Last week media outlets coast to coast were covering news of what some called the largest fast food worker walkout in American history. In spite of the spiraling situation in Syria, the short-term strike took the headline on Drudge Report and was seen splashed on the front pages of major newspapers.Last week media outlets coast to coast were covering news of what some called the largest fast food worker walkout in American history. In spite of the spiraling situation in Syria, the short-term strike took the headline on Drudge Report and was seen splashed on the front pages of major newspapers.
New anaylsis from the Center for Immigration Studies has determined that 57.5 million native-born Americans between the ages of 16 and 65 were not working during the second quarter of 2013. That figure is up 17 million from the second quarter of 2000. Proponents of the Schumer-Obama amnesty bill (S.744), however, claim that there are not enough workers currently living in the United States.
Since NumbersUSA began running TV and radio ads in February highlighting the amnesty leadership of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), his popularity among South Carolina voters has dropped rapidly, according to a new Winthrop University poll.
Although he retains majority support among Republicans, his approval rating among them fell from 71.6% in February to 57.5% in April.
Just how long was the Gang of Eight Senators in that back room pounding out the massive immigration bill they released today?
Supposedly, it has been three months, but I'm wondering if they've been in that back room for five years and missed the fact that the country during that time lost millions of jobs and the top concerns of voters are putting Americans back to work in an improved economy.
Is the country's unemployment nightmare over? It sounded like it from all the excitement over the weekend about the Senate Gang of Eight's near agreement on comprehensive immigration reform which is about greatly increasing the number of work permits for foreign workers. Yet, other news of the week for all to read told a different story in which a nation awash with too many workers for too few jobs can't possibly need more immigration.
Last week, Sen. Jeff Sessions stood up for unemployed Americans during a floor speech in the Senate. The Senate Gang of Eight that's working on a bipartisan "comprehensive immigration reform" bill are working out the details on an expansive guest-worker program that could allow temporary workers to qualify for a green card after one year. Sen. Sessions said a guest worker program would hurt unemployed Americans, especially the most vulnerable Americans.
As the Senate Gang of Eight try to complete their "comprehensive immigration reform" bill that will include an amnesty for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens, an expansive guest worker program that would include visas for construction workers is the latest stumbling block. Business groups are concerned that the GOP Members of the Gang have given in too much to union demands.
Time magazine provides almost the perfect example of how little America's opinion elites identify with America's working classes.
It comes today at the end of a rather helpful article by Alex Altman, entitled "Four Hurdles That Could Block Immigration Reform." http://swampland.time.com/2013/03/20/four-hurdles-that-could-block-immigration-reform/print/
Whether or not you admire the bold individualistic leadership of Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on other issues, I know you will be disappointed and maybe even shocked by the immigration platform he outlined this morning before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
An op-ed written by Clemson Professor Mark Thies and published in the Greenville News says the number of U.S. students enrolled at Clemson in STEM fields is up 60 percent over the past five years. Furthermore, he says that one-third of STEM graduates aren't working in the field and starting salaries within the field have remained flat since 2010.
I have no doubt that America's Catholic bishops are nice people and mean well. But their callous indifference to America's unemployed and low-wage workers is astounding when it comes to their lobbying on immigration policy. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is going to expend another $800,000 of its anti-poverty funds to help pass a bill that will add millions more foreign workers to compete for scarce U.S. jobs.
A new study conducted by Senior Quantitative Analyst Jason Arvelo with Bloomberg Government has found that there is evidence to support E-Verify's ability to deter the hiring of unauthorized workers. The study evaluates the impact that state-passed E-Verify laws had on different industries within those states.
The claims in our TV and radio ads about Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) and his Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform proposals are so shocking that some South Carolina news outlets are saying they must be false. Well, they ARE shocking. But, sadly for South Carolina's and the nation's workers and taxpayers, the information in the ads is true. Let us show you the ways.
The President's State of the Union address and the Republican and Tea Party responses were supposed to focus on the need to put Americans back to work. But I was not surprised to hear very little compassion for the jobless when they talked about immigration. Nonetheless, the sense of inevitability of an amnesty passing this year seemed to recede somewhat tonight.
A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies has found that current U.S. unemployment is disproportionately affecting lesser educated Americans, and therefore they are most impacted by the presence of 11 million illegal aliens who tend to be lesser educated as well. The study takes a closer look at the U-3 and U-6 unemployment rates by breaking the rates down by birthplace, race, and educational attainment.
Major media -- after ignoring the subject throughout the campaigns -- have finally been focusing on just how bad joblessness and poverty are for Black Americans.
Here in Washington, the Post ran a startling front page story over the weekend. And in the opinion section, it ran long-time open-borders columnist Michael Gerson's touching op-ed, "The ignored plight of black males."
November unemployment numbers were released earlier today, and while much of the focus is on the fact that the overall rate dropped 0.2 points from 7.9% to 7.7%, a few media outlets are focusing on why the rate dropped - 542,000 Americans gave up their job search and are no longer being counted in the overall statistic. And while the overall size of the population grew by nearly 200,000 people, the number of people working or looking for work has dropped precipitously.
Supporters of the lottery took to the floor this morning to repeatedly denounce NumbersUSA and its 1.3 million activist members for our efforts to hold down the number of new permanent foreign workers with which the government forces unemployed Americans to compete each year. Nonetheless, the U.S. House overwhelmingly voted 245-139 this morning to kill the Visa Lottery in the multi-issue HR 6429 bill which now goes to the Senate in this lame duck session that will end before Christmas.
