Thursday, February 15, 2007

 

There are imports...then there are imports

Congressman Sander Levin (D-Michigan) is pretty upset about the damages our imports are doing:

“But then Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the trade subcommittee, chided [U.S. trade representative, Susan C.] Schwab for focusing exclusively on U.S. exports: What about imports? What about the people losing factory jobs as cheap goods flow in from countries where workers, he said, are exploited?” Democrats, White House Clash on Trade

Yeah – what about imports. What about the most expensive imports we’re taking in right now: illegal immigrants (not ‘undocumented’ mind you; ‘illegal’). Can’t see where he gets too excited about them being exploited here in the U.S….or their exploitation of our resources.

Vote description: Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act” – Congressman Levin voted NO 109th Congress, 1st session, House vote 661

H.R.1684 - Student Adjustment Act of 2003: Congressman Levin was a co-sponsor:

”Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the provision prohibiting an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on State residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such State residence. “Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to permanent resident status, certain (inadmissible or deportable) alien middle or secondary students with qualifying years of U.S. residency. Makes such aliens eligible for Federal and State higher education assistance during the pendency of their application for cancellation of removal. “ H.R. 1684 - Student adjustment act of 2003

I suspect that much of the problem that Congressman Levin has with trade is actually with the import companies building cars outside of Michigan - like in Kentucky and Ohio. But never mind - if he truly wants to help the un-employed among his constituents, he should work to stop the unfair competetition from workers who aren't supposed to be here...that is, if his boss, Madame Speaker, will let him.

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