Forget Amnesty — What About Unemployed Americans?

By Joe Guzzardi

When it comes to what Democrats call comprehensive immigration reform, Senator Chuck Schumer lives in his own little world.

Schumer, obsessed with passing an immigration bill that would grant amnesty to more than 10 million illegal aliens, has a new wrinkle he hopes will fool an American public that has for more than a decade rejected rewarding law breakers.

According to Schumer, immigration creates jobs. He recently stated “We [his Senate allies] decided we ought to start highlighting the fact that immigration creates jobs rather than takes them away.”

Schumer, the Senate’s third ranking member and the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security held a hearing Tuesday titled “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform” with the typical witness list that included only those who support more immigration.

With the Obama administration’s all-consuming emphasis on the economy and the pathetic employment reports, Schumer would like to portray immigration, especially through H-1B visas for so called high skilled workers, as vital to job growth.

On at least two counts, Schumer is whistling past the graveyard. First, even though Schumer claims that the immigration talks “are not dead,” they could not be deader. The enforcement-minded House is solidly opposed to amnesty. And any bill that might come out of Schumer’s committee would also have the tough, if not impossible, task of getting Senate approval.

Second, immigration doesn’t create jobs; it takes them. Recent immigrants either need jobs or social services to survive. The U.S. unemployment rate is 9.2 percent. Cities and states are broke and cannot afford to dole out more welfare benefits.

My compassion is for unemployed Americans, those who would obviously be displaced by recently arrived immigrants.

While immigration does in some sense grow the economy — more people equal a bigger economy — a decade of high immigration has hurt American workers. Every year for the last decade, the federal government has issued more than one million permanent green cards. As a result of that largess, fewer native-born workers were employed in 2010 than in 2000. The net employment gains went to foreign-born.

For native employment to return to its 2000 level, 12 million jobs would have to be created. Considering that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ June analysis, the economy created only 18,000 new jobs. So, at this rate, getting to 12 million would take several lifetimes. Even the liberal, global policy think tank RAND confirms that there is no work shortage in Schumer’s area of keenest interest, the science, technical, mathematical and engineering fields.

Schumer and his cry wolf strategy is doomed. His job shortage claims and similar appeals based on the unproven theory that the nation needs more immigration were non-starters during the two booming George W. Bush administrations. With the nation in the grips of the greatest jobs crisis since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, why isn’t Schumer more concerned with the millions of unemployed Americans?

For Schumer to hold rigged hearings designed to deceive the public about immigration as a solution to unemployment when the country has so many more pressing problems represents dereliction of his sworn duties. Schumer’s responsibility is to work on behalf of all the American people and not just special interest groups.

Unfortunately, Schumer is simply conducting business as usual on Capitol Hill.

Joe Guzzardi, a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow has been writing syndicated editorials about immigration and other social issues since 1986. Contact him at

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4 Responses to Forget Amnesty — What About Unemployed Americans?

  1. carol says:

    He is a disgrace as he is not making an attempt to represent the citizens of this country or even his state. Like obama is only concern is himself and both ignore the plight of our unemployed citizens who are losing their homes, their hope and the ability to feed Their families. Our black american citizens have a shocklingly high unemployment rate and as a whole are failing into poverty levels…hispanic american citizens are struggling also and our poor veterans have no jobs to come to,,,my heart aches for my fellow american citizens of all races and I am furious that Schumer and obama care nothing at all about them!

    • Barbara says:

      Carol…it’s called getting more votes for democrats and Obama and Schummer
      see a real need for that this coming election. No, they are ridiculous about our constitution and rights of American citizens first in all things…You are right in noting that they simply don’t get it- yet they are only thinking of self interest and the survival of the democatic party since more and more Americans are waking up and seeing the politicians for what they really are…So true as Reid and all the rest call Tea Party citizens or conservatives stupid and extremists, etc. while they do nothing but spend and create more regulations that kill our economy. Thanks.

  2. myrna patterson says:

    Senator Schumer needs to do a check up on what is happening out here in the real world.

  3. Lisa says:

    Obama’s goal is to collapse our economy so he & his buddies (George Soros among them) can bring in their One World Order and One World Currency. Ovomit thinks he’d be perfect as the One World Leader. How better to accomplish this goal than to grant amnesty to the millions of illegals already here and encourage more millions to come and collect all the freebies??? How else can he get re-elected??? Where else is he going to get the votes??? A good many of his own party plus the lazy & stupid people who thought they were going to have their mortgages paid and wouldn’t have to worry about those pesky car notes are starting to see the light and are turning against him. The rest of us woke up and smelled the melting coffee pot on fire way over a year ago. So, he’s got to get the votes from somewhere! Illegals are his only solution….

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