USCIS Union Opposes Amnesty

A union which represents an estimated 12,000 immigration enforcement officers announced Monday it would oppose the Senate’s Gang of Eight immigration reform legislation,” The Hill reports.

“In a statement, National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (NCISC) president Kenneth Palinkas said the bill would create an ‘insurmountable bureaucracy’ within his agency, and argued the legislation would interfere with the independent judgment of officers who were already ‘pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case review and investigation.'”

Amnesty Bill Provides Incentive to Hire Immigrants Before Americans

“The current draft of the Senate’s “immigration” overhaul appears to give some employers a $3,000-a-year incentive to hire a newly legalized immigrant rather than an American citizen in order to avoid the new employer mandates in the health care law,” Roll Call reports.

“‘I think that is an issue, and I think that it needs to be addressed,’ said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the bipartisan group of eight senators who drafted the bill. McCain said he believes the matter will likely be addressed in the amendment process.”

Unions Seek Amnesty to Legalize Members

“As the head of the hotel workers’ union here in the 1990s, Maria Elena Durazo negotiated a contract with provisions rarely seen by labor unions: The jobs of workers who were deported or lost authorization to work in the United States would be held open for two years, with the same pay,’ the New York Times says.

“It was remarkable protection for the immigrant workers who made up the bulk of the union’s membership — and it implicitly acknowledged that many of those immigrants were working without legal papers.”

“‘They are simply searching for ways to make themselves relevant again,’ said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group opposed to the immigration bill being discussed in the Senate. ‘Particularly in the large service industries, they are coming along to protect the people working in these jobs illegally.'”