AFL-CIO Launches Ads Confronting GOP on Immigration

Fredreka Schouten, USA Today, November 6, 2013

The AFL-CIO launched a hard-edged ad campaign Wednesday that targets House Republicans for failing to back an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.

The ads, which include the tagline “Fight the Hate,” show clips of controversial comments from conservatives, such as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks’ statement that he would do anything “short of shooting” undocumented workers to reduce the flow of illegal immigration.


The ads signal a more aggressive approach by labor leaders on the immigration overhaul, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate earlier this year but has gained little traction in the GOP-led House. {snip}

“The time for the acting on immigration reform is now,” Richard Trumka, the labor federation’s president, said during a conference call Wednesday. “The labor movement has decided to throw down in a big way to make it happen.”

The television commercials will run in Spanish in Bakersfield, Calif.; Denver; Atlanta; and Orlando, Fla.; and in English in the Washington market. He said the union would spend more than $1 million on the ads and did not rule out another round of advertising.


“The Republican Party controls the immediate fate and future of immigration reform,” he said. “But Latino voters control the long-term fate and future of the Republican Party.”


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  • Organized labor, R.I.P.

    There was once a day when organized labor was once an important leg in the three-legged stool of immigration patriotism. The last President to sign legislation that reduced legal immigration was Calvin Coolidge, way back in 1924. Even though he was a Republican from Vermont/Massachusetts, and many in his own party’s establishment wanted to keep immigration levels high (what else is new?), there was a powerful force in his own party, the isolationists, that wanted immigration restricted, joining two powerful forces associated with the Democrat party at the time that also wanted the same thing: Unions and the Ku Klux Klan.

    • Pelagian

      I think in the 20s or 30s there was a split: AFL pro-immigration, CIO anti-

    • Jesse James

      I know it was organized white labor interest on the west coast that for so long stopped the flood of Asian immigrants into America.

    • dd121

      I just wonder where were the unions when the politicians where putting the machinery in place to ship all the manufacturing jobs overseas?

  • kjh64

    “The Republican Party controls the immediate fate and future of immigration reform,” he said. “But Latino voters control the long-term fate and future of the Republican Party.”

    Got news for the Republican party, they will no longer exist if “immigration” reform occurs. The Latinos will usually vote democrat. Immigration reform=RIP Republican Party.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Undeniably true. Some data from Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute. Mac Donald is a native-born Californian:

      “…a strong reason for that [Hispanic] support for big government is that so many Hispanics use government programs. U.S.-born Hispanic households in California use welfare programs at twice the rate of native-born non-Hispanic households . . . Nearly seven in ten poor children in the state are Hispanic, and one in three Hispanic children is poor, compared to less than one in six non-Hispanic children. One can see that disparity in classrooms across the state, which are chock full of social workers and teachers’ aides trying to boost Hispanic educational performance.

      “The idea of the ‘social issues’ Hispanic voter is also a mirage. A majority of Hispanics now support gay marriage, a Pew Research Center poll from last month found. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rate is 53 percent, about twice that of whites . . .”

      * * *

      • dukem1

        Mexifornia…..who cares anymore…I say cut our losses and give it all back to them.
        Let ’em try and get their welfare stuff from the Mexican govt.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I bought a USA Today for the first time in months. I was prepped to be in a bad mood by discovering the liberal rag is now $2.00.
    Most of the results were the usual explanations, like the GOP lost because they are too extreme. Oh, and the paper did double its price, but it’s half the size it used to be.

    • Go to the public library near you. Libraries subscribe to all that “stuff”.

      • Go the library near you and sit next to all the non-workers surfing porn.
        There is only one reason libraries have privacy screens on monitors.

        • Folks don’t usually do that at libraries here because it is illegal. One creepazoid here in C.S. was arrested for browsing that stuff on a library computer. I like looking at naked women as much as the next heterosexual guy (maybe 50 or 60 times as much; I lost track), but since my wife and I always take showers together, I get plenty of that.

          We even have laws against oversized backpacks in libraries here, just so the homeless don’t congregate and cough multidrug-resistant tuberculosis all over everyone.

          • I invite you to visit Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Now that it is getting cold you will get a real treat of a view.

          • rowingfool

            And when you think about it, why should libraries be used for storing all those books when that space could be used for humane purposes like providing shelter for the homeless? Which is more important, people or books?

            Probably you people here answered “books”. It’s just like you conservatives to favor inanimate things over living beings, which shows just how heartless you are. Anyway, most of those books are full of crap written about and by white people.

            Well, let me tell you in case you haven’t heard about it already. There’s a new brown America coming your way and we don’t need your stinking books. I’ll be happy to build a bonfire with all your precious books and watch your culture go up in flames.

            Viva la Revolucion!

          • Jesse James

            The libraries in Athens, GA, a southern college town, are safe areas for the homeless. They are encouraged to sprawl around on the couches, sleeping in the middle of the day and they take whores baths in the restrooms. They have not yet been allowed to burn any of the useless older books but then we rarely have power outages…yet.

