Tancredo - Time to End the Diversity Lottery
Rep. Tom Tancredo has a good op-ed with a reminder of why small provisions of the immigration law with give-aways are sometimes the hardest to eliminate. Recently, the House failed to pass a measure that would have eliminated the diversity lottery in favor of a program for post-graduate foreign students.High Majority of Ohio Voters Say Immigration Issue Important in ElectionIn a voter survey by the Washington Post, 20 percent of voters in Ohio who were surveyed said immigration was extremely important in the election, and another 31 percent said it was very important.Legal Workers Move to Alabama After Law Takes Effect“Esene Manga, an Eritrean refugee living in Atlanta, hadn’t heard of Albertville, Alabama until a recruiter offered him a job there. Now Manga, 22, earns $10.85 an hour cutting chicken breasts on a poultry-plant night shift, an unexpected beneficiary of a year-old law designed to drive out illegal Hispanic immigrants,” BusinessWeek reports.”This isn’t what the law’s backers said would happen. Republican state Senator Scott Beason, a sponsor, said at a news conference last year that the restrictions on undocumented workers would ‘put thousands of native Alabamians back in the work force’ […] Plants sought refugees because too few local residents were interested or qualified, said Frank Singleton, a spokesman for Wayne Farms, based in Oakwood, Georgia.”Democrats’ Pre-Emptive Excuse for Low Hispanic Turnout Takes Shape“Leaders of the U.S. immigrant community said they are concerned about the possible demobilization of the Latino vote in the November election. ‘If you don’t go vote, use your voice in the democracy, it means that you have lost hope and are voluntarily giving up your political power,’ Joshua Hoyt, co-president of the National Partnership for New Americans, told Efe on Monday.Hoyt is among some 800 experts, activists and community leaders gathering in Baltimore this week for the National Immigrant Integration Conference 2012.”Tancredo — Time to End the Diversity Lottery“Currently, America accepts over one million permanent legal immigrants and nearly as many temporary workers each year. Most of these immigrants are not selected based upon their skills or what they will contribute to this country, but through the process of family reunification. I suspect that many who claim that immigration is complicated do so because they know that if the issue were to presented to the American people with simple facts, they would demand that immigration be reprioritized and reduced,” says former Rep. Tom Tancredo in an op-ed.
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