Armstrong Williams

Particularly in this perilous era, could you imagine any American not wanting to prevent criminals or terrorists from entering the United States?

Yet under Comprehensive Immigration Reform, aliens who evaded the vital inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens including fugitives from justice, terrorists, criminals and others who would pose a severe threat to national security and public safety would be granted lawful status and official identity documents. Furthermore, because of the huge number of aliens who would likely participate in Comprehensive Immigration Reform there would be no face-to-face interviews or resources to conduct field investigations to verify information contained in the applications.

There would be no way to verify the names, backgrounds, countries of citizenship or even dates of entry into the United States for these aliens.

Furthermore, each and every year the United States admits more foreign workers who are legally entitled to work than the new jobs that are being created. This is without including illegal aliens who easily enter the United States and find gainful employment.

Each year more than one million lawful immigrants. These aliens are given Green Cards (Alien Registration Receipt Cards) that signify that they are lawful immigrants. They can work on any job for which they are qualified to do and are immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship. This number of lawful immigrants is greater than all of the other immigrants admitted by all of the other ountries on this planet, combined.

In addition, each year the United States admits nearly a half million foreign students, many of whom ultimately are given permission to work under the aegis of “practical training.” Then there are the Exchange visitors, aliens with various work visas including high tech H-1B visas, etc.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform would permit three times the current number of H-1B visas to be issued to foreign workers and would, for the first time, as permitted in the Senate immigration bill, S. 744, permit the wives and adult children of H-1B visa holders to be granted Employment Authorization Documents (EAD's). These cards signify that they have as much right to nearly any job in the United States as any American or lawful immigrant.

The consequence is that in addition to suddenly dumping unknown millions of authorized foreign workers into an already overflowing labor pool of unemployed and underemployed American workers, we would be importing many more additional authorized foreign workers.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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