The comprehensive immigration plan passed by the Senate last summer is an “awful deal” for American workers in a time of high unemployment, conservative House Republicans wrote in a letter to the White House delivered Thursday.
The letter, signed by Alabama Republican Mo Brooks and 15 GOP colleagues, takes on both ends of the political spectrum, noting that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and lefty labor unions are backing the comprehensive measure they say will end up hurting Americans who don’t have specialized skills.
Chamber of Commerce members like immigration reform because it will provide a large pool of cheap labor, the Republicans wrote. The unions want a large pool of potential members. And Democratic politicians want it to get more Democrats on the voting rolls.
But American workers as a whole aren’t going to benefit, the letter states.
“We write to you today on behalf of the 21 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job,” the letter states.
“Comprehensive immigration reform may be a good deal for big businesses that want to reduce labor costs. And it may be a good deal for progressive labor unions seeking new workers from abroad. But it’s an awful deal for U.S. workers.”
The Senate’s immigration reform bill ran aground in the House last fall. Since then, House Speaker John Boehner has indicated willingness to take the pork-stuffed comprehensive bill apart and pass measure in pieces, but House Democrats, the White House, and traditionally Republican business groups like the Chamber are backing the comprehensive bill.
The Republican House members’ letter makes it clear they’re not giving an inch on opposing it.
“Job number one of Congress should be to reduce the unemployment rolls, get families and communities out of poverty and government dependency, rebuild our deteriorating communities and collapsing middle class, and increase wages for American citizens,” the letter states. “Your immigration proposals do the exact opposite on every count.”
James Madison probably wouldn’t agree that “job no. 1” of Congress is to keep the unemployment rate down. But he’d definitely agree Congress wasn’t founded to make sure there are enough hotel maids and dishwashers to keep the American hospitality industry humming – and enough semi-literate voters to keep voting Democrat for the next 200 years.
No matter what Harry Reid — or the constitutional law professor in the White House — might say.
H/T: The Blaze
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