Utah team heads to D.C. to present economic benefit of immigration reform

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  • anon46545 Dallas, TX
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    With almost 15% real unemployment, falling wages, escalating poverty and engineers stocking shelves at Walmart, the only real question is why those advocating policy so grossly detrimental to this nation and its citizens should not swing from lamp posts.

    This is legislation that will enrich corporations and elites while our middle-class and poor are left to confront a DECADE of increased unemployment and falling wages. FACTS confirmed by the CBO.

    No one should now have any doubts on the COMPLETE CORRUPT of OUR government by these moneyed interests. Tech corporations have bought a lot of lies, liars and politicians with their $2 BILLION spent on "lobbying" and propaganda.

    The only shortages in THIS country are politicians remembering this nation's ARMED POPULACE and plutocrats recognizing their short distance to the guillotine. It is time for the American people to TAKE BACK their government.

  • donahoe NSL, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    The sad truth is that the movement for temporary tech visas is primarily driven by business to reduce wages (primarily for IT professionals seeking a fast buck in dot.com's) based on a so-called "skills gap". This claim is buoyed by an invalid agglomeration of diverse fields referred to collectively as STEM (a concept hijacked from education). The net outcome of this quest is making science and engineering careers less attractive to domestic students. We are already paying a dear price for our technology transfer overseas.

    Furthermore, US manufacturing employment is at level of the great depression after a precipitous decline since 2002 due to trade with China.

    I have written on the subject of truth about high tech immigration in the magazine named IEEE-USA Today's Engineer in March 2012. You can find my article online via a simple search.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Plain and simple. This group wants cheap labor. To heck with the rest of us who struggle to put food on the table and pay the mortgage.

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    Oct. 29, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    I have no problem with increasing the number of visas if it is truly needed. However, I sense that there is a problem getting the illegal immigrants already here to take these jobs so there is no real reason to keep them here.
    If we need foreign workers let's at least make sure that they are willing to obey our laws. Let's also make sure that our Gov't will enforce those laws.
    I realize that we face a shortage of workers brought about at least partially by 55 million abortions since Roe v Wade. But we will not see mfg. jobs return until we refuse to purchase products built overseas.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 11:51 p.m.

    Cheap illega labor builds the economy only for business. The costs are much greater to the taxpayers, and local government. That's all been discussed before.

    The toxic Senate bill with loopholes to avoid enforcement, double the work visas and green cards, and 42 million people over the next 20 years, stands to destroy this country. We can't afford to put 20 million Americans back to work full time.

    And after seeing this administrations bungling Obamacare, do we really trust them to add 42 million new Americans, and get it right?

    The Senate passed a bill, and if the house passes any bill this year, it goes to committee and the Senate usually wins out. Those going to Washington are cheap labor business driven lobbyists. There is nothing immoral about enforcing immigration laws. Encouraging people to come here illegally, steal IDs, social security numbers, and commit i-9 perjury is immoral, and illegal.

    Obama refuses to enforce our immigration laws, that won't change with reform. Reform/amnesty just kicks the can down the road.

    42 million is to big for amnesty. Our leaders need to work on the budget and Obamacare this year. Let them talk immigration next election year.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    Okay, there may be benefits to "immigration reform" although I see absolutely NONE if they are selling amnesty under some code word.

    Even with the alleged "benefits" please make sure they include calculations on the COSTS of illegal immigration, and any "fixes" they propose. That includes human suffering of those brought here illegally against their will, as well as crime, incarceration costs, education and health care for people who are not legally eligible. And the depressed wages for U.S. citizens due to competition from cheap foreign labor. And lost government revenue from the underground economy and under the table wages. And the massive cost of fraud through claims for various child tax credits and welfare programs for fictitious family members or ones not legally eligible for such payments.

    No amnesty, period!
    Welcome legal immigrants who follow the laws to get here.