The AFL-CIO has issued a political statement on the debate over limiting the deportation of illegal aliens. The action agenda they are pushing is aimed at halting deportations from the interior of the country as well giving legal work permits to the aliens. This obviously would empower the illegal aliens to more actively compete for jobs now held by legal workers. This is another example of how the AFL-CIO has ceased to be a defender of American workers.

The action agenda urges “prosecutorial discretion” be used to stop deportations, but it goes beyond that by urging that those spared deportation be given work permits – as the administration did for the DACA youth.

It also calls for, “…ending programs that effectively delegate [enforcement] responsibilities to state and local law enforcement…” It cites the Secure Communities Program that shares arrest records routinely sent to the FBI with the DHS enforcement authorities. This is disinformation, because the Secure Communities Program does not allow local enforcement agencies to prevent the FBI from sharing arrest records with DHS. The AFL-CIO statement also calls for ending other programs in which local governments may work cooperatively with the federal immigration authorities. But it implies that these programs allow local authorities to deport illegal aliens, which is false. Only the federal authorities may deport aliens.

The AFL-CIO also echoes amnesty advocates in calling for an end to deportations without a hearing before a judge. That is a formula for encouraging illegal immigration, because it would swamp the court system and result in extensive periods of presence in the U.S. and the ability to work for illegal aliens waiting for a court hearing date.

This position by the AFL-CIO is understandable only in the context that it has become an organization that represents white-collar educational and governmental employees as well as skilled trade union workers. The former are not as vulnerable to competition from illegal alien workers as lesser skilled, and lower earning U.S. workers.