If there’s one organization that has shifted its political affiliations in a significant manner, it’s the Chamber of Commerce.
Once seen as an organization that only backed Republicans, the Chamber is now beginning to support Democrats. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to amnesty, which Democrats in the U.S. House have resoundingly supported in the past week.
The Chamber’s motives for backing amnesty are chiefly financial in that the big businesses it represents will receive a massive pool of cheap labor. Hence, why it believes that it is “critically important” for the Senate to pass recently approved amnesty bills.
John Binder of Breitbart News explained what last week’s amnesty bills entailed:
Last week, the Democrat-controlled House — with support from 30 House Republicans — passed two amnesty bills. One of the amnesties would put about 4.4 million young illegal aliens on track for American citizenship while the other would provide green cards to up to 2.1 million illegal aliens claiming to have worked on U.S. farms.
“Both the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act are critically important to the business community,” Chamber of Commerce Vice President Neil Bradley declared.
For years, Washington has spent time bickering about immigration and letting huge problems go unaddressed. Today’s votes are steps in the right direction towards solving some of our nation’s pressing immigration challenges. The U.S. Chamber is committed to ensuring these proposals are passed in the U.S. Senate and signed into law.
Chamber executives sent a letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass the amnesty bills, asserting “they provide bipartisan solutions to very important issues.”
Binder highlighted some of the Chambers’s recent political contributions to politicians in Congress:
The Chamber’s push to pass the amnesties is significant because of the campaign cash that the business group continues to funnel to lawmakers, mostly Republicans. In the 2020 election cycle, for instance, the Chamber donated more than $573,000 to Republicans and nearly $212,000 to Democrats.
The biggest campaign donations went to lawmakers such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Mega corporations such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Marriott International, and Verizon are currently lobbying for the passage of the “Dream and Promise Act of 2021”, which is substantially more radical in terms of the number of people it grants citizenship to.
Binder gave an overview of the number of legal immigrants who come into the U.S. annually:
Annually, more than 1.2 million legal immigrants are awarded green cards, and another 1.4 million foreign nationals are given visas to take U.S. jobs. In addition, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens are added to the U.S. population every year.
Cheap labor is the name of the game. An oversaturated labor market brought about by an expansion in the labor supply would be a godsend for big business, which strives for keeping wages low and boosting their profits.
Liberty conservatives should not blindly trust business like the way some right-wingers do. Big business is starting to drift more leftward and now working to undermine the interests of Americans who believe in traditional values.
One way to check mega-corporations’ power is to deny them a constant pool of cheap labor by restricting immigration.