The good news about Mitt Romney's pick to be his vice presidential running mate is that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) doesn't seem to have put a lot of thought into immigration policy and doesn't seem to have deep ideological reasons for his poor immigration record during his 14 years in Congress. Our Grade Card on him finds him throwing about half his weight toward protecting American workers and taxpayers from bad immigation policy -- and throwing the other half of his weight behind immigration policies that hurt American workers and taxpayers.
Tuesday's Texas Republican runoff appears to ensure another major shift in next year's Senate toward immigration enforcement and protecting American workers from unfair foreign labor competition. Ted Cruz won an upset victory in part on immigration policy promises that would place him in sharp contrast to the retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Our members are creating quite a stir in congressional offices around the country by challenging Members of Congress who can truthfully say they have taken no bad immigration actions the past 18 months. The simple explanation is that our campaign is based not on on what these Members of Congress have DONE but what they have NOT done.
In all the analysis of whether Arizona or Pres. Obama came out on top in
the Supreme Court’s ruling on S.B. 1070 today, the key question is: how
well did unemployed Americans fare? And the answer is: Very well.
Under today's and last year's Supreme Court rulings on Arizona laws, all states have room to aggressively pursue attrition-through-enforcement measures even if the President of the United States chooses to ignore or violate congressionally passed immigration laws.
The immigration strategy announced by Mitt Romney today provided a lot of reasons for hope among most American workers -- especially for Hispanic Americans -- but troubling news for the country's students and workers in high-skill fields.
President Obama thwarted the will of Congress and shunned the 20 million
under-employed and unemployed Americans by announcing he will grant
work permits to 2 million to 3 million illegal immigrants.This appears to be an unconstitutional fiat that not only usurps
congressional authority to set immigration policy but directly
contradicts what Congress has already decided on three separate occasions.
Traveling around Ohio -- a state that either Obama or Romney likely has to win in November -- I can't help but notice that the people cleaning my motel rooms, planting the flowers, running the cash registers at gas stations and other stores, and working the fast-food restaurants are NOT immigrants. Unfortunately, when I look at the NumbersUSA Immigration-Reduction Grade Cards, I see that both of Ohio's Senators usually vote to try to make Ohio more like California and New Jersey where the flood of immigration makes it very difficult for Americans to get these kinds of jobs.
Some accuse us of opposition to "progress," if we desire to save beloved places from population growth. Or of impractical nostalgia, if we long for a less-congested America. But has the quality of life been made better by the addition of 100 million people to the U.S. since 1970? Let's give each other glimpses of places we have loved in our lives that really don't exist any more because of massive population growth (most of it driven by national immigration policies).