Here is the transcript of all comments on immigration in the debates and my explanation of what I think each comment meant.
NumbersUSA is stirring up a whirlwind of interest, gasping, attaboying and disgust with our national TV ad campaign asking why our government adds another million permanent foreign workers each year while more than 3 million Black Americans who want a full-time job can't find one. I drove up to Baltimore -- a stronghold of Black unemployment -- early this morning to do some TV interviews about why we are doing this.
With the baseball post-season in full swing, let's just say that the following eight U.S. Representatives are the ACES of the Democratic team in Congress when it comes to giving priority to American workers over illegal foreign workers and over bringing in new immigrant workers.
CNS News reports that President Obama will take part in an Oct. 8 ceremony establishing a national monument honoring the late Cesar Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers union. What’s ironic about Obama’s gesture is that he will likely compare Chavez’ struggle for farm worker rights to the movement to bestow rights (and citizenship) on illegal aliens when Chavez was, in fact, an adamant opponent of illegal immigration.
Oh, how things have changed in just a few years. Today, the House of Representatives approved, with almost unanimous support, a bill that extends E-Verify for another 3 years. The electronic employment verification program, which NumbersUSA believes would have the biggest impact in ending the flow of illegal immigration to the United States, is set to expire at the end of the month, but, now that it's passed through both chambers of Congress, we fully expect Pres. Obama to sign the extension into law.
On Tuesday, NumbersUSA will launch a national TV ad in cable network news coverage of the Republican National Convention and of next week's Democratic National Convention. The TV ad calls attention to the high unemployment rate of America’s recent college graduates and asks why our government will admit another million immigrant workers next year despite the low percentage of recent college grads finding a job in their field or at all. The TV ad will air on several networks including MSNBC, CNN and FOX News Channel.
Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), told The Hill on Thursday that he's open to taking legal action against the Obama Administration over its massive use of prosecutorial discretion to offer amnesty to at least 1.4 million illegal aliens. Sen. Grassley told The Hill he's still exploring options, but he hasn't ruled out legal action.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the latest in a line of politicians touted in the media for laying out the illegal-alien sanctuary welcome mat and making their jurisdiction more “immigrant-friendly.” Notwithstanding the fact that immigrants are, by definition, legally present and not in need of sanctuary policies, these pandering politicians will not help their struggling cities rebound by creating havens for illegal aliens, irrespective of what the media say.
On Thursday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano faced Members of the House Judiciary Committee who are likely the most outspoken critics of her policy memorandum that provides amnesty through the use of prosecutorial discretion to at least 1.4 million illegal aliens. When the policy was first announced, several questions were left unanswered due to its ambiguity. While Members of the committee asked for answers to many of those questions, Secretary Napolitano dodged, avoided, and redirected her way through the more than two hour hearing.
A report issued on Monday by the tech placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that tech layoffs in the United States hit its highest level in three years during the first half of 2012. The firm's report says 51,529 planned job cuts within the tech sector were planned during the first half of the year.
Over the past three months, the economy has created an average of 75,000 new jobs and the federal government has created an average of 75,000 new permanent U.S. job seekers via immigration. The mainstream media does not report the latter statistic. For years, NumbersUSA has talked about the 75,000 permanent work permits the federal government grants (on average) to immigrant workers every month. For the last three months, job creation has barely kept pace with the number of green cards issued - a fact that eluded the press and, therefore, much of the citizenry.
In all the analysis of whether Arizona or Pres. Obama came out on top in the Supreme Court’s ruling on S.B. 1070 today, the key question is: how well did unemployed Americans fare? And the answer is: Very well.
What do you call an American who denies another American a job because they would rather hire an illegal alien? Would calling them a racist be appropriate? How about a xenophobe or bigot? Maybe those words are too strong - you can be the judge - but let me start with a story that happened in New Jersey just a few weeks ago.
For the two and a half weeks leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, NumbersUSA
is running this ad across the state to urge the Presidential Hopefuls
to take a position on legal immigration. More than 20 million Americans
can't find a full-time job, but Washington will bring in another 1
million legal, working-age immigrants next year. Who should have first
crack at new jobs: unemployed Americans or 1 million new legal
E-Verify is gaining in popularity, even in states that have tried to limit its use. But it will take a federal bill like Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act to require every employer to use the free, online program. Employers who use E-Verify give it high marks and recommend it to others but too few sign up for it unless they are required to do so.
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) has cosponsored Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. The bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months. The Legal Workforce Act could open up as many as 7 million jobs currently held by illegal aliens.
Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) has cosponsored Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. The bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months. The Legal Workforce Act could open up as many as 7 million jobs currently held by illegal aliens.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has cosponsored Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. The bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months. The Legal Workforce Act could open up as many as 7 million jobs currently held by illegal aliens.
Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) have cosponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885). The bill would require 100% of businesses to begin using E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years and require all federal and state governments to check new hires and existing employees within 6 months.
When NumbersUSA aired the "Lower LEGAL Immigration" ad during two recent GOP national debates, a number of individuals posted comments on Twitter in disbelief that any organization would advocate lower legal immigration levels. Amnesty is the only form of LEGAL immigration that some are willing stand against. However, just because something is legal doesn't make it morally right. For example, if the African Slave trade were still in operation today, I would stand against it.
Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) have cosponsored House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885). The bill would require 100% of businesses to begin using E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years and require all federal and state governments to check new hires and existing employees within 6 months.