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Better wages, benefits, security are ‘features, not bugs, of sound immigration reform’ ~ Senator Tom Cotton

In Senator Tom Cotton’s essay in Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times, which he also published on his website, the Arkansas lawmaker writes that “many powerful industries” that oppose stricter immigration enforcement actually benefit from illegal immigration. The leaders of these industries argue “that immigration controls are creating a low-skilled labor shortage.”

These industries, Mr. Cotton writes, also argue that stricter enforcement will “further shrink the pool of workers and raise their wages. They argue that closing our borders to inexpensive foreign labor will force employers to add benefits and improve workplace conditions to attract and keep workers already here.”

“I have an answer to these charges: Exactly.

“Higher wages, better benefits and more security for American workers are features, not bugs, of sound immigration reform.”

Senator Tom Cotton with General John Kelly, whom President-elect Trump has nominated to run the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo supplied by Senator Tom Cotton)

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Last week, Mr. Cotton’s criticism of President Obama’s refusal to veto the United Nations’ resolution regarding Israel, was circulated widely:

This resolution hurts the prospects for a secure and just peace by targeting Israel for building homes in Jerusalem, its own capital, while not specifically addressing Palestinian incitement of and financial support for terrorism. That’s why President Obama vetoed a similar, but less anti-Israel resolution in 2011-back when he still needed pro-Israel voters for his reelection. Moreover, as a Security Council resolution with the imprimatur of the United States, this resolution surpasses even the infamous “Zionism is Racism” General Assembly resolution in its irrational obsession with the Jewish state.

The United States provides considerable financial assistance to the United Nations and Security Council members. The UN and nations supporting this resolution have now imperiled all forms of U.S. assistance. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump and members of both parties in Congress to decide what the consequences for this action will be.

In the days since the U.N. vote, the Washington Post reports, “three Republican senators and their staffs have been working up options behind the scenes for [converting] their threat into action: Lindsey Graham (South Carolina, Ted Cruz (Texas) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas). They believe they will have support for quick Senate action from both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) and incoming Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York.), a strong supporter of Israel.

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