Cheesecake Factory, Hallmark, Disney, and Others Now Pushing Amnesty
Officials representing over 100 corporate interests issued a letter to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) demanding the legalization of 11 million illegal aliens and increased legal immigration through the creation of new visa programs. As these companies put it in their letter:A list of the companies pushing for this is at the link.[W]e strongly support efforts to bolster the availability of a workforce at all skills levels, through a separate visa program as well as by creating a path to legal status for those already here.The companies include well-known names like Hallmark Cards, Disney, CVS, the Cheesecake Factory, American Airlines, Wendy's, McDonald's, the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, AT&T, UPS, Rubbermaid, and McCormick spices — just to name a few examples.
These companies cite a recent Congressional Budget Office report, arguing that the Senate bill would grow the economy. They conveniently left out the CBO estimate that even though the amnesty might make the economy larger, it would simultaneously make American workers poorer by lowering the wages of American workers for a decade or more. The companies claim the bill is an "opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers" but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.~snip~
I lived in Fort Smith Arkansas in the mid 80's and they were inundated with Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians after being housed at Fort Chaffee, not all left the area after their screenings and the chicken plants that were owned by Tyson and OK foods hired these immigrants by the hundreds.
These plants originally came to the area to exploit the residents living there with poor wages and working conditions because there wasn't a whole lot of jobs at the time.
As the city grew some and better opportunities arose the chicken plants found it harder to find residents willing to work for them. The immigrants from Fort Chaffee where a gold mine for them, the Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians (who were not fluent in english) were glad to come and work for them for what they offered because their opportunities were very limited.
Truth is it only lasted for a generation or so as most of their children learned english, became better educated and took advantage of better opportunities.
The population of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians has gone down considerably over the years and to fill the gap the aforementioned chicken plants turned to illegal aliens from Mexico. Whatever the legal outcomes the point is that there are a lot of companies out there that want to import labor because it's cheap at first. For them it's worth it to keep wages low for a few years and then move on to the next group when workers expectations rise.
If we continue to grant amnesty then the issue of illegal immigration will never go away because some businesses will always look for the next wave to take advantage of.
If we want a future for our children and grandchildren then the line must be drawn.