Immigration Rally in Seattle Draws Many Asians

New America Media/ UW News Lab , News Report, Ashleen Aguilar Posted: Apr 13, 2010

SEATTLE -- Thousands of activists gathered in downtown Seattle April 10 to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. The Washington Immigration Reform Coalition (WIRC) For America, a collection of more than 60 human rights groups statewide, hosted the event in Pioneer Square as a part of the National Day of Action. Asian leaders played a key role in the demonstration.

Pramila Jayapal“This rally is about demanding immigration reform legislation at the federal level by April 30,” said Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica, one of the largest immigrant rights groups in the state. “President [Barack] Obama promised during his campaign that he would enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation in his first year, and it’s now well past that time and he hasn’t done it.”

Jayapal said Seattle’s rally and another in Las Vegas were two of the largest assemblies for immigration reform in the country on Saturday. There were also events held in Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

“Frankly, I think a lot of anger has been turned into hope for a bill,” Jayapal said. “So you're seeing people hitting the streets in a way we haven't seen in a long time.”

Event coordinators estimated nearly 8,000 activists made it out to the rally at its peak, including many Asian groups.

“There are about 1 million Asians living in this country who are undocumented, so comprehensive immigration reform is really key to our community,” said Diane Narasaki, executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

Thu Van Nguyen, a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, joined other immigrants on stage to represent the Vietnamese community. She called for immigration reform in her native tongue.

“We have a right to gather and show our legislators what we want,” said Nguyen. “We want our legislators to see we need immigration reform now.”

WIRC For America has already garnered support from many Washington state representatives. Washington’s U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell sent video messages that were played at the rally. King County Executive Dow Constantine and U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, spoke in front of the thousands.

McDermott recognized that many who are against immigration reform are focused on Mexicans and Latin Americans. "But if you look around this audience, people come from all over the world," he said.

Jayapal outlined four points that many immigrant rights leaders believe the immigration bill should address: legalization for undocumented immigrants, clearing the visa backlogs so families can be together, protecting migrant workers’ rights, and ensuring due process in the system.

First, they want legalization for current undocumented immigrants, especially for those who make up a majority of the labor force.

Washington Rally“Immigrant entrepreneurs create jobs that Americans, as well as other immigrants, want,” said Narasaki. “Immigrants and refugees are the backbone of this economy.”
A second point activists want the immigration bill to address is making the process faster and easier to reunite families who have been split apart by the broken immigration system. Narasaki said there are two million Asians in the visa backlogs, some who have been waiting 20 years to join their families.

Third, lobbyists call for the bill to protect workers’ rights to make sure they are treated fairly and civilly.
“We have a history in this state of seeing how immigrant workers were brought in to do all kinds of labor, and [they were] manipulated and abused because they didn’t have fair labor standards or worker protection because of their status,” Jayapal said.

Finally, advocates look to the bill to ensure due process within the immigration system.

“There are about 9,000 Southeast Asians that are facing deportation, including Vietnamese, who need restoration of judicial review and due process to protect their rights,” Narasaki said.

Campaigners are calling for these things to be presented in a bill by April 30, Jayapal said to the roaring cheers of the crowd.

“Movements do not wait for things to happen,” she said. “Movements make things happen.”


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Norski on Apr 15, 2010 at 13:06:55 said:

To James Jones - Ha Ha - Very funny - You know that we are not allowed to enter URL's into these posts. Since you know the Bureau of Labor Statistics I will not bother to repeat their information here. If you want to see the Pew Center Data just search "Pew Study: 12M Illegal Immigrants in U.S., Published by the Associated Press on March 8, 2006" and "'Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Undocumented Population' By Jeffrey S. Passel, Pew Hispanic Center, March 21, 2005", and "Trends in Unauthorized Immigration" published 10/2/2008, or even visit the Department of Homland Security website and look at their latest report.

