AFL-CIO chief: The new Republican immigration plan is unacceptable

posted at 11:21 am on January 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

This is almost certainly empty posturing aimed at making the House GOP’s plan look “tough,” which in turn will make it easier for Republicans to sell the bill to conservatives and will keep liberals motivated to further weaken the new law once it passes. But I guess there’s a one percent chance that this guy is so stupid that he’d refuse the gift-wrapped amnesty that Boehner and Paul Ryan are preparing for him.

We’ll know soon.

Trumka was emphatic that, if a “direct” path to citizenship is not included, the AFL-CIO would withdraw from a broad coalition that helped the White House shepherd a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws through the Senate last year.

“It means they would never get citizenship, never get a green card,” Trumka said during an hour-long interview in his office overlooking the White House. “It’s a joke. It’s a hoax, is what it is. It’s like fool’s gold.”…

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said. “The labor unions are united. Our price of admission is citizenship. Republicans aren’t talking seriously until they start talking about citizenship, and that means a direct route to green cards and a real path to citizenship.”

By “direct” path, I take it he means a “special” path to citizenship, i.e. one created under the new bill specifically for illegals who are here. That’s the one thing the House GOP won’t do. In order to get conservatives to kinda sorta tolerate amnesty, they need to convince them that the House bill is much tougher than the widely loathed Schumer-Rubio Gang of Eight bill. The latter did offer a special path to citizenship — although that wasn’t its chief flaw — so the House will make sure that theirs doesn’t. What the House will do, according to Paul Ryan, is allow illegals to seek green cards and then eventually apply for citizenship through existing channels. Not only that, but per the WSJ, they’re going to make sure that that process isn’t too burdensome:

The legislation under development also would allow this group to tap into existing paths, available to any newcomer, to gain permanent legal residence, also known as a green card. Once someone has a green card, they are eligible to apply for citizenship.

At the same time, the legislation would make substantial changes to immigration law to clear impediments from those existing paths. Without those changes, illegal immigrants would face big backlogs and requirements that they return to their home countries before applying for a green card.

In other words, Trumka’s getting nearly everything he could want from a “special” path to citizenship in the House GOP’s plan — easy and early legalization for illegals, permanent residency down the line, and some legislative tweaks to remove obstacles between that point A and point B. I don’t know what more he could want. The idea that he really would blow up this deal simply because the proposed path to citizenship is nominally under “existing” law rather than specially created is unfathomable — and yet, Pelosi has also been grousing lately about the lack of any new path to citizenship in the House GOP scheme.

I have to assume this is just her and Trumka’s way of reassuring the left that they’ve put up a fight before they accept the GOP’s giveaway compromise. To see why, click the first link up top and scroll down for the most revealing quote in the WaPo piece. That one doesn’t come from Trumka; it comes from amnesty-shill extraordinaire Frank Sharry, who, wouldn’t you know it, thinks the Boehner/Ryan scheme has the makings of a workable deal. Of course he does: He knows that “probationary legalization” without any hard preconditions on security will lead inevitably to full legalization and, in time, citizenship. Soon Trumka will know too, in case he doesn’t already.


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Who says Obama would follow ANY amnesty law

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Cant believe there is something that one of HA’s bloggers actually appears to agree with the readers on.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This is posturing. They’ll snatch up that deal in a blur because they will immediately start pounding the GOP with relegating those newly legalized formerly illegal aliens to ‘ a second class status’ and they will use terms like ‘modern day slavery’ and declare this to be ‘un-American’ and demand citizenship for all of those newly legalized formerly illegal aliens and insist on unlimited chain migration, too.

And they would get it.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Just shows that no matter what hispandering the GOP does, they will be pounded for not doing enough for illegal immigrants.

Clark1 on January 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Boehner to Obama: Let’s do year of action together

Right on cue.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

wow, if Trumka is against it..it must really be a great deal!! The republicans are really pulling one over on the democrats.

— br’er rabbit

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Please Kill it, Dems!

kill it kill it kill it kill it

PLEASE!!!

Tom Servo on January 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

ROFL

Millions of new union members and no jobs for any of them, but at least the mandatory dues will keep Dumbka here living large.

