- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 28, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Many of us have no quarrel with President-elect Barack Obama’s announced plan to stimulate the economy by massive investment to improve and repair the nation’s infrastructure. However, such projects will be a magnet for unskilled labor from throughout our hemisphere. Up to now, many of those who lay and repair our roadways and bridges are from south of the border. These hardworking folks live frugally and send their remittances to their families in their native countries. In ordinary times this is welcome. However, the economic well-being of our own citizens must come first.

If we are not careful, much of the funding for the infrastructure projects could end up benefiting the economies of our neighbors to the south rather than our own.

For the funds to have their intended effect of stimulating the troubled economy here at home - by circulating within our own communities - it will be essential to enforce border control and to insist that contractors employ only U.S. citizens or resident aliens to work on these projects.

Protecting our own interests is not mean-spirited. Rather, it provides the assurance that we can do more for our neighbors sooner rather than later.

COL. FRANKLYN J. SELZER

Air Force (retired)

Fairfax

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