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House Judiciary Considers Measures that Will Harm American Workers

September 16, 2008
House Judiciary Renews Consideration of Measures That Will Harm American Workers
FAIR Action Alert
Thanks to your calls and e-mails last week, efforts to pass four detrimental immigration-related bills stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.  Unfortunately, victory was short-lived.  Committee leaders remain committed to passing these bills, which would flood the workplace with hundreds of thousands of worker visas.
The Judiciary Committee is meeting again Wednesday, September 17th for another try! 

Three of the four bills to be considered in Wednesday's markup amount to nothing more than gifts to big business special interests seeking to dramatically increase the stream of cheap foreign labor coming into the American workforce during these tough economic times:

  • H.R. 5882 would reach back to 1992 and "recapture" employment-based and family-based visas, potentially adding over 550,000 new green cards.   
  • H.R. 5924 would lift the cap on employment-based visas for nurses and physical therapists until 2011.  
  • H.R. 6020 would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who are family members of armed forces personnel.  

In addition, the House Judiciary Committee will be considering H.R.5950, which sets forth vast new alien detainee healthcare requirements that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would have to implement in all of its detention centers.  ICE facilities - which have a mortality rate far below the averages for both the U.S. jail system and the general public - already provide every detainee with comprehensive medical screenings, which often result in original diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions.  This unnecessary bill - a clear tactic by open borders advocates to slow law enforcement - will only serve to add extra bureaucratic burden to ICE. 

Please, call your Representative right now and remind them that the economy is ailing and the last thing America needs is more work visas.  Tell them you want them to pass true immigration reform legislation that restores common sense and integrity to our immigration system, secures the border, and imposes tough sanctions on employers addicted to cheap labor. 

Then, please call Members of the House Judiciary Committee today and tell them not to bow to cheap labor interests and that you oppose each one of these bills!  

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