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Why Is The Chamber Of Commerce Supporting Amnesty?
Washington Examiner ^ | May 30, 2014 | By JENNY BETH MARTIN

Posted on 05/30/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Across Lafayette Park, facing the White House, sits an imposing stone structure, framed by ornate Corinthian columns and comprising a significant chunk of a full city block. It is home to the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the historic bastion of American business and industry.

Since its founding slightly more than a century ago, the chamber has engaged in countless issues from keeping unions in check to job training and tax reform.

But increasingly, the chamber is straying from its original principles, and there is no greater example than its supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The national chamber is one of the nation's loudest advocates for amnesty for people who broke the law entering the U.S.

Chamber President Tom Donohue even went so far as to warn the Republican Party on May 12 not to bother running a candidate for president in 2016 absent support from the congressional GOP for immigration "reform," a term that has become synonymous with amnesty in recent months.

Why the chamber and other business interests support amnesty so vociferously is quizzical. The conventional wisdom is that business wants cheap labor. It's a cynical argument but one that contains a grain of logic, and cheap labor would certainly be one of the byproducts of amnesty.

But the future economic and political fallout of amnesty is anathema to business and industry. Bigger government, unsustainable federal spending, a growing welfare state and an electorate to perpetuate it hold the potential to doom the free-market system that the chamber has historically encouraged.

Amnesty would be a disaster for the federal budget. The taxpayer cost of amnesty for the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. is a staggering $6.3 trillion, according to a 2013 Heritage Foundation study.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; border; election2012; illegalaliens

1 posted on 05/30/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Chamber of Communists


2 posted on 05/30/2014 3:32:10 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cheap, mobile, docile labor. Next question?


3 posted on 05/30/2014 3:32:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Business wants an over supply of cheap, low skilled labor. Off the books = no workers comp, social security, etc.

Even though Dems see it as browning out the country to give a permanent Dem majority, their ranks are the ones most hurt by all of the illegals.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 3:32:43 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cheap labor.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 3:33:45 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Plus general wage suppression resulting from greatly increased H-1B visas.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Complete lack of patriotism.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 3:34:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Follow the money...

Bastards.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 3:35:26 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Chamber of Commerce has joined the long list of organizations that I treat as I would the Nazi Party and the Klan. They are enemies of all I value and cannot be trusted in any situation.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 3:37:22 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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11 posted on 05/30/2014 3:37:40 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: tennmountainman

Our entire economy has for the last generation been built on tearing American industry from the grip of Americans.

Massive US manufacturing interests have sold out their entire American operations, and now are completely stocked by nothing but communist Chinese. Who are paid, instead of Americans. The America workers, now are paid by the US state for not working.

What industry has been left in America, is done wherever possible by illegal immigrants.

Our entire manufacturing system has been sold out.

Bring back US industry.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 3:38:11 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Got that right.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 3:40:28 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Because they say 29 million legal immigrants isn't enough since 1980.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: TigerClaws
Business wants an over supply of cheap, low skilled labor. Off the books = no workers comp, social security, etc.

Amnesty will bite them in the butt, as soon as illegals get work permits or citizenship they will expect to get at least the new minimum wage the libs want- what is it $15 an hour? No more off the books evading worker's comp, SS, etc. Of course the solution will be to keep the border open so more illegals can flood in to work for the businesses that still want cheap labor. Rinse and repeat just like the last amnesty and all the amnesty lites that have been done in the past.

15 posted on 05/30/2014 3:45:03 PM PDT by Tammy8
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

heres a thought:

call em and ask em why they are supporting amnesty.


16 posted on 05/30/2014 3:47:11 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Supporting?

Ramming is the word she should use.


17 posted on 05/30/2014 3:48:54 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Because they are corrupt. Perhaps that heads are blackmailed.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 3:52:15 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The members of the Chamber of Commerce already employ illegals. They just don’t want to be caught doing it before they get a law passed.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 3:52:34 PM PDT by cabojoe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They want to charge what the market will bear and get their labor for $2 an hour, plus dilute middle class votes. They don’t call em the Chamber of Commies for nothing.


20 posted on 05/30/2014 3:56:22 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cheap labor subsidized by the feds


21 posted on 05/30/2014 4:03:46 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: BenLurkin

US Chamber of Commerce and the SEIU: an unholy union.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 4:17:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Follow the Money!!!!


23 posted on 05/30/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The simple answer is that the US Chamber of Commerce is not controlled by American businesses, but by multinational corporations.

These corporation owe no loyalty to the US, and have no problem in actively working against the interests of the US as long as they can make money on the deal.

This means that their number one concern is free trade agreements, because this offers them the cheapest labor, the most profitable markets, and the ability to evade paying taxes to anyone.

However, the traditional overseas markets for cheap labor are drying up, so they want to move production back to the US, but while continuing to pay sweatshop wages.

So, while they want amnesty for cheap labor, they definitely want a huge influx of illegal alien labor, since they can get it for sub-minimum wages.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 4:43:38 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The people who support the C of C may bee too uninformed to know what is happening, or they may agree with the C. of C.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 4:48:23 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Cheap labor - pure and simple - conservative farmer friend of mine also likes all the illegals running around the country - gets his crops picked for next to nothing - and they don’t ask questions....


26 posted on 05/30/2014 4:48:52 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The national chamber is one of the nation’s loudest advocates for amnesty for people who broke the law entering the U.S”

Duh! They represent business. No shock there.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 6:42:45 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I guess they support the commerce of slavery... the consensual type. They are liberal and they think themselves smart to be flattered into being corrupt idiots.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 11:22:14 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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