By Rick Oltman, May 6, 2019
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has decided to align itself more with the Democratic Party, because of “The GOP’s drift toward protectionism, nativism and isolationism since Donald Trump took over the party in 2016 …” according to the Washington Post’s interview with Chamber President Tom Donahue.
In years past, the Chamber which has supported more immigration both legal and illegal for decades, found little difference between the two parties on immigration policy. Neither immigration nor employment laws were being enforced. The Democrats wanted mass immigration because it gave them more voters and the Republicans wanted more cheap labor. That is a vast oversimplification of the issue, but it was good enough for the Chamber.
Currently, the Chamber supports protecting the “dreamers” from being deported and increasing the rate of legal immigration. “The fundamental issue is that the United States of America is out of people …” said Donohue.
The Chamber of Commerce can be said to be the face of greed, pure and simple.
Everybody who is pro-America and pro-American worker is for vibrant commerce, a healthy economy. But, the Chamber of Commerce seems to only care about the profits, and not about the people of our country and our culture. And it is not only at the national level.
My own experience with a local Chamber goes back to the beginning of the movement to end illegal immigration which began in California in the early 1990s.
Our community had hundreds of illegal alien day laborers lining the streets and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) confirmed that they were illegals. Legal workers would use the State Employment Development Department to get day labor jobs.
So many illegals were on so many city streets that a “Hiring Hall” was proposed to get them concentrated in one spot, supposedly making it easier for employers to hire workers. Both ideas were nonsense. The local Chamber of Commerce announced that their members supported the idea of a “day labor hiring hall.”
I was a local business owner who was not a member of the Chamber but knew many who were. Those members told me that they had not been consulted, there had been no vote, and the announcement wasn’t honest in its representation of Chamber members supporting the hiring hall.
I got hold of their mailing list and sent a letter to the hundreds of members asking if they were consulted, and if they supported an illegal alien hiring hall that would, obviously, make our city a destination for even more illegal aliens looking for work. (City approval of an illegal alien hiring hall was the forerunner to today’s sanctuary cities.) The few who did respond did not support the hiring hall.
Soon after, I was contacted by a couple “Chamber members” who wanted to discuss the issue at a local coffee shop. We met, and it turned out they were not actually members but lawyers for the Chamber who wondered if I was trying to wreck the organization, and then they began to threaten me with legal action. I laughed in their faces, called them amateurs, delivered a few well-chosen words, and then I walked out never to hear from then again. The hiring hall was ultimately defeated.
On the national level, the U.S. Chamber has been opposed to any immigration policy that put our citizens or our culture first.
From their website:
Throughout our history, America has had the opportunity to grow and thrive because we have attracted and welcomed the most talented and the hardest working people to our shores. But today our immigration system is broken and failing to meet the needs of our society, our economy, our businesses, and our workers.
Numbers being the most important element, nobody would argue with bringing “the most talented and the hardest working people to our shores.” But there are limits to what a country and a culture can reasonably absorb when it comes to immigration. The Chamber doesn’t recognize those limits.
“Our immigration system is broken …” is a well-worn shibboleth of open borders and amnesty advocates. Our immigration system is not broken, it allows over 1.5 million legal immigrants into our country each year, more than almost all the rest of the countries of the world added up together.
Their perpetuation of immigration lies, and now the apparent collusion of the Chamber with the political party that will do nothing to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders, proves that they have only one greedy interest: profits.
Well, a successful, prosperous and free society is made up of more than just profits, something the Chamber of Commerce either ignorant of, or doesn’t care about.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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