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African-Americans hit inordinately hard by recession

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The cold fact, however, is that this deep recession is hitting African-Americans more severely than the overall population, due largely to the staggering levels of unemployment for this segment of the population.

When October unemployment data come out Friday, the nation's seasonally adjusted rate is expected to nudge upward, close to 10 percent. But among African-Americans, the jobless rate was 15.5 percent in September. In Illinois, the black unemployment rate was closer to 18.6 percent in the third quarter, according to estimates by the Economic Policy Institute.

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NumbersUSA Urges 'NO' Vote on Rule That Would Bring Healthcare Bill to House Floor

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  by  Roy Beck

NumbersUSA is mobilizing our 920,000 members to contact their Representatives to urge defeat of the Rule to bring H.R. 3962 to the House floor. 

NumbersUSA takes no position on the non-immigration parts of the bill.  But Speaker Pelosi and the Rules Committee have broken the promises that Pres. Obama made that illegal aliens would be excluded from any part of a new federal health care plan. 

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Jobless Rate Hits 10.2%

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The unemployment rate rose to its highest level since 1983, with 10.2% of Americans out of work in October. About 190,000 jobs were cut during the month, while the federal government imported 125,000 foreign workers over the same period of time.

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White House Claims 'Stimulus' Saved/Created 650,000 Jobs (but it imported 1,125,000 foreign workers at same time)

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  by  Roy Beck

A few minutes ago, the White House issued a new report claiming that the Stimulus Bill earlier this year has created or saved approximately 650,000 U.S. jobs. All of us need to point out to every local newspaper, every Member of Congress and every one of our co-workers and family that the federal government has imported more than a million working-age foreign citizens this year to negate every positive impact the stimulus could have had for U.S. workers.

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Immigration Enforcement DOES Belong in Senate Floor Debate About Unemployment Payments

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  by  Roy Beck

Sen. Durbin (D-Ill.) uses his leadership position continually to make false claims about E-Verify's reliability and to project the absolutely foolish notion that unemployment and immigration have no relationship. But while he laments the 125,000 who have recently lost their unemployment benefits (I do, too), he ignores the fact that HIS immigration policies now in place have given out 125,000 brand new work permits to foreign workers during the last month.

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Sen. Sessions Offers E-Verify Amendment to Unemployment Extension

Sen. Jeff Sessions

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is offering an amendment to the unemployment extension bill that would require new applicants for unemployment compensation to have their citizenship status verified using E-Verify. The amendment is being offered to H.R.3548, which would extend unemployment benefits for 14 weeks.

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U.S. blue collar army chases few vacancies

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For every open construction job in America, there are more than 20 people lining up to apply.

Few statistics illustrate the gravity of the U.S. recession as clearly as the yawning gap between job seekers and vacancies, highlighting the struggle President Barack Obama has had to contain job losses since he took over in January.

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LTE: Anti-illegal immigration bill working

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The bill works by simply requiring employers to run new employees through the federal E-Verify database to determine if they are legal residents. Employers have had the opportunity to use this database for some time and many concerned employers did. Unfortunately, most did not. http://www.gulflive.com/opinion/mississippipress/letters.ssf?/base/opinion/1255860946104390.xml&coll=5

Mississippi Sen. Michael Watson

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ACLU & Catholic Bishops & Evangelicals & the Gutierrez Gang Expose Their Radical Agenda

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  by  Roy Beck

We didn't get an actual bill today, but the pro-amnesty forces were pretty clear about what they want us American citizens to swallow in "comprehensive immigration reform." Rep. Luis Gutierrez has become the clear leader of the amnesty movement and outlined -- along with many of his allies -- what comprehensive amnesty legislation will look like.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Anti-Verification Bill

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have prohibited cities, counties or districts from requiring employers who receive government contracts to use an employment verification system like E-Verify. AB 1288 was offered by Assemblyman Paul Fong and passed the State Assembly last spring and the State Senate over the summer.

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Most National Christian Leaders Declare War on Unemployed in Their Pews -- and on the street

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  by  Roy Beck

Nearly all the Christian denominations now have national leadership calling for more foreign workers in the U.S. -- even though their members in the pews are suffering in a jobs depression. It is time for American Christians to call their leaders back to an intellectually honest and morally sound stance on immigration. In this blog, I will list the types of Americans who are suffering the most under the immigration advocacy of these denominational leaders.

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How Illegal Immigration Impacts our Members

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

Last week, Charles Breiterman wrote a blog that included an article written by NumbersUSA member Karl Keifer. Karl is a contractor who provided a first-hand account of the building industry’s use of illegal aliens to fulfill its labor needs. The blog has received more than 60 comments from NumbersUSA members sharing stories similar to his.

