Missing from President Obama’s “Jobs Summit,” will be any discussion of millions of existing U.S. jobs that could be available to American workers, warns the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Some 8 million U.S. jobs are currently filled by illegal aliens.

While 15.7 million American workers are officially unemployed and an estimated 10 million more are involuntarily working part-time or have given up looking for work, the Obama administration has abandoned worksite immigration enforcement and removal of illegal workers.

“The administration could free-up much needed jobs for millions of unemployed Americans simply by enforcing existing immigration laws,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “While the administration is spending $787 billion of borrowed money in an effort to create or save jobs in this country, there are 8 million jobs that already exist and that American workers would be happy to fill if they were given the opportunity.”

American workers who are displaced by illegal aliens are estimated to cost taxpayers about $15 billion annually for benefits that need to be provided to the unemployed. However, rather than imposing severe penalties against companies that hire illegal aliens and removing illegal workers, the Obama administration is conducting meaningless paperwork audits and allowing the illegal workers to remain in the country and compete for other scarce jobs. In addition, the administration and the congressional leadership have discouraged many illegal aliens from leaving the U.S. by promising legislation in 2010 that would offer them amnesty.

“Double-digit unemployment is a serious problem that demands decisive action on the part of the president and congressional leaders. Instead, the White House and the congressional leadership are protecting the interests of people who are in the country illegally at the expense of millions of citizens and legal residents who are struggling through this protracted economic crisis,” Stein charged.

“Enforcing our immigration laws won’t magically solve the country’s economic or employment woes, but it would be enormously beneficial to millions of unemployed Americans who want nothing more than an opportunity to work and support their families,” continued Stein. “Without serious efforts by the administration to free-up the 8 million American jobs held by illegal aliens, the summit, unfortunately, will amount to little more than political theater.”

The above is a press release dated December 3 from Federation for American Immigration Reform, 25 Massachusetts Avenue – Suite 330 Washington DC, 20001, Office 202-328-7004. Contact Bob Dane 202-328-7004 or Ira Mehlman 206-420-7733 for details of the above. Email: media@fairus.org. Founded in 1979, FAIR is the oldest and largest immigration reform group in America. FAIR fights for immigration policies that enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs and wages and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

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