Earlier today -- before the White House amnesty meeting -- I sent the following letter to each of the 535 Members of Congress.
Most media and political focus on "reforming" our immigration system is based on concern for the 12 million citizens of other countries who have broken our immigration laws and have illegally taken residence and jobs in this country. My letter attempts to persuade these politicians that their focus should be on the 14 million Americans (and their families) who have lost their jobs and can't find another one. As I said in a CNN interview today, 6 to 7 million unemployed Americans would have jobs if not for the presence of the illegal aliens.
Most importantly, my letter puts each Member of Congress on notice that 900,000 members of NumbersUSA will make sure that all supporters of amnesty answer for their actions during next year's elections.
MY LETTER TO EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS
June 25, 2009
Dear Senator/Representative xmxmxmxm:
One week following U.S. Labor Department reports that there were more than five job seekers for every job opening and unemployment jumped to 9.4%, President Obama is meeting with lawmakers to discuss increasing immigration. The 900,000 grassroots activists of NumbersUSA ask you to stand for the 14.5 million unemployed U.S. workers when entering any discussion on immigration.
Consider the political impracticality and moral implications of a vote for amnesty or granting permanent job permits to 8 million illegal foreign workers while 14.5 million U.S. workers remain jobless.
How would you explain a vote like that during your next election campaign?
As the economic downturn continues and millions more Americans search for a way to support themselves and their families, we urge you to take immediate steps that will reduce the number of both legal and illegal new job seekers so we can put Americans back to work. During the midterm elections NumbersUSA and our members will work hard to reward legislators that supported the unemployed.NumbersUSA is closely monitoring 5 GREAT true immigration reform bills that would lower overall immigration numbers and would speed putting unemployed Americans back to work:
- Rep. Phil Gingrey's H.R. 878 to end Chain Migration,
- Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 2305 to end the Visa Lottery,
- Rep. Nathan Deal's H.R. 1868 to end Birthright Citizenship,
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn's H.R. 2406 to assist Local Enforcement
- and Rep. Heath Shuler's SAVE Act to mandate E-Verify.
- Open millions of jobs currently held by illegal aliens so unemployed Americans can have them.
- Significantly reduce the 138,000 new foreign workers that we pump into the labor force every month.
- Call a time-out on chain migration and the visa lottery, both of which bring a nearly endless stream of job seekers -- without any regard to skills, education or need -- who put downward pressure on wages and benefits for Americans lucky enough not to lose their job.
Please say NO to any kind of amnesty for illegal workers, and say YES to LESS immigration in order to put unemployed U.S. workers first.
Originally Published: Fri, Jun 26th 2009 @ 12:25am EDT