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Truth in Labeling for American Apparel

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  by  Caroline Espinosa

The California clothing manufacturer, American Apparel, is firing about 1,800 employees whose identity documents contain irregularities. In other words, they are illegal aliens. The wording in the articles, columns, and editorials written about this would have you believe that the people being fired have done nothing wrong. But they have.

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More of your Emails on Illegal Immigration and the Quality of Life

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  by  James Robb

Hello, NumbersUSA members. Jim here.

I've been reading through (and answering) emails you’ve sent me lately. Many members have shared heartbreaking and hair raising tales of out-of-control immigration. Especially illegal immigration. Thought I'd share a few of the 100–200 emails members send me every week.

From the "everything’s broken" department:

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Recession Hits Immigrants Hard

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The number of foreign-born residents of the U.S. declined for the first time since at least 1970, as a recession and tight labor market dented America's image as the land of opportunity.

A decline in construction jobs lured fewer immigrants from their home countries, especially those from Mexico, according to the Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125356996157829123.html

By Conor Dougherty and Miriam Jordan -- The Wall Street Journal

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Obama Sun. Talk Shows: Need 150,000 New Jobs A Month For Growing Population (but no mention of 160,000 foreign workers)

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  by  Roy Beck

That was quite an admission by the President on yesterday's talk shows about having to create 150,000 jobs each month to keep up with the growing working population. Do you suppose we now have a chance of getting him to question why we are giving out 160,000 new green cards and new work permits each month to working-age foreigners?

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42 States Lost Jobs in August

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Nearly all 50 states experienced increased unemployment in the month of August, up significantly from July. According to data from the Labor Department report, 42 states plus the District of Columbia lost more jobs than they gained last month with Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Ohio taking the biggest hits.

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Media Elites Continue Push for More Foreign Labor Despite High Unemployment

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  by  Roy Beck

I watched NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday afternoon and heard TV and magazine journalists warn that the U.S. may have entered a long era of European-style high unemployment. Then I got online and saw that writers for some of the nation’s largest newspapers are still talking about needing to increase foreign labor to relieve U.S. worker SHORTAGES! Irrational? Yes. But if you are as committed as Congressional leaders to high immigration, you apparently have no threshold for embarrassment.

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Number of Immigrants Applying for U.S. Citizenship Is Down 62%, Study Finds

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The number of immigrants applying to become U.S. citizens plunged 62 percent last year as the cost of naturalization rose and the economy soured, according to an analysis released Friday by the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy organization.

In late 2007, the application cost increased from $330 to $595, plus an $80 fee for computerized fingerprinting. Partly in anticipation of the price increase, 1.38 million people filed applications in 2007, creating a backlog that nearly tripled the average processing time.

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E-Verify Victory Today Follows A Year Of Your Constant Efforts

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  by  Roy Beck

Time after time after time over the last year, NumbersUSA's members mobilized to advance E-Verify and close off millions more jobs to illegal aliens. And just as many times, you suffered defeat. It is oh so difficult to maintain perseverance, but you did and yours led to a gigantic victory today as the Obama Administration made a huge leap in immigration enforcement.

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THIS LABOR DAY: Elites Decry Horrible Worker Situation -- but only a few recognize their immigration policies making it worse

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  by  Roy Beck

On a dismal day for America's workers, I see a few bright spots that all of us connected to NumbersUSA could make brighter through focused activism this fall. (Look inside.) But the utter hypocrisy and insanity of the elites is on full display as they lament the huge oversupply of workers for jobs after 21 months of a recession in which they have called for more immigration to meet what they claim is a U.S. "worker shortage!"

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After Court Ruling, Obama Now Should Replace Illegal Workers With Unemployed Americans

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  by  Roy Beck

The Obama Administration has dilly-dallied all year in carrying out the Bush regulation to require federal contractors to run new hires through E-Verify. Now that a federal judge has thrown out a court challenge by greedy businesses as essentially being nonsense, Obama should drop plans for watered down regs and use this as an opportunity to put far more Americans back to work than has happened through last winter's Stimulus Bill.

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125,000 brand new foreign workers with work permits each month -- HERE'S THE PROOF

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  by  Roy Beck

For months, the open-borders blogosphere has insisted that NumbersUSA is telling tall tales when we talk about massive numbers of new foreign workers during our current Jobs Depression. Most of the commentators and open-borders politicians even claim that we have no source for our information. So, once again, let us lay out the federal government's own data.

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Which Religious Leaders Will Take Anti-Black Message to White House on Thursday?

