CAPS — America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals – protect innocent lives and protect the jobs of American workers.
Democrats generally focus on the concerns of working Americans and the wages that they receive, while Republicans tend to focus on issues concerning national security, although in this perilous era, most Americans, irrespective of political orientation, are greatly concerned about the threat of terrorism.
Prior to World War II, the primary responsibility for enforcing and administering our immigration laws was vested in the U.S. Department of Labor. It was understood by the political leaders of America’s “Greatest Generation” that Americans must do well for America to do well. The responsibility for enforcing our immigration laws shifted to the Justice Department out of national security concerns.
The American Dream was created by shielding American workers from foreign competition. Understanding that today’s students would ultimately become the employees of tomorrow, American companies were greatly concerned about their education. The leaders of these companies sought to create scholarship programs and provide other incentives to convince American kids to seek the education and skills that would prepare them for important jobs that would help those companies succeed.
It was understood that education provided the key to good-paying jobs.