Loss of Jobs to Illegal Immigration -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 07, 2004)
HON. SCOTT GARRETT
OF NEW JERSEY
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2004
Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remind my colleagues that our constituents at home continue to struggle with the loss of jobs to both cheap foreign labor; where employers pay just a fraction of what is paid here, and also provide no paid benefits of any sort. They are losing jobs here at home to illegal immigration.
Illegal immigration has risen to a staggering rate. Nearly ½ million illegal aliens enter this country every year. These law-breakers, are taking the jobs that are held by and needed by our citizens.
They also drain the much needed and limited social services that would normally go to American citizens, who either themselves, or their families came to this country legally.
No nation can consider itself a sovereign nation if it cannot define where its borders begin and where they end. And it certainly cannot consider itself sovereign if it cannot determine who is and is not allowed entry into that nation. Without such control, a nation loses its ability to protect the rights and liberties of its people.
Our founding fathers were no less certain in this respect, when Governor Morris stated at the constitutional convention: "every Society, from a great Nation down to a Club, had the right of declaring conditions on which new members should be admitted." Congress should be no less adamant. American citizens are struggling for work. They should not be the victims of a system that turns its back to illegal immigration.