Lambert Signs Anti-Amnesty FAIR Pledge:
Asks Fellow Candidates to Stand Up for American Workers
Nashua- Today, former State Senator and 2nd Congressional District candidate Gary Lambert is proud to announce he has completed the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s Congressional Task Force questionnaire. Lambert also released the following statement:
“I am proud to announce I have completed the FAIR questionnaire. I pledge my support for immigration reform which does not include any form of amnesty and furthermore is fair to American workers,” said Lambert. “Families are struggling right now to make it to the 15th and the 30th of the month. I believe it is wrong to make it harder on those folks by encouraging further illegal immigration or by increasing competition in the labor market.”
“I call on my fellow candidates to join me in standing up for American workers by completing the FAIR questionnaire. Immigration reform is a top issue in the minds of voters and they deserve to know where candidates stand on this important issue.”
The FAIR questionnaire, along with Lambert’s answers, are below. Questions are in bold.
There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?
Oppose. I am firmly opposed to amnesty. Illegal immigration is just that - illegal. Rewarding unlawful behavior with legal status, citizenship, work authorization, or any form of amnesty is wrong and will only encourage further illegal immigration. We are a nation of laws and they must be enforced.
Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders.) admitted each year to the U.S?
Oppose. At a time when the American worker is struggling to make it to the 15th and the 30th of the month, I do not believe we should make it harder on them by increasing competition in the labor market. One million immigrants a year is a very substantial amount already; it does not need to be increased. I will strongly oppose any attempt to increase the overall number of immigrants admitted each year as a Member of Congress.
Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?
Oppose. A job is a job and a paycheck is a paycheck. I reject the assertion that there are some jobs that Americans will not do because it is beneath them. As someone who growing up worked in a McDonalds, a meat market and a textile factory, I was happy and proud to be working and helping my family. Therefore, I will oppose any effort to increase the overall number of guest workers admitted annually as a member of Congress.