- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

We were told that this massive economic stimulus bill was urgently needed to provide employment to the growing number of unemployed Americans. Nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. An estimated 7 million illegal aliens are employed.

The House version of this almost $1 trillion bill, without objection, required anyone receiving stimulus money to use the E-Verify system to ensure that all new hires were legally authorized to work. This would have ensured that illegal aliens could not obtain stimulus jobs.

However, Democratic leaders stripped E-Verify from the final version of the bill. Now billions of taxpayer dollars may be spent on even more jobs for illegal aliens and not unemployed Americans. The stimulus also will succeed in luring even more illegal aliens to America.

JILL L. GERSHEN

Darnestown

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It is unconscionable that an amendment in the stimulus bill that would have prevented jobs from going to foreigners was removed. This was done at the last minute behind closed doors by the nation’s Democratic leadership. Billions of our tax dollars will provide jobs for those in our country illegally and for foreigners brought in under the H-1B visa.

This amendment would have reauthorized the expiring E-Verify system for a period of five years with its mandated use by any business or locality that received stimulus funds.

While there is an amendment that prevents banks that receive stimulus funds from hiring H-1B workers for a period of one year, any other job can go to foreigners. Exploited visa workers, who are paid well below a fair market wage, are used to replace fired American workers who have the skills. While offshoring ships our jobs overseas, remaining jobs go to visa workers.

Americans should not be sacrificed in the name of cheap labor.

LINDA KILCREASE

Dover, N.J.

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