Unions And Immigrants
About two years ago, the country's labor unions split into two: a coalition of unions with millions of union members bolted from the ranks of the old AFL-CIO, and formed the Change to Win coalition. The AFL-CIO that remained was about a third smaller than its former self. This has had important consequences for immigration, particularly the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) battle currently underway on Capitol Hill, here's why.
Historically, the largest organized opposition to immigration in the US was big labor. This was true in the late 1800s, and remained true through almost all of the 1900s. The switch of the unions from the "anti" side to the "pro" side in the late 1990s was thus a momentous change and was spear-headed within the old AFL-CIO by the leaders of the unions that have since bolted to form the Change to Win coalition. The new AFL-CIO has been reverting to a bit of the old union behavior - for example, while the SEIU and UNITE HERE (members of the Change to Win coalition) are part of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the AFL-CIO is conspicuously absent. There is good reason why. Generalizing a bit broadly, the Change to Win coalition unions largely organize occupations that cannot be globalized easily (e.g. waiters, hotel staff, laundry workers), while the new AFL-CIO unions largely organize occupations that are subject to strong global competition (e.g. steel workers, auto workers). Put another way, while we can import a car from Japan, dirty dishes cannot be sent to Mexico to be cleaned. Again generalizing a bit broadly, the Change to Win coalition sees immigrants as future union members, while the new AFL-CIO views foreign workers, both overseas and migrants, as potential competitors for jobs. For those who keep the lessons of history in mind, the fear that the AFL-CIO might soon join the Pat Buchanan-Lou Dobbs anti-immigration gang is reasonable.
Recent events illustrate how this new union landscape is affecting events currently on the Hill. Everyone expected that Senators McCain and Kennedy would join this year, as they did last year, in leading the CIR battle on the Hill. To everyone's surprise, this has not happened, and despite three full months having already passed, the Senate has not had any major bill introduced, nor is any markup currently scheduled. Rumor has it that the fall-out between Mr. McCain and Mr. Kennedy happened over Mr. Kennedy's insistence that undocumented immigrants be covered under Davis-Bacon wages, and Mr. McCain's demurrer thereto. With the Democrats in charge of the agenda on the Hill, Mr. Kennedy apparently thought he could achieve a long-sought-after goal of his friends at the AFL-CIO and extend Davis-Bacon to cover a large swath of the US workforce. Naturally, Mr. McCain did not see this as part of any immigration compromise, and the result has been not just a lost opportunity, but deadlock on Capitol Hill, giving more time for the anti-immigrationists to organize in opposition to CIR.
Since Republican votes will be essential for CIR to become a reality, it will be impossible to avoid enriching corporations in the process of legalizing workers and worker flows. Going for worker protections beyond seeking true portability will likely be self-defeating. Liberal Democrats will have to choose between their old friends in the unions and immigrants. In other words, if CIR does not happen, liberal Democrats will likely be most responsible (much as they will blame the anti-immigrationists, the reality will be otherwise). Swing votes in politics have a disproportionate power, and the few Republican votes necessary for CIR will surely exact a high price. When Congress returns from its Easter break, the future of our nation, and its immigrants, will be in its hands.
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Michael Hethmon's letter (04/10/07 ID) is eloquent in explaining the purported horrors
of mass immigration which, as everyone knows, is now in large part by
Latinos, Asians and people from the Middle East. America has, however,
had many other periods of mass immigration before, involving Irish,
Jewish, Italian and other mainly white immigrants. Most Americans praise
and respect the struggles of those earlier immigrants to escape poverty
and prejudice at home by seeking a better life in the US, even though
many Americans at that time were just as opposed to those European
immigrants then as today's restrictionists are to non-white immigrants
seeking the same goals today. Why do so many people revere the mass
immigrants of earlier eras and despise those seeking to come now. Could
it possibly have something to do with skin color?
It's really dangerous to presume that having a REAL ID will make us safer (ID comment 04/09/07). We had enough shootings in the malls, schools, highways, churches and recently and CNN tower in Atlanta all were done by US citizens who possesed guns legally or illegally. REAL ID will create so much hassles and invasion of privacy while no guarantee on our public safety. We need a though gun control and possibly by not allowing civilians to posses any guns. The right to bear the arms is to fight the enemies who are attacking us not for shooting cheating spouses and exes for dumping us. Guns at homes are absolutely dangerous, careless parents forget to lock them up and kids stealing them to shoot their classmates, spouses can go insane knowing their cheating partners and use guns to kill them. We need a zero tolerance law on gun abuses and have to impose capital punishment on the most horrendous crimes not a silly policy which will confiscate our freedom and privacy rights. And we need a consistency also in our trade policy, are we for free enterprise and free market or back to trade wars and protectionism for special interests. We must reform our immigration laws to make our country prosper and competitive not to protect special crying babies' interest who live in denial that they don't have to compete by merits.
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