First, New Jersey's legislative leadership has blocked Republican bills requiring citizenship verification before hiring. Second, lawmakers have introduced an Assembly bill (A3286) giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

That would increase illegal immigrants' ability to compete for jobs at a time when our state has an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent.

On the national level, we've had seven immigration amnesties since President Ronald Reagan signed the first one in 1986, when we had 3 million illegal immigrants in the country. Our reward is that we now have more than 11 million. Both our U.S. senators, Democrats Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, favor amnesty and have a grade of F- on immigration from me. They need to be removed from office for not fighting for the American jobs that are being stolen by illegal aliens.

Disturbingly, a report by the Center for Immigration Studies on unemployment among those who want a full-time job but can't find one says that, nationally, Hispanic-Americans, ages 18-29, with a high school diploma have an unemployment rate of 33 percent. For African-Americans, the rate is 37 percent.

And the Inter-American Development Bank reports that New Jersey illegal immigrants send $1 billion a year back to their home countries - income that should be at work in our state.

In "The Outline of History," H.G. Wells tells us world-leading nations often fall in three phases: moral corruption, political corruption and migrant invasion.

This is a critical issue facing New Jersey that effects employment and drives up school and hospital costs.

PAUL FRASNELLI

Vineland