President Joe Biden met with union organizers at the White House on Wednesday, promising to push for amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“I want us to see us finally, finally, provide DREAMers, TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients, farmworkers, essential workers, a pathway to citizenship,” Biden said. “Bringing them out of the shadows so they can receive the protection and representation that our laws and our unions provide.”
During the event, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler agreed with Biden, calling for a “long overdue pathway to citizenship” for people working in the United States who were not citizens, and endorsed his radical spending bill expanding entitlements.
“Every working person in every state would benefit in some way,” she said.
Biden has endorsed the idea of including amnesty in his partisan Senate budget reconciliation “infrastructure” bill — even though it remains unclear whether it will be approved by the Senate parliamentarian.
If it passes, the bill would provide citizenship for a population of at least eight million people who are not United States citizens. The president has allowed roughly 1.6 million migrant workers into the United States, creating a surplus in the labor supply that depresses wages for American workers.
Biden reminded union members at the White House that his wife Jill Biden was a member of the teachers’ union.
“And by the way, of course, I sleep with an NEA (National Education Association) member every night,” he joked. “Same one. Same one.”
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