Name: Gary Lambert
District: House – NH 02
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.