Keep a close eye on Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his Judiciary subcommittee next week. He’s leading the charge to reunify a sinister coalition that brings “cheap labor” Wall Street interests in league with radical-left groups opposed to all immigration controls. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – a key Schumer ally – is working to build the business wing of a reunited coalition. Next week, the loquacious senator is holding a hearing to try to sell Americans on the idea that we need immigration to create jobs, continuing a trend among America’s elites to virtually write off the future of the U.S. labor force. According to Politico:
“Schumer is calling in business leaders to talk about the need for more highly skilled workers and mayors whose local economies have benefited from an influx of lower-skilled immigrants. The witnesses includes NASDAQ chief Robert Greifield, Cornell University President David Skorton, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, and Amgen medical director Puneet Arora, who is testifying in his role as a leader of Immigration Voice, which favors boosting legal immigration of high-skilled workers. The second panel will include testimony from the mayors of Utica, N.Y., Lewiston, Maine, and Uvalda, Ga.”
My take on this: The left has never been able to advance a mass immigration bill without support from business groups. Notwithstanding the poor economic and fiscal situation facing the nation, we’re now being asked to accept additional labor market competition in ways that, while advancing the private and political interests of the few, will prove socially destabilizing for the nation at large.