Name: Bayo Olabisi
District: House – NJ 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: 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.