It is hard to say why Latinos and businesses are not more offended by Washington immigration propaganda seeking to capture America’s hearts and minds. Is the effort intended to shame Republican lawmakers into agreement? Harry Reid assures us most Americans already support reform:
Helping 8 million immigrants who are already working get right with the law will mean billions in new tax revenue each year. It will mean every U.S. resident pays his or her fair share. That’s one reason an overwhelming majority of Americans, including an overwhelming majority of Nevadans, support this reform proposal.¹
Do we have eight million illegal workers who are not paying taxes? Senator Reid should have thought a little harder before waving this in America’s face, considering the propaganda blitz to convince us how much immigrants contribute to our economy.
Wiser Washington policy and propaganda gurus are way ahead on this one. They know that successful Latinos and businesses are better fodder for convincing gullible fence-sitters that an immigration bill will bring prosperity back to our country.
Businesses become allies of the immigrant.
After all the threats we have heard leveled against employers accused of taking advantage of America’s illegal workforce, our Senior Policy Director for Immigration portrayed businesses as allies of the immigrant:
Sharing in the tradition started by Bethlehem Steel in 1915, businesses step up in a variety of ways to help their employees reach the American dream.²
Washington propaganda has long been getting out the word on Latinos and their successes, hoping we will make the leap in logic from legal to illegal immigrants to assuage our fears that we are being lied to about immigration reform:
In closing Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz emphasized that “Today’s Forum highlights the critical role that Hispanic business leaders play in shaping economic growth and in fixing our broken immigration system to ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.”³
Not having businesses on board could put a serious kink in plans to secure undeserved but legitimate employment for Reid’s illegal workers (see: Will S. 744 Invite Americans to Discriminate?). Is this the next big push?
Will businesses join Latinos and Washington to benefit illegal workers?
Propaganda mixed with a little American history puts employers in a favorable light unusual for immigration rhetoric:
One of the first companies to do this was Bethlehem Steel, which supported their immigrant workforce more fully integrating into the United States by offering free English classes back in 1915. Today, there are many more companies who are honoring that legacy by assisting their employees with the citizenship process.4
U.S. citizenship and speaking English must have meant a lot more in 1915 than it does now, or perhaps the government doesn’t want to elaborate on the difference between the immigrants who found jobs early in the century and Harry Reid’s eight million. Will immigration reform dialogue shift from focusing on the accomplishments of ethnic groups like Latinos to making sure employers help illegal workers stay on the job?
Considering the outcry about an unfairly low minimum wage, we have to wonder whether Washington will shake businesses down for higher wages to go with the American dream of citizenship being dangled by policy makers:
In fact, there is a rich history of employers helping their employees achieve the American dream of citizenship. And our legal immigration system provides avenues for employers to apply for green cards for their employees, which is a critical step toward the path to citizenship for immigrants.5
If the job of America’s businesses is to make life better for illegal workers, the next step is a no-brainer. The government can offer amnesty to businesses that keep them on the job, employers who Washington propaganda may soon portray as bravely risking their all for the sake of America’s immigrant workforce.