- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Collectively, President-elect Barack Obama, Senate Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer boast of new job creation with numbers in the millions of jobs over the next two years. According to a recent labor statistics report, there are 10 million unemployed American and legal resident workers actively seeking employment and the numbers are increasing rapidly.

In contrast, there are 7 million illegal aliens in the American workplace. Job loss is not exclusive to legal workers; it has also filtered into industries dominated by the illegal-alien population. A small portion of the unemployed illegal population is leaving the United States and returning to their countries of origin. If or when new job creation materializes, reemployment must be reserved for the 10 million unemployed, and growing, American and legal resident workers.

Implementing the E-Verify pilot program as a national business standard is the only system that will reserve American jobs for legal workers. It is a given that unemployed workers will flock to where the money is and new job creation will inject hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. While the influx of illegal border crossings is stagnant, right now is a prime window of opportunity for the federal government to the lay the groundwork for a future legal workforce. Democrats and Republicans alike tout that they champion the American workforce and our families. It is time they put their promises into action and stave off another tsunami of illegal foreign workers. There should be little resistance to national implementation of the E-Verify system, as it is merely a system and void of the intelligence to discriminate.

I am looking forward to a cap being put on our broken immigration system.

MARK C. FERGUSON

West Valley City, Utah

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