          • I’m voting for books. I’m also not working, so the way I’m not paying taxes on the money I don’t earn is causing brown babies to starve. Yay!

          • Katherine McChesney

            Scott, you give too much intimate information about your relationships. After a while, it becomes apparent you have a filthy mind and want to infect the rest of us with your perverted sense of communication.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    It’s about time. I’m glad the AFL-CIO has given up this silly delusion of high wages.

  • If and when greaseritos y greaseritas control the fate of the GOP, I’m done with it.

  • Spartacus

    “…labor leaders…”


    Aren’t these the people who are supposed to make sure their workers DON’T have their jobs stolen by fence-jumpers ?

    • Bossman

      When the “fence-jumpers” are made legal, they won’t undercut working wages and they will become union-paying members and the unions will become strong and rich. That kind of logic makes sense to me.

      • Spartacus

        No, they won’t. More workers, legal or not, still means smaller wages.

  • sbuffalonative

    Economics 101 tells us that more workers drive down wages. Yet the unions are all for adding more competition. Are they counting on more union members to pay dues? When it comes to immigration reform, logic and reason seem to be left out of the equation.

    • Daniel Schmuhl

      I wouldn’t rely on econ 101 here because while that’s true it also makes goods cheaper and make companies richer, so in econ 101 terms it’s efficient. There are dozens of reasons restrict immigration but econ 101 doesn’t really provide them.

      • antiallanbloom

        what are they say in econ 102

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    This is just a ploy. Latinos make up 50% of the illegal immigrant population.

    • dukem1

      Just say Mexicans.
      If all the illegals from there went back tomorrow there wouldn’t even be a discussion re: immigration.

    • Whirlwinder

      illegal aliens

  • WR_the_realist

    The real hate comes from those determined to make whites as small a minority as possible as soon as possible.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Tell me about it. Here in Canada, there are talks of tripling or even quadrupling the annual immigration intake of 250,000 immigrants per year in order to maintain economic competitiveness. As usual, the average Canadian will have absolutely no say in the matter, and even if we did, they have already imported such a critical mass of non-white immigrants (20% of our population currently) that the vote would surely be in favour of greater immigration levels and more chain migration. This would effectively double Canada’s population by 2050, the vast majority of newcomers being non-European. At the present rate I expect Canada to catch up and even surpass America in the race to demographically annihilate whites.

  • DaveMed

    Are there any blue-collar workers on the site? What are your thoughts?

    • I’m unemployable. Do I count?

      • DaveMed

        If you’ve been “blue-collar” and you have a finger on the pulse of what that segment of our nation thinks about this, sure.

        I’m genuinely curious whether blue-collar workers have any sense of racial identity at this point.

        • Sick of it

          Blue collar folks tend to be immigration patriots, but not race realists.

        • Xerxes22

          Sure they do but they are caught between a rock and a hard place. The Republican party is so vehemently anti labor and anti union that they turn off union workers. The Democratic party is openly anti White , but at least it pretends to care about economic issues that affect working and middle class Whites. The AFL-CIO under Trumka has become weaker and corrupt. Trumka is a total sell out. This would never happen with someone like George Meany in charge. Those old time leaders took care of their members.

          • DaveMed

            Good points. I need to start spreading the word that it’s time for the GOP to become more populist.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I’m not old enough to have a very extensive work history, but the little work I have done has been blue collar, and my family is mostly blue collar workers. I’m extremely against immigration (legal or illegal) and I think we need to deport all illegals (even the Dreamers) as well as cut off all new legal immigration visas for at least the next 30 or 40 years.

      Unfortunately, the rest of my family tends to be apathetic about the issue. I’m trying to get them to understand that immigration is the nation’s top issue right now and that immigrants are the reason they’re having such a hard time finding and keeping a well-paying job, but they’d rather watch sports and ignore anything going on in politics. They wouldn’t even know there was a huge immigration bill trying to be shoved through right now if it wasn’t for me.

  • WmarkW

    BTW, one of yesterday’s ballot referendums was raising the minimum wage in Seatac, Washington to $15/hr.

    Sounds like a great way to dis-employ illegals. Anyone who isn’t worth $15/hour can’t work in America. Just make sure to enforce it in places like day-work pickup points, so Americans don’t face unfair, illegal competition.

    • Except I know how it will work. The minimum wage gets raised, then illegals flood in, then minimum wage laws are ignored and become moot.

  • Sensitivity Training

    Then maybe the Latino voters can help solve our N’ro Problem.

    • dukem1

      Long-term, they will see it as their problem. And they will solve it. And it won’t be pretty.

  • WR_the_realist

    Those Latinos are going to vote for Democrats and the AFL-CIO knows it. But the union assumes, no doubt correctly, that the Stupid Party will fall for the line that Latinos are the future of that party.