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Monday, July 25, 2016
NumbersUSA: Great Immigration Quotes at Convention
Roy Beck - NumbersUSA founder
Jul. 22nd, 2016
This Issue: At this week's convention: Great quotes on immigration connection with lives of American workers
immigration has often been talked about at political conventions of the
past, I don't think the economic effect on jobs and wages has ever been
as prominent as in addresses this week in Cleveland. Following are some
of the most direct references from the stage:
In Donald Trump's acceptance speech last night, he criticized the numerical level of overall immigration:
of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment
for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers.
We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that
works for the American people."
cited a number of important statistics that we tend to use to raise
questions about why our government every single year gives out a million
lifetime work permits to foreign citizens when the joblessness among
our own citizens leaves so many in bad shape. Here were statistics he
Nearly four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty.
58 percent of African-American youth are not employed.
Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than eight years ago.
The number of Americans who are out of the work force entirely has risen by 14 million.
Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000.
referred to Americans who have been left behind by our modern economic
system as "forgotten" and without a voice, hammered by what he called
bad trade deals. He decried "mass amnesty, mass immigration and mass
lawlessness," and stated:
"Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief."
In remarks earlier in the evening Reince Priebus,
the head of the Republican National Committee, seemed to signal a shift
in the national party leadership from looking at these issues primarily
from the standpoint of corporate donors and instead framing them in
terms of what works best for individual Americans:
Trump wants to bring jobs back from overseas and hold companies who
want to send them abroad accountable. . . . He's finally going to stop
illegal immigration and make sure our government puts American citizens
first. . . . Working families are the lifeblood of our country, and we
can't thrive as a nation unless they are thriving. A lot of them haven't
seen a bigger paycheck in a long time."
The nominee's son, Donald Trump Jr.,
earlier in the week said the country needs to tackle its real problems
of "economic inequality and immobility" and laid blame on federal
U.S. now has) the worst immigration system in the world, one that
imports immobility, one that drives down employment and wages for
Hispanic Americans, for African Americans and for everyone, an
immigration system that favors illegals over those trying to go through
the process legally and, at times, even over law-abiding citizens. It
was Bernie Sanders himself who warned that a large tide of new workers
keeps wages low and poverty high."
Senator Jeff Sessions
(R-Ala.), probably the No. 1 champion of tight labor markets and rising
wages in Congress, made more than one appearance on the big stage:
election has also been about immigration. For 30 years, our good people
have rightly pleaded for an end to the lawlessness, and for sound
immigration policies that are fair and advance the national interest. To
this legitimate plea, our elites have responded with disdain,
dismissal, and scorn.
is there anyone in America that does not understand that when we bring
in more workers than we have jobs for that job prospects and wages will
fall? Top economists and the Congressional Budget Office have told us
that. Is it too much to ask that we slow down and protect our national
security and jobs.
consider the facts. We lawfully admit 1.1 million permanent residents
annually, more than any other country. In addition, we have 700,000
foreign guest workers taking jobs. The majority of these are not
seasonal or agricultural. There are about 350,000 people who succeed in
crossing our borders illegally each year, and almost 500,000 more
unlawfully overstay their visas. These are extreme numbers.
this. From 2000 to 2014, while our existing population increased by
millions, the number of jobs held by Americans actually declined.
all the net job growth during that period went to immigrants. Combine
that with the reality of efficient businesses, robots, and slow growth.
fact is, we don't have enough jobs for the people who are here. Doesn't
this help to explain why our wages have fallen and why we have the
lowest percentage of Americans actually holding a job in 40 years? Our
duty as elected officials is to get our people jobs first.
"It cannot be our policy to have workers from abroad take jobs while we provide support payments for unemployed Americans."
never endorses candidates. And we take positions only on policies
having to do with immigration numbers. I have no comments on anything
else about the Republican Convention this week. But I can say I am
thrilled that the American worker got so much attention at center stage
as somebody to take into consideration when setting immigration policy.
That was a break-through.
Summer Recess is here! The next six weeks are your best chance to get
some face-to-face time with your Senators and/or Representative.
We encourage you to attend an event in your town and talk to lawmakers
about H-2B increases, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, numerical
immigration levels, and more. Suggested talking points can be found here.
Several new specialty faxes have been added to your Action Board this
week. If you have a GOP Member of Congress, we added new faxes
responding to the GOP platform.
make sure your Account information is up to date. You can update your
mailing address, email address, phone number, and email subscriptions on
your Account page.
are really easy to carry in a wallet, purse, pockets, etc. so you have
them handy to give them to others to visually show why immigration is of
a magnitude that demands attention.
They can also be really handy at townhall meetings!
Over the years, our members have handed out more than 100,000 of these
cards as a way to quickly and politely introduce people to government
numbers they probably have never seen. They are the numbers that make so
many Americans passionate about the mission of NumbersUSA to reduce
total immigration to a level that serves the national interest.
And if you want to see a video presentation of the information on the foldover card, click here.
A recent Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse (TRAC) report shows that federal immigration courts'
backlog of cases awaiting resolution has reached an all time high of
496,704. A third of those cases involve border surge minors (69,278) and
family units (74,502) which have increased as a result of the Obama
administration's catch-and-release policies.
A recent ICE enforcement report, released by the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee, shows that with 75% of FY16 over ICE is on
track to complete only 230,000 deportations, the lowest number since
2006. The report showed a decline in all ICE enforcement activity
meaning fewer aliens have been put on the deportation track in 2016.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform
Act of 2016, that would attempt to close the loopholes that allow
employers to use the visas to replace American workers. The bill was
co-sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rehear the DAPA
case after a new Supreme Court Justice is confirmed in response of the
4-4 tie they announced last month. The tie affirmed the 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals decision that temporarily blocks implementation of
President Obama's DAPA and extended DACA amnesties but leaves no
permanent federal ruling on the case.
The immigration section of 2016 Republican Platform calls for a system
that serves the national interest of the United States, focuses on
protecting the American worker, opposes amnesty for illegal aliens, and
promotes E-Verify, interior enforcement, and border security. The
Party's platform, approved on Monday, states that immigration "must
protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and
legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy."