Even if you agree that the 11 million illegals already in the country deserve all the rights and privileges that inhere with U.S. citizenship, what about the millions more that will flood across our porous southern border in the future? Despite Barack Obama’s recent boast of having added 10 new jobs to the economy in the past four-plus years, the employment picture in the nation remains grave. Wouldn’t common sense dictate that as jobs become available, employers give priority hiring status to American workers over newly arrived illegal immigrants?
Maybe so, but on Thursday Senate Democrats blocked efforts to ensure that employers hire American workers first and also blocked a measure that would prevent illegals from claiming billions of dollars in child tax credits to which they are not legally entitled.
Here’s Republican Senator Jeff Sessions making an impassioned plea that falls on deaf ears. The transcript follows:
We don’t need to be passing a law, like the Gang of Eight bill, that would double the H-1B workers brought into America, increase by 50% the annual flow, add another 5 million so-called ‘backlog’ workers, in addition to legalizing some 11-million plus [current illegal immigrants] — at a time when Americans are having wages fall and jobs are very, very difficult to find.