Cheap-labor advocates are using starlets, bloggers and TV personalities to quietly create social-media pressure for an unpopular illegal-immigrant amnesty, according to the New York Times.
The newspaper described the stealth campaign to nudge politicians and voters to believe the amnesty of 3 million ‘dreamers’ is good for Americans:
HOUSTON — Before Thanksgiving, Busy Philipps, an actress with a large following among millennial moms, urged her fans to bring up a “really important topic” at the holiday dinner table.
“Dreamers,” she said as she plopped food on her plate, in a video viewed 1.7 million times on Facebook. “Remember to call your member of Congress and tell them to pass that Dream Act, and encourage your family members to do the same.”
“Hundreds of thousands of young people’s lives are on the line,” said Laurene Powell Jobs, whose organization, Emerson Collective, paid for some of the television commercials and arranged the celebrity involvement. “That requires us to find new ways to engage audiences that don’t understand the threat these young people are facing.”
Laurene Powell Jobs is the former wife of Steve Jobs, the man who created the Apple Computer Company. She met Jobs when he visited her university to give a lecture in 1989.
Emerson’s activities are combined with the usual industry lobbying pressure in D.C. and home districts, which is expected to intensify once the tax bill is signed.
The following month, some 60 businesses, trade associations and other groups representing virtually every major industry formed the Coalition for the American Dream. Among the participants are Coca-Cola, Western Union, Ikea, Hilton and Marriott. ….
Fwd.us, an advocacy group backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, and the New American Economy, representing a bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders, began organizing events.
Gates and Zuckerberg are two of the wealthiest men in the world and will gain if more customers and cheaper workers are imported into the United States. FWD.us is focussed on reducing the salary costs of white-collar labor used by the information-technology industry.
The New York Times article does not discuss whether the wealthy lobbying campaign is paying media personalities to promote the amnesty — but the groups are using paid organizers needed to arrange local and federal marches, sit-ins and demonstration, and persuade starts to tout amnesty.
Chelse Handler also joined the campaign. in September, the Washington Post reported;
Handler, an outspoken critic of the administration, was in town for a rally in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, near the Capitol on Saturday morning. The Trump administration has decided to phase out the Obama-era program, which grants work permits to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Earlier this month, Handler said on her Netflix late night show that she would “stand up and defend their right to be here.”
The push includes advocacy in many small corners of the media, such as local-TV station run by the City University of New York.
The corporate-funded soft-focus videos focus on personality, not on benefits for the many young Americans who are dreaming of good jobs, marriages and houses and families in a labor-market being flooded by low-wage competition, and in urban housing markets being spiked by population growth.
The huge advocacy is needed because the cheap-labor amnesty cause is very unpopular.
Multiple polls show the public is strongly opposed to the Democrats’ threat to shut down the government if they do not get their DREAM Act amnesty byChristmass, for 3 million illegals –plus their at-home chain-migration relatives.
The Democrats’ calls for amnesty are unpopular because the contradict Americans’ sense of fairness to other Americans. Business groups and Democrats embrace the misleading, industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants. But the alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.
The political power of the voters’ fairness priorities was made clear during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing almost 2 million work-permits to foreigners, by providing work-visas to roughly 500,000 temporary workers and doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.
The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.
Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a growing percentage of the nation’s annual income is shifting to investors and away from employees