Just how long was the Gang of Eight Senators in that back room pounding out the massive immigration bill they released today?
Supposedly, it has been three months, but I'm wondering if they've been in that back room for five years and missed the fact that the country during that time lost millions of jobs and the top concerns of voters are putting Americans back to work in an improved economy.
Nearly every section of the Gang Amnesty bill seems to add more foreign workers to compete with unemployed and underemployed Americans. The Gang apparently believes that the way to help the 20 million Americans who can't find a full-time job is to give out another 20-30 million lifetime work permits to foreign citizens over the next decade.
This bill wouldl further flood labor markets at the lower-skill levels where real wages have declined 10% to 22% since 1980.
If the bill passes, the chances of Americans with no more than a high school education entering the middle class may disappear.
But it isn't just the low-end where Americans are threatened. The bill would make huge increases in importing higher-educated workers at a time when around half of all recent American college graduates either have no job at all or they aren't working in a degree job.
The under-32 Millennial Generation already is in danger of being a lost generation. After this bill, we may see these young adults spend the rest of their lives only partly engaged in the economy as they depend on government and family.
None of this is the kind of economy or society most Americans desire. Surely a compassionate and thoughtful citizenry will put a stop to this nonsense and ask its Senators to go back to work putting Americans back to work.
ROY BECK is Founder & President of NumbersUSA
Updated: Wed, Apr 17th 2013 @ 10:04am EDT