Any immigration reform bill that comes out of Congress this year is expected to expand the number of visas available for future immigrants. But religious leaders, labor groups, and immigration activists are worried that the new visas will come at the expense of families, who could find it harder to sponsor their relatives to join them in the United States.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
A pro-business immigration group is raising concerns that a breakthrough deal between labor and industry on guest workers is dangerously flawed and could attract another wave of illegal immigrants.
Tamar Jacoby, executive director of ImmigrationWorks USA, warned on Monday that the chief problem of the new worker visa program envisioned by the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce is its size.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Long-simmering tensions between labor and business over importing new workers are spilling out in the open, raising fears that an impasse between two of the biggest stakeholders in the immigration debate could scuttle comprehensive immigration reform.
The tone of what had been mostly quiet and behind-the-scenes talks between the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce has been heating up in recent days as Republicans and business lobbyists have gone out of their way to preemptively blame unions for killing a bill. It's not clear whether the public tiff is part of tough final negotiations or a sign that talks are deteriorating -- or perhaps both.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Two groups not exactly known for their buddy-buddy relationship, the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce, teamed up on Thursday to release a joint set of principles for immigration reform.
While the most contentious political topic right now and the most painful issue for the GOP is citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers already in the United States, the talks between business and labor are at least as important to passing a bill -- and just as fragile.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Ask top GOP or Democratic lawmakers what their biggest fear is for immigration reform, and they'll likely describe an apocalyptic war between labor and big business over guest workers. With negotiations between the two interest groups slow and rumors trickling out of such a scenario emerging, leaders from both sides moved Thursday to tamp down rumors that their talks had collapsed.