The following media articles from last week may be helpful to the many of you who are attending town halls and making local congressional office visits today, or who are planning for later in the week or month.
The Atlantic profiled NumbersUSA in “The David-and-Goliath Fight to Stop Immigration Reform”. The author, Molly Ball, opines that NumbersUSA’s two million members hold “undeniably fringe views” yet acknowledged that NumbersUSA was inspired by the last bi-partisan commission on immigration policy, chaired by the late Barbara Jordan. So much for “fringe.”
Ball also acknowledged that NumbersUSA’s action network has successfully championed the
everyday American workers — against the manipulations of the moneyed elite.
That’s what the August recess is shaping up to be: a battle of the wage earners vs. the moneyed elite.
Responding to a White House report claiming that increasing low-skilled immigration is good for the country, Senator Sessions wrote:
“For a long time the Gang of Eight refused to acknowledge that their bill represented a historic increase in immigration levels, including a large surge in low-skill immigration. In its report today the White House embraced these increases as its central economic argument: what our economy needs most is a large increase in the number of low-skill workers.”Perhaps we can finally have this debate out in the open–and dispense once and for all with the idea that the CEOs bankrolling the immigration push are concerned with anything other than reducing the cost of labor. It’s not about ‘reform’–it’s about profit.”
In “Immigration advocacy grinds on despite poverty and unemployment,” columnist Joe Guzzardi wrote:
Despite the obvious truth that the last thing the nation needs when so many Americans are suffering is more people, especially more poor people like those who would be invited through the ill-conceived Senate immigration bill, S. 744, advocacy for the legislation grinds on.
The New York Times reported that
More than 100 Republican donors — many of them prominent names in their party’s establishment — sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday urging them to support an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.
The Washington Times reported that
leaders from 428 businesses and umbrella organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce signed the letter pleading for House members not to stand in the way of immigration increases.
The cheap labor lobby has found their House version of Marco Rubio in Paul Ryan, who was frank about his opposition to tight labor markets in an interview with the National Journal.
As usual, the elites have lined up in favor of granting 33 million permanent work permits to jobs seekers via immigration over the next ten years. But their money and influence have to get past the American wage earners who plan to be active during the recess. In “GOP will feel heat at home in August on immigration,” USA Today quoted Roy Beck who said of the monied elites:
Obviously, they’ve got all of this money and all of these organizations and everything else, but we’ve got over 2 million members. We’re in every district.
And in “Immigration Issue Shows Big Money Doesn’t Always Win In D.C.,” National Public Radio reported:
“The current effort recalls the push by major GOP donors and the business lobby, often one and the same, to support earlier efforts to revise immigration laws in 2006 and 2007….Those attempts during the Bush administration came to naught; there was just too much grass-roots opposition….That’s what Big Money is trying to overcome. But while it has money on its side, as we’ve seen before, that doesn’t mean it will have the votes at the critical moment.”
Conference with the Senate bill must be avoided.
In “Amnesty lobby already walking back border enforcement before current amnesty even signed,” the Washington Examiner reported that
McCain is signaling that…the 20,000 additional border agents, will probably be scrapped in conference. Calls to the offices of Republicans who committed to S. 744 after the Corker-Hoeven amendment was added, were not returned.
The Washington Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 1 million people and the Senate amnesty bill “waters down” existing entry-exit laws even further.
The Washington Times and Daily Caller reported that Kenneth Palinkas, the union chief for the 12,000 immigration officers at USCIS, urged
all House lawmakers not to conference with the dangerous Senate bill that will produce a totally deficient comprehensive proposal, but instead to work with USCIS adjudicators to produce responsible reforms that enhance the integrity and security of our immigration system.
And, as Roy reported in his blog, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration likely violated the law by granting broad prosecutorial discretion through its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but dismissed the lawsuit to stop it on procedural grounds.
The Senate bill would grant even greater authority to the Executive Branch.
Urge your Representative to take the principled position.
In the Atlantic story, Roy said:
“Our members have got to get these members of Congress to see that it’s not about who the immigrants are. It’s about who the immigrants affect. Immigration policy should serve the interests of Americans. It’s not about immigrants. It’s about immigration policy, and how that policy affects the people in your district — the wage-earning people.”
Writing to his own party, Sen. Jeff Sessions wrote:
The GOP should insist on an approach to immigration that both restores constitutional order and serves the interests of the American worker and taxpayer. But only by refusing any attempt at rescue or reprieve for the Senate bill is there a hope of accomplishing these goals.
The principled case for wage earners couldn’t be stronger.
Gallop reported that the number of young adults holding full-time jobs is in decline and the availability of full-time jobs has barely kept up with overall population growth.
The Associated Press reported:
Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
The Century Foundation reported that
labor is cheap and, on a real basis, getting cheaper,” and the U.S. already has “a surplus of domestic labor needing to take service jobs.
As Yuval Levin wrote in The National Review:
The Left’s diminishing emphasis on economic populism has also been on display in the immigration debate, where the kinds of concerns with the wages of low-skill workers that were evident among Democrats in prior rounds of the argument have basically disappeared. But Levin added that while many young conservatives recognize the opportunity to stand up for workers,
most Republicans still do not.
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