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524,000 More Americans Lose Jobs in DEC ...... Amnesty Leaders Blast NumbersUSA For Urging Fewer Foreign Workers

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  by  Roy Beck

America's service industry lost another 273,000 jobs in December, but a major union leader in the industry renewed his call for permanently tying up 7 million jobs (largely service jobs) with the illegal aliens who now hold them. At the same time, other national amnesty leaders yesterday accused NumbersUSA of ugly, divisive politics for our call to suspend most foreign-labor importation while 10 million unemployed Americans look for jobs.

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Our Urgent Request of Obama -- Stop Importing Foreign Workers

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A national crisis requires bold action. NumbersUSA today urged President-Elect Obama to immediately suspend most importation of foreign workers to give relief to the American workers who will be left without a job if the importation continues. Unlike all other emergency recommendations, our call to action would not cost hundreds of billions of dollars. In fact, it would cost almost nothing.

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Foreign-Worker Arrivals Continue as Jobless Claims Rise to 26-Year High

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The United States will import another 140,000 foreign workers this month despite worsening jobless numbers. Initial jobless claims were at 586,000 last week, which is 30,000 more than the prior week's claims. The number was the highest since November 1982, and the four-week moving claims average is also at its highest level since 1982. The nation’s counterproductive immigration policies make the situation even harder to fix.

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Which States' Delegations Were Especially Naughty and Put a Lump of Coal in Their Workers' Christmas Stockings?

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  by  Roy Beck

We can track them even though the chambers of Congress are empty on this Christmas Eve. We know which state congressional delegations are the aspiring Scrooges by what they left behind -- a clear trail of votes and co-sponsorships making it easy for us to give out our awards for the Naughtiest Congressional Delegations (and also the NICEST!) when it comes to American workers who are unemployed -- or fear they soon will be. And the winners are . . .

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH RHODE ISLAND? 2nd worst economy allows its Members of Congress to massively import workers

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  by  Roy Beck

News stories are focusing on the nation's second-highest unemployment rate and 11 straight months of job losses in Rhode Island. But I focus on the fact that the state's two Senators and two U.S. Representatives almost invariably act to increase the importation of foreign workers and to reward illegal workers. Why do Rhode Island's citizens allow that to happen?

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U.S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers

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For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence is emerging that tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are withdrawing from the labor market as U.S. workers crowd them out of potential jobs. At least some of the foreigners are returning home.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122973612592523337.html

By Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal

NumbersUSA News

Immigrant exodus -- Layoffs, deportations sending Mexicans home

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Layoffs, dwindling job opportunities, anti-immigrant sentiment and the crackdown on illegal immigrants are forcing hard choices on many Mexican nationals in Colorado. Though not an exodus, some are returning to a nation they haven't seen in years. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/17/immigrant-exodus/

Associated Press, Washington Times

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Leading Capitol Hill Publication Features NumbersUSA Call to Suspend Most Legal Immigration

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The Washington-based publication Congressional Quarterly featured NumbersUSA's call to suspend most legal migration in light of recent U.S. employment statistics. In Roy Beck's blog from December 5, he called for "limiting immigration mostly to nuclear families and our fair share of internationally recognized special needs refugees" as a logical response to declining economic numbers.

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Stupid Stimulus or Sensible Stimulus?

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  by  Charles Breiterman

President-elect Obama has requested that Congress have a fiscal stimulus package waiting on his desk for his signature when he takes office on January 20. The stimulus is projected to be up to $700 billion with the aim of creating 2.5 million jobs over 2 years. That is $280,000 per job, or $140 billion per each 500,000 jobs created.

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533,000 Jobs Lost in NOV -- But the Feds Imported Another 140,000 Foreign Workers the Same Month!

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With the federal government reporting another giant loss of jobs for November, isn't it time to stop the massive importation of foreign workers? While the new Congress and President determine how to best spend a trillion dollars to stimulate more jobs, they should immediately in January suspend most foreign-worker importation.

