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Unlikely Allies Plot Amnesty
IBD August 20,2014

Imperial Presidency: Secret scheming between the White House and Big Business on immigration is all about political cover for unconstitutional executive action. Cheap labor now isn’t worth socialism tomorrow.

If high-tech giants such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture endorse President Obama’s impending executive orders giving amnesty to multitudes of illegal aliens without congressional assent, America will in essence have become the corporatocracy the Saul Alinskys of the world have always claimed they fear.

Politico reports that some of these firms and others are talking with high-ranking Obama aides, the White House’s goal being these companies’ public backing for some impending presidential edicts.

Imagine lawyers in the White House counsel’s office in, say, the George W. Bush administration having a private meeting with more than a dozen business executives about unilaterally changing laws. There would be an outcry that the 1% had hijacked democracy in America.

Work permits for those married to guest workers in technology jobs, and for low-skilled construction workers and the like, as well as an expansion of farm-worker visas, are among the steps being reported.

But there could be much more, because as with nearly everything in this presidency, politics are at the root of it. The speech, no doubt, is already written:

“After listening intently to top U.S. business leaders on the importance of common sense immigration reform to bolster job creation, I have used my executive powers to implement their ideas to fix our broken immigration system, both because it is the right thing to do, and because it will be good for the U.S. economy.”

You can just hear the president say: “I decided that the American people didn’t want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs.”

Seeking to increase political support for unconstitutionally acting without Congress on immigration, the president can be expected to peddle a narrative that goes something like this: Congress hasn’t acted on jobs, so I’ve joined with these respected, cutting-edge business leaders to do something that will get results.

Don’t buy it. Democrats are focused on expanding immigration — going back to Ted Kennedy’s 1965 immigration “reform” gearing the system in favor of Third Worlders — to get votes for Big Government.

As Eagle Forum’s in-depth study earlier this year shows, current immigration trends will give the left a permanent, irreversible political dominance within just a decade or two. Expanding immigration will bring that dominance far sooner.

Democrats believe Big Business’ approval of Obama’s executive orders on immigration will help them counteract the negative impact of such actions on Senate races where the party is in trouble. But business shouldn’t succumb to the temptation of making such a deal with government on this latest unconstitutional version of corporate welfare.

The big, sexy businesses of today are not necessarily the job creators of tomorrow, and no business should be planting the cheap labor seeds that will give us an antifree market electorate a few years down the road.