Immigration policymakers need to recognize many Americans do not have jobs and decent wages, Texas GOP Rep. Michael Burgess told an audience at a CPAC panel February 22.
“We need to have American jobs for American workers at American wages,” Burgess said, prompting applause from the friendly crowd.
Ronald Reagan is held up as a hero in Texas — except for the Simpson–Mazzoli [1986 amnesty] bill … where President Reagan was promised ‘Give us the amnesty today and you’ll get your border security tomorrow.
There is a fear that Congress will promise [security] and not deliver — people need to see something tangible.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.