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House Immigration Principles: Not Working for the American People | Commentary

This will further destroy the employment prospects of American workers who have already seen their wages and employment rates nose-dive and are struggling to make ends meet. From 2000 to 2013, the number of Americans with jobs declined by more than 1 million. Today, more than 20 million hardworking Americans still cannot find a job. Bearing in mind that we are currently experiencing the slowest economic recovery since the end of World War II, the last thing our economy needs is an enormous, harmful economic shock by legalizing untold millions of illegal immigrants.

We should be focused on helping unemployed Americans get back to work, not granting amnesty to illegal immigrants who can then compete for already scarce American jobs. We need to help Americans first.

President Barack Obama recently talked about “equal opportunities” for all in his State of the Union address. To me, this plan looks like unequal opportunities for Americans, especially the legal immigrants who came to this country to pursue better opportunities. It also puts Americans at risk each and every day.

We don’t work for illegal immigrants. We work for the American people.

Rep. Lou Barletta is a Republican from Pennsylvania.

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