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July 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Foreign teachers: Shouldn’t we be hiring U.S. citizens instead?

Here’s an idea: Let’s not give our jobs to foreigners

After reading “State schools reach overseas for teachers,” I’ve heard it all [NWSunday, June 28].

Now we’re bringing in foreign teachers! First, it was only farm workers, then landscapers and maids and now we’ve gone to importing nurses, engineers and finally teachers. The way Washington is going there won’t be any jobs left for Americans. Maybe we can import some politicians who really represent the people who elected them and not their own agenda.

This country has got to start thinking about our citizens and their plight. In the news every day, more and more people are losing their jobs, their retirements and their 401(k)s and return to work just to survive.

Yet we have 12 visa programs to bring in foreigners. We let 1 million people come here legally each year. We have 20 million people who have stayed here when their visas expired or who were smuggled into the country. Politicians cry about illegal immigrants and their sad stories while they storm our streets and demand rights. Many of them have broken our laws, have forged identities and use our services that were meant for our citizens.

Since when were cheaters, stealers and liars held in such regard?

— Kathleen E Bukoskey, Everett

Greedy employers hiring immigrants for cheap while ousting citizens

As an out-of-work U.S. citizen who has been employed as an instructor, I find this employer practice to be outrageous. It is another example of how immigration benefits are privatized and employers pay less while costs are socialized, with increased unemployment in a depressed economy. There is no shortage of teachers, only a shortage of teaching positions that pay a middle-class wage.

This program was invented by greedy employers in 1990. You may learn more about the corruption that is inherent in this program by reading online, “The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit.”

Then, apply pressure to end the practice of reserving high-skill positions for young immigrants — and displacing experienced American citizens. You may help to save your own job and stop this race to the bottom.

— Gene A. Nelson, Arlington, Va.

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