DeFAZIO Op-Ed: Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio on Immigration
America has a proud heritage as a beacon for the dispossessed and oppressed around the world, who come here for a shot at achieving their dreams. However, a nation that does not control its own borders is not secure. We need to know who is coming into our country, and we must keep out people who are not authorized to enter. With 500,000 or more individuals entering illegally every year, the status quo is not acceptable.
I am not convinced there is a labor shortage that requires the importation of 550,000 or more guest workers every year, as envisioned by the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill, which also allows family members to come along, doubling or tripling the number of new arrivals. To the extent there may be shortages in particular industries, employers could increase wages and improve working conditions to attract legal workers. Only after improving wages and working conditions and proving that no Americans are available for the job should an employer be able to recruit guest workers.
First it ran in the Oregonian and now in the MedfordNews. I hope that this excellent column hits every paper in Oregon. He is right on!
Thank him for his support on this issue: