Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Virginia Senator against America


Sen. John Warner (R-VA) sponsored an amendment to a Dept. of Defense authorization bill (S. 2766) that will extend the exemption of certain low-skill, seasonal foreign workers from the 66,000 annual cap on H-2B visas until October 1st, 2008.
The amendment was accepted without debate on a voice vote.
This amendment dramatically increases the flow of foreign workers into the United States, and hurts Americans seeking employment, including college students seeking summer employment to help pay for their educations. Currently, 14 million Americas cannot find full time work. The employment rate among the 12 million American adults who do not have a high school diploma is almost 9 percent and these workers are the most vulnerable to unemployment. Increasing the number of H-2B workers will reduce the number of jobs available to these Americans, drive down wages, and increase unemployment among American citizens.
Every year, several senators tell the American people that our summer is in danger and there won't be enough seasonal workers unless Congress passes an increase in the allotment of H-2B visas. The exemption was included on an emergency spending bill for Iraq last year. Nevertheless, the startling fact is that the three industries that use the most H-2B workers have the highest unemployment rates of any U.S. industry. Unemployment among agricultural workers (including landscapers and forestry workers) was 11.8 percent. Unemployment among construction workers was at 10.3 percent, and unemployment in the leisure and hospitality industry was at 8.3 percent!
Senator Warner chose the special interests and cheap labor lobby over the American people, specifically the 14 million underemployed Americans. Senator Warner is out of touch with a majority of Americans and his constituents, and is neglecting his most basic duty – to protect the American people.

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Blogger Bobkatt said...

On an up note, here is the kind of guy that I would vote for.
From Fox News Online:
Last week the mayor of this former coal town introduced, and the City Council tentatively approved, a measure that would revoke the business licenses of companies that employ illegal immigrants; impose $1,000 fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants; and make English the official language of the city.

"Illegal immigrants are destroying the city," said Mayor Lou Barletta, a Republican. "I don't want them here, period."
The City Council, which approved the measure in a 4-1 vote, must vote on it twice more before it can become law. The next vote is scheduled for mid-July.

When Barletta took office in 2000, Hispanics represented about 5 percent of the city's population of 23,000. The population has since shot up to 31,000, with Hispanics now representing 30 percent, lured to Hazleton by cheap housing, a lower cost of living and jobs in nearby plants, factories and farms.

City officials do not know how many of the new arrivals are in the United States illegally, but say they are fueling the drug trade, joining gangs and committing other crimes.
Barletta's office has been flooded with hundreds of approving e-mails and phone calls — from as far as California and Florida — and he got a standing ovation when he walked into a Hazleton diner for lunch.

Fri Jul 07, 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Sounds like that guy could teach the Senate and Pres. a thing or two!

The thing that boggles my mind is when I hear some moron say that they don't want to "criminalize" illegal aliens.

HUH?!? You don't NEED to criminalize them; they've already done that for themselves!

Fri Jul 07, 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I was on that story a few weeks ago:

But, I am glad that others are seeing it and learning that local governments have the power to combat illegal immigration too and if enough local governments stand up against illegal immigration then there will be too many lawsuits for the ACLU to fight all of them and the federal government might have to finally step up and do something.

Fri Jul 07, 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

This is a great example of why we can't and shouldn't depend on the Federal Government to solve all our problems. We need to get the money and control back in the hands of the local governments that we can hold them accountable. Publius, if you are looking for a great commentary on why the country is so polarized please check out he is a local radio figure that has the most unbiased comments on politics that I have found anywhere.
Also, if you haven't heard Senator Ted Stevens' talk on internet neutrality, please check it out.
This is a great example of why we need term limits. He has been in the Senate for 38 years and is on the Commerce committee that is desiding the future of the net. His lack of knowledge on the subject will exemplify why big problems in this country such as immigration don't get solved. He also threaten to resign from the senate if they tried to take away any of his pork (the $223 million dollar bridge to an island with 50 people on it) to give it to the people hurt by Katrina.

Fri Jul 07, 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Our politicians are often oblivious as to what goes on outside the Beltway. Being a Beltway boy myself, I have grown up with Washington Politics and the Washington Media, but I can honestly say that it has been on blogs where I have really learned about this country and how people feel. We need real discussions and real politics if this country is to survive but right now that is not what I am seeing and we are all worse for it.

Fri Jul 07, 11:15:00 PM  

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