Amnesty and Guest Workers Threaten Viability of American Middle Class
April 1, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's largest labor union, the AFL-CIO, has reportedly cut a deal with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on an immigration package that would legalize about 12 million illegal aliens and admit anywhere from 20,000 to 200,000 low-skilled "guest" workers
, all of whom may become permanent additions to our labor force through a pathway to citizenship.
Moreover, under the AFL-CIO/Chamber agreement, this annual influx of new, low-skilled "guest" workers would come
in addition to
more than 800,000 guest workers who enter our labor market each year
the addition of approximately 12 million illegal aliens to the U.S. workforce—all despite historically high levels of unemployment.
"This deal is a monumental betrayal by organized labor of American workers," charged
, president of the
Federation for American Immigration Reform
(FAIR). "The AFL-CIO is gambling the future of the American middle class on the false assumption that our economy can support this huge swell in low-skill workers and that the federal government will end the flow of illegal immigration that results in illegal workers undercutting wages and jobs opportunities for U.S. workers."
Finally, the AFL-CIO is also betting that big business will abide by this agreement. Business lobbyists are already beginning to say that the new guest worker program sanctioned by the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce isn't big enough. These business interests will no doubt lobby hard to significantly increase the size of this new guest worker program—whether during debate in the Senate, in the House, or the moment after it is enacted.
"The AFL-CIO has consistently failed to stand with American workers who have lost jobs and wages to illegal aliens. Now it is further undermining American workers by getting behind a deal that would allow tens of thousands of 'guest' workers and millions of illegal aliens to compete for virtually every job in
the United States
, all without any assurance that millions more illegal aliens will not flood into the labor force," said Stein.
"As we have seen in the past, the interests of union leaders do not necessarily represent those of rank and file members. As American workers, unionized and non-unionized, consider the ramifications of mass amnesty and massive increases in guest workers, there is likely to be significant resistance to a deal that would further endanger our already struggling middle class," Stein said.