ICYMI: Santorum: On immigration, the interest of the American worker must come first

Verona, PA - In case you missed it, former Republican Presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum authored an op-ed in today's Washington Times that details why we must ensure that the interests of American workers be our first priority in the immigration debate.

Full text of the op-ed can be found here, and excerpts are below:

The Washington Times: Protecting American workers during the immigration debate

By Rick Santorum

...For the past decade, perhaps the one issue that has crossed partisan lines yet created a national divide is our nation's immigration policy. And now that President Obama has issued an executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, we have to discuss how this impacts American workers.

Those on the left stand for open borders and amnesty because they believe national borders discriminate against the poor in the world, and they are counting on the new immigrants providing the Democrat Party with an expanding base of voters.

The corporate community has advocated amnesty because new immigrants will work for less while increasing their bottom line. Big Business sees immigrants and existing U.S. citizens as a commodity whose price needs to be kept down.

But in between these two forces are average Americans who have borne the brunt of this economic recession with stagnant wages and a decline in median income. Under our current immigration system and de facto amnesty for existing illegal aliens (this administration simply doesn't deport anyone unless they have committed another serious crime in the U.S.) we have flooded America with competition for our lower-skilled workers...

However we solve this challenge, we should agree that the interest of the American worker comes first. As former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-Tex.) said when she chaired President Bill Clinton's U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform: "It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest. The national interest comes first, last, and always."...

We also know something else has happened during this unprecedented wave of legal immigrants. There have been roughly six million net new jobs created. On balance, how many of those new jobs have gone to native-born workers?

None! All of the net-job gains since 2000 have gone to workers born outside the US....

To read the full article, click here.


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commented 2015-02-15 09:34:31 -0500 · Flag
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commented 2015-01-06 03:14:42 -0500 · Flag
Props to anyone who can point out a challenging situation, however I am hoping to find a leader to provide something that will be a benefit. Is there a solution you are proposing?