How surprised those new citizens will be when they discover that the next wave flowing over the border is now taking their work.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I love it how the reports keep talking about how the GOP has to sell amnesty to conservatives. Once again demonizing anybody that does not go along with the leftists. Boehner is reasonable and Paul Ryan a hero while opponents are called xenophobic.

It’s going to take a lot more than tough words from a union thug to convince me that amnesty is a good idea. I want a huge backlash if the GOP comes out with a scheme for amnesty.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Just shows that no matter what hispandering the GOP does, they will be pounded for not doing enough for illegal immigrants.

Clark1 on January 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

They are not immigrants. They are illegal aliens. They have no right to be here. They should all be deported. We have more than enough individuals who want to immigrate here legally that we should not waste one more minute figuring out how to keep criminals here.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Who says Obama would follow ANY amnesty law

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

cmsinaz:Correct:)
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Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police
Monday, June 25, 2012
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The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.

Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
(More…….)
=============

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/25/homeland-security-suspends-immigration-agreements-/?page=all

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I am sure instead of a green card, he wants to give all immigrants a union card…

right2bright on January 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Like I’ve said, this is all a clever plan to get them all up here in El Norte before we annex Mexico.

trigon on January 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

This is another case of good cop/bad cop on amnesty. The same dance Rubio and Obama used to do before Rubio went down in flames politically. Now were supposedly to believe big labor is opposed to the GOP amnesty plan. Which is just amnesty by another name. We all know that if illegals get any kind of amnesty they will eventually be given citizenship. Which is why amnesty for illegals must be stopped.If ANY amnesty for ANY illegal ( I’m talkin about you too “dreamers” ) passes I’m done with the GOP except for trying to undermine the party every chance I get.

Hera on January 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

After supporting Obamacare which the membership and some other unions seem to have a problem with, why would the membership listen to them now?

ojfltx on January 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

We have to pass it to see what’s in it.

Good Lt on January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

This is almost certainly empty posturing aimed at making the House GOP’s plan look “tough,” which in turn will make it easier for Republicans to sell the bill to conservatives and will keep liberals motivated to further weaken the new law once it passes.

You’re getting paranoid AP.

kcewa on January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

In order to get conservatives to kinda sorta tolerate amnesty,

Ah, that is one thing we won’t do – no matter how much sugar you pour on it…..
It still stinks that the GOP is even considering it.

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Who is this thug working for? Not his union members.

pat on January 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Boehner to Obama: Let’s do year of action together

How about no?

We elected all you wankers in 2010 to stop Obama……

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Who is this thug working for? Not his union members.

pat on January 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They will find out soon enough, amnesty would destroy the unions.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Laugh at the land of fools, with lots of schadenfreude. It’s the only option.

Plus, some days are better than others. The swine of the Congress, in looks/deeds, retrieves from the trough, after 40 years of sucking you dry.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Republican Policy Committee chairman James Lankford, R-Okla. reportedly spoke out against pursuing immigration this year at yesterday’s meeting. Lankford, who is the fifth ranking House Republican and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said in a post State of the Union interview that opposition is strong against a large-scale plan that would legalize illegal aliens.

Call your House Rep. Lend support to those on the right side of this issue and give holy he!! to any Rep. that isn’t.

toll-free at 888-995-2085

lynncgb on January 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think Trumka or any white male liberal in a power position truly wants amnesty. They’ll be out of power quicker than anyone.

Buddahpundit on January 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

No voters in this country, cept people with illegals in their family are thinking about immigration. Why republicans are opening themselves up to ridicule and infighting it just a another stupid chapter in this party’s history. Something will have to be done, but why change the subject from Obamacare and the economy?

rubberneck on January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

They will find out soon enough, amnesty would destroy the unions.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Take a look at the picture for this thread.

If Christie hugging Obama and endorsing him days before the 2012 elections was a bad thing, what does it say that the GOP is now getting advice from the guy who gets neck rubs from Obama?

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Nothing is happening by accident.

Wigglesworth on January 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Daughter of Illegal Immigrant,..tugging at the heart-strings,
being used as a Pawn, by Obama and Trumka!!

VIDEO:(3:29)
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Immigration Reform Without Road Map to Citizenship Is ‘Fool’s Gold,’ Says Trumka

01/29/2014
**********

A hoax. A joke. Fool’s gold. That’s how AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka characterized an emerging House GOP immigration proposal that didn’t include green cards or a road map to citizenship in an interview today with The Washington Post’s David Nakamura.

