Friday, March 5, 2010

Are You Serious About Jobs?

Angela Maria Kelley and Gebe Martinez of the Center for American Progress report that a recent show of bipartisanship on a Senate bill to spur job growth was surprising to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).  As it turns out, however, "a band of anti-immigration conservatives are threatening to vote against these measures in a political move to turn this much-needed economic debate into a capricious attack on immigrant workers. This group of senators wants to pile on current restrictions banning employers from hiring undocumented immigrants by adding more burdensome and faulty employment verification systems." What they forget is that "[i]mmigrants don’t stand in the way of economic growth—they actually feed it. Numerous economic studies from across the ideological spectrum show that immigrant workers are important to economic growth."


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