Unchecked illegal immigration into the United States continues to create untold problems, not the least of which are unprecedented crowding, population shifts, social strains and the displacement of American workers.
Consider these recent news events:
Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., is pushing legislation to hike the H1-B visa cap. This allows high-tech companies to recruit computer programmers, engineers and technicians from the Third World to work for up to six years -- and employers don't have to show proof that they tried to hire or train American citizens (as required by law for all other businesses). Of course, once here, these foreigners are willing to work for less so the company will sponsor them for permanent residency.
Dr. Norman Matloff, a University of California-Davis computer science professor, flatly calls the oft-repeated claim that there is a shortage of U.S. high-tech workers "a blatant lie." The California Coalition for Immigration Reform states:
"We have shared horror stories of citizen workers being targets of discrimination by newly-hired foreign supervisors, fired from their jobs or forced into early retirement, resulting in their having to declare bankruptcy, losing their homes, etc. due to Abraham's efforts on behalf of corporations whose only goal is to increase their profit margin at the expense of the lives and futures of American citizens and their children."
The INS reports that over 40 percent of all foreigners overstay their visas, take jobs or go on welfare. Many have criminal records -- and Section 110 makes it easier to deport them.
Yet Abraham and a growing pro-illegal immigration lobby (now joined by the AFL-CIO) want Section 110 repealed because the "rights" of the aliens are un-protected. What gibberish. What about the rights of U.S. citizens and the right to protect our borders?
No wonder that a coalition of several groups, led by the American Immigration Control Foundation and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, have targeted Abraham as the No. 1 U.S. senator to be defeated for re-election this November. Many members of these groups are Republicans, but they believe that even a freshman Democrat replacement for Abraham would be better in light of the damage the incumbent continues to inflict as chairman of the powerful Senate immigration subcommittee.