Thursday, August 20, 2015

More trumpets sounding

Not only Trump
2016 Presidential candidates are saying good things on immigration.
I know you get it. The American people get it. And now, perhaps our presidential candidates are starting to get it: Mass immigration hurts American workers.
You also know that politicians only understand anything when their constituents make them understand it. That's why we've given voice to millions of Americans teaching their elected leaders the effects of immigration. And we need your support to continue to help Americans make sure Washington gets it.
We've reached out to candidates. We've armed our allies with polling data. We've dominated the conversation on social media. Our supporters have sent millions of messages to Congress to prove that they are listening, and that they are motivated to do something.
Will Speaker John Boehner get it? Will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell get it? That depends on you.
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Donald Trump talks as if he gets a lot of it: "We need to control the admissions of low-earning workers in order to help wages grow, get teenagers back to work, aid minorities' rise into the middle class... and ensure our immigrant members of the American family become part of the American dream."
But while Trump has been grabbing the headlines, he's far from the only candidate who's been getting our message.
Scott Walker earned condemnations and outrage from journalists and politicians when he stated the simple truth, months ago, that "the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and wages."
We had the polls to show that Americans stand behind those values. And the movement grew. We need your help to keep it growing.
Even Sen. Bernie Sanders is now saying that we can't have open borders, and we can't continue to bring in significant numbers of unskilled workers to compete with American graduates.
How did we do it? We have three million activists who post to social media, write into their print and electronic news sources, fax and phone Congress, and ask questions at Town Halls and debates across the country.
We're re-framing the conversation about immigration. Today, it's not enough for candidates to deny that a "pathway to citizenship" is an amnesty. Our members are demanding that politicians close the border; stop importing cheap, exploitable labor; and even slash legal immigration, like chain migration and the misuse of employment visas.
A year ago, ending automatic birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens was a forbidden subject. Today, ending birthright citizenship is a lead article on The Washington Post front page.
A year ago, making E-Verify, which weeds out illegal aliens from U.S. jobs, mandatory nationwide received little attention. Today, we're pressing for a vote on the floor of the House.
We didn't change the national discussion by passing your money onto political campaigns. Like Trump says, he has enough of his own money. We educated the public and their elected officials about the impact of massive illegal -- and legal -- immigration. We successfully fought amnesty after amnesty, through the Bush years and the Obama years alike.
We grade candidates on votes and specific answers to specific policy questions. We report their grades and their answers to our members. And if they break those promises, we let the public know.
We haven't won yet. We still need to keep up the court fight against President Obama's executive Amnesty, but we've been pushing to turn candidates away from increasing immigration and towards effective ways of combatting illegal immigration, and preventing fraud and abuse of legal immigration. You can listen to the candidates to know we're gaining momentum.
Even if all of the presidential campaigns promise to cut immigration and pass tough new measures against illegal immigration, it won't mean anything if congressional leaders continue to believe that inaction is the safest policy.
We can't wait until 2017. We need your help now. As exciting as this election is, we need to make sure that all these great policy ideas become reality.
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