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  by  Chris Chmielenski

On Wednesday, Pres. Obama sent mixed messages to the American people. In the first half of the day, he once again expressed his support for the Senate-approved amnesty bill, S.744, that would issue more than 30 million lifetime work permits in the first decade. In the afternoon, he told a group of working-class Americans that he'd like to spend $600 million more to expand programs that train low-skilled American workers for high-tech jobs that pay more money.

A headline from The Daily Caller best explained the contrariety of the the President's two efforts:

Obama: We need to train Americans -- and import their replacements

"I can't tell if Pres. Obama really wants to train Americans to actually fill jobs or if he just wants to give more money to schools. On the one hand, he is advocating major new spending for schools and businesses to train Americans for real jobs, instead of there being filled with foreign workers," NumbersUSA's Roy Beck told reporters.

"But at the same time, he is insisting on passing legislation to immediately and massively increase the number of foreign workers at all skill levels competing for U.S. jobs through lifetime work permits."

Pres. Obama's immigration statement came after he spent Tuesday discussing the issue with Evangelical leaders. They were obviously trying to capitalize on this week's religious holidays by connecting amnesty and open-border policies to moral obligations.

Like the President's statements, this effort is contradictory to church-going Evangelicals. A recent poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research found that 74% of Evangelical voters believe that the federal government has a moral responsibility to help unemployed Americans find a job whereas only 36% believe the feds have a moral obligation to give work permits to illegal aliens and protect them from deportations.

Simply put, [S.744] would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

-- Pres. Obama, Statement on April 16, 2014

The President continues to believe that an amnesty for at least 11 million illegal aliens and the doubling of work permits issued to new foreign workers each year would "boost the economy". It's logical to assume that when you increase the labor supply, you'll increase production, which will therefore "boost the economy". But at what expense?

Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that S.744 would increase unemployment and stagnate, or even depress, wages for most workers. Research by economist and Harvard professor George Borjas found that S.744 would reduce wages for native workers, but increase profits for business owners.

Which brings us back to Pres. Obama's speech on Wednesday evening:

[T]he stock market is doing great. Corporate profits are soaring. Folks at the very, very top are doing better than ever. But too many Americans, if they're lucky enough to have a job, are working harder and harder just to get by, much less to get ahead. For too many middle-class Americans, it feels as if the same trends that have been going on for decades are continuing. You're working hard, but wages flat-line, incomes flat-line, cost of everything else going up.

So we've got to reverse those trends. We've got to make sure that we have an economy that's not just growing from the top down -- because it doesn't really grow when it's just from the top down. We've got to have an economy where it grows from the middle class out, and from the bottom up, and everybody has a chance.

-- Pres. Obama, Speech in Pennsylvania, April 16, 2014

Pres. Obama says he wants to end this pattern, and yet, he continues to push for immigration policies that have been found by both economists and the CBO to do the exact opposite. Which option do you think he'll choose?

CHRIS CHMIELENSKI is the Director of Content & Activism for NumbersUSA

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Chris,

Obama is one of the most confused people I've ever seen in my career, promoting cross-purposes simultaneously, e.g. your Training + Amnesty example.

Another example is his numerous trips to go golfing in the desert during a drought. How many of him are in there ? Is he really nuts ?

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Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

Obama is not confused...he doesn't want to do anything for Americans, he only wants to give amnesty and enslave Americans to supporting these illegal free loaders, his actions are criminal, please call your congress people...

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

"[The President would] like to spend $600 billion more to expand programs that train low-skilled American workers for high-tech jobs that pay more money".

So, the regime taxes workers who still have jobs so that it can provide training for workers who need better-paying jobs, while simultaneously importing more people to compete with both groups for available jobs.

Economics may be the dismal science, but at least it is science. This proposal sounds more like magical thinking than economic analysis.

Or maybe it's just another scam.

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

You don't have to be an economist to know that the pro-amnesty crowd's arguments don't add up. Like Paul Ryan saying he wants to eliminate Pell Grants, but then he thinks we should give way more H1B visas "because Americans aren't trained to do those jobs."

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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

Is it just me or all of that confusing!?? What Obama said of course!

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John 4110 of MI's picture

I got an email from the white house touting the economic benefits. Among other things they assert that the productivity from super immigrants will cause workers wages to rise 10 years down the road. As we know increases in productivity do not necessarily swamp the impact from increased labor supply. This seems like the con that goes on often in planning; say the big benefits are way down the road. If they don't materialize, you have moved to another job and most forgotten what you had promised.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

I got an email from the white house touting the economic benefits. Among other things they assert that the productivity from super immigrants will cause workers wages to rise 10 years down the road. As we know increases in productivity do not necessarily swamp the impact from increased labor supply. This seems like the con that goes on often in planning; say the big benefits are way down the road. If they don't materialize, you have moved to another job and most forgotten what you had promised.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

I got an email from the white house touting the economic benefits. Among other things they assert that the productivity from super immigrants will cause workers wages to rise 10 years down the road. As we know increases in productivity do not necessarily swamp the impact from increased labor supply. This seems like the con that goes on often in planning; say the big benefits are way down the road. If they don't materialize, you have moved to another job and most forgotten what you had promised.

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Dave 362 of WI's picture

Obama talks about "closely held values."  Do such values include  abandoning 20 million jobless Americans for political gain?  This president and his administration refdefines the word despicable.

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Anyone who reads Obama's interviews knows he talks out of both sides of his mouth all the time. He's a crook and a con man.

I think the really dangerous time is going to be after GOP primaries. Obama's bragging that the Republicans will pass amnesty then and Boehner's bragging that they're going to pass amnesty "sometime this summer."

