January 22, 2017
As big business executives from around the country continue their pursuit of cheap labor, they are joining forces to protect illegal aliens in the U.S. from the possibility that President Donald Trump would revoke the amnesties and work permits granted to illegals during the Obama administration.
A coaltion of executives based in Chicago are organizing to fight Trump’s immigration reform plans, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has pledged to “turn up the heat” on Trump to prevent immigration restrictions.
A influential group of wealthy business leaders based in Chicago is lining up to fight Trump’s immigration plans. They worry he will rescind amnesty and work permits granted under former President Barack Obama’s executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
The Illinois Buisness Immigration Coalition includes 94 business CEOs and financiers as well as leaders of wealthy non-profit organizations. It is led by John Rowe, chairman emeritus of Exelon, and includes Carole Browe Segal, co-founder of Crate and Barrel; Susan Crown, founder of a namesake social investment firm and member of the wealthy Crown family; Glenn Tilton, former CEO of United Airlines; Craig Duchossois, CEO of Duchossois Group; Frederick Waddell, CEO of Northern Trust; and Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management.
The group wants the estimated 750,000 illegals amnestied under DACA to be protected from deportation, and allowed to continue taking jobs from American workers. The amnesty makes them eligible for certain welfare and unemployment benefits.
Under questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing, Trump’s Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions said rescinding the DACA amnesty “would certainly be constitutional.” He added that he would have no objection to rescinding the amnesty, but that the decision “would need to be studied.”
At the same time, lobbyists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are gearing up to pressure the Trump administration to scuttle his plans for immigration restrictions and push their own agenda through Congress, including eased access to foreign labor.
In an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, Rob Engstrom, who is the national political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged before Trump’s inauguration that the business group would “turn up the heat” on his admnistration and push for more imported foreign labor. The Chamber, which says it represents 3 milion businesses, has consistently defended illegal immigration. In its publication, “Immigration: Myths and Facts,” the Chamber asserts, “a border wall and mass deportation would have little impact on security, while severely damaging the U.S. economy in the process.”
The Chamber claims illegal aliens are a boon to the tax bases in urban areas, and that the workforce needs to be expanded by foreign labor. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that a shocking 94 million Americans are not in the labor force. That means 37.2 percent of the non-institutionalized, civilian population over the age of 16 is either unemployed or are not actively looking for work.