Ronald Paul Kabat, CA

Name: Ronald Paul Kabat
District: House – CA 20
Party: Independent

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose -California State University recently released a report starting that 10% of ALL California jobs are being filled by individuals who are here illegally. As a C.P.A., I extracted the non-farm jobs by using labor information from the CSU report, FAIR and CA E.D.D. Labor Market Statistics. My findings are that our CA Unemployment rate would be -0-% and an additional 338,000 jobs go unfilled if we got those jobs to unemployed citizens. This would also create a labor shortage in CA which would economically force employers to have to give higher starting wages.

If an Executive Order is issued to grant jobs to illegal workers, then our unemployed California citizens will be condemned to an unemployed status. There will be no ‘Social Justice’ for their families or the harms caused from a future insolvency.

It is extremely important that every UNEMPLOYED CITIZEN vote this November knowing the aforementioned information.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - My answer to question #1 also applies to why I answered ‘Oppose’ to this question.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - I am not opposed to offering an invitation to a limited number of STEM graduate students who are currently in our universities. However, we have to weigh the quality of the STEM non-U.S. students and the number of unemployed STEM U.S. citizens (regardless of age) who are being kept unemployed because some large, international corporations want to promote open borders coupled with low wages.

Travis Childers, MS

Name: Travis Childers
District: Senate-MS
Party: Democratic

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - People that have broken the law should not be granted amnesty or be allowed to take jobs away from law abiding Mississippians.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Mississippi continually has the one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation – we should not increase the number of immigrants until there are enough jobs for Mississippians and the many unemployed people across the nation.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Mississippi continually has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation – we should not allow additional guest workers to be admitted until there are enough jobs for Mississippians.

Charlotte Bergmann, TN

Name: Charlotte Bergmann
District: House – TN 09
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - As a member of Congress, I would oppose any legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal immigrants and oppose legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year, which is resulting in huge unemployment for native-born Americans.

A growing economy requires a growing number of workers. Native-born Americans spend their money in the United States, helping to improve the economy through the supply and demand process. Unfortunately, the growing number of illegal alien workers, often send billions of dollars to their native countries, thus having a negative impact on the American economy.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Americans can perform any job any legal permanent resident or green card holder can do, if given the opportunity. I got involved in politics during the Bush administration when green card holders (H1-B visa holders ) replaced IT professionals. Shortly, thereafter, I lost my job, my home, and eventually was forced to sleep in my car, when I had nowhere else to go.

Unfortunately, due to the limited number of the jobs, immigrants are working, and Americans are not. As a member of Congress, I will strongly support any legislation that discourages future illegal immigration and increases an “American first” hiring, while seriously imposing penalties for businesses which violate those policies.

I would oppose any legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year, until qualified American unemployment is significantly reduced.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Congress has an obligation to look for ways to reduce the fiscal burden of illegal immigration. In spite of the debt of the United States, illegal immigration is costing U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year, at all levels of government. These burdens impact economic growth, while millions of Americans have been pushed out of the labor force entirely. American unemployment is embarrassingly high. Illegal immigration has placed enormous stress on American job-seekers, taxpayers and our communities.

Most illegal immigrant do not pay income taxes, and among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal immigrant when they file tax returns and many are even claiming tax credits.

Illegal immigration problems are essentially due to inaction from Congress, law enforcement, and American citizens when they support these policies by not challenging them. Among other things, to fix our broken immigration system, the border must be secured immediately, a sound E-Verify system is implemented and law enforcement agencies should be allowed to enforce state immigration laws..

I oppose legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.

Bayo Olabisi, NJ

Name: Bayo Olabisi
District: House – NJ 02
Party: Independent

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Support - I support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill S.744 that was approved in the Senate last year.

Illegal aliens need to satisfy certain requirements in order to be eligible for a path to citizenship or work legally outside of the shadows.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Support - The U.S. is still the beacon of freedom for the world. And with either flat or declining population growth rates, immigrants can help to fill the need for skilled labor to keep our economy going at consistent pace.

