On December 28, 2013, news reports announced that as a cost saving strategy, Congress recessed without extending unemployment benefits for out of work Americans.
Unemployed Americans were interviewed and, as would be expected, they all talked about how traumatic is was for them to realize that they could not find work and are now about to lose and an important source of income.
What no one talked about was how the United States continues to admit more authorized foreign workers each month than the number of new jobs that are being created. This includes high-tech workers.
In December 2011 “Dan Rather Reports” aired a disconcerting hour-long report on how highly educated and experienced American computer programmers are being replaced by programmers from India. The report was titled: “Dan Rather Reports: No thanks for everything”
On May 15, 2007 a four minute infuriating video was aired on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN. It features an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer is identified in the video as being Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.
This outrageous strategy is still being employed by immigration lawyers.
Additionally, failures of the administration to enforce the immigration laws adds still more foreign workers to the already overcrowded and desperate labor pool of unemployed Americans.
The longer that workers are unable to find jobs, the more undesirable they become to employers who are seeking employees, creating the vicious cycle of desperate American workers finding that the longer they are unable to find a job, the more difficult it becomes for them to get hired.
The clock is ticking and it is not on the side of desperate American workers and their struggling families.
The plight of many of these families is directly attributable to the immigration crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the administration.
Meanwhile cities and some states have declared themselves to be “Sanctuaries” for illegal aliens who have violated the borders and the immigration laws of the United States, for reasons known only to them. Our borders and immigration laws are supposed to prevent the entry and continued presence of aliens whose presence is harmful or dangerous to America and Americans.
The administration has taken the utterly unjustifiable step of providing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens with employment authorization and creating an irresistible incentive for aliens to run our borders and violate our immigration laws by promising to do whatever it can to ultimately provide these aliens with a pathway to United States citizenship while members of the Republican Party’s leadership have promised to provide, as a minimum, employment authorization to unknown millions of illegal aliens.
One of the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 which enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded. Among these classes are aliens who suffer from dangerous communicable diseases or extreme mental illness. Additionally convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists and spies are excluded as well as aliens who would seek unlawful employment or become public charges.
This afore-noted section of the INA also contains this provision which is of extreme importance to American workers, their families and the American economy:
(A) Labor certification
(i) In general Any alien who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor is inadmissible, unless the Secretary of Labor has determined and certified to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General that—
(I) there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified (or equally qualified in the case of an alien described in clause (ii)) and available at the time of application for a visa and admission to the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform such skilled or unskilled labor, and
(II) the employment of such alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed.
The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized. In the war on terror and transnational gangs, they are our first line of defense and our last line of defense. They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
In his famous speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944 General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:
“We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”
Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.