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Andy Martin calls Dick Durbin “professionally incompetent,” anti-business

June 4, 2007

Executive Editor




(CHICAGO)(June 3, 2007) Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster, media critic and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a toll-free telephone news conference Monday, June 4 to attack U. S. Senator Dick Durbin for “professional incompetence” in seeking to hamper the immigration of highly educated professional employees into the United States.

Journalists are free to call in from Illinois and around the United States.

“I realize that the current immigration debate is very emotional and very charged,” Martin will state, “But the one area that has avoided controversy is the need for the U. S, economy to continue to import increasing numbers of highly educated professional employees with engineering, scientific and technical degrees–

“Until Dick Durbin woke up last Friday and said he wants to make it more difficult for American businesses to employ these workers.

“What is Durbin smoking and who is buying his lunch? The man is professionally incompetent.

“Durbin wants to make himself, and by implication the State of Illinois, an anti-immigrant, anti-business bastion. I say no.

“California, which is certainly the high-tech capital of America, recently announced that the state was going to be tens of thousands of employees short in the areas of scientific and technical expertise. Our economy is growing. We need PhD’s, engineers, and scientists. We are not producing enough PhD’s to grow. We need more. Let’s get some of them from overseas. It’s good business to do so.
“Silicon Valley was largely created by immigrants. The American economy benefits immeasurably from scientific and technical immigration.

“Why should Illinois, which has lagged in technology employment, but which is trying to enter the high-tech leader board, hamstring the immigration of highly educated employees? It makes no sense. Between Senator Durbin and Governor Blagojevich, Illinois getting the well-deserved and completely destructive reputation of being as anti-business as West Virginia. Maybe worse than West Virginia.

“Illinois needs growth in our economy. We need highly educated, highly skilled scientific and technical workers—because they create new jobs in research and ultimately in manufacturing and services.

“It’s obvious: Dick Durbin hates America’s businesses. And Dick Durbin is also against American labor, because to employ more workers, more laborers, we need more scientific and technical leaders to staff our laboratories and technical research teams.

“Every year business is caught short when visas for technical staff quickly run out. Durbin wants to make it worse, harder, more petty and delayed.

“Whatever happens in the area of ‘general’ immigration, and I have not announced my views on that topic, I stand shoulder to shoulder with America’s research universities (e.g. University of Illinois, University of Chicago) and America’s technical and scientific businesses in seeking more and more educated workers from abroad. These immigrants create immense value for every American.

“The U.S. is no longer an island. New ideas are coming from China, India and elsewhere. We need to be able to attract these young scientific leaders to the United States.

“Whose side is Durbin on? Certainly not on the side of growing Illinois’ economy. Or America’s. Durbin claims to be ‘safeguarding’ Illinois’ workers. In reality he is endangering and diminishing our economy. Durbin is a disgrace to the Democratic Party, and a disgrace to Illinois,” Martin will charge.

Martin is the only actively campaigning Republican candidate to oppose Durbin in 2008.


WHO: Internet journalist/editor/candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Telephone news conference:

Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950

Participant code: 2090340

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 2007 2:00 P.M. (CDT)

WHAT: Andy Martin attacks Senator Dick Durbin for
seeking to limit the immigration of highly educated
professional employees into the United States.

CONTACT: (312) 440-4124


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites:; He is an announced candidate for U. S. Senator in 2008.


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