Joe Guzzardi

Since 2009, 11 Million Americans Out of Job Market; Real Unemployment 14.6%

By Joe Guzzardi
December 11, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ November employment report was its usual misleading statistical good news mish-mash that, when slapped together, came out as what the mainstream media called the most “encouraging” in months. Officially, the economy added 203,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent, its lowest level in five years.

Immigration Reform Bill Hurts Kern County’s Unemployed; 2014 Prospects Dim

By Joe Guzzardi
December 09, 2013

This week, immigration reform advocates will begin an 11-day sit-in at U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office. The Kern Coalition for Citizens plans to remain until December 13, the last day on the congressional calendar. McCarthy is the Majority Whip and the third-highest ranking House Republican. On December 12, Bakersfield’s protestors will begin a fast similar to the one on Washington’s National Mall that drew visits from President Obama, the First Lady and several Cabinet members.

Environmentally Disastrous Bullet Train May Be Dead at Last

By Joe Guzzardi
December 6, 2013

Environmentalists and budget critics of California’s proposed bullet train may be breathing a sigh of relief.

Throughout its brief but tumultuous history, the bullet train has suffered a series of setbacks. Until now, none of them have been fatal. But last week Sacramento Supreme Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the High-Speed Rail Authority could not use $8.6 billion in voter approved bonds. Proposition 1A, passed in 2008, required the rail authority to specify the funding sources for the line’s first operable segment and to have all the necessary environmental clearances in place. Kenny ruled that the agency did not comply with either mandate when it approved the start of construction from Madera to Fresno, about 30 miles.

Even Record Poverty Can’t Derail Immigration Reform

By Joe Guzzardi
December 5, 2013

Not even a stake to the heart could kill Congress’ insatiable lust for comprehensive immigration reform. Just days after Majority House Speaker John Boehner announced that immigration is dead for the year, he hired advocate Rebecca Tallent as his chief immigration aide. Tallent, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s director of immigration policy, worked in a similar capacity for Senator John McCain and former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, both staunchly pro-amnesty.

Honest Polling Shows American Reject Immigration Reform, Amnesty

By Joe Guzzardi
November 25, 2013

Since June when the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization bill, tens of thousands of stories and broadcasts have been devoted to comprehensive immigration reform. Yet only a handful have outlined the bill’s most crucial feature, namely that it will in most cases give immediate legal status and therefore work authorization to between 11-20 million illegal immigrants. On top of that, 20 million more overseas workers will be issued non-immigrant work visas that will allow them to compete with Americans for increasingly scarce jobs.

High Immigration Root Cause of Long-Term Unemployment

By Joe Guzzardi
November 22, 2013

Decades of sustained, high legal and illegal immigration, millions of outsourced jobs, millions more non-immigrant but employment-authorized visas issued to foreign-born workers has finally resulted in the inevitable. Because the federal government’s autopilot immigration policy has added 14 million to the labor pool from 2000-2010, 4.3 million displaced American workers now struggle with long-term unemployment.

Amnesty in Bits and Pieces; White House Exempts More Illegal Immigrants

By Joe Guzzardi
November 22, 2013

Late last Friday, the White House announced that some illegal aliens who are relatives of U.S. military personnel will be removed from possible deportation and allowed to apply for legal permanent residency. The nine-page memorandum represents the latest in President Obama’s series of similar de facto amnesties that circumvent Congress on immigration laws.

Congressional Republicans Scramble to Find Votes for Pelosi’s Immigration Bill

By Joe Guzzardi
November 20, 2013

Last week, something unprecedented happened in Congress. The Speaker of the Republican-controlled House, John Boehner, authorized one of his California representatives, Jeff Denham, to measure support for the Democrats’ immigration bill, H.R. 15. Boehner allowed Denham to circulate a letter among his fellow Republicans to gauge their interest in co-sponsorship of a Nancy Pelosi-led bill. Denham was the first House Republican to co-sign. Including Denham and two other Republicans, H.R. 15 currently has 190 votes of the 218 needed to pass.

Denham, California Republican, Conspires with Pelosi to Pass Unpopular Immigration Reform

By Joe Guzzardi
November 18, 2013

Comprehensive immigration reform has more lives than the mythical black cat. No matter that Republican House Speaker John Boehner promised that he won’t go to conference with the Senate, the issue refuses to die.

Record High Foreign-Born College Enrollment Spells Bad News for U.S. Kids

By Joe Guzzardi
November 15, 2013

For high school students aspiring to attend college, the recent Institute of International Education (IIE) report represents a ton of bad news. During the 2012-2013 academic year, foreign-born enrollment at American colleges increased by a record 819,644 students. Those seats represent 819,644 opportunities denied to hard-working U.S. kids whose parents urged them to excel and sacrificed to bring up them as responsible young adults.