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Monday, March 9, 2009

Stimulating Illegal Immigration

USA Today reports on two recent studies warning that many of President Obama’s stimulus jobs may go to illegal aliens:
Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants, particularly in big states such as California where undocumented workers are heavily represented in construction, experts on both sides of the issue say.

Studies by two conservative think tanks estimate immigrants in the United States illegally could take 300,000 construction jobs, or 15% of the 2 million jobs that new taxpayer-financed projects are predicted to create. …

The version of the stimulus bill passed by the House of Representatives included a provision requiring employers to check immigration status with the E-Verify system before hiring. The Senate did not include such a provision, and it was not in the version sent to President Obama. The Obama administration has delayed until at least May 21 a Bush administration executive order requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system in hiring. It had been scheduled to take effect in January.
Obviously, the number of illegal workers sneaking onto job rolls here in New Hampshire will be minuscule compared to some other states. However, these reports highlight one of STEWARD's major objections to the stimulus. Not only are our tax dollars headed cross country to fund California’s projects, it turns out they will also fund California’s illegal workforce.

With New Hampshire's unemployment rates rising, wouldn't our tax dollars be better spent in our state? Or at the least, on our coast!?

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