Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is challenging organized labor’s alliance with President Obama on immigration reform.
Labor unions renewed their push for comprehensive immigration reform this week, starting with a Monday meeting at the White House of Services Employees International Union (SEIU) leaders discussing the issue.
In a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation, Stockman said, “The SEIU is one of the richest special interest groups in American politics. Obama is using illegal immigration as vehicle to pump cash into Democrat campaigns.”
Stockman added, “These amnestied illegals will be steered into SEIU jobs, many of which are taxpayer-subsidized. The SEIU will then skim ‘union dues’ from those new paychecks and pump those new dollars into Democrat campaigns. Obama is essentially using amnestied illegal aliens to gorge Democrat campaign accounts with taxpayer dollars.”
In a statement released by the SEIU, President Mary Kay Henry and International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said, “President Obama has been compelled to act on addressing our immigration system because of a GOP House leadership which refuses to act on immigration reform.”
The statement continues, “Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House have blocked, delayed and simply failed to deliver a real solution to the moral and humanitarian crisis that has impacted millions of families across the country.”
The statement affirms that executive actions by the president are “necessary in light of a Republican Party that has missed a chance to make history for America for the past decade” and that such actions will hopefully “carefully and humanely address the urgent crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors.”
The push for immigration reform won’t stop at just the White House as the SEIU promises to “continue to fight for a lasting solution to our dysfunctional immigration system, our communities will go from the halls of Congress to the ballot box. The Latino and Asian American voter are clear on one thing: There’s no ‘passing the buck’ here–Speaker Boehner and his party alone are responsible for ignoring the will of the majority of Americans. Such failure will cost them in electoral cycles to come.”
In a statement released last week by New York City Central Labor Council, the president of the AFL-CIO agreed, saying, “House Republicans have opted for inaction. We cannot wait another day for immigration reform.”
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