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Texas GOP Rep: Immigration Policy Should Recognize Americans Need Jobs

Texas GOP Rep: Immigration Policy Should Recognize Americans Need Jobs

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.

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