The Ins & Outs of Immigration and Labor

Published on November 13th, 2012

During the campaign for the Presidency the issue of outsourcing of American jobs became an issue for debate with President Obama accusing Governor Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs.

What was not noted in that debate or in campaign ads of other political candidates who were quick to decry the outsourcing of American jobs was that while the outsourcing of jobs was contributing to the extraordinarily high unemployment rates in the United States, the importation of foreign labor into the United States was also taking its toll on the plight of American workers.

Politicians who are eager to discuss how sending jobs out of the United States hurts American workers and their families but are unwilling to utter a word about how bringing foreign workers into the United States similarly impacts American workers.

President Obama has become the Importer-in-Chief of foreign (alien) workers!

On November 1, 2012 the Washington Times published a report based on a recent study conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies entitled: Two-thirds of jobs go to immigrants during Obama’s four years

This report began with the following paragraphs:

Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.

Since the first quarter of 2009, the number of immigrants of working age (16 to 65) who are employed has risen 2 million, from 21.2 million to 23.2 million. During the same time, native-born employment has risen just 1 million, to reach 119.9 million.

It’s a trend years in the making: Immigrants are working more, and native-born Americans are working less.

In 2000, 76 percent of natives aged 18 to 65 were employed, but that dropped steadily to 69 percent this September. By contrast, immigrants started the last decade at 71 percent employment and rose to a peak of 74 percent at the height of the George W. Bush-era economic boom. They since have slid down to 69 percent amid the sluggish economy.

Time and again politicians who understand how American workers and their families gravely concerned about the unemployment rates, boast about how they are able to create jobs and ridicule those who have outsourced jobs but ignore the impact of foreign workers on the job prospects and salaries of American workers.

No matter how many new jobs may be created, if American and lawful immigrant workers do not get those jobs then all efforts of job creation will be for naught for all too many American families!

When the federal government fails to enforce the immigration laws that are designed to deny foreign workers jobs Americans desperately need, foreign workers, both those illegally present as well as those who are able to obtain appropriate visas that enable them to work in the United States, many American workers and their families will continue to lose their tenuous grip on the middle class and slide below the poverty line. The primary missions of the immigration laws is to protect American lives and protect the jobs of American workers- yet you would never know it to consider how the administration and other politicians from both sides of the political aisle continually call for providing pathways to citizenship for illegal aliens even as the United States admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants each and every year. These lawful immigrants are on the pathway to United States citizenship.

The silence from both sides of the political aisle was deafening when the Obama administration decided to bypass the legislative process and provide potentially millions of illegal alien “DREAMERS” with employment authorization through the purported use of “Prosecutorial Discretion.”

We are continually told that aliens are doing the work Americans won't do- This is one of those absurd statements that have come to gain credibility in the minds of some folks because it often repeated by politicians and other who stand to gain by hiring foreign workers who will work for lower wages than their American or lawful immigrant counterparts (Competition).

If you consider what is contained in Section 656 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you quickly see that the false assertion enables employers to “legally” hire foreign workers:

(a) Under section 212(a)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA or Act) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(A)), certain aliens may not obtain immigrant visas for entrance into the United States in order to engage in permanent employment unless the Secretary of Labor has first certified to the Secretary of State and to the Secretary of Homeland Security that:

(1) There are not sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified and available at the time of application for a visa and admission into the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform the work; and

(2) The employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of United States workers similarly employed.

(b) The regulations under this part set forth the procedures through which such immigrant labor certifications may be applied for, and granted or denied.

Stop and give this some serious thought- one of the components of the INA is to ensure that the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of United States workers similarly employed.

Providing amnesty (including employment authorization to illegal aliens) and/or pathways to United States citizenship for illegal aliens circumvents this incredibly important and fundamental law, thereby undermining and betraying American workers!

We are constantly told that Americans aren't smart enough to take the high-tech jobs. Perhaps it is appropriate to question the intelligence of Americans- in point of fact, Americans have elected these political leaders who are now pursuing such outrageous goals!

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