Many technology companies have been complaining of a shortage in skilled workforce that immigrants may help to fill.

It’s on this premise that I support increasing the number of immigrants admitted each year to the U.S.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Support - Again I support increasing the overall number of guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year since many of these workers take on jobs that Americans traditionally wouldn’t.

With a growing population and dynamic economy, it’s important to have the necessary manpower to perform those low-skilled tasks that the guest workers are traditionally engaged in.

The total number of legal immigrants or guest workers yearly will still be below 1% of our population so there’s no reason for concern about the strain a modest increase would have on government resources.

Bob Ries, TN

Name: Bob Ries
District: House –  TN-05
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - Legislation needs to be passed to fix the problem with the people already here – NEVER AMNESTY, SOCIAL SECURITY OR FOOD STAMPS. Closing the border is number one and imperative! I have a plan to close the border 100% within 30 days without costing the tax payers a dime.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - The biggest issue right now is closing the border to stop the streaming of illegals into the country. Until that happens we cannot even begin to address more “legal” aliens.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - The most important thing right now is getting our own citizens back to work. We need to concentrate on growing our economy and getting our unemployment rate to 4% (full employment). At that point – and NOT before – we can look at specific guest workers for highly critical positions.

Jim Lawrence, NH

Name: Jim Lawrence
District: House – NH 02
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - We need to send a strong message to the world that if you come here illegally you will never get to stay in America. This is the policy that they have adopted in Australia and they have already seen a decrease in illegal immigration attempts. It is time for us to do the same here in America.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - We still have an unemployment problem in America. We need to put Americans back to work first before we allow more immigrants to work here.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - It’s time we put American citizens first. I will not support any legislation to increase guest workers while legal American citizens struggle to find work.

Gary Lambert, NH

Name: Gary Lambert
District: House – NH 02
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - I am firmly opposed to amnesty. Illegal immigration is just that – illegal. Rewarding unlawful behavior with legal status, citizenship, work authorization, or any other form of amnesty is wrong and will only encourage further illegal immigration. We are nation of laws and they must be upheld.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - At a time when the American worker is struggling to make it the 15th and the 30th of the month, I do not believe we should make it harder on them by increasing competition in the labor market. One million immigrants a year is a very substantial amount already; it does not need to be increased. I will strongly oppose any attempt to increase the overall number of immigrants admitted each year as a Member of Congress.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - A job is a job and a paycheck is a paycheck. I reject the assertion that there are some jobs which Americans simply will not do because it is beneath them. As someone who growing up worked in McDonalds, a meat market, and a textile factory, I was happy and proud to be working and helping my family. Therefore, I will oppose any effort to increase the overall number of guest workers admitted annually as a Member of Congress.

Joe Miller, AK

Name: Joe Miller
District: Senate – AK
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - Miller Outlines Seven-Step Plan to Address Border/Illegal Alien Crisis

http://joeforliberty.com/2014/07/miller-blasts-obama-plan-circumvent-congress-illegal-immigration-criminal-calls-gop-opponents-support-impeachment/

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Miller Outlines Seven-Step Plan to Address Border/Illegal Alien Crisis

http://joeforliberty.com/2014/07/miller-blasts-obama-plan-circumvent-congress-illegal-immigration-criminal-calls-gop-opponents-support-impeachment/

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - Miller Outlines Seven-Step Plan to Address Border/Illegal Alien Crisis

http://joeforliberty.com/2014/07/miller-blasts-obama-plan-circumvent-congress-illegal-immigration-criminal-calls-gop-opponents-support-impeachment/

Danny Page, TN

Name: Danny Page
District: Senate – TN
Party: Independent

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose - I am opposed to rewarding those that broke the law to enter this union of states. We must punish the companies that hire them, enforce our laws, seal our border, and get tough on border security. Amnesty isn’t an answer, a fix, or a solution but rather an addition to the current problem.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - I will oppose any such bill. We must get Americans back to work before we consider bringing in others to fill jobs.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose - see above

John Orlinski, WA

Name: John Orlinski
District: House – WA 01
Party: Republican

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose – I would oppose such legislation. With our high unemployment and underemployment levels and with the lowest work participation in over 30 years, we cannot afford another amnesty which would authorize millions and millions of additional workforce to compete with our, already suffering, American, workers.