I find it interesting that you keep saying 'you and your friends' when you try to denigrate what you think are my motives. But in fact my motives are very personal. I am one of those children who grew up seeing my father thrown out of work just so that a Contractor could make a few extra dollars hiring cheap foreign labor.

When one only looks at one side of the story no matter how much the story may tug at the heartstrings it is still propaganda. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and there are three unemployed U.S. Citizens and Legal Residents for every working Illegal Immigrant. Where are the Articles about the Poor Citizen, struggling to survive, now getting a job that was not available to that person before because an Illegal Immigrant had under bid them wage-wise for that job? But now the Illegal Immigrant cannot work because of everify or is deported and the Citizen has a chance to work. Throughout U.S. history every huge influx of Immigrants has resulted in high unemployment in the unskilled labor markets. Said unemployment exceeded 30% during the last great migration to the U.S. And today is no different.

An article entitled 'Immigration Crackdown May Boost US Job Prospects' By David R. Francis stated "a study by Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies in Boston attributes the "unprecedented" levels of legal, illegal, and temporary immigration as a factor underlying the "devastation" in the job scene for America's teens and young adults over the past seven years. That's especially the case for males with no schooling beyond high school and youths from low-income families. Summer seasonal jobs as a proportion of all jobs are at the lowest level now in the past 30 years." Yet we hear no one doing an investigative report on this.

An article entitled 'Immigration and Race' By Steve Bailey of The Boston Globe published February 8, 2008 states "the preponderance of evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants has hurt those on the bottom of the economic ladder most, blacks in particular and probably even American-born Hispanics." So where are the exposes on how our Native Born Poor are suffering?

Illegal Immigration is immigration that occurs in excess of our Immigration Cap, set based on the ability of our economy to create jobs. In the last 20 years, after our economy stabilized at 67% of our population seeking employment, we have only been able to create an average of 1.66 million new jobs per year. This is straight from Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This limit was not reached because of limits on Immigration. It exists because of the limited ability for our economy to grow the Capital that creates jobs. And during the last 20 years the number Americans unemployed never fell below 9 million (Reached in the 1990's) if you include workers who want to work but were not included in the unemployment numbers for various reasons. If one assumes that the current U.S. Fertility Rate of 2.1 children per woman were to continue and one realizes that with the average number of workers hitting retirement each year averages 2.5 million versus an average of 3.0 million new young Americans entering the workforce each year then it is obvious that we need an additional 1.16 million new Legal Immigrants each year. That was the level of Legal Immigration right up to the current recession. So Illegal Immigration represents an inflow of workers that cannot be absorbed into our economy without causing someone else to become unemployed. That explains why our unemployed so greatly outnumber working Illegal Immigrants.

Deporting Illegal Immigrants is one of those tough things that a society must do in order to protect its Citizens from even greater hardship. The problem is not that we do not have "sensible immigration policies". Any policy that limits immigration to our ability to create jobs and makes those who circumvent those laws deportable is sensible. Those who come here legally to work win and our fellow Citizens do not loose. Rather the problem is to educate those who apparently do not have the maturity to understand that limits are important and sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils and not myopically focus on one side of an issue and fail to see the hurt that manifests itself on the other side of the issue.


Emma on Apr 14, 2010 at 16:37:53 said:

Rumor has it that the Democrats will try to dupe the immigrants into believing that they are working on immigration reform, but they will not actually push to pass anything in 2010. They think that "appearing" to be doing something will be enough to motivate the immigrants to come out and vote for them. DO NOT BE FOOLED AGAIN BY OBAMA! FAILURE TO PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM BEFORE THE NOV ELECTIONS MUST BE PUNISHED IN NOVEMBER.


jerseycityjoan on Apr 14, 2010 at 16:08:39 said:

I have to disagree that “Immigrants and refugees are the backbone of this economy.”

How could we have allowed this "invasion"? The entry of so many foreigner willing to work for cheap benefited the immigrants themselves and their families and their employers but not the rest of us.

