With the baseball post-season in full swing, let's just say that the following eight U.S. Representatives are the ACES of the Democratic team in Congress when it comes to giving priority to American workers over illegal foreign workers and over bringing in new immigrant workers.
All of them got an A-grade on our immigration report cards over the last four years. That means every -- or almost every -- action they took on immigration was designed to reduce illegal immigration or reduce unnecessary legal immigrant worker importation during a time when 20 million Americans can't find a full-time job.
I want to say a few more words about the "8 Aces."
Their concern for protecting unemployed Americans from unfair competition from federal immigration policies apparently is not dictated by regional issues. Most regions of the country are represented in this group: Northeast, Midwest, West, Plains and South.
Unlike most Members of Congress, including the leaders of their own Party, these U.S. Representatives saw the reports that 7 million illegal aliens hold U.S. jobs and tried to do something to get them out of those jobs so that unemployed Americans could take them.
These "8 Aces" also looked at reports that 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can't find one and supported efforts to reduce the 1 million permanent work permits that our government issues each year to new immigrants.
If the majority of Congress had acted as responsibly as these eight Democrats, millions of unemployed Americans would be working today, paying taxes and using fewer government services.
At the end of a Congress in which Republican leaders of the House and Democratic leaders of the Senate did everything they could to protect illegal foreign workers and the businesses who insist on immigrant labor over American labor, this is a good time to properly thank the politicians who tried to stand up to their leaders.
ROY BECK is the CEO & Founder of NumbersUSA
Updated: Tue, Oct 9th 2012 @ 11:28am EDT