Immigrants get work permits, Americans get worked up | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald
By A.J. DELGADO firstname.lastname@example.org
Francisco, or “Cisco” as he’s known to his friends, is an American in his early 30s. Two years ago, he was laid off from his longtime job at a hardware store and has had no luck since finding a replacement. Construction gigs around the area, he laments, often go to immigrants willing to work for far less. Cisco has largely given up on the job search and now mostly spends time living in his parents’ cramped Miami home, caring for his mentally ailing father.
.. the Obama administration, since 2009, issued work permits to an astonishing 5.5 million foreigners, in addition to our already generous issuance of work permits to 1 million annual legal immigrants and 700,000 annual guest workers. According to a Center for Immigration Studies report, almost 2 million recipients were here on temporary visas, a majority of whom fell into categories for which employment is not authorized, such as tourist or student visas. Roughly 150,000 work permits were issued to students’ and guest workers’ dependents. Almost 1 million were issued to aliens who crossed into the United States illegally and almost 2 million to those who immigration status was “unknown.”
Do the math: Notwithstanding some overlap, we are issuing 5.5 million work permits to foreign nationals over a mere six years; 1.1 million to legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers annually; more than 1 million via Obama’s 2012 “DACA” action; and potentially 5 million via his 2014 immigration executive action. All this as millions of Americans languish in unemployment.
While the Obama administration seemingly shouts “Let them eat cake!” to unemployed Americans, doing the bidding of Big Business donors and attempting to create future Democratic voters, remind me again how this is the party fighting for the little guy?