Anti-Immigration Group Targets Paul Ryan Over His Support of Immigration Reform in Wisconsinby Gamino Law Offices on 08/07/13
Although Rep. Paul Ryan may be showing his support of immigration reform in Wisconsin, not everyone seems to be onboard with his plans.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigration group, launched an attack ad on Monday against Ryan after he expressed support of a plan that will provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants last month.
According to the group’s 30-second ad, Ryan is wasting time advocating for amnesty for illegal immigrants while ignoring the state’s unemployment rate for residents and citizens. The ad features unemployment statistics across major Wisconsin cities as supporting evidence for the group’s case, claiming" Ryan wants to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and bring in millions more foreign workers to take our jobs."
Ryan has previously expressed belief that immigrants contribute to the economy and success of the country, but the group believes he is ignoring Wisconsin’s workforce in favor of immigrant workers.
"Wisconsin has 210,000 unemployed workers. Does Congressman Ryan think they're not good enough to get the job done?" said FAIR President Dan Stein in a press release.
Unlike some groups that are opposed to illegal immigration only, Attorney Carlos Gamino points out that FAIR favors the reduction of both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. and has often been labeled as a hate group.
However, studies have shown that the minimum or even under-minimum wage jobs offered to illegal immigrants – the vast majority of which are labor jobs – are not being taken by Wisconsin residents anyway, so the group’s argument is moot. Immigrants are in fact benefitting the economy by taking on these less-than-desirable jobs.
Ryan’s support of immigration reform is commendable, but because illegal immigrants are still eligible for deportation, undocumented foreigners would benefit from the help of an experienced Wisconsin immigration lawyer to apply for legal status.