By JAVIER MANJARRESWhen Senator Marco Rubio spearheaded his bipartisan immigration reform “Gang of 8” in the Senate earlier this year, conservatives took pause with the principles the group offered, saying that the “statement of principles” was nothing less than amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.
It was inevitable that a skirmish would break out between opposing sides within the labor lobby once Senators sat down to hammer out the particulars of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. As the Senate is trying to “sketch out a deal” for the bill prior to going on a two-week break, union officials have done what they do best- thrown a monkey wrench into the negotiations.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been accused by the AFL-CIO of attempting to get away with underpaying these potential immigrant workers. The Chamber wants to pay these immigrant workers about the same as “American worker” is currently getting paid. Sounds fair, right?
It’s in the best interest of the AFL-CIO to win the battle of higher wages for these potential immigrant workers because it translates into future union member dues once this potential immigrant workforce begins to assimilate themselves into other jobs that are under the ‘Big Labor’ umbrella.
But the bigger picture here is that the unions will most likely use the higher pay for immigrant workers as a negotiating tool to demand even higher wages for already existing union members around the country.
On top of that, the AFL-CIO and other unions could look to unionize the immigrant workforce in professions that are not currently unionized. Can you say Landscapers Union Local #101?
In the case of housekeepers, for example, the chamber proposal would mean $8.44 per hour, which falls below the federal poverty level for a family of four, while the AFL-CIO position was $11.39 per hour, according to one official familiar with the labor perspective who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to freely discuss the delicate negotiations.- Fox News
This immigration/amnesty reform bill would be disastrous to the future of the United States and would “dramatically reshape the U.S. immigration and employment landscape, putting 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship while allowing tens of thousands of new high- and low-skilled workers into the country.”
While the immigration issue must be addressed, rewarding illegal immigrants with equal pay as Americans or immigrants who have legally gone through the immigration process is unjust to say the least, and the end result will be endless litigation that wrangles over how best to reward those who have broken our laws.
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