A Presser from Matt Schultz, a Council Bluffs, IA councilman and one of the Republican candidates for Iowa Secretary of State:

Council Bluffs, Iowa – February 3, 2010 – Councilman Matt Schultz announced today his opposition to Governor Chet Culver’s Executive Order requiring all state departments and agencies to consider using Project Labor Agreements on large-scale construction projects.

Today Governor Chet Culver issued an Executive Order, while attending the Building and Construction Trades Convention, requiring all state departments and agencies to consider using “Project Labor Agreements” on large-scale construction projects. “This Executive Order is just another example of Union Pandering during an election year. If the Governor wanted to promote fairness and stop the underbidding of state projects by unethical contractors, who hire illegal aliens for cheap labor, the Governor should issue an Executive Order requiring all contractors making state bids to verify their workforce through the Federal E-Verify system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration. Iowa is a Right to Work State and all Iowans, including our Secretary of State, should stand-up and tell the Governor that we don’t want laws that take power away from the people and give it to the Unions under the disguise of Fairness.”

“When I am elected Secretary of State I will use the office as a Bully Pulpit to fight for Iowa Jobs. This would be a perfect opportunity for Michael Mauro to stand-up and show Iowa that he does not just administer all of the business filings in the state, but that he cares about Iowa’s Right to Work laws and promoting jobs. Iowa’s unemployment is at a 20 year high, our elected officials should focus on ways to promote jobs for all Iowans and not just for Unions. E-Verify allows businesses to verify their workforce making sure that Iowans are put to work and not illegal aliens. The Secretary of State should be promoting E-Verify through the Secretary of State website and encouraging Iowa businesses to verify their workforce, not only leveling the playing field for Unions, but making more jobs available to all Iowans.”

Councilman Matt Schultz announced his candidacy for Iowa Secretary of State on October 31, 2009, making a pledge to be a “Pro Jobs” Secretary of State and fight for Fair Elections.  Matt Schultz was first elected to the Council Bluffs City Council in 2005 and is in his second term. Matt is a graduate of Creighton Law School and the University of Iowa. Matt is married with three children and is an Attorney at the law firm of Coats, Schultz & Watson, LLP.

For more information, please visit or contact Matt Schultz at (712) 322-0448.

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  1. In a Statement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, when addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee in December 2009– CORRECT? The guarantee was that Obama government had already made successful steps in securing our borders, thus moving us one stride nearer to “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” Her main objective was to influence these politicians, that by stating, ” Our efforts are achieving their desired results at the border. . . . In short, the security of our southwest border has been transformed.” As proof of this incredulous optimistic pledge, DHS Secretary advised to a decline in the number of illegal aliens apprehended along the border, adding, Apprehensions of illegal aliens at the border have dropped to their lowest levels in decades, signaling reduced traffic flows and fewer attempts to illegally enter the United States.” ROSEMARY JENKS is the Director, Government Relations for NumbersUSA, who visited with Border Patrol Agents in the Tucson Sector in mid-October of 2009 and asked if they believe the official DHS statement that three illegal aliens successfully enter the United States for every one who is apprehended, they laughed. The reality, they said, is that 10 or more get through for every one who is caught. That was two months before Napolitano shared her revelation with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    So if Rosemary Jenks research is correct, then what she says is astounding, ” Meaning that illegal aliens successfully penetrated our borders more than 5.5 million times in FY 2009. That doesn’t sound much like a “transformation” to me.” she admonished. In DHS Secretary world, however, this transformation explains why she has asked Congress for $11.6 million less in funding for “border security between ports of entry” and for $225.8 million less in funding for “border fencing, infrastructure, and technology” for FY 2011. In other words Janet Napolitano–NOT A FRIEND–of the American Worker, but has become a puppet of the open border extremists. Only the relentless pressure by the voting public on–ALL–spineless politicians by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Call your state legislators as well, as all states are heavily overburdened with the illegal immigration invasion, that cost taxpayers billions annually.From all lawmakers we must demand a permanent E-Verify for every business nationwide, to restrict illegal labor. To federally deputize every police officer, empowering them to arrest and detain illegal immigrants wherever they may be. Institute a larger force of ICE agents to audit any business that is under suspicion for using foreign nationals in their labor force. Don’t let Sen Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Sen.Chuck Schumer underfund the fence, the US Border Patrol or any immigration enforcement. THIS MIGHT JUST BE A FOREBODING OF AN OUTRAGEOUS EFFORT TO FORCE THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. Get the facts not propaganda at NUMBERSUSA & JUDICIAL WATCH.

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