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose – I would oppose such legislation.

Here is my comment that I submitted to the NY Times in response to the Bill Gates article:

 

Here are some of my reflections and ad hoc thoughts concerning the NYT article:
Senate bill has more pork in it than swine. It is epiphany of corruption and statism of the current regime. We have been the most generous to immigrants nation in the history of the world by bringing 1 million legal souls and hundreds of thousands illegal ones to this country. Nobody can say that we have been unfriendly to the potential immigrants or to the needy people all over the world.

 

But, OTH, we have accepted already too many immigrants over the past 30 years and we have problems with accommodating and assimilating all of them. We have generated packets of poverty and nationality and language ghettos. We have ceased being a melting pot and have become a scattered network of special interests. We have ceased being America. Almost nobody is rooting for America any longer but for diminutive and selfish interests. If the Senate bill would pass, we would get up to additional 60 million of the newcomers over the next 20 years. No country in the world and its environment can absorb such an influx.

 

We are still stuck in a recessions generated by the Wall Street and its packet politicians. Our real unemployment levels remain high and our work participation rates are the lowest in over 30 years. Most of the jobs currently generated are low paying or part time jobs. Our college graduates are struggling with finding good jobs and with enormous student-loan burden imposed on them by the high tuition costs. At the same time, our politicians tramp over each other to provide free college education to the undocumented population. Weird, ah?

 

Good thing is that the authors of this piece are not advocating for the passage of the Senate bill but for negotiations and a compromise. OTH, these three gentlemen have grossly benefited from our country’s generous to them and lax tax laws; carried interest laws and capital gains taxes. They have also benefited from having unlimited access to the elected officials and, on many occasions, from buying and selling them like a piece of a Costco rug. The three have benefited and enriched themselves from first-hand access to IPO’s and leaving the leftovers to us. Then, what do they do with their money? They spend the money earned here mostly on overseas adventures. They are also disingenuous in their analysis of the immigration problem by not disclosing future benefits ripped by them if the proposed amnesty would pass. Is their net worth going to double in the next decade, or so?

 

So, immigration reforms are needed, but they have to be done to the interest of the American people not some foreign and mostly anti-American entities and interests. But who cares about the little people struggling in this country, for sure not them. God gave us the most beautiful, free and generous country in the history of the world. Let’s keep it this way and not ruin the hard work and sweat of our past generations. Let’s be good stewards of it and leave mambo jumbo ideas to our aloof, goofy and disengaged politicians. Let’s survive the next two and half years, intact. And, let’s also stop robbing other countries from their future leaders.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose – I would oppose such legislation and propose cutting the number of visas issued to the foreign worker in half until our employment situation improves.  We are still suffering from a prolonged recession and there is no improvement in sight.

Our workers, but especially young and minority members of our society, are still struggling with finding good full time jobs.  Many of them are underemployed and have to keep a few jobs just to survive.  So, introducing additional workforce to our labor market is only to their struggle.

We should think about our country and its interests first before we start worrying about other countries’ needs.  If there is a verifiable demand or need in this country for a foreign workforce, for example in agriculture, the employment and hiring process should be simplified and more easily accessible to the potential employers.  The employers should be able to bring their workers, especially former ones, for let’s say nine months out of year, without them bringing their families, and then the workers should be able to return to their countries of origin and return, if needed, next year.  The deal for them is to work here but leave in their home countries.  Otherwise, they just expose themselves to a perpetual poverty.