AFL-CIO, Senate Snub ICE Employee Union on Immigration Bill

AFL-CIO President Richard TrumkaThe AFL-CIO normally is quick to defend the interests of its 57 member unions. But the Washington, D.C.-based labor federation seems happy to make an exception in the case of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council. And the reason lies with the union’s objections to the new Senate proposal to grant amnesty to virtually all 11 million or more illegal immigrants and expand work visa availability. In its current form, argue council officials, the measure would hamstring ICE agents from protecting the public from dangerous criminals. Toward that end, Council President Chris Crane and nine other members last August filed suit against three top immigration officials in their carrying out of a June executive order by President Obama. And they’re still getting the cold shoulder, especially from their own AFL-CIO. So, in fact, are a couple of other AFL-CIO enforcement unions. 

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)-affiliated National ICE Council, based in …

Misguided Schumer-Lee Bill Offers Visas for Foreign-Born Homebuyers

Schumer photo“Jobs that Americans won’t do” is a weak, if common rationale for high levels of immigration. Get set for an equally dubious idea to justify immigration: “housing that Americans can’t buy.” Senators Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, are believers. And they’re offering a sweet deal. On Thursday, October 20, the two lawmakers unveiled legislation, the Visa Improvements to Stimulate International Tourism to the United States of America Act, or VISIT-USA Act (S.1746), one of whose elements would provide renewable three-year resident visas to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in residential real estate here. The plan thus assumes both the need for a housing industry bailout and a large injection of foreign capital toward that end. Supporters should spend some time pondering the downside. 

Since the collapse of the home mortgage industry during 2007-08 (and the only modest recovery since), reversing the collapse has become …