While most Americans celebrated Labor Day as a nice occasion to enjoy the end of summer with friends and family, Union bosses and Democratic politicians used the occasion to attack Republicans and Tea Party conservatives. Vice President Biden addressed the AFL CIO in Ohio and said that organized labor is the only group “who can stop the barbarians at the gate.”
Not to be out done, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa. accused the Tea Party of waging a war on workers. After telling the president that the Teamsters “want one thing, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march.”
If any of these labor leaders were serious about “jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,” or protecting the middle class, they would speak out against our current immigration policies that allow 8 million illegal aliens in the workforce while issuing over a million green cards a year. But today’s labor leaders are more concerned about following the Democratic Party’s agenda than helping American workers. Accordingly, almost all the major labor unions including the SEIU, AFL-CIO, and Teamsters all support amnesty for illegal aliens.
This was not always the case. Samuel Gompers, a Jewish Immigrant who headed the American Federation of Labor and is considered the father of the modern labor movement spoke out passionately in favor of reducing immigration. In 1921, he bemoaned that, "Every effort to enact immigration legislation must expect to meet a number of hostile forces and, in particular, two hostile forces of considerable strength. One of these is composed of corporation employers who desire to employ physical strength at the lowest possible wage and who prefer a rapidly revolving labor supply at low wages to a regular supply of American wage earners at fair wages. The other is composed of racial groups in the United States who oppose all restrictive legislation because they want the doors left open for an influx of their countrymen regardless of the menace to the people of their adopted country."
These words ring true today, except that organized labor has become a third “hostile force” against immigration control.
Gompers was not the only labor leader to oppose mass immigration.
For his leadership with the United Farm Workers in the 1960s and 70s, Cesar Chavez is both an icon to the labor movement and to radical Hispanic groups like La Raza. Pro-amnesty marchers still chant his slogan “Si Se Puede” and Barack Obama used the English translation “Yes We Can” during his presidential campaign. However, unlike his followers, Chavez put the interests of American workers before illegal aliens.
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