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Well, as Dad said more than 50 years ago, "beware of gifts from the government,what they give you with one hand, they will take back with the other hand." Now they want more than what they offer.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

I don't believe every word this liar artist said. He never does mean it. He doesn't have a good presidential record of success ever since he became President. He never feels a certain responsibility to so many unemployed Americans. He would not lift a finger when they asked for his help. He frantically focuses his mind on amnesty for illegal aliens only, nothing else!

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

here is what bothers me, being one who lost a loved one due to the 1986 amnesty. If government could ot even get the illegals vetted before they got here, and now they want to amnesty (or legalize) them, why would American government vet them to approve their amnesty? Lie to me once, shame on you, lie to me twice, shame on me! After Reagan, no government official gains my trust automatically. Possibly five years of near perfect border control, and near perfect mandatory E-verify practiced nationally I will again trust government, but I do not think any of Washington officials deserve trust at this point in time!

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John 4110 of MI's picture

The most referenced study assumes that the economy achieves full employment - that is one of the issues. Immigrants are of course big winners from high immigration - they chose to come. Employers benefit from lower wages - workers are also damaged by those lower wages. Lower wages produce more income inequality and more per capita transfers to poorer Americans.

Decades ago the welfare of American workers was the central concern of Democrats and of many Republicans. Now special interests: fill up the pews and seats churches and universities, cheap labor business and farmers and ethnic promotion groups are driving policy. This is the era of market segmentation politics that leaves the concern for all workers at the bus stop.

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Ron 8574 of CA's picture

interesting to note that hes talking about 30 million work permits. That number jibs with my numbers of 39 million in the US not documented. No folks it's not 12 Mill.

How ever the debate is coming around to. Is the US a Democracy governed by the will of the popular vote, or a country governed by the 1% ers. Oligarch. ( who want low wages all around)

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Historically, Ron, in an evolutionary fashion that is what voters have VOTED FOR in the past quarter century plus some. It is because we've been brainwashed into voting for the less of two evils instead of DEMANDING quality candidates, Again, we the people once was empowered, now I'm not so sure. I tend to think that we are not!

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Tracy 9450 of IL's picture

Why cant citizens sue obama under tort law or civil rights law there is so much standing with negligents protecting against invasion , just not enforcing the laws period that is harmful to us. The us citizen that was killed by an illegal alein that was in contact with law officers 7 times before. There is enough negligence for an individual to show to sue , how about my state doesnt enforce business hiring illegal aliens , So i didnt get the job because the illegal alien did that is negligent. Just like an other business will not do the right thing untill you start hitting there pockets and making it more costly so they do the right thing .I dont understand why the us citizen has to sit back and watch our country and money given away and theres nothing we can do about it !!!

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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

There is currently high unemployment in almost every occupation in the U.S. I am in favor of helping people to train for better jobs, but at present that would just mean joining another unemployment line. There are plenty of blue collar jobs and most of them once paid decent wages, but now hiring is by companies that employ only immigrants at low wages in order to drive companies with American workers out of business. Here are a few occupations and the percentage of workers who are now immigrants: maid 47%, janitor 27%,butcher, meat processor 37%, building trades 25-40%.

The style among arrogant elitists like Obama is to blame unemployment on the ignorance of Americans (members of one of the best trained workforces on earth). They offer hand outs rather than admitting that outrageous immigration rates are the most important cause of blue collar unemployment.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

There are plenty of people with inconsistent policies. I suppose it might be rational to have two conflicting objectives: say wanting stronger labor markets and higher incomes for Americans and yet feel that it this objective must be sacrificed to meet an objective of providing opportunities for the rest of the world. An honest person would admit this and explain why this is a good course. That is not what is done. The conflict is not acknowledged or the administration claims that the super immigrants will cause all workers to be paid more - way down the road.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

Is there an edit feature that lets me simply delete a comment lisk this one (it was originally a duplicate)?

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William 6898 of AZ's picture

B.O. AND others in his "administration" have said a NUMBER OF TIMES that we are a "nation of laws." But apparently if you can sneak into this country, you are above the law. What the hell kind of "logic" is that?

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John 4110 of MI's picture

French economist/author Thomas Piketty and Paul Krugman as a book reviewer have been in the news talking about the impact of wealth inequality. Both prose some kind of redistribution from the wealthy to the poor. Their focus is not on the primary problem weakness of labor markets. As this site points out much of that weakness in labor markets stems from the big increase in labor supply from immigration. Comprehensive amnesty with its massive increase in immigration will make things much worse - and require much higher redistribution to fix the problem.

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Voncile 4479 of GA's picture

what gets me is why the American people keep putting up with this evil dictator,with the phone in one hand and the pen in the other and lies that flies out of his mouth each time he opens it alone with his minions telling lies and stabbing American people in the back with their lies

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David 3281 of IN's picture

I believe there is a link to be made here between what is called the "Student Loan Debt Crisis" and the large numbers of immigrants, legal and illegal, allowed into our nation with varied skill-levels. As evidence is that about half of last years U.S. college grads were unable to find employment while shouldering high debt upon entering repayment status along with some millions already in that status. Yet, at the same time corporations and businesses were claiming they couldn't find enough skilled people to take the jobs offered at median to low pay levels and to that end must have increased immigration levels of people, with skills, and lower debt (Not said). People with student loan debt must be able to make the payments at levels over and above the annual compounded interest rates to have any chance that at some time during their "Working Life", they could pay those loans off and still have some quality of life, and survive. Often times, immigrants, with some level of skills, don't have that level of debt, and could be hired to work for less. I believe there is a direct connection between a "Student Loan Debt Crisis" and "Uncontrolled Immigration".

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

The consequence of what you say, David, is what concerns me. If these people with heavy gov't guaranteed student loans are underemployed, default on their loans, then government has supplied more corporate welfare. Common sense in government does not exist,