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Obama Plan Would Save/Create 2.5 Million Jobs -- Much Cheaper IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM Would Save 2.5 Million Jobs

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Mr. Obama announced a plan costing hundreds of billions of dollars that he hopes will put 2.5 million Americans to work over the next 2 years. But 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, potentially using up all of Mr. Obama's new jobs! A moratorium on immigration would reap virtually the same benefits (saving 2.5 million jobs for Americans) but not cost even 1% what Mr. Obama is proposing.

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Virginia Commission Indicates High-Immigration Ideologues Have No Shame -- Little Heart

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For proof that political sanity can be in short-supply when too many ideologues gather in one place, consider the Virginia Commission on Immigration's answer to the state's immigration problems and rapidly rising unemployment: (1) Mass amnesty for the illegal businesses and the illegal aliens they hire, and (2) Increase the importation of foreign workers!

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'DROP DEAD': NY Times to Unemployed Americans

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OK, I'm having a little fun with the famous headline from another NY paper in the 1970s about Pres. Ford's reaction to NYC's request for a bailout. But essentially "Drop Dead" was the NY Times editorial board's response to rising American unemployment on Friday. The callousness of the media elite toward U.S. working stiffs continues to amaze me.

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Financial Industry Collapsing -- But Some In Congress Still Trying To Give Away More US Jobs To Foreign Workers

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Just as we had seemed to push back attempts for massive increases in foreign workers by the U.S. House last week, we now learn the danger has risen to Orange Alert level in the Senate. Let's take a look at some of the millions of Americans who are being ignored by Senate staffers as they negotiate behind closed doors to bring in additional permanent immigrant workers next year:

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US House Leaders Plan Vote on Big Foreign Worker Increase This Week -- Despite 5-Year Unemployment High

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Remember all the rhetoric at the two Presidential nominating conventions about standing up for America's workers and their families in tough times? Well, the House Democratic Leadership (with support from a lot of Republicans) plans this week to move forward a bill (H.R. 5882) to permanently give away even more U.S. jobs to an additional half-million foreign workers next year! With the corportate special interests calling shots, the only way to stop this callous move is if hundreds of thousands of you reading this decide to send a fax and make a phone call.

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'Worst' Job Reports from Feds Today, But Sen. Menendez and Rep. Lofgren Fight for Hundreds of Thousands More Foreign Workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced some of the worst stats on the fate of American workers in years while Sen. Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Lofgren of California fought to import hundreds of thousands of additional foreign workers. This morning, Rep. Lofgren shoved her foreign worker bill through the House immigration panel, not allowing amendments to protect American workers.

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Senate Recesses Without Taking Up E-Verify Reauthorization

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The Senate started its summer recess without taking up the E-Verify reauthorization bill (H.R. 6633) the House passed by a 407-2 margin. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been holding E-Verify hostage in the Senate until he gets 500,000 additional permanent foreign worker visas. These are simple "skilled" visas, where an individual doesn't need any specialized training or education (other than two years of college). As such, the legislation would keep a half-million Americans out of work.

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Teen/Young Adult Joblessness Worsening

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With foreign workers filling jobs traditionally held by teenagers and young adults, the Washington Post reports today that the youth jobless rate for June was at its highest level in the last 60 years, according to a new study. Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies analyzed Labor Department data and found that only 37 percent of teenagers ages 16 to 19 were employed nationwide, compared with 51 percent in June 2000.

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Lack of skilled workers will lead to fiscal crisis, experts say

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"Absolutely we would favor educating and training the labor force of legal immigrants over bringing in more foreign workers," said Roy Beck, president of the Virginia-based NumbersUSA. "Let's invest in people we have here."http://www.latimes.com/classified/jobs/news/la-me-immiglabor21apr21,0,2582730,full.story

By Teresa Watanabe, in the L.A. Times

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SAVE-ing Immigration Reform

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Something unorthodox occurred on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The House Republican leadership began pushing a “discharge petition” — a procedural maneuver designed to force a floor vote — on a piece of Democratic legislation. The bill in question is the SAVE Act, authored by freshmen Congressman Heath Shuler (D., N.C.).

