IMMIGRATION: US BUSINESSES IN IT FOR THE GREED
By Frosty Wooldridge
March 18, 2010
You can fool some of the people all of the time; and, you can fool all of the people some of the time; but, in the end, you cannot fool all the people all of the time. Some say President Abe Lincoln spoke those words.
After nearly 30 years since the last amnesty in 1986 by the late Teddy Kennedy and still-living Senator John McCain (R-AZ), immigration remains a thorn in the foot of most American taxpayers and workers. How has it gone on for so long? Why haven’t the members of Congress solved it?
Answer: greed, more greed, and lots of greed!
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and big business LOVE their 21st century slave labor force. They love compliant labor at slave wages. They do not care about laws, taxes or personal responsibility. They care only about the big, green back dollar.
Washington Times writer Stephen Dinan said, “Senator Lindsey Graham walked out of his immigration meeting with President Obama last week and said the president needs to pressure labor unions to accept a temporary-worker program as part of any bill. Less than a day later, the AFL-CIO said that was a no-go. Among all the other potential pitfalls, the divide over how to handle the future flow of foreign workers, which has bedeviled the immigration issue for years, once again threatens to halt any progress on immigration reform.”
“By taking this position, the AFL-CIO ends any realistic chance of legislation this year,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Randel K. Johnson.
Consequentially, he deepens the rift between labor unions and big business.
“Businesses say they need to make sure they can get access to foreign workers because there are jobs Americans won't take,” said Dinan. “But labor unions fear such a program would depress wages for American workers, and in the current economy, with unemployment hovering at 10 percent, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said a new temporary-worker program 'would be political suicide.'”
Let’s examine the reality of the situation! With 20 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, they will take any job at a living wage. Big business has violated hiring practices for three decades, so much so, and gotten away with it, that breaking the law feels ‘normal’ and since the past four presidents haven’t enforced immigration laws—businesses feel entitled to lawlessness.
“Can you feel my smile? It's great not to be needed,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations at NumbersUSA, which rallied opponents to flood senators' offices with calls and faxes during the 2006 and 2007 immigration-reform debates. (www.NumbersUSA.com )
“SUPPOSE YOU’RE AN IDIOT; AND SUPPOSE YOU’RE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS—AH, BUT I REPEAT MYSELF!” said Mark Twain.
“For more than a year, health care has sucked most of the energy out of the room. Using reconciliation to push health care through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on a topic as important as immigration,” Mr. Graham said. “We must become engaged with the unions on the creation of a temporary-worker program which meets the needs of business community.”
Nick Shapiro, White House spokesperson said, “The administration is talking to a wide range of stakeholders on all of the issues in this debate, including the AFL-CIO. There are a number of creative ideas on the table for ways to deal with the future flow of migrants, and we remain open to a variety of options as legislation takes shape.”
FUTURE WORKERS HAVE BEEN A STICKING POINT FOR YEARS
Dinan said, “In 2006, the bill the Senate debated allowed hundreds of thousands of new workers in each year, and put them on a path to citizenship — violating one of President George W. Bush's key demands that any future workers be temporary. That 2006 bill passed the Senate, but was never taken up by the House. A year later, when the issue came back to the Senate, a key fight was over how many temporary workers would be let in. The original bill called for 400,000 temporary workers a year, but an amendment passed that slashed that number in half.”
Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, a group of companies pushing for an immigration bill, “I think there's a recognition we need workers in a variety of fields, I would argue at the top and bottom of the economy. The question is how do you make sure employers try to hire Americans first and that you have a flexible flow.”
EXCEPT, OVER 20 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT POSSESS JOBS!
Ms. Jenks, who is fighting against any bill, said, “There is a reason businesses and unions might find an agreement: They know they have a limited window to get something done. There's incentive for both sides to give a little and to be open to a deal that gives them each a half-victory. This fight has been ongoing, and let's face it, neither side is in this on principle; they're in it for greed.”
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Final understanding: U.S business and everyone that advocates for mass immigration and stands up for unending illegal immigration follow the yellow brick gold trail of GREED! It’s as American as apple pie.
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