When people talk about the problem with immigration, they usually are referring to illegals. It is easy to scapegoat the rule-breakers who escape corrupt countries such as El Salvador and Mexico for a better life in America. But the truth is, the 11 million or 12 million illegals in this country represent just a fraction of the problem. Along with globalization, legal — not illegal — immigration threatens to demolish the American middle class. Continue reading “Crowding out the middle class” »
President Obama’s recent executive order to shorten the time that illegal immigrants would have to spend away from their U.S. citizen spouses, children or parents while seeking legal status is unfair to both Americans and the immigrants who escape the harsh conditions of life in countries like El Salvador, Mexico, Russia or Guatemala. Continue reading “The Trauma of Obama: Limiting Job Opportunities At Home” »
As the national conversation shifts from tackling America’s mounting debt to job creation, it is important to take stock of the numbers. On top of the 14 million unemployed Americans, 9 million part-time workers are searching for a full-time job. In addition, 7 million have simply given up looking and therefore not included in the statistics. This adds up to 30 million. Unfortunately if America does not address its broken immigration system these historic high unemployment figures will linger for many more years irrespective of who is sitting in the White House. Continue reading “The Unemployment Blues and Immigration” »
A majority of lawmakers in the United States believe that Americans are lazy because the jobs occupied by illegal immigrants are those jobs that American simply do not want. The overwhelming data and common sense suggests that this is not true. For example, the construction worker unemployment rate as of May 2011 stood at 16.3 percent. Given current unemployment rates of 9.2% for whites and 17% for employable blacks, it is reasonable to believe that many Americans would welcome the opportunity to work in the nation’s construction industry, which is among the most solidly middle wage jobs. It is sad that former Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Carter and now President Obama insist that the jobs being given illegal aliens are those Americans cannot not do. After all, those same jobs (janitorial, construction, hotel, restaurant, etc.) were also around in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s when America was the world’s strongest power. Americans are not lazy.