The Chamber of Commerce, both federal and local are supposed to work with and help businesses of all sizes and kinds. According to the website for the US Chamber of Commerce:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing in common—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C.”
“We advocate for pro-business policies that create jobs and grow our economy. Key issues range from smart tax policy and regulatory relief to legal reform and trade promotion.”
Like so many other bureaucratic organization, the Chamber of Commerce has turned from what they claim to be and have become a politically motivated arm of the Democratic Party.
In 1993, under the leadership of Richard Lesher, the US Chamber of Commerce fully endorsed then President Bill Clinton’s nation socialist healthcare system. Fortunately at the time, Congress didn’t pass it. In 2009, they supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act otherwise known as the Stimulus that funneled billions of dollars into the bank accounts of corporate executives.
Now, under the leadership of the current US Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, they are pushing for amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens in the US. Earlier this week, Donohue, in talking about immigration reform that includes amnesty, stated:
“If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016. Think about that. Think about who the voters are. I just did that to get everybody’s attention.”
Under Donohue’s leadership, the US Chamber of Commerce has also fully endorsed the proposed immigration reform bill that would allow millions of illegals to remain in the US, take millions of jobs away from US citizens and provide a pathway to citizenship.
Someone please tell me how that supports American businesses? How does allowing millions of illegals to take jobs that should go to the millions of Americans out of work improve business and the American economy?
When Alabama passed their strict immigration laws and put stiff fines and penalties on businesses caught hiring illegals, their unemployment rate dropped by 1.2% in just two month of the laws taking effect. Many argue that Americans won’t take many of the jobs that illegals do, but that’s not what happened in Alabama. Besides, how many Americans would love to land a construction job? I can’t tell you how many construction companies hire illegals instead of American citizens.
In fact, the majority of the American people favor strict sanctions against employers who hire illegals. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll indicated that 59% favored government sanctions on employers who hire illegals. In the same poll, 58% said that it’s more important to protect and secure our borders than it is to legalize the status of illegals. When asked if police should check the legal status of people they pull over for traffic violations, 57% said yes.
I believe, like so many other conservatives, that we need some form of immigration reform to make it easier for people who wish to come to the US LEGALLY. However, I don’t agree that rewarding those who violated our federal immigration laws should be awarded for doing so.
In fact, I recently shared that if we deported all of the 11+million illegals in the US, that our economy and job market would rebound just like it did in Alabama. More Americans would have jobs that were taken by the illegals, thus getting more of them off of welfare and unemployment. With Americans working, they will spend more money which in turn drives the rest of the economy.
Advocating a plan to let the 11+million illegals stay and work in the US only hurts the American job market and businesses. The only justification the US Chamber of Commerce can give for supporting immigration reform and amnesty would be their support of the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party.