday Times has found that staff at English language colleges in London and Birmingham have been offering migrants who speak little or no English Home Office-regulated English and Citizenship certificates for £250 each. Tests are rigged to allow almost anyone to pass.
Staff hand out crib sheets with questions and answers in English. Others let candidates write the sound of English words on the sheets in their own tongue, so the answers appear right, but they don’t know what they are saying.
At the UK Learning Academy in Birmingham, a staff assessor told an undercover reporter that candidates did not have to take any courses or speak any English to pass the tests. The assessor simply asked if the candidate knew their own name, date of birth and address. When told that they did, the assessor replied: “That’s all right then. That’s a guaranteed pass.”
Yesterday the Academy said it had sacked the assessor for “gross misconduct”. Directors at a second college under investigation said they had suspended its English course, while a third college removed the website advertising its course.
Chris Grayling, shadow home secretary, said: “These revelations are particularly alarming and reveal another major abuse of our system for immigration.” He called for the certificates to be suspended.
November 23, 2009
Recession-crippled Republic offers cash to non-EU nationals who agree to leave country
Ireland is offering money to immigrants to leave the recession-crippled Republic. The Irish Department of Justice has confirmed that it is opening an EU-funded project to persuade foreign workers and asylum seekers to return to their country of origin.
A spokeswoman told the Observer this weekend that the scheme will only apply to non-EU nationals living in the Republic and would involve the department spending almost €600,000 this year to pay for immigrants and their families to return to nations outside the European Union. “The grants will not be given to individuals but rather the scheme will operate through projects and organisations,” she added. “They [immigrants] can apply for the fund only through organisations and community groups. It is the first time we have introduced the scheme.”
The department has made it clear it had no projected figure in mind as to the number of immigrants the government hopes will take up the repatriation grants. Advertisements promoting the scheme were published in Irish national newspapers on Friday. Application forms will also be available for non-EU nationals in the main immigration centre on Burgh Quay, Dublin.
The voluntary repatriation programme comes at a time of rising fears about the cost of immigration into Ireland. Last week the mayor of Limerick caused a political storm when he called for the deportation of EU nationals who were out of work for more than three months and were claiming social welfare benefits. Kevin Kiely said: “We are borrowing €400 million per week to maintain our own residents and we can’t afford it. “During the good times it was grand, but we can’t afford the current situation unless the EU is willing to step in and pay for non-nationals.”
However the mayor was forced to withdraw his remarks after a storm of protests. His own party, Fine Gael, distanced itself from his comments. In a subsequent statement, Kiely said: “I still am of the opinion and so are others, who have approached me in recent days, that there is abuse of the Irish social welfare system. “But in seeking to highlight this I inadvertently caused offence to others, which I very much regret.”
During the latter years of the Celtic Tiger boom Ireland underwent a demographic revolution in terms of its ethnic make-up. Up until the early 1990s Ireland was 95% white and Catholic. However, according to the Republic’s central statistics office, about 18% of Ireland’s inhabitants are now non-nationals. Most of them are from eastern Europe, China, Brazil and west Africa or are British citizens who have settled on the island.
Some academics, such as Dr Bryan Fanning of University College Dublin, estimate that the real figure is more than 20%, meaning Ireland’s “foreign” citizens make up over one fifth of the Republic’s entire population.
The majority of the immigrants who arrived during the boom years were enticed to Ireland to fill vacancies in the construction, retail and tourist sectors – the main parts of the Irish economy to be severely hit by the current recession.
November 22, 2009
Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois says the separatist provincial party will be tabling a bill next week that will seek to better define the values of Quebecers. Marois says the bill will seek to affirm that Quebec is a secular society where French is the primary language and where people believe in equality between men and women.
Marois made the remarks today while addressing some 500 party members at the opening of a two-day national council meeting in Montreal. The PQ is discussing its positions on issues related to language, immigration and identity.
She says it’s up to the PQ to defend the Quebec values and the French language because the governing Liberals have failed to do so. The issue of so-called reasonable accommodation of minorities into Quebec society is also being debated at the meeting, which wraps up Sunday.
November 22, 2009
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The former Australian of the Year, environmentalist Tim Flannery, is worried what effects a growing population will have on the environment.
South-east Queensland is a region where population pressures are at their greatest, with 2,000 people moving into the area each week. Some are from interstate, others from overseas. Queensland’s population is set to double within 50 years.
Professor Flannery says no-one has any real idea of the environmental effects of population growth and it is time for an independent inquiry to look at the issue. “I’m pretty aware that we live in a fragile country with limited water availability, with a significant biodiversity crisis, a limited capacity to feed ourselves because our agriculture is under increasing stress from climate change,” he said. “And what I see is a government-set program for immigration, which really seeks to increase our population very quickly but without any proper analysis of the environmental impacts or indeed the social impacts of that program.”
Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner has weighed into the population debate, saying it is laughable to argue Australia has too many people at this early stage. He says Bangladesh is roughly twice the size of Tasmania but has seven times the population of Australia.
Professor Flannery says that is a meaningless comparison. “Antarctica is bigger than Australia and it hasn’t got any people at all, size isn’t everything,” he said. “Lindsay Tanner may well be right but we need the figures. We need the analysis to understand what we can do in terms of a sustainable population living at this standard of living. “It’s all very well to wave your hands in the air and say everything’s going to be okay, but show me the data, that’s what we actually need. “At the moment … all of our population-related policies, such as immigration and rebates for children, all that sort of stuff are just happening in a vacuum and that’s not good enough.”
Premier Anna Bligh says Queensland can handle the projected population growth. “I think this growth is manageable but it does have to be managed, we can’t let it happen unchecked and we can’t let it happen without a plan,” she said. “What’s interesting living in a federation and governing at a state level is that some of the levers on population are often beyond your control but the consequences all fall into your basket. “Some of the levers, such as immigration policy, things like the baby bonus, have consequences and state governments end up having to manage some of those consequences. “It does require serious and careful thinking and serious and careful planning and some very serious infrastructure that does I think need partnership from all levels of government.”
Ms Bligh says she agrees with the current immigration levels but says there is scope for better planning between state and federal governments about where the new Australian population should be concentrated. And she says more debate is needed on the issue of sustainability, environment and resources. “Over the last five years, as we’ve put together our south-east Queensland plan which is a statutory plan to manage growth, there has been a wide consensus about the need to restrict growth and not let it go in to big urban sprawls,” she said.
“But as the rubber hits the road on making decisions about higher density in people’s neighbourhoods, the community I think is becoming less settled about that. “They’re very alarmed by the prospect that they’ll see a lot of high rises and concerned about the character of their neighbourhoods and their communities changing and changing too rapidly.”
Professor Flannery concedes population growth is needed to grow the economy but he says it’s vital to get the balance right. “The economy will always need more people, business will always need more customers, government will always need more taxpayers,” he said. “That’s not a valid argument for eternal growth. We all know there are limits to growth and we need to work out how to grow our population, if that’s what’s required, at the appropriate level over the appropriate time scale.
“To do that you’ve just got to really look at proper triple-bottom-line accounting and the Government’s always getting onto businesses about doing triple-bottom-line accounting, well it’s time the Government did it itself. “Our environment, social and economic outcomes all have to be fed into these very important policies that will change our country in the long term, change it forever. You can’t really wind back population once you’ve built it in.”
November 21, 2009
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.
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