AFL-CIO: We Have No Higher Priority than Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

One might think that given more than 20 million Americans unable to find full-time jobs, and testimony by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that the American job market remains weak, that organized labor’s highest priority would be getting Americans back to work.

Or, one might think that the highest priority of the labor movement would be representing the interests of union members, negotiating salaries, benefits and working conditions on their behalf.

Or, perhaps, one might think that given that real wages for American workers have stagnated over the past 40 years and declined for lower skilled workers, despite significant productivity increases, that improving the wages of American workers might be the top priority for the labor movement.

But, no, none of objectives tops the list of priorities for the AFL-CIO. The highest priority for the labor movement is amnesty for illegal aliens, according to a statement by Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. “The labor movement has no higher priority in 2013 than a workable immigration system that will allow 11 million aspiring Americans to become citizens,” Trumka said on May 21.

Given the ALF-CIO’s self-proclaimed priorities, perhaps it is time that they cease calling themselves a labor union and register as an immigration advocacy lobbying organization.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    The other day in San Clemente, California, I saw Navy young men doing car wash sale, U.S. soldiers have no work! Veterans disability claims stacked so high…..but the gang of eight is rolling out the red carpet first to the law breakers.

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    I , too , worked for a union for years and thought that was the only way for blue collar workers. When I read how much they were involved in the trouble in Arizona and that they trucked in Mexican illegals I could hardly believe it. Now I have no respect or use for them at all.

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    nihad mohamed on

    Nothing but money paid under the table,,,wake up USA,,,wake up USA,a conspiracy from the gangs of eight ,,,traitors instead of thinking of the benefits of USA workers and unemployed,,,they are making great abuse of taxes money paid by USA citizens to illegal immigrants ,,,conspiracy,,,conspiracy

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    Union members have to pay dues whether they are working or not. A family member is in a union and has to pay although unemployed. It’s a reduced rate but still the money comes in to the union. Does Trumka see the illegals as an opportunity for new more dues to live an even higher lifestyle or could it be to fill the union retirement coffers that have been raided?

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    victorstewart on

    in my opion the unions are self serving the leaders just keep asking for more makes eveoorry thing higer f0r others

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    I was a Border Patrol agent for almost 27 years and was a national union officer for much of that time. It was hard to explain to our members why we should be paying part of our dues to AFGE and AFL-CIO. It must be even harder now.

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    BLS/Carpenter on

    Its all about increasing the size of their bank accounts. They could really care less about the UNION men and women getting back in the work force as long as there is the possibilility of getting money out of the 11 million

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      It is about their bank accounts, but not just their bank accounts. It’s about the power to dictate to and take from the rest of the country. It’s about increasing the size, power and financial resources of their collective in order to overpower, overrule and destroy all opposition to their power… Kind of the same thing Barack Obama, the IRS and the Democrat party, along with some pandering Republicans are doing. True, it is ultimately about the power to line their own pockets. So long as their pockets are filled well enough to remain on the top of the heap, freedom means nothing to them, let it die, they don’t care. In fact, destroy it deliberately if necessary to gain power and money. The left would have us believe there is no such thing as ‘evil’ unless you count right wing conservatives, Christians, honest hard working Americans who are not union members, heterosexuals and the most evil thing of all, right after cigarette smokers, heterosexual white men who refuse to adopt a ‘feminine side’ style of thinking.

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    The unions are part of the destruction of America ,I have 35 yrs in the carpenters union ,they’ve been taken over by the marksists commies years ago , the men that trained me in the 70s are spinning in there graves like rotisserie chickens ,the biggest threat to America right now is the leftist s

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    Perhaps the union members should be apprised of exactly how their dues are being appropriated. They just may be surprised to learn they are paying for Trumpka to advocate for their future replacements.

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    Janis Johnson on

    I’m ashamed of the turncoat actions of the AFL-CIO. I was a member of the IBEW for years and served as a steward for 8 yrs. I truly don’t understand the motives of Trumka or how he can turn his back on the 20 million unemployed Americans.