This Issue: Despite lots of pressure from open-borders Republican leaders,GOP convention didn't promote high immigration while decrying '23' million jobless
Whew!!!! Regardless of your party affiliation, did you breathe a sigh of relief with me when the Republican Convention ended last night without any major speeches from the podium making calls for (a) keeping all foreign college students in our workforce, (b) filling mythical labor shortages to get our economy moving, or (c) importing more immigrants to create jobs to put Americans back to work?
The same cannot be said for media columnists, commentators, headline writers and even regular reporters. Many of them seemed to be competing to see who could try harder to get the convention and Republican speakers to go backwards to George W. Bush stances in favor of amnesties and other rewards for illegal immigration and of dramatic increases in foreign workers.
Away from the convention floor this summer, major Republican figures like Jeb Bush, Condi Rice, Rupert Murdoch and a gaggle of national consultants have indeed called for more immigration.
But not at the convention with the nation's eyes on them.
I give a lot of credit to all of you who have made it so clear that immigration views of powerful figures like Murdoch are extremely unpopular despite all his money and media influence.
Another thing that was restraining the speakers from the "more is always better" influences of party leaders was the fact that so many speakers kept referring to all the millions of Americans who want a job and are out of work. And the fact that they used a real number that was really big.
How many times did viewers hear the number 23 million? I was ecstatic to see this. Even Clint Eastwood made my day by mentioning that number, saying it was a real reason to cry. As you know, we at NumbersUSA have been promoting the use of the actual number of unemployed and discouraged workers for four years. The number we use is 20 million, which is how many "Americans" (both foreign-born and native-born) want a full-time job but can't find one. The larger 23 million number includes the unemployed who aren't U.S. citizens. The point, though, is the same: If you keep talking about the 20 million or so people in this country who want to work but can't find the full-time job, it is hard to talk about "labor shortages" in the same speech or interview.
We need to innoculate politicians of both parties against talking about more immigration by getting them to inject the unemployment number into all their comments.
Maybe it can change Republican Eric Cantor (U.S. House Majority Leader) who has just come out with a white paper that claims we need a lot more immigrant workers. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has long had this same malady of judgment.
Paul Ryan, the vice presidential nominee, was one of several who drew attention to all the young American adults who are living at home with mom and dad unable to find gainful and meaningful employment in this economy. Whether you believe that is mainly because Pres. Obama has mismanaged the economy or that Republicans have blocked him from improving the jobs situation, the fact of high unemployment of young voters is indisputable. And once you mention it, how easy is it to call for more foreign students and young illegal aliens to compete with them for jobs? Ryan's humorous dig about those spending their 20s back in their childhood bedrooms matched up very nicely with the NumbersUSA ad that ran throughout the convention. We need to help keep Ryan, Romney, Obama and Biden focused on those 20-something Americans.
Next week, we'll hold our breath again, wondering if the Democrats will make horrible immigration promises, or think of jobless Americans instead. In 2008, Barack Obama barely touched immigration with a couple of reasonable generalizations. That fact keeps my hope alive for that convention.

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