SANTA BARBARA – Although President Obama says creating jobs is his top priority, his failure to enforce immigration laws at worksites has led to job losses for American workers. That is the message of a new television ad campaign by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and allied organizations concerned about unemployment.
"The United States is suffering its highest unemployment rate in decades, yet President Obama has cut jobsite enforcement of immigration laws by 60 percent. How seriously should we take his claims that he is focusing on this issue?" asked Diana Hull, the President of CAPS.
The ads note that over 8 million jobs are held by foreign workers who are in this country illegally and ask Americans to call the President to complain.
Even when illegal workers are apprehended, they are typically released and free to take other jobs. Furthermore, the Obama Administration annually admits more than a million legal foreign workers under various immigration programs.
"Obama is truly hypocritical on this important issue. Even as he claims to generate jobs for American workers, hr lets those jobs be filled by foreign workers and takes no action to ensure genuine enforcment," Hull said.
CAPS and its partners in the Coalition for the Future American Worker are running the ads to educate the public about immigration policy and its impact on unemployment. The current ads can be viewed here.