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Carrying Capacity Network Action Alert

   May 2006

Native Born and Working Poor Suffer Most Job Loss from Mass Immigration, Studies show Immigrants Displace Native Born and Working Poor on a Nearly one-to-one basis

Help CCN Stop "Guest Worker"/Amnesty, Legal-Immigration-Doubling Bill
Up to 20 Million would be Legalized and could Bring their Families!

WHAT TO DO??

[Note to Our Members: As we write, the situation in Congress changes daily, so when you receive this it will doubtless have continued to change. But one thing is clear. The bill likely to come out of the Senate will likely be a disaster. It will likely create an Amnesty for the twenty million plus illegal alien lawbreakers in our country AND allow them to bring their families. And it will likely double the number of foreign workers legally admitted. So it would be better to have NO BILL AT ALL RATHER THAN A BILL CONTAINING AN AMNESTY OR INCREASING LEGAL IMMIGRATION. Thus we can safely recommend that you should keep calling and faxing your representatives in Congress and telling them NO AMNESTY! NO GUESTWORKER PROGRAM! NO H1b Visa Increase, and that you DO WANT A MORATORIUM ON ALL IMMIGRATION IN EXCESS OF 100,000/year!]

So educate your Members of Congress and your friends and neighbors about the negative results of mass immigration on the American people thus far. Following are some updated facts on the impact of mass immigration on American workers for use in your outreach.

In 2004, CCN took an in-depth look at how the largest sustained wave of immigration in U.S. history is taking its toll on American workers ("Urgent: Help CCN prevent "October Surprise" Illegal Alien Amnesty," August 2004). One and a half years later, the future for American workers continues to look bleak.

Population Growth Overwhelms Job Creation

New information compiled from Bureau of Labor statistics data shows that job growth over the past five years is the weakest on record. Referring to data covering January 2001 through January 2006, Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration writes in the latest issue of Middle American News, "The U.S. economy was more than 7 million jobs short of keeping up with population growth. That's one good reason for controlling immigration. An economy that cannot keep up with population growth should not be boosting population with heavy rates of legal and illegal immigration." ("The Jobs Deficit: Are You Ready for This?" Middle American News, February 2006)

Working Poor Impacted Most

A study just released by the Center for Immigration Studies - "Dropping out: Immigrant Entry and Native exit From the Labor Market, 2000-2005" - focuses on the impact of mass immigration on the poorest and less educated Americans. Native-born and working poor continue to be hit the hardest. Among the report's findings:

  • . . . between March of 2000 and 2005 the number of adult immigrants (legal and illegal) with only a high school degree or less in the labor force increased by 1.6 million.

  • At the same time, unemployment among less-educated adult natives increased by nearly one million, and the number of natives who left the labor force altogether increased by 1.5 million


"The declines in some manufacturing sectors have more in common with a country undergoing saturation bombing during war than with a super-economy that is "the envy of the world"' Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Reagan Administration





  • Of perhaps greatest concern, the percentage of adult natives without a high school degree who are in the labor force fell from 59 to 56 percent between March 2000 and 2005, and for adult natives with only a high school degree participation in the labor force fell from 78 to 75 percent.

  • The workers themselves are not the only thing to consider; nearly half of American children (under 18) are dependent on a less-educated worker, and 71 percent of children of the native-born working poor depend on a worker with a high school degree or less.

From "Dropping out: Immigrant Entry and Native exit From the Labor Market, 2000-2005," Steven A. Camarota. For the complete study, go to cis.org.

The study also found that states with the largest increase in immigrants also saw larger declines in natives working. Some of the states most impacted are California, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The United States, though ostensibly one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is chronically plagued by poverty. Particularly in a time of recession, overwhelming annual immigration numbers undermine efforts to combat poverty rates. Government leaders pressured by cheap labor and open borders lobbyists have turned a blind eye to low income U.S. families and workers. They have continued to allow increasing levels of low-skilled, poor immigrants into the country, without any consideration as to what impact the influx is having on those in need who are already in our country.

New Threat to America's poor and unemployed - The Senate bill in the making as of this writing will likely increase legal immigration and Amnesty over TWENTY MILLION ILLEGALS, and allow them to bring their families. Worse yet Senators are playing politics with American workers job security and with National Security. Particularly odious is Senate Majority Leader Frist's caper:

FRIST'S BAIT AND SWITCH

In mid-March, Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) told Senator Arlen Specter's (R-PA) Judiciary Committee to get a leg on or he [Frist] would introduce an "enforcement only" bill. Frist introduced that bill, garnering political support from immigration reductionists who did not read the fine print.

But Frist remains a guest/worker and amnesty fan. Constituents would have discovered all too late that they'd been suckered. Since Frist's bill was quite predictably supplanted by the Specter masterpiece, Frist may continue to hope that he is remembered as the "enforcement only" Senator. But Frist's bill was NOT an enforcement-only bill. It WAS A bait and switch ploy predicated on a big fat LIE!

Let's go through it once more, by way of understanding who are our friends on Capitol Hill. We knew that Specter's bill would be a traitor's dream, so we begged Majority Leader Bill Frist to leave his own bill on the table. But that was BEFORE WE FOUND OUT THAT FRIST"S BILL WAS NOT FOR ENFORCEMENT ONLY. HE ADVERTISED A GREAT BIG FAT ***.

A real "enforcement only" bill would be a good fit with Congressman Sensenbrenner's fine bill on illegal immigration passed by the House last December (HR 4437). It was truly an "Enforcement-only" bill. That's what we need but not what we got.

THE SITUATION AS WE WRITE

We expect the Senate to pass a bill which looks like the Specter Judiciary Committee bill. The Specter Judiciary Committee bill would:

Provide a blanket amnesty for the up to 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Nearly all would within a year be given a legal status live here and nearly all who sign up would never have to leave.

Double importation of permanent foreign workers

More than double the number of temporary foreign workers

Allow 25-35 million foreign workers and dependents to become permanent legal residents over the next decade alone.

SO HERE IS WHAT TO DO:

TODAY! INTENSIFY YOUR CALLS AND FAXES - THEY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

The message to deliver to your Senators is simple:

1) No amnesty, whether blatant or disguised as a "guest worker" program, because an amnesty would hurt our national poor and unemployed.

2) No Increase in Legal Immigration!

3) No Increase in foreign workers via H1b VISAS or otherwise

4) A moratorium on all immigration in excess of 100,000 per year - essential to stabilizing the U.S. population and protecting U.S. jobs.

BUT WHATEVER HAPPENS REMEMBER THIS: ANY BILL CONTAINING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY OR A GUESTWORKER PROGRAM OR A LEGAL IMMIGRATION INCREASE OR A FOREIGN WORKER INCREASE MUST BE OPPOSED, NO MATTER WHAT OTHER "GOOD" PROVISIONS IT MAY HAVE!

You can reach your Senators and Representative by calling the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. FAX and mailing address contact information for your legislators can be found at www.congress.org.

5) Help us intensify our efforts to stop the amnesty by using the enclosed business reply envelope to send a donation to CCN today! WE ARE STRETCHING OUR RESOURCES TO THE LIMIT TO STOP THESE BILLS. Please go to www.carryingcapacity.org and click on "SUPPORT CCN" at the top of the page to send your donation today!

Disaster in the Making in the Senate! Specter's Judiciary Committee Creates Disastrous Amnesty Bill
Bill would also Double Legal Immigration
Frist's "Bait and Switch" Bill No Better Senate likely to Incorporate much that is Bad from both Bills

Note: CCN is anti-mass immigration but NOT anti-immigrant.