Posted on February 3, 2009

“Elevator” Commercial (Americans Fired, Foreign Workers Hired)

NumbersUSA, February 2, 2009

On February 2, 2009, NumbersUSA with the Coalition for the Future American Worker launched the above [see below] “elevator ad” in an extended nationwide educational campaign on cable TV.

The purpose of the ad is to inform the public of two government statistics that, when placed together, show an outrageous participation of our federal government in increasing the numbers of unemployed Americans.

The two statistics from last year?

* 2.5 million Americans lost jobs

* The federal government brought in 1.5 million new foreign workers to take jobs


The fact is that U.S. immigration policies are on automatic pilot. It doesn’t matter how terrible the economy becomes–it doesn’t matter that more than 11 million Americans are looking for a job and can’t find one. No matter what, businesses can still seek to cut their labor costs by bringing in as many foreign workers as they did when the economy was booming.

The feds will keep cranking out 138,000 new work permits and green cards EACH MONTH to working-age foreign adults unless Congress and the President decide to change current policies so that they serve the interests of American workers.


Barbara Jordan [chairman of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform] found that even during healthy economic times, our level of foreign labor importation was significantly harming the most vulnerable members of our national community. In near-depression times, the effect is devastating.

“Elevator Ad” Script

Another American has lost his job.

Another breadwinner going home with the bad news.

Last year, two and a half million Americans lost jobs.

High-tech, construction and auto workers; engineers.

Yet, with millions of Americans jobless, our government is still bringing in a million and a half foreign workers a year to take American jobs.

Could your job be next?

[Editor’s Note: You can vew the “elevator” ad here.]