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  by  Roy Beck

Hundreds of unemployed Black Americans are getting jobs in Raeford, N.C. because enforcement is driving out illegal workers. But that is a bad -- even evil -- thing, according to religious leaders like the ones scheduled to go to the White House on Thursday to help decide how to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens this next year. I don't really think these religious leaders hate the Black American underclass. But they HAVE abandoned it.

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New CIS Reports Examine Workplace Composition and Unemployment Numbers

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Two new reports published by the Center for Immigration Studies examines the jobs that Americans supposedly won't do and takes a closer look at the unemployment rates for lesser educated native-born Americans. CIS analyzes the immigrant composition of 465 civilian occupations and also analyzes the U-6 unemployment data, which includes Americans who have given up on their job search or have involuntarily taken a part-time job.

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THE SOLOISTS -- Families Thrown Into Homelessness by Job Loss While These 17 Senators Champion More Foreign Workers

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  by  Roy Beck

Is your local newspaper reporting high homelessness among families -- not because of drug addiction and not because of mental illness but because they lost a job and can't find another one? The most important way to fight the homelessness of these families is to give them access to jobs. But Congress responds by potentially taking away another 125,000 jobs every month by importing another 125,000 foreign workers. Take a look at the 17 U.S. Senators whose immigration positions work the hardest to keep these American families jobless, and thus, homeless . . . .

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Our TV Ads on CNN Hammer Key Point -- U.S. Still Importing 1.5 Million Foreign Workers A Year

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  by  Roy Beck

The powerful "elevator ad" is back up on CNN, reminding news watchers that Washington's politicians have only minimal concern for jobless Americans. With 15 million unemployed, the ad notes that our immigration system is still bringing in 1.5 million foreign workers each year. Not one Member of Congress has proposed suspending this insane federal attack on the working families of this country.

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Got Workers? Dairy Farms Run Low on Labor

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"You'd bring thousands of people who would work in dairy farming and then compete with Americans for jobs in manufacturing, construction and services," says Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a national organization that lobbies for immigration reduction. Given the recession, "this is a time when we know it's possible to find Americans to do this work. If you had the right recruiting, pay and working conditions, you could handle this with Americans."

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Endorsement of Shuler/Pryor SAVE Act (mandates E-Verify to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs)

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  by  Roy Beck

Democrats Rep. Shuler and Sen. Pryor this week are re-introducing the SAVE Act which would put more unemployed Americans and legal immigrants back to work than any other action of the federal government this year or next. Here is my official endorsement . . .

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We're Delivering Your Petitions Every Day -- To Keep Illegal Aliens From Putting Americans Out Of Work

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  by  Roy Beck

We delivered petitions to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid again this morning -- 10,503 of them. That makes 71,868 so far this week. The offices are politely accepting them each day. The NumbersUSA staff have also spoken in cities across the country via radio shows spreading the same message: Congress needs to keep in the Homeland Security spending bill all the Senate-passed protections of U.S. workers to stop illegal aliens from taking their jobs.

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'U6' Unemployment -- The People Who Will Be Hurt Most If Pelosi & Reid Kill E-Verify Parts Of DHS Spending Bill

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  by  Roy Beck

"U6." No, it isn't a new version of an Irish rock group. It is the more complete look at the victims of unemployment. These are the people who would most benefit from the expanded use of E-Verify to open up jobs held by illegal aliens. Let's make sure that Pelosi, Reid and Obama look at the 25 million American victims before they choose to once again favor illegal aliens for the jobs.

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After 4 Senate Victories, How Do We Protect Them From Backroom Death?

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  by  Roy Beck

Most of you are shocked by the Senate's passage of 4 immigration enforcement amendments this week that would open up hundreds of thousands of jobs to unemployed Americans over the next year alone. This is the Senate that has stood against U.S. workers in favor of illegal aliens repeatedly. While the victories really do represent great progress for our side, we also can be 95% sure that Senate Leader Reid, House Speaker Pelosi and Pres. Obama have every intention of killing these amendments in a backroom deal, just like they killed House-passed enforcement in February. But you can keep that from happening.

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E-VERIFY VICTORY -- 8 Senators Switch Sides Since March Defeat

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  by  Roy Beck

A 9.5% unemployment rate and stories of returning National Guardsmen who can't find jobs -- plus constant pressure from home-state voters -- has finally produced a victory for mandating government contractors to use E-Verify to keep from hiring illegal aliens. After several defeated efforts, Sen. Sessions finally won over a majority of his colleagues this morning. Especially interesting to all of us are the 8 Senators who voted to kill this mandate in March but who supported it today.

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