However, it seems that because we were asleep at the wheel for 30 years, the descendants of immigrants and refugees that have come to America since 1980 will eventually make up a significant part of our population. We can't undo the past but we can stop future foolishness on immigration.

It's time for the used and ignored average American worker to speak up and help stop this madness.

Don't keep your opinions to yourself. Call, email or write to your elected repreentatives and let them know what you think. Do it for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and those after them.

We don't have enough jobs for those American citizens and immigrants legally here now, much less anyone else.

No more nonessential immigrant workers!


Phil on Apr 14, 2010 at 13:31:08 said:

Up until 1965 immigration to the U.S was mainly from Europe.
Then the immigration policy changed to reduce immigration from europe and increase it
from third world countries.
These people bring illiteracy and poverty and ignorance to the U.S.
The europeans developed science and mathematics and brought that to the U.S.
Europeans started the industrial revolution and brought that to the U.S.
Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains, helicopters, jet airliners, steam engines, gas engines, diesel engines, jet engines, sewing machines, vacuum tubes, transistors, magnetron tubes, telegraph, telephones, radio communications, television, light bulbs, cameras, clocks, watches,
electric motors, computers, xray, radar, air conditioning, refrigeration,
most anything you can think of was invented by europeans or european americans.
The science and math used to calculate how to land a spacecraft on the moon came
from europe. Most of the physicist that worked on the manhattan project were
european educated. Most all scientific units of measure such as volts, ohms, amps, hertz, curies, angstroms and scientific constants came from europeans. Volta, Ohm, Ampere, Hertz, Currie, And Angstrom are the last names of european scientist. Farenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin are the last names of european scientist who developed thermometers about 300 years ago.
Cement was invented in Europe and the process to make steel was developed in Europe. Construction of skyscrapers, steel bridges, and railroads would not be possible without those materials. Germans invented printing and binding machines to mass produce books that make education on a massive scale possible. If illegal immigration gives you a headache a european chemist invented aspirin for that. If illegal immigration gives you high blood pressure, meters to measure that were invented in europe.
Besides technology, ideas like democracy, limited govt, intellectual property rights, free enterprise and accounting also came from Europe. The father of modern accounting was an Italian mathmatician. The father of modern economics Adam Smith was Scottish. This is what made the U.S an industrially and scientifically advanced country.
Industrialization is what multiplied the productivity of countries and produced wealth. The nation of immigrants from all over the world is a lie invented by people who want to destroy this country with third world immigration.
California once ranked #1 for education in the U.S. Thanks to third world
immigration it now ranks #47. California has the highest illiteracy rate in the country.
The U.S will become famous for illiteracy, illigitimacy and low educational achievement because the lack of control of its borders.
Our immigration system is not broke. Mexico is an educational and economic failure. That is what is really broke. If the U.S. increased immigration to just 6 million per year the population of the U.S will reach a billion in less than 100 years. The U.S obviously can't absorb all of the worlds poor people.
The founders of these companies were not immigrants from all over the world.
Henry Ford Ford Motor Irish
Bill Durret General Motors French
Herman Hollerith IBM German
Tom Edison General Electric Dutch
Alexander Graham Bell AT&T Scottish
Walter Chrysler Chrysler German
William Boeing Boeing German
George Westinghouse Westinghouse German


james jones on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:29:27 said:

To Norski,
My only response to you are the ffg.
1. I know Bureau of Labor Statistics and don't know Bureau of Norski.
2. Give the website where you find these data mainly the current ones.(assuming you're right)
3. I have friends who knows their status and their plight (though a few of them are legal and with work authorization)
4. Your missing the whole point and you are being emotional.
5. Cheer up! and be compassionate.
6. If I were you, go mobilize your friends to Washington and petition that all these undocumented poor soul to be deported and suffer with their children in their own country. I know for sure that you and your friends will be very joyous of the suffering of these husbands, wives, children particularly the vulnerable. THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT THAT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE DESIRING. PRAY (IF YOU HAVE GOD) THAT WHAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY WILL NOT BE EXPERIENCE BY YOU("DO UNTO OTHERS IF YOU WANT OTHERS BE DONE UNTO YOU")


