House Democrats Vote Against Protecting American Workers

On Thursday, the Democrat-majority House of Representatives passed H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act— a bill that rewards illegal aliens by making it nearly impossible for employers to fire them if they have union status.

In a last minute effort to amend the bill, Representative Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) offered language in the form of a Motion to Recommit, which would have ensured that unions cannot communicate with an employee about joining the union if that employee is not legally authorized to work in the United States.

In his remarks supporting the motion, Hern argued that the “amendment [would]ensure that labor unions are not using illegal foreign labor to expand their reach into American workplaces and collect more union dues.” Throughout his speech, Hern was forced to pause multiple times as Democrat members hissed and booed in response to his statements.

The amendment failed— largely on party lines— and the PRO Act was ultimately passed by a similar margin.

Unfortunately, employment opportunities remain the biggest magnet for illegal immigration to our country. Of course, as FAIR has long advocated, the only real solution to this problem is mandating E-Verify, which would ensure that even unscrupulous employers cannot hire illegal aliens instead of American workers. Only when the price of hiring illegal aliens outweighs the benefits will we have achieved a victory for the American worker, and most importantly, turned off the magnet that has driven illegal immigration for decades.

To see how your Member of Congress voted on the Motion to Recommit please click here, and how they voted on the PRO Act, please click here.

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Heather Ham-Warren joined FAIR’s Government Relations department in 2018. In her role, Heather advocates for FAIR’s interests before Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. She also reviews and analyzes federal legislation and regulations, as well as conducts research on a wide variety of legal and immigration-related topics. Heather brings with her several years of political and legislative experience having worked for legislatures at the both the state and federal levels. She began her career in D.C. working on Capitol Hill—most recently serving as Legislative Director for a Florida Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law.

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