A couple stories at the end of the week indicate that it might not be such clear sailing for those pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens.
First, NumbersUSA is reporting a bump in the road between big labor and big business. Lo-and-behold, labor is getting a bit squishy about legalizing immigrants who will be available to compete with American laborers for scarce jobs. Here is Numbers:
In February, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO released a joint press release stating that the two sides have agreed to principles for immigration reform. But after recent meetings on Capitol Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he’s unsure the two sides can agree on legislative language.
The Gang of Eight’s immigration reform principles include an amnesty for the nation’s 11 million illegal aliens and a guest worker program – both issues have been opposed by Big Labor in the past. But the AFL-CIO has said that it would support an amnesty and also support a guest worker program if it was sensitive to the country’s union laborers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants a robust guest worker program.
“I’ll be honest with you. I can’t guarantee we’ll get an agreement with the Chamber,” Trumka told Univision.
“The Trumka statement reflects an increasing appreciation of reality by union and non-union workers both,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said. “A large increase in the supply of foreign labor will reduce the value of the individual American worker, threaten his job, and reduce his salary. There is no escaping that fact. This is especially serious at a time of high unemployment and labor surplus.”
Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham had a bad week!
One of the whip-cracking leaders of so-called immigration reform (amnesty for illegals) is the US Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, who claims that his state needs more cheap labor.
Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch went to South Carolina to find out and proved Lindsey a liar. Please watch this youtube clip of Lynch interviewing unemployed South Carolinians. Many of you had the pleasure of meeting Lynch in person in Maryland last year, here, when he screened his documentary film “They come to America.” Lynch is working on a sequel.
Catholic Church will spend millions to re-educate you racist boobs!
Bishops say, to heck with taking care of America’s poor first.
From the Washington Post:
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday added to the nearly $3 million the church has invested in the past year on immigration reform efforts, saying they sense a political opening on a topic that’s long been a concern for a strongly immigrant faith.
The organization of U.S. Catholic bishops said it would make $800,000 in grants available for projects aimed at mobilizing regular Catholics to push for the bishops’ immigration platform That includes family reunification, a path to citizenship and addressing the root causes of immigration, among other things.
The bishops’ anti-poverty program in the past year has invested more than $3.5 million in grass-roots immigration reform.
Some advocates said the bishops might be stepping up their investment because they see a political opening.
“There’s a real opportunity now to get it done,” said Clarissa Martinez De Castro, director of immigration for the National Council of La Raza.
“It just shows they understand how challenging it can be,” said Kevin Appleby, director of the bishops’ Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, “and without the full commitment of the church it might not happen.”
Read the comments, they are better than the story. Here is one from ‘DocD’ that is representative of the tone of comments:
Let us all PRAY that, for every illegal alien the Catholic Church gains for their golden plated donations, they lose 10 American citizens who announce they are recovering Catholics.
So where are the Bishops (USCCB) getting all this money? It is not all from passing the plate at Mass! Millions and millions are from you, the US taxpayer! In 2011 the Bishops received almost $68 million in government grants and contracts, here. You would think they would have enough to do taking care of the over 30,000 refugees they resettle in the US each year as the largest refugee resettlement contractor of the US government.
In fact, as the largest refugee contractor in America, you would think the USCCB would not want to legalize cheap labor competition when the unemployment rate among LEGAL refugees has been at 50% in recent years.
If you are not yet a “recovering Catholic,” let your priest know you don’t think the USCCB should be spending money essentially to lobby for amnesty!