January 11, 2012 1:22 pm ET - by Salvatore Colleluori
NumbersUSA, a John Tanton-influenced and Southern Poverty Law Center-labeled nativist organization, not only advocates for ending undocumented immigration but also seeks to reduce the number of legal immigrants that enter the United States. The group has capitalized on the media focus on South Carolina by announcing a $100,000 ad buy in the state leading up to the GOP primary, featuring a new ad based on the false premise that even legal immigrants steal American jobs:
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Everybody talks about creating jobs. But who will get the jobs? Not one candidate is talking about why the government is ready to bring in another one million legal immigrants this year to take American jobs. Legal doesn't make it right when there are millions of jobless Americans. Ask the candidates who should get new American jobs. Unemployed Americans? Or will they bring in another million immigrants?
While the assertions in the ad are a good attempt at fearmongering in a state with almost 10 percent unemployment, it shows how radical NumbersUSA's viewpoint is compared even to a highly anti-immigrant GOP presidential field. While many of the 2012 candidates continually attack undocumented immigrants, almost all have voiced support for legal immigration. In fact, both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have said they would like to give green cards to graduates of certain college, master's and Ph.D. programs in order to retain highly skilled and educated individuals after they graduate from American educational institutions. Such statements have earned the contenders who remain in the race grades between "C" and "F" on NumbersUSA's report card.
The 2012 candidates aren't the only ones who have supported new legal immigration measures at odds with NumbersUSA's message. In the Senate, Tea Party Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) co-authored a measure with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) "that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy a house in America." In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT), another Tea Party Republican, sponsored a bill that would "eliminate the per country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants." Although Rep. Chaffetz's bill passed the House in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, a hold was placed on it by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA).
As NumbersUSA continues to dismiss the facts about legal immigration, they expose how radical their organization's positions are even compared to today's anti-immigrant Republicans.
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