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  by  Roy Beck
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced some of the worst stats on the fate of American workers in years while Sen. Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Lofgren of California fought to import hundreds of thousands of additional foreign workers. This morning, Rep. Lofgren shoved her foreign worker bill through the House immigration panel, not allowing amendments to protect American workers; Sen. Menendez last night introduced his bill for 550,000 more foreign workers while continuing to hold hostage a bill to re-authorize the E-Verify system to keep illegal foreign workers from taking Americans' jobs.

Why would any politician possibly think it is good politics to increase foreign labor importation over its already unprecedented high level at the same time that the Labor Department was announcing:

  • Nonfarm payrolls fell for the 7th straight month.
  • Since December, 463,000 American jobs have been lost.
  • The official unemployment rate now stands at a four-year high.
  • The average work week for Americans is now down to 33.6 hours -- an all-time low.

What insanity could cause the Senate to allow Sen. Menendez to hold up E-Verify authorization because he wants to bring in 550,000 more permanent foreign workers?

Rep. Lofgren has a history of callous behavior toward American workers, but her actions this morning put her on some kind of Olympic level for insensitivity.

If anybody ever doubted that the immigration issue causes a lot of leaders and elites to suffer from a form of mental illness, today should make believers of us all!

The phone number for the Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121 and the phone number for the House switchboard is 202-225-3121.

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Updated: Tue, Aug 5th 2008 @ 11:30am EDT

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