One reason for the mass immigration into this
country that is revolutionizing our economy, our
political institutions and our culture is that it`s
very useful for failed or failing institutions that
can`t survive without lots of immigrants to take the
place of Americans who have lost interest. Churches
are one example: As American church attendance drops,
church leaders rattle the tambourines for more
immigration to fill their empty pews. But on the empty
pew front, churches have nothing on labor unions.
Since 1977, when nearly 33 percent of all American
workers were members of labor unions, membership has
dropped to a piddling 13.5 percent of the labor force.
If the trend continues—and there`s every reason to think
it will—the permanent bureaucracy that runs the unions
will have to start learning how to make an honest
living. We obviously can`t allow that to happen, so
therefore, instead of even pretending to represent the
interests of the American worker anymore, Big Labor
bureaucrats have now decided to
represent foreign workers.
Last week the AFL-CIO, for the first time in the
union`s history, allowed its member unions to vote on
whether to support an amnesty for illegal aliens, and
with no small amount of hints from the top leadership, a
sizeable majority of the 1,000 delegates of the 66
unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO voted in favor of it.
[PDF version of AFL-CIO Executive Council Resolution 5
"A Nation of Immigrants" ]
President John Sweeney was positively bubbly about
the outcome. "We are now a beacon of hope to millions of
workers who`ve come to our country seeking a better
gushed, "And I want you to know you made me the
proudest labor leader in the world by rewriting the
AFL-CIO`s policy on immigration." The reality is that
there are more mundane reasons for Mr. Sweeney`s
ecstasy, as other union officials acknowledged.
"Organizing is our number one priority," said union
Kathy Roeder, "so we`re always looking for
opportunities for people to join unions who don`t have
them. That`s our number one reason for working with
immigrants." As for the interests of the American
workers her union is supposed to represent, "There`s no
feeling in the labor movement that immigrants take away
Yes, well, maybe the labor movement should take a
break from figuring out how its going to keep itself in
gravy and do a little reading on the subject its
supposed to be an expert on. Immigration expert
Roy Beck has shown how
low-wage, low-skill immigrants from Latin America
have taken over jobs in poultry- processing in the
meat-packing in the MidWest, and Harvard economist
George Borjas has reached similar conclusions for
California, to name only two of the economists who say
that immigrants do take Americans` jobs.
As for the cliché of the Open Borders crowd that
"immigrants take jobs Americans won`t take," Harvard
economist Christopher Jencks in a recent New York
Review of Books article on immigration
"Far from proving that immigrants have no impact on
natives, the fact that American-born workers sometimes
reject jobs that immigrants accept reinforces the claim
that immigration has depressed wages for unskilled
Miss Roeder ought to find herself in the ranks of the
unemployed for her dumb remark.
Speaking of the ranks of the unemployed, they happen
to be growing—at the very moment when the Bush
administration wants to revive talks with Mexico about
an amnesty and the supposed guardians of the American
working man are selling him over the Rio Grande. The
most recent report from the Labor Department shows that
unemployment in the United States has now reached 5.7
percent, the highest in six years, up from 4.9 percent
Of course, the Open Borders crowd isn`t worried.
According to Open Borders high priestess
they aren`t really American jobs anyway. In a column of
Oct. 2, Miss Chavez—who was President Bush`s
intended Labor Secretary before her own footsy with
an illegal alien domestic servant came out—wrote
that "The anti-immigration crowd has tried for years to
convince us" that "Mexican and other Latin immigrants"
are "taking `American` jobs."
So even if they do take the jobs, you see, they`re
not “American” jobs. Whose jobs Miss Chavez thinks they
are we don`t know.
churches that need people for their empty pews to
unions that need members for their empty halls to
both political parties that need voters for their
empty platforms and tickets, virtually every group
that`s pushing for more immigration has its own
interests up its sleeve.
That`s why the
80 percent of the American public that wants less
immigration can`t look to the country`s established
institutions or the people who run them.
If we want less immigration, we need to get some new
institutions and a lot more new leaders.
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