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September 11, 2013

US Companies: You Must Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform So We Have the Workers to Fill the Jobs Whose Former Holders We Laid Off

Yeah I'm personally a little sick of the Corporate Caucus.

They signed a letter asking for more immigrants so that they could join the War for Global Talent or something. Byron York did some digging and found a fair number of them had laid off thousands of US workers.

In all, it's fair to say a large number of the corporate signers of the letter demanding more labor from abroad have actually laid off workers at home in recent years. Together, their actions have a significant effect on the economy. According to a recent Reuters report, U.S. employers announced 50,462 layoffs in August, up 34 percent from the previous month and up 57 percent from August 2012.

"It is difficult to understand how these companies can feel justified in demanding the importation of cheap labor with a straight face at a time when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed," writes the Center for Immigration Studies, which strongly opposes the Senate Gang of Eight bill and similar measures. "The companies claim the bill is an 'opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers' but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens."

I understand why they do what they do and I don't deny they have the right to act in their own interests.

But I also sort of don't want to hear from them. And I don't know why they think I should be so terribly interested in advancing their interests.

A commenter writes, "But Natural GOP Constituency!"

Hah. But here's the funnier part: I misread that, I misinterpreted that. I thought he was saying, sarcastically, that the Corporate Caucus is a "natural GOP Constituency" [Serious You Guys is implied].

And it works that way too. Because the Corporate Caucus' embrace of Big Government is part of the machinery for "transforming" America.

There was a good line in the Star Trek movie. (Which I'd recommend because it was sooo colorful. No really. Great colors.)

"Is he [a shady stranger] helping us?"

"Actually, I think we're helping him."

End of the day, I'm not here to advance corporate interests. They are free to help advance mine, but they're not a "Natural GOP Constituency." They're a natural Democratic constituency.



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