Why Are 15 Million Americans Unemployed When 8.3 Million Illegals Have Jobs? Immigration Moratorium Now!

President Obama still plans an
amnesty in the near, though

unspecific
, future, according to threats continuing
to burble out of the White House.

That`s despite record unemployment
and widespread misery throughout the land.

Obama`s

Treason Lobby
supporters

nag
him constantly that he

promised
to reward
illegal
alien lawbreakers
. So there`s no danger he will be
allowed to forget.

We have become so desensitized to
Washington`s daily cruelty to average Americans that the

systematic displacement of citizens in the workplace

is accepted as the norm. Plus, not only is the White
House guaranteeing to reward millions of aliens for

violating U.S. sovereignty,
but legal immigration on
auto-pilot continues to dump
125,000 new workers
per month
into America`s already flooded labor
market.

In boom times, captains of
industry demanded additional foreign workers and got
them. But now, when 15 million Americans are jobless,
there is no corresponding reduction.

Why is that? Is there no OFF
switch anywhere in Washington? An

immigration moratorium
, a

time-out
, would be sensible public policy and would
relieve a lot of pain among citizens.

But there is no such legislation
in Congress.

Has America drifted into an

alternative universe
where evil rules? Perhaps
traditional citizens have been a little late in

finding their voice
in townhalls and tea parties.

Interestingly, President Obama
understands something of the principle of supply and
demand regarding employment—as he demonstrated in his
CNN interview broadcast

September 20:



"I think we`ll be adding jobs, but you need 150,000
additional jobs each month just to keep pace with a
growing population," the president said. "So if we`re
only adding 50,000 jobs, that`s a great reversal from
losing 700,000 jobs


[a month] early
this year—but, you know, it means that we`ve still got a
ways to go."
[
Obama:
Economy probably won`t produce enough jobs until 2010
]


Among Americans, the



economy

is the top concern. An August Gallup poll found that



31 percent of workers personally feared losing their job
,
a new high and double the rate of a year ago. A Harris
Poll taken in early September noted that




60 percent of Americans polled gave the President a
negative rating

on handling the economy.

Yet Washington and the elite media
are stuck on healthcare. It`s certainly important and
needs fixing. But unemployment is worsening (now at

9.7 percent nationally
), and badly so in many
regions and job sectors.

In August,

42 states lost jobs
(an increase of 29 states from
July) with a nationwide total of 216,000 persons laid
off.

The

average time which people remain unemployed has
lengthened to 25 weeks
, the longest since the end of
WWII, and 5 million Americans have been jobless for more
than six months.

The numbers are

worse for black Americans
, where 15.1 percent of
those over 16 are jobless.

An article last spring examined


A Job Crisis for
Young Black Men
:



"The relative size of this loss in employment among
black men was the highest in any of the 11 post-World
War II recessions in the United States. It is ironic
that at the same time that the nation was electing its
first African-American president, it was displacing
record numbers of black men from the ranks of the
employed.


Similar to the case for male workers
generally, the employment declines among black men have
been concentrated among the youngest workers (ages
16-24), among those with limited formal schooling, and
among blue-collar workers. The lack of adequate
employment opportunities among these young black men
contributes to a lack of hope and an increase in
despair, which


often leads to rising delinquency, crime, and incarceration
.
In recent months, only one in six black teen males has
worked, and only 52 percent of 20- to 24-year-old black
men held any type of job. Another new record employment
low is being established for these young men.



"

(by Ron Marlow and

Andrew Sum
,
Boston Globe
, April 22, 2009).


The U.S. teen jobless rate recently




reached 25.5 percent
.
Young people as a whole have suffered from displacement,
as reported by McClatchy in June,




Older workers muscling out teens for summer jobs
:


"Last year, only 32.7 percent of U.S. teens ages 16
through 19 held summer jobs, the lowest level since the
government started tracking the data in 1948, said
Andrew Sum, the director of the Center for Labor Market
Studies at Northeastern University.


“With jobs still scarce, the teen
employment rate probably will hit a new low of about 30
percent this summer, Sum said."


“That figure doesn`t include some
400,000 to 500,000 low-income teens who are expected to
get summer jobs thanks to $1.2 billion in stimulus funds
for youth job programs.


“However, Sum said that these
jobs—some of which will go to adults ages 20 to 24—will
boost teen summer-employment rates only by another 1 to
1.5 percent, which, if accurate, would still be a
61-year low.”


Another group that has been smacked down is the



recent college grad cohort
.
During the first four months of 2009,




less than half of the country`s 4 million college
graduates

age 25 and under were working in jobs that required a
college degree.


That career obstruction is a bitter disappointment for
young people who would like to get going on their adult
lives—and is extra bad news for those with large college
loans to pay off.

In immigration-crippled
California, the

jobless rate reached 12.2 percent
in August, and
nearly 2.25 million state residents searched
unsuccessfully for work. In August 2008, the state`s
jobless rate was 7.7 percent.

The Central Valley has been
particularly hard hit. (See the
Sacramento Bee`s
helpful

interactive map of unemployment by county
and by
month since January 2008.)

The
Bakersfield Homeless
Center
reported a 34 percent increase in homeless
families since last year. Director Louis Gill remarked,
"They`re like
folks you know and that you`ve worked with… We`re
seeing individuals come in that have never had to access
the safety net before."
[More
Families Are Becoming Homeless
, By Alexi Mostrous,
Washington Post
, July 12, 2009].