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Forging immigration reform

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... we joined together to craft the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. The SAVE Act provides a three-pronged approach to curb illegal immigration: enhanced border security, employment verification and dramatically increased enforcement of our nation's existing laws...http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/mar/14/forging-immigration-reform/

By Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), in the Washtington Times, March 14, 2008

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House GOP wants immigration vote

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... Rep. Thelma Drake (R-Va.), backed by her leaders, filed the discharge petition calling for a vote on the Shuler bill, which would add 8,000 border guards to the federal payroll, expedite the deportation of illegal immigrants and expand an existing database for employers to check the eligibility of a potential worker. ...http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/8977.html

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House Republicans Seek to Force Floor Vote on Immigration Enforcement Bill

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Minority Whip Roy Blunt , R-Mo., said he expects about 100 Republicans to sign the petition by Rep. Thelma Drake , R-Va., which seeks to bring to the House floor border enforcement legislation introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler , D-N.C. Shuler’s bill has 141 cosponsors — 93 Republicans and 48 Democrats. But it is not clear how many Democrats will sign the discharge petition.

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Senate GOP Introduces New Immigration Package and Caucus

Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) presents his new immigration bills

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Senate Republicans on Wednesday held a press conference to showcase a package of 15 bills designed to make critical improvements to America’s immigration system. The coalition, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), called for full Senate consideration on each of the bills as amendments to any legislative vehicle deemed appropriate by Senate Republicans this year.

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No stemming the tide of good U.S. jobs going overseas

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Corporations whine that H-1Bs are needed because of a shortage of Americans with skills, but major studies at the University of California Davis and Duke University conclusively prove we have thousands of unemployed or underemployed Americans with all the needed technical skills. http://www.townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2007/04/16/no_stemming_the_tide_of_good_us_jobs_going_overseas

By Phyllis Schlafly, April 16, 2007

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Jobs Americans Won't Do: Voodoo Economics from the White House

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The idea that a modern society like ours requires the ministrations of foreign workers, because there is no other way to do get these jobs done, smacks of the apocryphal quote from a 19th-century patent commissioner: "Everything that can be invented has been invented."http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/markoped010704.html

By Mark Krikorian, of the Center for Immigration Studies, in National Review, January 7, 2004

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The 'Jobs Americans Won't Do' Myth

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While President Bush says he is considering another "guest-worker program" for the nearly 13 million illegal aliens living and working in the United States, he also says the program won't be a reward for violating U.S. immigration and alien employment laws. It's hard to understand how illegal aliens would not consider such a program a reward...http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/2/13/140946.shtml

By Jon E. Dougherty in NewsMax, Feb. 18, 2004

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Dirty Work: What Are the Jobs Americans Won't Do?

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"The failure here isn't in the work ethic of Americans. Rather, it lies with the CEOs, business owners, university and hospital administrators, and government officials—and ultimately, with all of us who benefit from cheap labor—to offer the wages and benefits necessary to attract sufficient numbers of legal workers. There's a reason they call the labor market a market."http://www.slate.com/id/2157483/

By Daniel Gross, in Slate, January 12, 2007

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Roy Beck Discusses Domestic Recruitment Channels Before House Immigration Subcommittee

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NumbersUSA President Roy Beck testifies why US companies need to increase their domestic recruitment channels citing the Barbara Jordan Commission. This was part of the Hearing on the U.S. Economy, U.S. Workers, and Immigration Reform before the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.

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For employers, cost to be high for illegal hires

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"'If they're trying to make another effort at amnesty in the fall, then this is a pretty smart thing they're doing,' said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a Virginia-based organization that helped engineer a fierce grass-roots campaign in June to defeat a bipartisan Senate bill that would have offered legalization to undocumented immigrants..."

Chicago Tribune

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Barbara Jordan's Legal Immigration Recommendations

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The Immigration Act of 1990 mandated the creation of a bipartisan
commission to examine the impacts of immigration on the United States
and to make recommendations for future policy. The Commission, chaired
by the late Barbara Jordan, issued its final report in 1997, but Barbara
Jordan held a press conference in 1995 releasing the Commission's
recommendations on legal immigration. The Jordan Commission called for
an end to Chain Migration, the end of the Visa Lottery, and an annual

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