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  by  Roy Beck

President-elect Obama should make American workers the top priority, and call for an immediate end to adding foreign workers through Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery.

And he should consider a temporary moratorium on nearly all other worker importation.

The President-elect on Nov. 25 called on his 'economic team to think anew and act anew' while creating a stimulus package that he hopes will create 2.5 million jobs during the next two years at a cost of $500 to $700 billion.

But those efforts will be effectively cancelled out by our nation's immigration and visa programs that are currently on auto-pilot to bring in approximately 2.5 million foreign workers into our besieged economy over the next 2 years.

In effect, current immigration policies, if left unchanged, are scheduled to allow 2.5 million new foreign workers to compete for the 2.5 million new jobs. Is this not an insane policy?

Let me review in case anybody misses the incredible juxtoposition of these two numbers:

  • Mr. Obama announced a plan costing hundreds of billions of dollars that he hopes will create 2.5 million U.S. jobs over the next 2 years.
  • Current immigration and visa policies are on auto-pilot so that during those same 2 years the government would bring in at least 2.5 million MORE foreign workers seeking U.S. jobs.

Will our government spend all of this money just so it can have just enough jobs for the new foreign workers it will bring in?

If we were to put a  moratorium on all worker visas and immigration (except for nuclear family and refugees), we would achieve the same result as Obama's program but at not even 1% of the cost!

At a minimum, Chain Migration and Lottery Visas should be suspended immediately so that unemployed Americans can at least have a shot and some of the jobs the Obama Administration proposes to create."

Check out the links to learn more about the irrational Chain Migration and Visa Lottery categories. The great civil rights champion Barbara Jordan and her bi-partisan national commission a decade ago recommended eliminating both categories as an act of economic justice toward vulnerable Americans who are unemployed or who work for very low wages.

Please go to the NumbersUSA Action Buffet and send free faxes that promote the elimination of Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery.  This should be a jobs program all of us can agree on.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

America's Jobless

Updated: Fri, Dec 5th 2008 @ 9:35am EST

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