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.

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