Norski on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:18:36 said:

To daring to hope - You miss the whole point because you look at immigration backwards. Why should people have to move to were the economic expansion is? Why shouldn't the economic expansion come to them? Why must we force millions of people to relocate just to satisfy an outmoded belief that only economic expansion in the USA is good and all economic expansion elsewhere in the world is bad? People forget that economies cooperate. It is Business that competes. Are we competing against the Japanese economy? No! You cannot trade with another country unless that country has something to trade. Our companies compete against Japanese companies. Do you buy a Toyota or a Ford because one is better than the other for what you want? Or do you buy the Ford because it is made by an American company and skip the Toyota? Most people do not realize that both cars are manufactured in the U.S. employing American Workers. Yet both companies compete. This is where the huge misconception lies. When it comes to international trade balance is what is important, not outselling the competition.

Economic development elsewhere is not bad for the USA. In the past, when the USA had more jobs than there were workers, excess jobs were exported to other countries. A few decades ago that resulted in the economic development of Korea, Taiwan, and the other economic powers of the Pacific called the Four Tigers. Remember the Marshall Plan? Did either destroy the US Economy? No! Today those who want to exploit poorer countries to import cheap labor into the USA incorrectly brand foreign expansion as “outsourcing” and use it as the universal boogeyman for all that ails us. But in fact, when we are at Full Employment, foreign expansion is no threat to US Workers. Because all US Workers are working. That is why they call it Full Employment.

If you truly believe that we reached full employment back in 2007, then we spent the last decade wasting a tremendous opportunity. We spent the decade importing 7.5 million Illegal Immigrants. Why did we not instead place those 7.5 million jobs to where those people lived? Would we have overbuilt the domestic housing market into oblivion if we had done this? Let’s look at Mexico as an example of what could have been had Illegal Immigrants never entered the USA and we had reached full employment. Per the Pew Hispanic Center six million Mexicans have illegally immigrated to the USA, over three million of which are working. Per the CIA World Fact Book the 2006 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Mexico was $741.5 billion and the Labor Force numbered 38 million. That means that the average GDP per working person was $19,513. If the USA had exported three million jobs to Mexico and paid the average GDP rate (a mere $9.38/hr.) and the six million illegal immigrants would have stayed home, we would have pumped $59 billion in wages into the Mexican economy. In the USA economy approximately 57% of our GDP is made up of wages. Wages generate business, which in turn generates more wages, which in turn generate more business. Assuming this same job multiplier for Mexico means an additional $59 billion in wages added to the Mexican economy that would increase the GDP of Mexico by more that $103 billion or 14%. And the GDP of the USA would increase by as much a $5 billion with repatriated profits.

This is a win-win situation. Why is it that both Legal and Illegal Immigration are never looked at in the context of what both cost the Immigrant’s home countries in lost economic and development opportunities? Is it that greedy people want a continued source of cheap labor and like true misers they what to keep economic development in their own backyard while denying it to other countries? This is a recipe for keeping the lesser developed counties of the world in perpetual servitude, rather than a fulfillment of the American Dream. And by keeping countries south of the border poor the exploitation can go on forever.


Norski on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:49:56 said:

To correct thinker - The study you mention by the Center for American Progress and the UCLA Social Sciences Professor is a great example of junk science. Dr. Hinojosa-Ojeda is not an Economics Professor and thus misses the areas that would have yielded results that might have actually meant something. No effort was made to study the overall job market effects of Illegal Immigration. The study only focused on those people who received amnesty in the 1986 CIR. Thus, the truly obvious conclusion is that if you legalize Illegal Immigrants they will have higher wages. Well duh!

Since this study does not look at those people who could be working but are not because an Illegal Immigrant took their job then was legalized, the study is almost worthless. Studies that focus on American Workers in the same job markets as Illegal Immigrants show the American Workers experience much higher unemployment rates and an average 8% decline in wages.

