VDARE – AFL-CIO Wants Amnesty for Illegal Aliens | AFL-CIO – The American Federation of Latinos / Congress of Immigrant Organizations?


To great applause, the AFL-CIO has just reversed its opposition to illegal immigration and come out for ANOTHER amnesty. The political economy of this:

[1] labor unionism is declining among native-born Americans, so immigrants represent a new market;

[2] if illegals can be unionized, employers can`t use them as scabs;

[3] the only labor unions that are growing represent public-sector workers, for whom immigrants are a client constituency – the California teachers union and public service union were the main funders of opposition to Proposition 187;

[4] unions are increasingly run by middle-class leftist professional apparatchiks, whose concerns don`t reflect their blue-collar members`;

[5] (to be fair) the rest of the political class isn`t serious about illegals, so why shouldn`t labor unions salvage something from the wreck? Arizona is debating reversing its decision to require proof of citizenship for a driving license. Has John McCain complained? (Licenses for immigrants – It`s no longer a foolish notion, by O. Ricardo Pimentel, The Arizona Republic, Feb. 17, 2000)

For more on the political economy of immigration, Steve Sailer.

NY Times opposes AFL-CIO position, citing George Borjas. Wall Street Journal out to lunch.