'Reforming' immigration: The 'guest' bomb
Don't look now, but the Senate's controversial immigration bill, which President Obama has hailed as a “historic achievement,” is drawing increasing criticism from the left.
From unions to the Congressional Black Caucus, advocates of open borders are taking a closer look at the legislation's guest-worker provisions and expressing serious reservations.
Even the Senate's self-proclaimed socialist, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is gagging on the guest-worker proviso, which he said would directly affect young Americans who “desperately need jobs to pay for college education.”
Of concern is how the U.S. economy (such as it is) will annually accommodate a projected guest-worker influx of at least 500,000 graduate-level workers, at least 100,000 blue-collar workers and another 100,000 agricultural workers, according to The Daily Caller. They'll be competing for jobs along with about 1.8 million American graduates.
Never mind the approximately 20 million Americans who remain unemployed or underemployed.
Writes the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, an AFL-CIO union, this is “a cruel betrayal of American workers.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who expects easy Senate passage, should check his trademark smugness at the door. With U.S. jobs a critical issue for voters, more than a few Dems aren't likely to turn a blind eye to the volatile issue of guest workers, which could well block this so-called pathway to citizenship.
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