Fresno has struggled with

tent cities
that have appeared. In March, Sacramento
was reported to have a

homeless encampment numbering 1200
.

Behind these numbers are Americans
who have used up their savings, lost their homes,

moved in with relatives
, needed

food banks
and become

traumatized and depressed
by long-term joblessness.
Many millions are working part-time, meaning they are
scraping by but don`t make enough money to fulfill their
dreams of a good

college education for the kids
and a comfortable
retirement.

One of the President`s campaign
promises, made often in the Midwestern Rustbelt, was to
renegotiate NAFTA. It was a popular policy among
hard-hit workers who understand how globalized trade has
directly harmed them, since

NAFTA
sent thousands of jobs to Mexico and turned a
moderate trade surplus into a loss. Senator Sherrod
Brown estimated that

NAFTA caused the loss of 200,000 manufacturing jobs in
Ohio alone
.



“`Obama not only verbally promised voters there a NAFTA
re-do, he did it in writing. `Bad Trade Deals Hit Ohio
Harder Than Most States and Only Barack Obama
Consistently Opposed NAFTA,` declared an Obama campaign
leaflet picturing a shuttered factory.


“`He made those statements in the
Youngstown area,` [Rep. Marcy] Kaptur recalled. `And
when these words are heard, they mean something. Now
people are waiting for the results of that. `"

[Obama
backs away from reforming free trade deal
, Washington Examiner, By Susan Ferrechio, May 18, 2009]


Many



blue collar workers

certainly voted for Obama believing that he would be the
champion of reviving



American manufacturing


and was someone who cared about working people.

But that was not the
“Change” that
Obama had in mind. He is a

globalist
, just like
all
the rest of America`s elites
.

The President has been oddly
uninterested in the employment crisis. He promised that
the stimulus would save and create jobs. But when it
didn`t work, he became passive, remarking in his weekend

CNN interview
:
"I want to be
clear, that probably the jobs picture is not going to
improve considerably—and it could even get a little bit
worse—over the next couple of months."

Meanwhile Obama has been focused
like a laser beam on

healthcare
—a

policy revolution
that would take years to
implement, even if he can ram through a bill. But the
worst job loss in generations has become a snoozer at
the White House.

Obama`s apparent indifference may
stem from the fact that the easy, obvious solutions are
politically distasteful. His

kowtowing to Hispanics
shows he regards them as a
vital part of his coalition. He may not be prepared to
miff Mexicans to help Americans. There`s no question
that many Democrat honchos believe a massive amnesty for

nanny-state-friendly immigrants
will produce a

permanent Democrat majority
for decades, if
not forever.

There are two common-sense
solutions involving immigration, both legal and illegal.

As mentioned earlier, an

immigration
moratorium
for the duration of the

jobs recession
would be entirely reasonable. Simply
stop the annual inflow of

1.5 million legal immigrants
until the national
unemployment rate gets back down to a normal level.

Such a policy would be kind to
citizen workers and would take the edge off the left`s
self-serving belief that immigration to America is a
universal human right.

Wasn`t
immigration supposed to be a benefit for the country and
its citizens?
That idea has gone down the memory
hole, along with the notion that the purpose of the
American government is to protect the freedoms of the
American people, not provide a

planetary social services
and

wealth redistribution center
.

The other solution is to make the

SAVE Act
the law of the land. SAVE stands for Secure
America through Verification and Enforcement and has a
strong section on workplace enforcement.


Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)
posted a

press release
at the time of announcing his
co-sponsorship of the bill, July 23.



"Second, the SAVE Act expands and mandates use of the
E-verify program—a free and effective program that
allows employers to verify the individuals they hire are
legally allowed to work in the U.S. The program will
phase-in over four years, beginning with the federal
government, federal contractors, and employers with over
250 employees. Smaller businesses would begin using the
system in a graduated manner. The Obama Administration
recently announced that all federal contractors and
subcontractors must use the E-verify program starting
September 8, 2009. "


The Pew Hispanic Center estimated last spring that



8.3 million illegal workers

were occupying American jobs as of March 2008. Even
allowing for a little shrinkage because of the
recession, removing those unlawful workers would free up
positions for nearly half of the 15 million American
jobless.

Many of those liberated jobs would
be low-skilled, but so are many unemployed Americans. In
earlier times of economic difficulty, people of various
talents could easily pick up a part-time or service
industry gig. It wasn`t great, but a

survival job (as they are now called)
kept food on
the table and the wolf from the door.

Recent workplace raids which have
removed illegal workers have been followed by

Americans lining up
for employment, thereby
disproving the Open-Borders lobby`s much-used lie, that
spoiled, lazy citizens won`t do
"those" jobs.

Americans did those jobs 30 years
ago—before business became addicted to cheap and
exploitable illegal workers.

The question for President Obama
and Congress is this:

"In this time of
great misery, will you open up 8 million jobs for
unemployed Americans and stop the flow of unnecessary
foreign workers who compete against citizens?"

And why isn`t that question being
asked by sovereignty enthusiasts—and the

conservative media
?

Brenda
Walker (
email
her)
lives in Northern California and publishes two websites,

LimitsToGrowth.org

and


ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
She reflects often on the idea that 600,000 Americans
were killed in the War Over

Free
Labor
(aka the

Civil War
), and
business will not easily abandon illegal alien workers
who


essentially insert their own hands into chains
.