The Political Payoff for Amnesty: Union Recruitment

New story about union strategy reveals the political payoff for amnesty.

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Why use an executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens? The most obvious answer is voting. By harvesting millions of illegal aliens the Democratic party ultimately hopes to basically de-value the stock held by the current American population. In essence, each legal voter is a kind of “stock holder” who has a say in who becomes the CEO of the United States. The Democratic hope is to issue new stock and give it away to new stockholders, so that the stock the rest of us hold is not worth as much. In this way, those giving away stock hope to get the power to make their choice the CEO of the company.

[See also, “Unions Force Non-union Workers into Their Recruitment Events.”]

So far no one has claimed the power to make these illegal immigrants into new citizens with the right to vote. But there are other ways in which these new immigrants can alter the political landscape. Fox News reports on one method by which these residents can change the rule of our country for citizens: “Unions launch recruiting push for immigrants protected by Obama actions.”

America’s struggling labor unions got a gift this year when President Obama announced his expansive executive actions on immigration: potentially thousands, if not millions, of new members. 

Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama’s immigration announcement last month. 

The actions are expected to offer work permits to some 4 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and, until now, were reluctant to join unions for fear of retaliation. Union leaders now say the president’s actions give them new protections — and are keen on signing them up. 

“I think we’ll see very positive changes” because of the action, Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1, told The Associated Press. “One of them, I hope, is that more workers will come forward and want to organize.” 

Even before the president’s announcement — which infuriated congressional Republicans — labor unions were pushing the president to use executive powers to ease immigration policy. 

On the day of Obama’s decision, the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka said the move would “allow millions of people to live and work without fear, and afford them the status to assert their rights on the job.” 

Indeed, the AFL-CIO now says it’s training organizers to recruit eligible workers.

I’m optimistic that conservatives can defeat unions. I don’t think these recruits will be enough to make a difference. Furthermore, I doubt that many immigrants are likely to join.

But the union strategy needs to be fought tooth and nail. There is a move to pass more right to work laws in many states. Conservatives should support this and other changes that will marginalize unions.