And by cheap labor, of course we don’t mean a reduction in minimum wage that would help American workers at the lowest levels work their way up… of course the GOP is pushing for importation of foreign labor in the form of amnesty for illegals.
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally.
Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top Republicans circulated a tightly held one-page memo titled “standards for immigration reform” toward the tail-end of a day that include strategy conversations about Obamacare, the economy and the national debt.
The memo is worth dissecting on its own, and I may get to it later; but ultimately, the effect is going to be amnesty for illegals just like the Democrats want. More undocumented Democrats, more cheap labor for businesses, more out of work Americans, more strain on the “social safety net”.
Yesterday afternoon, before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Senator Jeff Sessions’ staff hand-delivered to each Republican member of the House an important memo on the so-called immigration reform bill being debated on Capital Hill. The 3-page document, written by Sessions, argues that pushing the current immigration legislation forward is bad politics, bad policy, and that there’s a better way for Republicans.
It’s bad politics, Sessions writes. “In the rush to pass an immigration bill, there has been a near absence of any serious thought about the conditions facing American workers. The last 40 years has been a period of record immigration to the U.S., with the last 10 years seeing more new arrivals than any prior 10- year period in history. This trend has coincided with wage stagnation, enormous growth in welfare programs, and a shrinking workforce participation rate. A sensible, conservative approach would focus on lifting those living here today, both immigrant and native-born, out of poverty and into the middle class—before doubling or tripling the level of immigration into the U.S.
Hopefully he means legal immigrants in that last sentence.
He adds, “House Republicans, in crafting immigration principles, should reply to the President’s immigration campaign with a simple message: our focus is to help unemployed Americans get back to work—not to grant amnesty or to answer the whims of immigration activists and CEOs. In turn, that message could be joined with a detailed and unifying policy agenda for accomplishing that moral and social objective.“
The big business billionaires who want to bring in cheap labor are already out there pushing. And of course the more you read what they actually wrote, the more clear it is they just want more cheap labor, just like progressives want more Democrat voters who they can bribe with handouts.
It’s difficult to explain the importance of the Constitution to someone who doesn’t care about citizenship (and doesn’t speak English), and it’s difficult to explain the importance of the rule of law to someone who’s allowed to break it. But it’s easy for Democrats to tell them “we’re going to raise your wages”.