The most problematic aspect of this study is that it uses models designed to look at international trade to do the analysis. But, American jobs are primarily influenced by domestic consumption rather than international trade. And most international trade models are based on the assumption that bigger is always better. But unlike male enhancement, bigger is not always better, especially if bigger causes a drop in average GDP. Then bigger becomes universally poorer.

Using an International Trade Model is kind of like saying you can describe an elephant by a statistical analysis of its trunk. Maybe next time such a study should be left to an Professor of Economics. The points made in this study loose all credibility because of how it was done.


daring to hope on Apr 13, 2010 at 22:25:57 said:

Europe recognised the positive economic contributions by immigrants to the continent/ countries decades ago. Reference: an article in Reader\\\'s Digest more than 10 years ago to this effect.....

This is just so NATURAL to immigrate, to MOVE. We are not stationary plants. There is no excuse to do evil; there is every reason to emigrate to a better safer place however. Now down the generations the races are blending and the sound of music is generating new notes with the blends. Why should we obstruct the future and forever want to regress? That\\\'s not even any creature\\\'s instinct (to regress). Please dear Republican and Democratic Senators and House Representatives, pass the immigration reform NOW, and recognise and legalise the millions of \\\"undocumented\\\" humans who by any force of Nature are now here. They have families...please do not allow the family unit to be forced broken....it will eventually affect everyone even by ripple effects, especially future generations. Let us work selflessly for the good of ALL... Thank you humbly...


correct thinker on Apr 13, 2010 at 17:03:57 said:

America is a country of immigrants, who work as hard or even harder than the citizens and have thus made this country the most prosperous
Henceforth recent studies conducted by experts and universities show that legalizing the immigrants, who are not criminals or drug traffickers is favorable to our country's economy and prosperity.
A recent study conducted by Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda for the Immigration Policy Center and the Center for American Progress, estimates that immigration reform would add at least $1.5 trillion in cumulative Gross Domestic Product to the U.S. economy over 10 years. Over the first three years alone, the higher personal incomes of new and newly legalized immigrant workers would generate enough consumer spending to support 750,000 to 900,000 jobs in the United States, as well as increased tax revenues of $4.5 billion to $5.4 billion.
I thus think that if President Obama leads on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform just like he led on the Healthcare Reform, he would do this country good and also not lose his trust with people of promising urgency to immigration reform. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform has some bipartisan support too with Senators Graham and LeMieux sounding favourably inclined and as mentioned by "The Hill", Senator Snowe has said that she will review any legislation Democrats ask her to support.


torens scione on Apr 13, 2010 at 17:03:34 said:

In all honesty, the RANTS, HATRED,and XENOPHOBIA we hear from the anti-immigration people reminds me of one thing - The World War II era HOLOCAUST - the angst and hatred against the Jews of the Nazi Supremacist resulting genocide of the jewish race. With this in thought, all I can utter is a word of prayer for understanding and humanity to quench the fire stirring anent immigration reform and people who just wanted to make a better life.


Juliee on Apr 13, 2010 at 15:51:43 said:

This has nothing to do with race. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE JOBS!!!!


Pauli on Apr 13, 2010 at 13:38:16 said:

I don't care for this racist ranting, but the real question is: Why are these posted photos so bad?


Norski on Apr 13, 2010 at 13:16:09 said:

To James Jones - Do you not understand who the Bureau of Labor Statistics is? They are the ones up publish the OFFICIAL U.S. Government Unemployment figures. To say "assuming that data is correct" about these figures is ridicules.

I find it interesting that you manufacture negativity about the character of Illegal Immigrants and try to pin it on those who want our immigration laws enforced while at the same time calling American Citizen Workers "just lazy". Do you not see the hypocrisy of claiming that others have a stereotypical view of people while at the same time you are expressing a stereotypical view of the American Worker?

