Name: John Orlinski
District: House – WA 01
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.