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Congress Destroying American Quality of Life One Foreign Worker at a Time

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Last Friday’s employment numbers where the subject of a lot of spin from the White House to make them sound good and from Republican politicians to make them sound bad, but almost no one talked about the most important finding from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And that finding was that, since the start of the recession in 2007 (which allegedly ended in June 2009) the number of foreign workers employed in the United States rose by 1.7 million, while the number of American-born workers employed decreased by 1.5 million.

About the only one in Washington talking about this astonishing number was our friend principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Immigration Subcommittee Chairman.

Senator Sessions has been one of the most vocal opponents of the president’s attempt to grant an illegal amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and the open borders policies which he argues harms American workers.

In an exclusive exchange with Breitbart News’ Caroline May Session’s spokesman Stephen Miller emailed Breitbart, “There are two jobs narratives: the one from the Administration, and the one lived and experienced by American workers. Fewer American workers are employed today than when the recession began.  The President’s policies have profited the corporate immigration lobby and no-borders contingent, but have been only deleterious for wage-earners.”

Miller highlighted to May that in addition to the annual flow of over 1.7 million permanent legal immigrants and nonimmigrant workers, as the Center for Immigration Studies recently exposed,  since 2009 the administration has also provided another 5.5 million immigrants with employment authorization documents (EAD).

“What we are seeing in the BLS stats is the human fallout from the President’s actions,” Miller continued. “Figures such as these should be leading the nightly news. One of the first questions posited ought to be: will Minority Leader [Harry] Reid’s (D-NV) caucus continue to shield the issuance of 5 million more EADs for those illegally here?”

Of course Senator Sessions is right, but what about the rest of the Capitol Hill Republicans?

We checked for statements from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker john Boehner as well as other top Republicans and we couldn’t get or find one statement regarding the human toll these cheap labor policies are having on American families.

And that makes us wonder exactly who do Capitol Hill Republicans represent?

Today, despite President Obama and his Democratic Party allies trying to blue sky the numbers, more than 92 million Americans remain out of the labor force.

How has this occurred if the economy is in “recovery” as President Obama and his Democratic Party allies claim?

The major reason in our view is the lax immigration policies of the past several Presidents.

As Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies noted earlier this summer, “Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).”

This is remarkable, concluded Zeigler and Camarota, “given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population.”

Now here’s the key takeaway from Zeigler and  Camarota’s study: “Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.” (Emphasis ours)

What’s more, a Freedom of Information Act request by the Center for Immigration Studies unearthed the operation of a shadow immigration system previously unknown to the American public.

Senator Sessions was again one of the few on Capitol Hill to react to this serial law-breaking saying, “We know now the Administration has been issuing millions of additional work permits beyond what Congress has authorized. Since 2009, the Administration has issued 5.5 million new work permits in excess of the regular immigration flow. This massive increase in the labor supply has occurred simultaneously with a steep drop in family incomes and a sharp rise in the number of Americans pushed out of the workforce. All jobs gains since the recession have gone to foreign workers, while the slack labor market has depressed median family incomes almost $5,000 in that time.”

Although it would be nice if Republicans for once did the right thing on immigration simply because it was right and in the interest of American workers (AKA their constituents, politically stopping this tide of foreign workers from destroying the quality of life for millions of American families should be a no-brainer for Republicans.

Back before the midterm elections in which Democrats were vaporized in large measure because of their support of amnesty and open borders, top pollster Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO of the polling company, conducted a poll that found likely voters were unequivocal in their support of immigration policies that protect the American worker.

Conway found their sentiment to be the inverse of the oft-repeated phrase, “illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans don’t want to do,” finding instead that voters thought American workers should have a fair opportunity to do the jobs that illegal immigrants currently do. (See links to Conway’s poll at the end of this article)

And these voters get the economics of illegal immigration and understand that depressed wages are one of the results of allowing a flood of illegal aliens to enter the American workforce.

“Raise the pay” is a rallying call for these voters, who believe there are plenty of Americans to do the work and that better pay and more training is an elixir for labor shortages. Working class voters, married women, and political Independents agree with this in dramatic numbers noted Conway.

These results turn the often-heard statement that illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans won’t do on its head. Over 8-in-10 respondents believe that American workers and legal immigrants already in the U.S. should get first pick at these jobs before illegals. As one can see from the graph below, blue collar workers support having the opportunity to take these positions more than the any other demographic group studied.

Perhaps the most important finding of Conway’s research was this data point: 75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats (emphasis ours) meaning that the Chamber of Commerce line to the effect that Republicans are about to go extinct because they want our immigration laws enforced is a bunch of hooey.

With the latest numbers showing that net U.S. job gains since the recession have gone to foreign-born workers, and family income falling by some $5,000 a year during the same time, it is time for Republicans to put an end to the devastation of American families that Obama’s cheap labor policy has caused. We urge you to call your Representative and Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and demand that they vote to defund Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and protect American jobs for American workers.

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