Virginia’s unemployment rate, while lower than most of the rest of the country, is still at a higher point than it has ever been in the past ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent figures released show that over 180,000 Virginians are out of work. At the same time, studies by the illegal alien lobby conservatively estimate that 300,000 illegal aliens reside in Virginia. Their estimates are that half of these illegal aliens do not pay their state or federal income taxes. If the jobs currently held, unlawfully I might add, by illegal aliens were held by citizens as they should be, it could amount to about $800 million in new tax revenue for the Commonwealth. What a way to rather significantly close a budget gap.
That’s precisely what Save The Old Dominion is hoping to accomplish this year in the General Assembly by advocating for a requirement that Virginia businesses use the federal E-Verify system to quickly and easily screen potential employees for lawful presence. Several states have already done this, resulting in a pretty significant decline in unemployment in every case. During the current recession and budgetary challenges, halting the unlawful employment of cheap illegal alien labor and ensuring that legal workers get those jobs would have some pretty dramatic positive impacts. We could use them.
From the Save The Old Dominion website:
Virginia is suffering from an economic recession, as is the rest of our nation. This is a difficult time for many Virginia families, too many of which are having great difficulty in making ends meet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 183,300 Virginians were unemployed in October of 2008, and that number has only increased since then.
At the same time the number of Virginians seeking work is higher than it has been in decades, there are 300,000 illegal aliens believed to be unlawfully residing in the Commonwealth, many of whom are competing with these unemployed citizens in the job market. Because of lax enforcement of federal law and the profit margins that cheap illegal alien labor makes possible, several employment sectors are nearly dominated by illegal aliens. While American citizens desperately need these jobs, unscrupulous employers are making them available to foreign nationals who are not legally authorized to be employed.
Ensuring that Virginia employers follow the law would dramatically improve the unemployment situation in Virginia, help Virginian families during difficult economic times, and restore pay scales in the construction trades and in the service industries that have been decimated by illegal alien labor. We call on the General Assembly to enact legislation requiring that Virginia employers ensure they have a legal workforce and allow Americans to hold the jobs that are legally reserved for Americans.
There is no reason why we should have Virginians out of work while illegal aliens are unlawfully employed in Virginia.
Indeed. Why would we want to protect the ability of unscrupulous employers to provide jobs to illegal aliens while Virginians are out of work? That’s a question Senator Stolle and a few others should be answering. I’m sure their constituents would love to know.
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