A Pew study by J.S. Passel "estimated that illegal immigrants fill a quarter of all agricultural jobs, 17 percent of office and house cleaning positions, 14 percent of construction jobs and 12 percent in food preparation." That means that 75 percent of all agricultural jobs, 83 percent of office and house cleaning positions, 86 percent of construction jobs and 88 percent of the food preparation jobs are done by U.S. Citizens and Legal Residents. In fact, the majority of jobs that you claim Americans would never do are actually being done by millions of Americans.

Such anti-American Worker rhetoric is not just another stereotype. Considering that the current unemployment situation has fallen upon Black Americans and Hispanic Americans at a higher rate as shown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data you are skating on very thin ice when you call the unemployed lazy. I would also ask why you might think that a group of people who look Hispanic, gathered at a Home Depot must be made up of Illegal Immigrants. How do you know that? Does each person have a sign hanging from their neck that says “Illegal Immigrant”?


Joel Wischkaemper on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:56:59 said:

Your first poster suggests racism is involved, but look at the fact.
immigrationcounters.com/

The costs have been rising, and rising, and rising. Now we find the illegal aliens are going to access the Health Care Fund, and that after Obama and several other Democratic Senate Leader said it wouldn\'t happen.

It happened.

Deport NOW!


wantok on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:42:29 said:

It's really not that difficult to resolve the immigration issues if ALL Americans can come together to actually agree on something. Immigration Reform is absolutely necessary in order to protect American soil, to create jobs for American people, to unite family members, to STOP illegal immigration, and to show the world what a great country this is. Can we agree on these?


Christian in Austin on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:42:01 said:

WE NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM TO PASS! YOU ARE HEARING THIS FROM A 31/WHITE MALE!

It is the right thing to do morally and the best thing forthe economy. Please understand, THIS IS NOT AN INVASION. This law only applies to people living in the US. Many were brought here in the US by their parents and are now working as slaves.

THIS IMMIDIATELY NEEDS TO STOP!

Let's come together and show we are all humanitarians.

God Bless Reid, Schumer, Graham, Kennedy, Durbin, and all that have shown the courage to pass this bill!


Dave Francis on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:30:37 said:

When I was surfing the blogs the other day, I read that a reader watched a veteran being jeered by a bunch of foreign nationals in a pick-up truck. The placard he was wearing said he'd work for food. Yet our politicians send these men and women to corrupt foreign lands and then they are indifferent to their battleground sickness when they return. IF YOU WANT TO STOP ANY KIND OF AMNESTY, GO TO THE MILLION MEMBER NumbersUSA. We must FIGHT back to SURVIVE against this illegal alien occupation of our country.


Dave Francis on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:58:36 said:

When I was surfing the blogs the other day, I read that a reader watched a veteran being jeered by a bunch of foreign nationals in a pick-up truck. The placard he was wearing said he'd work for food. Yet our politicians send these men and women to corrupt foreign lands and then they are indifferent to their battleground sickness when they return. IF YOU WANT TO STOP ANY KIND OF AMNESTY, GO TO THE MILLION MEMBER NumbersUSA. We must FIGHT back to SURVIVE against this illegal alien occupation of our country.


Dave Francis on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:33:40 said:

When I was surfing the blogs the other day, I read that a reader watched a veteran being jeered by a bunch of foreign nationals in a pick-up truck. The placard he was wearing said he'd work for food. Yet our politicians send these men and women to corrupt foreign lands and then they are indifferent to their battleground sickness when they return. IF YOU WANT TO STOP ANY KIND OF AMNESTY, GO TO THE MILLION MEMBER NumbersUSA. We must FIGHT back to SURVIVE against this illegal alien occupation of our country.


Dave Francis on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:29:25 said:

When I was surfing the blogs the other day, I read that a reader watched a veteran being jeered by a bunch of foreign nationals in a pick-up truck. The placard he was wearing said he'd work for food. Yet our politicians send these men and women to corrupt foreign lands and then they are indifferent to their battleground sickness when they return. IF YOU WANT TO STOP ANY KIND OF AMNESTY, GO TO THE MILLION MEMBER NumbersUSA. We must FIGHT back to SURVIVE against this illegal alien occupation of our country.


