Jeff Crouere

If an immigration deal is reached this year, it will lead to more illegal immigration in the future. This is what happened after 3 million immigrants were given amnesty in 1986.

Giving legal status to millions of undocumented workers will clearly displace more Americans from jobs. It will add to the large pool of 102 million Americans who are either unemployed or outside of the labor force.

Fortunately some House Republicans see the danger involved in this issue. Last week, a 16 member GOP group led by U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) wrote an urgent letter to President Obama warning that “Rapidly expanding unskilled immigration – at a time when factory work and blue collar jobs are disappearing – would represent the final economic blow for millions of workers who have been struggling to gain an economic foothold.”

Representative Brooks has his priorities in the right order. More of our leaders should be focused on ways to help struggling Americans, not on rewarding those illegal immigrants who ignored our laws.

It is time to finally listen to the American people instead of making them suffer from another piece of legislation that will do nothing but decrease their job opportunities and their standard of living.

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at