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TRUE LABOR DAY HEROES -- 50 Best DEFENDERS of Jobless Americans (in face of unfair foreign labor competition)


In the best spirit of Labor Day, these 50 Members have spent the last two years standing up for the most vulnerable of all American workers – the unemployed.

They not only resisted major pressures to increase the flow of foreign labor, they also attempted to reduce immigration quotas (75,000 working-age immigrants every MONTH).

And they repeatedly tried to eliminate the job magnet for illegal immigration and to push the 7 million non-agricultural illegal workers out of their jobs to make room for some of the 22 million Americans who want a job but can't find one.

A lot of politicians will stand up on Labor Day and claim they are the friends of jobless Americans. But most of them have supported policies that give out more work permits to foreign workers each month than the economy is creating new jobs.

The 50 Members of Congress on this list are different. They put jobless Americans and their suffering families ahead of the demands of corporate lobbyists seeking cheap labor for their unpatriotic clients.


  • . . . . is asking voters to return him/her to Congress next year (I'm excluding Members from the list who aren't facing elections this year)
  • . . . . has a record over the last two years of the Jobs Depression of trying to reduce the number of foreign workers given permission to hold jobs instead of Americans
  • . . . . earned a NumbersUSA immigration-reduction grade of A+, A or A-minus for committee votes, floor votes and bill co-sponsorships in this Congress that stopped increases in foreign labor and sought to reduce the volume.

THE 50 BEST DEFENDERS OF JOBLESS AMERICANS (from unfair foreign labor competition)


Grassley, Charles (IA)
DeMint, Jim (SC)


Graded A+

King, Steve (IA - 05th)
Bilbray, Brian (CA - 50th)
Boozman, John (AR - 03rd)
Burton, Dan (IN - 05th)
Coffman, Mike (CO - 06th)

Gingrey, Phil (GA - 11th)
Heller, Dean (NV - 02nd)
Marchant, Kenny (TX - 24th)
Mica, John (FL - 07th)
Bartlett, Roscoe (MD - 06th)

Broun, Paul (GA - 10th)
Foxx, Virginia (NC - 05th)
Goodlatte, Robert (VA - 06th)
Linder, John (GA - 07th)
Wittman, Robert J. (VA - 01st)

Graded A

Alexander, Rodney (LA - 05th)
Chaffetz, Jason (UT - 03rd)
McCotter, Thaddeus (MI - 11th)
Myrick, Sue (NC - 09th)
Neugebauer, Randy (TX - 19th)

Price, Tom (GA - 06th)
Rohrabacher, Dana (CA - 46th)
Akin, Todd (MO - 02nd)
Kline, John (MN - 02nd)
Lamborn, Doug (CO - 05th)

Manzullo, Donald (IL - 16th)
Poe, Ted (TX - 02nd)
Smith, Lamar (TX - 21st)
Calvert, Ken (CA - 44th)
Conaway, Mike (TX - 11th)

Fortenberry, Jeff (NE - 01st)
Franks, Trent (AZ - 02nd)
Miller, Candice (MI - 10th)
Moran, Jerry (KS - 01st)
Platts, Todd (PA - 19th)

Bachus, Spencer (AL - 06th)
Bilirakis, Gus (FL - 09th)
Fleming, John (LA - 04th)
Hunter, Duncan D. (CA - 52nd)
Jones, Walter (NC - 03rd)

Posey, Bill (FL - 15th)
Roe, Phil (TN - 01st)

Graded A-minus

Taylor, Gene (MS - 04th)
Miller, Gary (CA – 42nd)
McClintock, Tom (CA - 04th)
Brown, Henry (SC - 01st)
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (MO - 09th)
Olson, Pete (TX - 22nd)

This list is part of NumbersUSA's DEFENDERS & DESERTERS of JOBLESS AMERICANS recognition efforts.

On Friday, we named the TOP 50 DESERTERS of JOBLESS AMERICANS. You can look at the list and join the discussion at: http://www.numbersusa.com/content/node/8107

The discussion is lively because so many people can't believe that their Senator or Representative isn't on the list of the 50 worst. Please note the criteria used for picking 50 Members to highlight out of more than 120 who earned F-minus grades over the last two years.

In the 14 years that we have been rating Members of Congress, I don't think we have ever had so many Members who have absolutely turned their backs on the desires of unemployed Americans to get a job. To get the "Worst" list down to 50, we had to limit it to the F-minus Members who magnified their assault on jobless Americans through leadership positions in Congress.

The horror and magnitude of so many politicians favoring high foreign labor during a time of incredible unemployment just makes the pro-worker efforts of the people on the 50 BEST DEFENDERS list even more special.

You can look up the full immigration records of all Members of Congress at our www.CongressGrades.org

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

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