Dave Francis on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:20:44 said:

After the million dollar land scandal in Nevada that accompanies Sen.Harry Reid as a nasty blemish on his record. He obviosly doesn't care about his job as he fills up his pockets, because he will be kicked out. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada will be seeing the door in the midterm elections. Unless of course the huge influx of illegal immigrants who live in Nevada vote for him? You might take a look at Nevada's budget deficit, that is hundreds of millions of dollars. It's near bankruptcy, such as California. Nevada during the construction boom was overrun, with foreign nationals competing for work with US citizens-residents. Illegal immigrants have bled dry the welfare system in Nevada, California and every other state. No AMNESTY. It will be like a signal across the world, before millions more try to reach America before its signed into law. In addition, the new legalized immigrants can being in more family members, that could collapse welfare for our own people who live in poverty. Any new immigration enforcement law is compromised from its inception. Already Arizona politicians are looking for some loophole to crush their states rigid law. Arizona should enforce its laws, because Washington is not going to? The lawmakers are in the pay of lobbyists and this might be the same for state representatives as well. Learn more of the truth at NumbersUSA


james jones on Apr 13, 2010 at 09:05:08 said:

In response to Norski,assuming your data is correct, how come all I see in the Day Labor front of Home Depot and Lowe's are still mostly hispanics. These people are hardly looking for work and yet I don't see any citizen who are joining their ranks. The answer is people are just lazy and desired for the high salaried position. People who constantly state negative things against an undocumented worker are just envy of their endurance, sacrifice and perseverence which you Norski and the rest of your friends who believe in this nonsense does'nt have. Wake up people. GO FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM so people who are lazy will be kick out of their nest.This nation is build on immigrants that's why this nation is great and properous because they still believe in its roots. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!


Norski on Apr 13, 2010 at 08:21:32 said:

Lest we forget, per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Report of April 2, 2010:

Construction and extraction occupations = 24.6% Unemployment
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations = 21.8% Unemployment
Production occupations = 16.1% Unemployment
Transportation, material moving occupations = 15.6% Unemployment
Service occupations = 10.3% Unemployment

Total US Unemployed Citizens and Legal Residents = 15,005,000
This figure excludes 6,044,000 Persons who want a job but are left out for various reasons.
Total Number of Americans Looking for Work = 21,049,000

Pew Center estimates indicate 7.5 million Illegal Immigrants work in the USA with the majority employed in agriculture, office and house cleaning, construction, and food preparation, where the worst unemployment is.

The unemployment rate for Black Men 20 and over is 19.0% and for Black Women 20 and over it is 12.4%. For Black Men and Women less than 20 the unemployment rate is 41.1%.
The unemployment rate for Latino Men 20 and over is 12.8% and for Latino Women 20 and over it is 12.0%. For Latino Men and Women less than 20 the unemployment rate is 30.1%.
For White Men and Women less than 20 years old the unemployment rate is 23.7%.

Meanwhile Management, professional, and related occupations = 4.7% Unemployment

Illegal Immigrants compete directly with Americans for jobs. Illegal Immigration has had a devastating effect on our Citizen and Legal Resident workforce. Especially for Black and Latino Americans. While those people in jobs unaffected by Illegal Immigration continue to work and reap the benefits of lower prices due to wage depression. Where is the justice in such law-breaking behavior when so many innocent Americans suffer? How many of these "Advocates" are currently Citizens or Legal Residents who are out of work versus how many are enjoying the security of being in the "low unemployment" catagory?


Wanda Berger on Apr 13, 2010 at 08:09:22 said:

"Immigration Rally in Seattle Draws Many Asians"

Article is improperly titled. It should be...

"Mob of Illegal Aliens Clamor for Amnesty"

If these folks are given a pass then there are billion more eager to exercise "their rights" to enter the U.S.

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