Given the current multi-state brouhaha over rolling back union negotiating rights for public workers, it should be a slam dunk that the right wing is most hostile to labor.
But damn if Utah isn’t giving us a fine example of how the Right and Left can share common cause in sticking it to American workers. Utah has a new state pact that’ll make it easier for businesses to hire more poorly paid immigrant employees, and everyone from business to the Mormon Church to liberal voices is hailing a “free-market labor philosophy” as a wonderful thing.
*'What a big-hearted “howdy” for newcomers from foreign lands! And I thought the compact’s backers were mainly fat cats trying to push through a cheap-labor deal.
Observe their application of “a free-market philosophy” to the workforce. As it happens, the United States does not have a free market in labor — free market, as in letting anyone from any country walk in and take a job without proper documents. That’s why we have laws forbidding employers to hire illegal immigrants. If the plan is to turn America’s labor market into a global free-for-all, I think we need a conversation first.
Guest-worker advocates, writes an approving editorialist for The Wall Street Journal, believe that “the most responsible way to shrink the illegal alien population without hurting the local economy is by giving foreign nationals wider access to the state’s labor markets.” He calls the law’s opponents “immigration restrictionists.”
Gosh, Utah is now setting up a formal partnership with the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon to grease the pipeline of foreign laborers.
Native-born and otherwise documented workers, hold your tongues. You don’t want to be called a “restrictionist,” do you?
Over on the left, The New York Times gushes over the “welcome contrast” Utah draws with the “xenophobic radicalism” of Arizona. Utah does avoid the serious flaw in Arizona’s law — letting police demand immigration papers from those merely suspected of being in the country illegally.
But the Times also likes this end-run around federal laws that limit the number of immigrants that may enter this country legally — laws designed to protect the wages and benefits of U.S. workers. How nice to treat the long-suffering low-skilled American as invisible and shroud that neglect in pious humanitarian sentiments."*
The Washington Post also loves the new Utah “reforms”.
Isn’t it nice that in a time when there’s so much political backbiting and lack of compromise, that conservatives and liberals can agree on one thing at least - screw the American worker.