Remember when labor unions, being protectors of American workers and all, supported immigration enforcement? Well, in AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s labor movement, that’s out the window. Trumka even goes so far as to advocate the administrative amnesty for illegal immigrants that has repeatedly been suggested in memos floating around DHS and USCIS.
While President Obama’s commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is vitally important, so much more can and should be done now to help ensure a solid foundation for tomorrow’s new Americans. The president can announce a policy of allowing DREAM Act-eligible young people to stay in America until Congress passes comprehensive immigration legislation – so we can stop deporting the next generation of America’s doctors, teachers and engineers.
President Obama can direct ICE not to interfere in workplaces where workers have fought to improve conditions or are currently doing so. ICE should target employers that exploit workers, not employers trying to do the right thing. And the President can implement a humane and common-sense new prosecutorial discretion policy in keeping with ICE’s existing enforcement priorities.
Trumka also touts the forthcoming May Day illegal alien protests, aka the protests by the “next generation of America’s doctors, teachers and engineers.”