Illegal immigrants compete with the unemployed for scarce jobs
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Illegal immigrants compete with the unemployed for scarce jobs

8:05 PM, Sep 11, 2012 |

Written by
David Olen Cross
Guest Opinion

President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation order on some 1.7 million undocumented foreign nationals (illegal aliens) between the ages of 16 and 30, in conjunction with issuing them Social Security numbers and work permits, shows a clear view of a president in complete willful disregard for America’s 13.4 million unemployed citizens; 8.3 percent of the civilian labor force.

Oregon’s unemployment numbers for July were 177,801; a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent.

Marion County’s 15,216 unemployed in July equated to 9.4 percent of the county’s work force.

An analysis done by the Employment Policy Institute indicated that Oregon in July ranked third in the nation with teen unemployment for ages 16 to 24 at 30 percent.

What President Obama’s deferred deportation order means to Oregon’s unemployed is up to 16,600 illegal aliens will be permitted to enter the state’s work force during the worst recession since the “Great Depression.”

The addition of 16,600 illegal aliens into the state’s civilian labor force could increase unemployment in Oregon by 9.3 percent.

The state’s elected officials like Gov. John Kitzhaber should not cooperate with the Obama administration by allowing thousands of illegal aliens to enter the state’s work force. Gov. Kitzhaber can put a stop to many of these illegal aliens working in the state by not changing state law that currently requires legal presence in the country to obtain an Oregon drivers license. Kitzhaber should know that Obama’s deferred deportation order doesn’t constitute legal presence for those persons illegally in the country.

Oregon’s 177,801 unemployed legal U.S. citizens should contact President Obama in the White House and communicate to the president that unemployed Americans should never have to compete for scarce jobs with illegal aliens no matter what age demographic they represent.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on illegal immigration and foreign national crime. He can be reached at


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