IMMIGRATION LOBBYING: HOW AMERICA’S RICH TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS
By Frosty Wooldridge
January 8, 2009
How many Americans realize that Wal-Mart, General Electric, Time-Warner, Disney, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Exxon Mobil, John Deere and dozens of other “All-American” companies lobby Congress to vote for millions of added immigrants, amnesty and lower wages?
How many of you would suspect that universities, labor unions, restaurants, hotels and construction firms in your communities pay hundreds of millions of dollars annually to depress your wages and screw you out of a job?
How many of you would be excited to learn that the very people you gave $700 billion to in the recent bailout--Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Countrywide Mortgage and Lehman Brothers--used trade associations to lobby to give amnesty to 20 million illegal aliens, hundreds of thousands of H1-B, H2-B visas and the Dream Act for illegal alien students in hundreds of our colleges across the USA?
Their efforts work, too! Our government fails to enforce our immigration laws. U.S. House Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, attempted to pass an H2-B visa bill in October to allow another 550,000 more foreign workers into the U.S. in spite of the fact that we suffered a financial and job meltdown—with 15 million Americans out of work.
“According to lobbying reports that are required to be filed with the House Office of the Clerk and the Senate Office of Public Records, 521 corporations, trade associations, business groups, labor organizations, government entities, and nonprofit organizations engaged in lobbying on one or more pieces of the immigration-related legislation included in this report,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “Only two percent of these organizations are known to have promoted positions in favor of enforcement of existing immigration laws, limiting the influx of foreign guest workers, and reducing overall levels of immigration.
“Ninety-eight percent of the interest groups had a direct financial or political interest in relaxing immigration enforcement, and/or expansion of existing immigration quotas — positions that are widely rejected by the public. Collectively, these organizations and associations reported spending $345 million dollars lobbying Congress during this time period. While it is impossible to determine how much of that considerable sum was spent lobbying on specific pieces of immigration legislation, virtually all of the lobbying money expended by these groups is directed at gaining some benefit for themselves.”
Those groups fought for more immigration, amnesty, Dream Act, more visas and diversity visas.
Stein said, “A new report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that over the past three years dozens of well-known American corporations, representing virtually every sector of the economy, have committed extensive resources lobbying for increased immigration, more foreign guest-workers, and amnesty for illegal aliens. Many of these same corporations that have pressured Congress to provide them a cheap labor supply have recently been pink-slipping their existing workers and seeking federal taxpayer bailouts. The report, “Immigration Lobbying: A Window into the World of Special Interests,” is the first and only study of lobbying on immigration policy and reveals a scope of influence previously unknown.”
“In addition,” Stein said. “FAIR's report shows that over 58 percent of the lobbying on immigration between 2006 and 2008 was carried out by American corporations and business and trade associations ranging from high tech to agriculture.”
Their primary goals included:
for the estimated 13 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
Dramatic increases in both low-skill and high-skill foreign guest workers.
Increased admission of foreign students to U.S. universities, and subsequent entry to the U.S. labor market.
"This new report demonstrates conclusively that the hallmark of corporate concern about immigration policy has been to increase their own access to cheap foreign labor," stated Dan Stein. "Equally evident from this lobbying investigation is that the public interest has been almost entirely absent from efforts to influence the direction of U.S. immigration policy.
"In the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, many of these companies are simultaneously asking for more cheap foreign labor while laying off existing U.S. workers. It's contradictory behavior and shows an appalling lack of community and corporate responsibility. With the exception of a small number of public interest advocacy organizations like FAIR, nearly every lobbying dollar spent on influencing immigration policy has been focused on bringing cheaper labor to this country, rewarding illegal immigration, and building ethnic political constituencies.”
Stein added, "Given the damage that these interests have already inflicted on hard-working American families, we hope that the incoming Obama administration will restore some modicum of public interest to this important policy debate.”
The full text of Immigration Lobbying: A Window into the World of Special Interests is available at FAIR's website.
After reading this report, I discovered our own major companies, executives and other leaders undermine our nation by supporting illegal migration, amnesty for illegals, unending visas and a total disregard for our rights as American workers. I found myself distressed that John Deere or McDonalds or Wal-Mart and hundreds of ‘All-American” companies undercut our communities, our way of life and our governmental processes with money, power and greed.
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Take time to read the report. You may find yourself astounded and enraged at the duplicity foisted upon our Congress and ultimately upon America’s citizens and communities.
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