Instead of providing a clear path to citizenship, the proposal would offer temporary legal status, which potentially could lead to exploitative working conditions for new immigrants by unscrupulous employers.

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said. “The labor unions are united. Our price of admission is citizenship. Republicans aren’t talking seriously until they start talking about citizenship, and that means a direct route to green cards and a real path to citizenship.”

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Immigration-Reform-Without-Road-Map-to-Citizenship-Is-Fool-s-Gold-Says-Trumka

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said.

Lying sack. Ever hear of guest workers, seasonal workers, etc., you grubby little fool? Yes they do have rights and protections when they are here LEGALLY as guest workers.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Allah, I think you’re wrong about Trumpka’s motives. Despite the Left’s insistence otherwise their voting base is dwindling and they see this as reinforcements to help pass socialist legislation. They could give a crap about the illegals or their workers, just their political agenda.

Tater Salad on January 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

He’s just concerned without citizenship he won’t be able to collect union dues.

Tater Salad on January 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

We have to pass it to see what’s in it.

Good Lt on January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Just like a stool sample a/k/a Pelosi

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Politics, Odd Bedfellows?

Bmore on January 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said.

So many lies and misrepresentations – but par for the course from this fascist.

What’s broken in our immigration system are…

…open borders and no visa controls…
…no enforcement of the existing immigration laws…
…a system where LEGAL immigrants have to spend years and thousands of dollars to enter the US and ILLEGAL immigrants are given preferential treatment and bonuses for disrespecting the laws of this country.

All Trumka is interested in is more dupes to become union members – and vote progressive to keep him and the other elitists in perpetual power / wealth. It’s all about power and greed.

Athos on January 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

The Death To America! bi-partisan demographic terrorism plan slouches toward Bedlam to be born.

Goodbye U.S.A., hello neo-Sarajevo.

profitsbeard on January 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

We are where we are now – millions of Illegals still in this country, more flooding in due to the expectation of a political decision to give citizenship to every illegal in the country, our laws and Immigration policies NOT being enforced, no intent to enforce them, no plan to stop the continuos nigration of illegals into this country, and no intent to enforce such a plan if one existed – because afer granting amnesty years ago our Federal Government failed then to address and fix the same problem we face NOW!

This nation’s Immigration Problem – the core issue of this problem – is not an un-secure border and a lack of law enforcement…it is this:

1. Liberal Progressives see giving amnesty to illegals as the creation of an entire new source, a multi-million member pool, of new voters. These new voters can and will immeditaly be addicted to and dependent upon the entire ‘buffet’ of socialist tax-dollar-funded ‘Freebie’ programs for which they will immediately be eligible. The Liberals KNOW that whoever promises and can continue to deliver those ‘freebies’ will solidly control government because those Americans who have come addicted/dependent on them will cast votes t make sure they keep getting their ‘free’ checks.

2. Republicans SEE this coming, can see the train coming down the track and know IT WILL HAPPEN, and they are more petrified of being on the wrong side of this – of losing their jobs – than they are of violating the Constitution, laws, & their oaths of office. They are afraid of being seen as being against Illegals and as targeting/fighting against them. In order to have any chance of getting a piece of this ‘votes pie’ when Illegals receive Amnesty that have to be seen as supporting it, so they will…Republicans will actually turn their backs on those who they are SUPPSED to be representing in favor of embracing and courting Illegals who they WILL BE representing in the future, counting on the ‘GOP Faithful’ to eventally forgive them for doing so and coming back to support them. The self-serving GOP are too petrified of personal/party loss to actually syand uop and do the right thing.

The RIGHT thing, what the Majority of Americans want, is NO AMNESTY UNTIL THE BORDER IS SECURE AND THERE IS A PLAN TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. There will never be done as long as THERE IS NO DESIRE TO DO SO. Americans KNOW that if our government grants amnesty now without doing so several years/decades from now we will be exactly where we are on this issue again…if America has survived that long.

What WILL happen is the GOP wil buckle, the Liberals will get their way, Illegals will be granted Amnesty, and the majority of Americans who oppose it will realize a little more than this nation as our Founding Fathers created it no longer exist…and that it crumbles, erodes, and is transformed into Socialism a little more each day.

easyt65 on January 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

How on earth is it in the interest of the members of the AFL-CIO to support more immigration? If I were paying dues I’d be pissed. This bill would kill a whole lot of union jobs.

eski502 on January 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Trumka is a thug. But he is not stupid. I had to deal with him when he was head of the UMW.

tngmv on January 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Richard Trumka is as great a traitor to union members as John Boehner and Paul Ryan are to Republicans.

