New Caucus to Focus on Illegal Workers, Unemployed Americans

FAIR Legislative Update, Federation for American Immigration Reform, March 22, 2010 (scroll down)

Friday, three allies in the House of Representatives announced the formation of a new caucus to focus on the nexus between illegal immigration and unemployment in America. Headed by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Sue Myrick (R-NC), and Gary Miller (R-C), the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus consists of 40 Members from both sides of the aisle, who will work to highlight the link between illegal immigration and record unemployment in the United States. As the official unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent and the underemployed rate around 25 percent, these Members hope to promote immigration enforcement and getting Americans back to work.

Commenting on the new House caucus, Rep. Lamar Smith, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, said: “If the immigration laws we have on the books were enforced, we could cut unemployment in half.” Rep Myrick noted that employment is the main magnet that draws illegal workers to the United States. “By encouraging employers to use E-Verify and increasing worksite enforcement,” Myrick said, “we make sure that Americans and legal immigrants are able to get back to work.” Rep. Miller commented on his state of California and the enormous impact illegal immigration has had there. “Although 2.2 million Californians are unemployed, nearly 1.9 million illegal immigrants are employed,” Miller said. “This is simply unacceptable and is an affront to unemployed American and legal workers.” (Press Release, March 19, 2010). Click here to see these members introduce their new Caucus.

The members of The Reclaim American Jobs Caucus include:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-52)

Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40

Rep. Elton Gallegly (CA-24)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (CA-25)

Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-1)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)

Rep. John Boozman (AR-03)

Rep. John Carter (TX-31)

Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11)

Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-44)

Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)

Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-07)

Rep. Nathan Deal (GA-09)

Rep. Parker Griffith (AL-05)

Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10)

Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)

Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)

Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01)

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01)

Rep. Rodney Alexander (LA-05)

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)

Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (WV-02)

Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06)

Rep. Steve King (IA-05)

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (KS–04)

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-02)

Rep. W. Todd Akin (MO-02)

Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03)

If you don’t see your Member on this list, FAIR urges you to call your Representative and ask that he/she join The Reclaim American Jobs caucus and fight for the American worker.

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