Obama Neglects Impact of Immigration on Jobs

Yesterday evening, the President appeared before a joint session of Congress – one he requested simply because he wanted to use the House chamber to make a speech – to demand that a bill pass that has yet to be drafted. The proposed bill is supposed to create jobs and get the economy back on track. The word “immigration” never crossed his lips, and at no point did he address the impact that the nation’s mass immigration crisis has on a host of related economic problems. These troubling trends include; the disappearance of the American middle class; massive deficits created, in part, by uncontrolled social spending; a dramatic decline in U.S. competitiveness; and the staggering degree of unfair competition engendered in the nation’s labor force as a result of the presence of so many illegal workers.

The President plans to spend billions of dollars in an attempt to generate new jobs at the same time that we continue to allow over one million new immigrant and nonimmigrant workers to enter the U.S. each year in search of work. His plan will allow perhaps hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to obtain work authorization through administrative amnesty. It will accelerate a trend in allowing nonimmigrant visa holders to remain indefinitely and enter the labor force. It will continue to exacerbate an unskilled, semi-skilled and dated-skilled surplus that will destroy what remains of the American Dream for the children in many middle class families. And the President’s plan includes allowing illegal workers to remain in the U.S. looking for work indefinitely.

Previously FAIR has warned that big spending jobs programs often benefit illegal workers. The President himself warned that in the modern age, corporations can move jobs anywhere. Is his plan to so flood the labor market with foreign labor that all boats (except for yachts) will fall together in the U.S.? If not, why wouldn’t the President give the American worker a break and take a look at how the nation’s immigration policies are hindering, not helping, future economic recovery and growth? That would be leadership – real leadership – and it’s long overdue.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    “If not, why wouldn’t the President give the American worker a break and take a look at how the nation’s immigration policies are hindering, not helping, future economic recovery and growth? That would be leadership – real leadership – and it’s long overdue.”

    Because he thinks it’s more in his interest to pander to his ethnic base (whose activists are virulently opposed to immigration law and its enforcement). Our job is to educate voters that he’s selling you out and not let him pander without it costing him politically. Waiting for him to lead or show integrity is a fool’s game: He said over and over he’d done all he could legally do administratively and in a snap went ahead and did administrative amnesty anyway. If all he cares about is his political interests, we have to make it against his interests to sell Americans out.

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    Here’s a jobs plan: Lets hire a few million to work for Homeland Security, and the courts(gov­ernment jobs!!!) lets round up the 12 million plus illegal aliens and get the paper work and court hearing done and deport. Thus opening up a few million jobs, as well as saving us billions in our entitlemen­ts. These jobs would not be short lived, due to the rate they flood in over the borders, that should keep us busy for quite awhile. Not to mention getting alot of our own citizens off unemployme­nt. Win Win !!

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    By the way he is creating jobs for his Muslim brothers this man needs to go. If he is not defeated in 2012 we can kiss our freedoms goodbye. He is setting out to bring America to it’s knees and it is amazing how fast it’s happening. And the stupid liberals are not gonna know what hit them when it’s against the law to open their BIG mouths. God

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    Well I just got information from a good source that one of our large chicken plants. Has hired thousands of Somalians (Muslims to boot) to work in their packaging plants. They are allowed into our country with 43 different deseases. And they are handling our food not to mention thousands of jobs they are taking. This company I’m sure is not paying them much and the govt is probably paying for housing or should I say WE THE People are paying for it. I was wondering where these Muslims are that Obama was allowing in. Well this plant is in Texas and this company should be boycotted. These are very poor brought here to work like a sweat shop. We cannot allow this to happen. I will post more on this later. I’m going to alert the news stations or Glenn Beck and see if they will investigate and air this news. Everyone should be made aware of this. Makes me sick. My friend said they kneel and pray to Allah in the restrooms several times a day that’s how she knows they are Muslims.

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    I can’t think of one thing that Obama has decided to do that I agree with. He has done nothing that would or will give us a reason to elect him again. If we have one more term with him in office, we will be saying that we want a dictator for a President instead of a Leader and a representative. Everytime I read what he wants to do with our Country, I get depressed. It is too bad that we didn’t elect an American Citizen the first time. We needed a person that was proud of our Country and wanted to build on the good things that our previous leaders had already started.

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    How convenient that the California is about to pass a bill prohibiting Government agencies, and contractors with state and local governments, from requiring E-Verify. This paves the way for infrastructure contractors to load up with illegals to perform the work under Obama’s new “son of stimulus” program. And for unions to recruit construction workers.

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    I agree with this article entirely. Obama, with his job speech, failed to mention the illegal immigration problem. He also should realize that Americans are sick of all this money going to help them and not the American citizen. I believe, like you, that all the jobs in construction he is supposed to create, will go to illegal alien labor via greedy construction contractors The same will happen with any factory jobs like the coporations do all the time. That is pull strings to have one group or another of non American illegal and legal immigrants take all those jobs. I’ve seen it happen time and again. And guess what! all these companies folded or were bought out. Unqualified, unskilled, illiterate illegal alien labor that get work with fraudulent documentation.
    Notice Obama never mentions this either.