The GOP will cave eventually. Probably their surrender flags are dirty and Mrs. Boehner and Mrs. Ryan have them in the laundry.

bw222 on January 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Boehner, Ryan and the republican party as a whole should heed what Rush says. “You can’t out liberal a liberal”
Once, if ever, they get that through their heads. We we might start to turn this ship around. Until then we will continue to flounder.

Paco on January 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Cant believe there is something that one of HA’s bloggers actually appears to agree with the readers on.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Good point. There’s hardly a bigger group of amnesty shills than the HA authors. I am Catholic but, I wouldn’t jump off the top of a 20 story building if my bishop suggested it like some people (who will remain unnamed) would.

bw222 on January 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Cant believe there is something that one of HA’s bloggers actually appears to agree with the readers on.

besser tot als rot on January 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

You are lucky you are alive to talk about it. Some mine workers weren’t so lucky.

bw222 on January 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Current AFL-CIO members should ask themselves if amnesty for illegal aliens is good for them, or good for the union.

Once they’ve done that, they’ll understand who Trumka truly represents.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Bastards.

nukemhill on January 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said. “The labor unions are united. Our price of admission is citizenship. Republicans aren’t talking seriously until they start talking about citizenship, and that means a direct route to green cards and a real path to citizenship.”

I say we give illegal aliens amnesty. We’ve lost this fight as republicans, why fight it.
It could be a one page piece of legislation, granting amnesty.
Only one condition. You can have amnesty….as long as you have NEVER broken the laws of the United States.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I say we give illegal aliens amnesty. We’ve lost this fight as republicans, why fight it.
It could be a one page piece of legislation, granting amnesty.
Only one condition. You can have amnesty….as long as you have NEVER broken the laws of the United States.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Ha! Now the question is, do they consider sneaking across the border as… breaking the law.

Ukiah on January 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I say we give illegal aliens amnesty. We’ve lost this fight as republicans, why fight it.
It could be a one page piece of legislation, granting amnesty.
Only one condition. You can have amnesty….as long as you have NEVER broken the laws of the United States.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Ha! Now the question is, do they consider sneaking across the border as… breaking the law.

Ukiah on January 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

It’s a misdemeanor. But, yes, it is considered breaking the law. DENIED. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 worth of food stamps.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:44 PM

“Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter because you can’t fix a broken immigration system and create a vast class of millions of people living in the community and working in our workplaces without citizenship. You can’t do that. They have no rights,” Trumka said.

Find me one federal judge who has stripped any rights from any non-citizen in this country .. even undocumented non-citizens.

J_Crater on January 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Paul Ryan is dead to me.

Its time to invade Mexico and restore order…for the people. That way we’re all Americans and can live under our laws just like they want. No families are split and everybody is happy.

magicbeans on January 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Does Trumka have any idea how much the wages of working class Americans are going to be driven down by the labor markets being overwhelmed by a flood of low-wage expecting illegal immigrants?

The AFL-CIO has officially stopped being an advocate for working-class America.

SubmarineDoc on January 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

The Democrats never wanted to pass immigration reform. If they did, they could have resurrected the bill vetoed by Bush and passed it Day 1. They want this to be a political issue every election year. The unions never wanted this. And know we see their true colors.

djaymick on January 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The Democrats never wanted to pass immigration reform. If they did, they could have resurrected the bill vetoed by Bush and passed it Day 1. They want this to be a political issue every election year. The unions never wanted this. And know we see their true colors.

Very perceptive. So the republican plan is to pass something the dems don’t want to teach them a lesson and take away their issue! Brilliant!

Do I need the /sarc tag?

bbhack on January 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Mexican aren’t going to like joining the union. They like working for cash and staying out of the tax system. They can still access the welfare system.

That’s the problem for Trumka. Competition that he has no way to go up against.

Meremortal on January 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Unions are also unacceptable because they just blow more hot air up the rear end of the workers and have lost their usefulness. Simply because workers are smarter than their union reps.

MSGTAS on January 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM