Written by Roy Beck
March 7, 2009
651,000 jobs cut in FEB -- Reid, Pelosi, Obama & Chamber of Commerce insist on importing more foreign workers
By Roy Beck
Another month has passed. Another half-million (or more) jobs have been lost. And our federal leaders continue to do nothing about auto-pilot programs that are flooding our country with foreign workers.
Nothing has changed since last year when 138,000 new foreign workers were added to the U.S. each month on average.
Here are the latest government facts that can't seem to soften the hardened hearts of our leaders . . . .
The number of Americans reeling from the bad job market is staggering:
American workers in nearly every part of the economy were under seige in February:
Following the lead of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pres. Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Speaker Pelosi refuse to respond to the plight of unemployed American workers and consider a suspension of most immigration and foreign worker programs.
We at NumbersUSA have said since November that the national jobs disaster requires an immediate suspension of all immigration and temporary foreign work programs except for spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, a controlled number of emergency refugees and a few thousand truly extraordinary skilled workers for whom no American substitute is available.
With no sign of federal leaders tightening the flow, another approximately 280,000 foreign workers have been allowed to enter U.S. job markets since the first of this year alone.
Not only that, but the leaders have continued to try to protect as many U.S. jobs as possible for illegal aliens. Sen. Reid until today has refused to even allow a vote on a 5-year extension of a VOLUNTARY E-Verify program that allows businesses to make sure jobs go to legal workers.
And in the nation's top newspapers, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, ivory tower editorial writers are continuing to argue that we need more foreign workers in order to turn our economy around!
I wish they and our political leaders could have a chance to say that while looking in the eyes of the 12.5 million officially unemployed Americans.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
NumbersUSA is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy organization that favors an environmentally sustainable and economically just America. It opposes efforts to use federal immigration policies to force mass U.S. population growth and to depress wages of vulnerable workers.
NumbersUSA is pro-environment, pro-worker, pro-liberty and pro-immigrant. Activists in the NumbersUSA Action Network are Americans of all races and include many immigrants and the spouses, children and parents of immigrants.
Those who need to refer to NumbersUSA with a short, descriptive modifier should call it an "immigration-reduction organization.