Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

August 8, 2013


Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate 744 (S.744), termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the United States’ June seasonally adjusted number of 12.2 million unemployed citizens; 7.6 percent of the country’s civilian labor force.

According the “February 1, 2011 Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010” there are 8.0 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.; Oregon has 110,000 unauthorized workers.

With so many unemployed American citizens looking for jobs and 8.0 million unauthorized workers currently holding the jobs many citizens will do, the U.S. Senate’s legislation at best seems oblivious to the plight of the unemployed in this country.

Two of the negative consequences of S.744 are revealed in a June 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report which indicates the legislation will cause unemployment to increase through 2020 and average wages to decline through 2025.

A look at the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, News Release from July 18, 2013 titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — June” reveals unemployment rates in the states represented by the Gang of Eight plus their two Oregonian senatorial sidekicks: Oregon 7.9 percent; Arizona 8.0 percent; Colorado 7.0 percent; Florida 7.1 percent; Illinois 9.2 percent; New Jersey 8.7 percent; New York 7.5 percent; and South Carolina 8.1 percent. Five of the preceding eight states had higher unemployment numbers than the national average.

During the five week summer congressional recess, if Senators Merkley and Wyden choose to return to Oregon, the Senators should take a look at the number of unemployed in the state and unemployment numbers of the individual counties they choose visit across the state.

In Oregon there were 158,147 citizens unemployed in June; the state ranked 16th in fifty states for the percentage of unemployed.

Taking a closer look at unemployment numbers, twenty-four of thirty-six Oregon counties (66.7 percent of the states counties) in June had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 7.6 percent: Baker 9.1 percent; Columbia 8.2 percent; Coos 10.2 percent; Crook 12.6 percent; Curry 10.6 percent; Deschutes 10.0 percent; Douglas 10.9 percent; Grant 12.1 percent; Harney 13.0 percent; Jefferson 10.6 percent; Josephine 11.3 percent; Klamath 10.8 percent; Lake 11.5 percent; Lane 7.9  percent; Lincoln 8.4 percent; Linn 9.9 percent; Malheur 9.0 percent; Marion 8.5 percent; Morrow 9.1 percent; Polk 7.9 percent; Umatilla 8.2 percent; Union 8.2 percent; and Wallowa 9.7 percent. Eleven of the preceding counties had double-digit unemployment.

If the CBO report is correct, and S.744 is passed by both sides of congress and signed into law by the president, the addition of 110,000 unauthorized workers into state’s civilian labor force will surely increase unemployment in Oregon; a major setback for a state still mired and struggling to come out of the worst recession since the “Great Depression”.

Because of the egregious consequences of S.744, the only hope for the unemployed of this state and across the country is the U.S. House of Representatives; they actually face the nation’s voters every two years. The House of Representatives should take a more incremental approach to any type of immigration reform and first pass standalone legislation requiring a federally mandated national employment verification system like E-Verify which the federal government currently uses on all its new hires.

In support of Oregon’s 158,147 unemployed, Lars Larson Show listeners should contact during the congressional recess Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Greg Walden and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and tell the Senators, Congressmen and Congresswoman, Oregonians should never have to compete for scarce jobs now or in the future with illegal workers in the country; furthermore, the U.S. Congress should pass a standalone federally mandated E-Verify system as the best way to get those unemployed in the state and across the country back to fulltime work.

Senator Jeff Merkley
Phone: (202) 224-3753

Senator Ron Wyden
Phone: (202) 224-5244

Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Phone: (202) 225-4811

Congressman Peter DeFazio
Phone: (202) 225-6416

Congressman Kurt Schrader
Phone: (202) 225-5711

Congressman Greg Walden
Phone: 202-225-6730

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Phone: (202) 225-0855

Lars, the first full week in the month of August and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show FM 101.1 radio listeners.



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