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President's Plan To Create New American Jobs Immediately Undermined By His Plan To Grant Amnesty

New National Poll Show Strong Opposition to Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama laid out a flawed, deceptive and illogical case for a massive amnesty for illegal aliens and significant increases in future immigration to the United States in his State of the Union address, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

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In his speech, President Obama tried to fool the American people by promoting two agenda items that are wholly incompatible: amnesty and reducing unemployment. First, the president promised to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work at decent wages; then he promised to increase competition for those jobs by granting amnesty and increasing immigration. His outline for immigration reform would ensure that millions of illegal aliens compete for just about every job in America and admit millions more new foreign workers to our labor force, with no realistic prospect that promises about curbing future illegal immigration would ever be kept.

"Completely absent from President Obama's case was any acknowledgement of the profoundly harmful impact that mass illegal immigration has on American workers and taxpayers," stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Millions of American workers are losing jobs and wages to illegal aliens, while all American taxpayers spend more than $100 billion a year to subsidize illegal aliens and their dependents.

"Far from fixing the problem, the sort of amnesty President Obama proposes would only compound it," continued Stein. "Amnestied illegal aliens would be made eligible to compete for virtually every job in America, and over time, these largely low-skilled, poorly educated workers and their families would become eligible for every means-tested entitlement program available."

A new national opinion poll of 1,000 likely voters reveals continued widespread opposition to amnesty as a remedy for mass illegal immigration. The poll, conducted earlier this month by Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of FAIR, finds that a majority of American voters, 52 percent, support enforcement of existing immigration laws compared with 36 percent who favor amnesty for illegal aliens. The same poll found that 67 percent of voters had little or no confidence in the government's ability to carry out an amnesty program that effectively screens out criminals and fraudulent applications.

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