Immigration Skyrockets as Americans Lose Their Jobs (Virgil Goode)
Human Events ^ | 2010-06-01 | Virgil Goode
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 12:52:30 PM by rabscuttle385
With 10% unemployment, one would think that the government would consider lowering the number of green cards issued to foreign workers until Americans were back on their feet. Amazingly, recently released data from the Department of Homeland Security shows that we have actually increased immigration. Far from reflecting supply and demand, our legal immigration numbers continue to climb no matter the state of the national economy.
The latest figures come from fiscal year 2009. The fiscal year began on October 1, 2008, which is when our economic collapse began and continued through September of 2009. Over five million Americans lost their jobs during that period.
America issued 1,130,818 permanent green cards, 808,478 of which were given to immigrants of working age. This is an increase over 2008 and 2007. Excluding the extra green cards given after the 1986 amnesty, this was the second highest number of green cards issued since 1914. From 2000 though 2009, we issued 10,299,430—the highest decade in American history.
In addition to the green cards, the government issued 881,840 temporary work visas and gave refugee or asylum status to 96,721 aliens. The total increase to the American workforce was 1.75 million foreign workers. According to the Census Bureau, 1 out of every 6 workers is foreign born.
What are the possible justifications for this policy? Are these immigrants taking jobs Americans won’t do? With the unemployment rate at nearly 10%, no one can say this with a straight face.
I guess since DHS released those figures…they must be right, huh? The totals are staggering, the only one I can logically disagree with is the 10% unemployment…..IMO it’s more like 15-20% at the very least…..but “they” won’t report that !!!!
‘Walpin-gate’ case buried
Holder-friendly judge rules only Congress can hold Obama accountable
June 21, 2010 snips
Former Inspector General Gerald Walpin
The lawsuit brought by former Inspector General Gerald Walpin, whose dismissal by President Obama last year has been challenged by congressmen as potentially illegal political retaliation, has been dismissed in federal court.
U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts late last week dismissed Walpin’s case, reasoning that the Inspector General Reform Act – a bill co-sponsored by then-Sen. Obama to keep inspectors general free from presidential political interference – gives Walpin no legal recourse for getting his job back, even if the president did fire him illegally.
As WND reported, the White House fired Walpin from his watchdog position over the Corporation for National and Community Services shortly after the inspector general exposed sexual misconduct and gross misappropriation of federal funds by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a prominent Obama supporter.
The IGRA, however, is supposed to grant inspectors general special protection from political interference or retaliation to ensure they are free to investigate waste and fraud, uninfluenced by political cronyism.
Walpin contends Obama provided neither sufficient cause nor notice in firing him, a violation of the specific provisions of the IGRA. And though the president has already nominated his replacement, the former inspector general sued to be reinstated.
Judge Roberts’ opinion, however, argues the IGRA does not guarantee individual inspectors general “an enforceable right to continued employment,” and therefore, Walpin has no standing to petition the court for his job back.
Furthermore, Roberts opined, “While Walpin complains that the president’s rationale was insufficient, Walpin fails to show how the IGRA provides any sort of criteria that would allow a court to make that determination.”
To simplify the language, the judge’s 15-page opinion contends the IGRA is a law governing the relationship between Congress and the White House regarding inspectors general, not a law granting any protections to the inspectors general themselves. Therefore, the judge concludes, the IGRA requires Congress, not the courts, to hold the president accountable.
A tainted decision?
Several commentators have expressed outrage over the decision and pointed to ties between the White House and Judge Roberts, who Walpin had previously accused of stalling his case and, thus, doing the White House a convenient favor.
In 1993, after working as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Roberts was appointed by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to second-in-command of the office. Holder now serves as the U.S. attorney general, while a Department of Justice lawyer has served as lead defense attorney in the Walpin lawsuit.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner expressed a larger concern: “If the decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts stands, in the future the White House will be able fire other inspectors general as it fired Walpin without fear of legal consequences.”
Thanks for that update, Bridgette. It’s really discouraging. I hope Walpin can and will appeal. This is beyond outrageous. Is there NO justice anymore?
See this by Thomas Sowell:
Breaking News: Obama Administration lost the 6 month moratorium lawsuit filed by the oilmen! So the judge is going to keep our economy going and the south will keep about 140,000 people employed. Hurrah for that Federal Judge, Martin Feldman. The rigs will stay in the US waters and not go elsewhere. The judge said you can’t change the rules afterwards..the US gave a permit and they can’t pull the permit afterwards for the 27 companies that were issued the permit. The permit holders have to have a problem and they can’t be stopped from operations because of another one.
Watch for the left to attack the judge ..what am I saying, the left..watch Obama. He will go after the judge like he did the Supremes!
Finally one for the good guys! What a courageous judge.
Gibbs just said the administration will immediately appeal this decision. See Obama stomping his feet in an adolescent rant!
Some good news for a change. I had a feeling it would go this way. He thinks he can be a dictator, and he CAN be so long as the other two branches of government allow him to be. I hope this is only the beginning of the other two branches growing some!
I heard this morning on the radio that skimmers could have been deployed for weeks now. In other countries, in other incidents, the skimmers cleared out most of the oil before it spread.
In the Gulf, however, in the case of foreign skimmers, they wouldn’t allow them because of some rule about foreign-flagged vessels and some policy about not allowing any contaminants to go back into the water. Skimmers pour back a tiny bit of water that still has oil in it, so they wouldn’t let them be used. Better to leave gallons of oil in the Gulf rather than to clean out 99% but pour 1% back. That’s their logic. Typical liberal ideology. Utopia. Perfection or nothing.
In the case of domestic skimmers, they said that they can’t move them from where they are located now to where they’re needed because there might be another spill where they’re currently located. That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
So, they sit idle in case there’s another spill, while the current spill continues to gush.
These people IGNORE the plain language of the Constitution but they won’t ignore ridiculous EPA policies.
He’s an asshat. There’s nothing else for it.
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