Name: Anthony Wilkinson
District: House – NJ 06
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 – There is a legal way to enter and work in our country, residents of other countries use this process as well. We should not reward those who break the law by offering them assistance. We should offer assistance in showing how to apply for a work visa. The US, like all other countries, needs to know who is in the country and that they depart when they are supposed to depart.
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 – Our citizens need to fill the much needed jobs first. When our national unemployment is below 2%, we should start a discussion on how to possibly ease restrictions. Our country is a country of immigrants. We should welcome the ones who want to come here legally, especially the ones who are desiring to work hard.
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 – Our economy needs to support the current citizens with jobs. If and when our economy needs low skilled workers, then we should open a dialog. Maybe if the level of guest workers was indexed to the unemployment rate, we could control the flow of workers into our country in an orderly fashion.