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The real immigration principles that House GOP leaders seem prepared to ignore

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I hope House Republican leaders will surprise me and prove me wrong when they release their Immigration Principles that the news media have been hyping the last two weeks. Here are seven ethical principles that I believe should and can undergird all immigration policies.

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Returning Vets face high unemployment

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The overall jobless rate has remained steady over the past several months, but veterans returning from the Middle East are finding it increasingly more difficult to find work. In September, the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 10.1% - nearly 50% higher than the national rate, and more than a million veterans are expected to return from overseas and join the job market by 2016.

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Your short personal remembrances of family and friends who died in service to their country

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During last year's Memorial Day weekend, I offered readers of this website the opportunity to post the name of somebody who had died in uniformed service that they didn't want to be forgotten.  Not only was the outpouring huge, but the short statements were meaningful glimpses that became powerfully emotional as they accumulated one on top of the other. This weekend, we are offering you the chance to read through them again in this blog -- and to post additional names in the Comments section beneath the blog.

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Disabled Vets Benefiting from the Expanding Use of E-Verify

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A new report from Lincoln, Neb. reveals that disabled veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan are finding jobs because of the increasing number of companies using E-Verify. The report focuses specifically on three vets that now work for the Lincoln Verification Operations Center. The new center works under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and helps private businesses verify new hires using E-Verify.

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Congress & President on Veterans Day Still Prefer To Give Jobs To Immigrants

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I have no doubt that the President and all the Members of Congress who this week expressed concern for unemployed veterans were sincere.  But I also believe that, for the majority of them, moving young veterans into jobs is a much lower priority for them than to continue high levels of immigration to satisfy one special interest group or another.  For most of our politicians, this is a day to "Honor Our Veterans As Long As It Doesn't Interfere With Mass Immigration."

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Post Here the Names of Fallen Military You Knew (keeping alive Warren Beck's Memorial Day cemetery/flag obsession to remember)

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Let's not allow Memorial Day to be a holiday of faceless, nameless, generic Americans who died in the uniformed service of their/our country.

If you would like one more place to keep the names alive of somebody you knew, please name them in the Comments section below and say a word about them, if you choose.

The three at the top of my list are Jerry Petty, Alan Ruddell and John Hanson -- fellow high school students from working class families who made the Supreme Sacrifice, their names engraved in the wall of the Vietnam Memorial.

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Veterans Are Virtually Only Americans With a National Organization Opposing Giving Away Jobs to More Foreign Workers

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Happy Veterans Day. At least, we veterans have our own organization, the American Legion, which does NOT lobby for more foreign workers to take our jobs. But if you own a business, or are in a union, or are a member of a religious organization or a civil rights group, your leaders likely are working every day to give your job to more foreign workers. On this Veterans Day, I have to ask the nation's elites, "Whose side are you on?"

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4th of July -- A Celebration of a National Community That Chooses Its Own Quality of Life

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Would the signers of the Declaration of Independence have thought it principled for the majority of U.S. politicians today to refuse to give even returning U.S. military veterans preference over illegal aliens for jobs? The 4th of July is OUR time -- to remember the document that declared a new national community and insisted that the government exists primarily to protect and provide for the quality of life of the MEMBERS of that community.

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Say the Names of Those You Know Who Died for Our Country -- then, pledge to preserve that country

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Alan Ruddell, Jerry Petty, John Hanson. You don't know them, but you owe them. They were fellow members of my high school football team and welded with me at the local steel plant. Like me, they were drafted into the army, but they lost their lives in service of our national community. They're the names I must speak at the beginning of my Memorial Day. And I owe a debt to the names of the people among your family and friends that you will speak today. Don't let their names die; tell your kids or your friends about these people who missed out on so much of their lives because of something we all once took for granted -- a country, with clearly defined members and borders.