One of the leading immigration control activist groups, NumbersUSA, came out swinging this morning about Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last night in which Obama touted the creation of 3 million jobs while NumbersUSA President, Roy Beck, reports that in that same time frame the Obama Administration (with the permission of Congress!) gave out 3 million work visas to foreign workers (and that isn’t counting all the illegal aliens working in the US)!
Here is Roy Beck, NumbersUSA President (emphasis mine):
Compared to the heavy-metal terror I used to feel listening to Pres. Bush’s State of the Union immigratiion appeals, Pres. Obama’s obligatory immigration section tonight was easy-listening music. The verses and chorus pushing for amnesties for illegal aliens were nearly identical to last year’s speech and just didn’t sound like he had a thought in the world that any of it could happen.
What really galled me, though, was Pres. Obama bragging about more than 3 million U.S. jobs created during the last 22 months.
That could have been good news for unemployed Americans. But during that same period, the Obama Administration issued more than 3 million work visas to new immigrants and other foreign workers (more than half of them permanent).
What is the point of all that talk in the speech about creating jobs when the federal government is importing so many new workers? Although the number of work permits issued is primarily controlled by Congress, Pres. Obama could be asking for reductions to give relief to all those Americans who have been unemployed for such long periods. He said nothing. And he gave no sign tonight of having the slightest interest in how immigration affects the labor market. In fact, he called again for “comprehensive immigration reform.” All bills with that name have included big increases over the already-bloated immigration numbers.
But on our TV screens tonight, the Culprit in Chief in giving away the jobs to foreign workers was not the Commander in Chief giving the speech. Rather, it was the Speaker of the House sitting behind him.
The U.S. House of Representatives could easily pass several great bills that would immediately cut the foreign work permits to far below the job creation numbers. But Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) refuses to bring a single one to the floor for a vote.
Yes, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nevada) and Pres. Obama would push back, but the Republican-majority House could put this issue of giving away most new jobs to immigrants into the national spotlight and force a showdown. Nearly every Republican sitting in that Chamber tonight has been part of a conspiracy of silence with Speaker Boehner to make sure that unemployed Americans don’t get priority for new U.S. jobs.
Readers, always keep in mind that the Republican establishment turns a blind eye to immigration control because there is a financial incentive to some of their business backers who want to keep labor costs low—that is why everyone from the US Chamber of Commerce to Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform) are advocates of so-called “immigration reform” (aka amnesty).
In my opinion, the Tea Party really began in the summer of 2007 when the country class rose up and defeated the Kennedy/McCain/Bush amnesty bill.
Tomorrow (Thursday, January 26,2012) go to NumbersUSA live webcast on the Boehner Problem:
Webcast at 3:30 p.m. EST tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the Boehner Problem and our effort to wake up a drowsy, do-nothing U.S. House