Friday, November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Plan, Cui Bono?

President Obama's new immigration plan will allow up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years to apply for a program that protects them from deportation and allows those with no criminal record to work legally in the country.

According to NYT, the program will deny them government health benefits and those under the program are also unlikely to receive public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid coverage or other need-based federal programs.

So my question becomes, who in the political elite benefit by this Obama move?

One seeming beneficiary will be the Democratic Party who will likely find more support from the Hispanic community, but even here it is questionable how much of a plus this will be for Democrats (SEE: The Democrats’ Immigration Problem).  Another crowd, though, that will surely benefit is a key ally of the Democrats, the union crowd.

With these four million immigrants now working legally in the US, they are a prime target for union recruitment. Particularly given that Obama's program has a particular emphasis on legal status in areas where there is a hotbed of union recruitment activity, hotel workers, fast food workers and construction workers.

From government controlled healthcare to minimum wage laws, and perhaps now to immigration laws, it is unions that are lurking in the background.


  1. The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes
    Rapid-DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere.

    Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the time it takes to watch a movie.

    Schueren grabbed a cotton swab and dropped it into a plastic cartridge. That's what, say, a police officer would use to wipe the inside of your cheek to collect a DNA sample after an arrest, he explained. Other bits of material with traces of DNA on them, like cigarette butts or fabric, could work too. He inserted the cartridge into the machine and pressed a green button on its touch screen: "It's that simple." Ninety minutes later, the RapidHIT 200 would generate a DNA profile, check it against a database, and report on whether it found a match.
    A scanner, quickly: The RapidHIT 200 can generate a DNA profile in about 90 minutes. IntegenX

    The RapidHIT represents a major technological leap—testing a DNA sample in a forensics lab normally takes at least two days. This has government agencies very excited. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Justice Department funded the initial research for "rapid DNA" technology, and after just a year on the market, the $250,000 RapidHIT is already being used in a few states, as well as China, Russia, Australia, and countries in Africa and Europe.

    "We're not always aware of how it's being used," Schueren said. "All we can say is that it's used to give an accurate identification of an individual." Civil liberties advocates worry that rapid DNA will spur new efforts by the FBI and police to collect ordinary citizens' genetic code.

    The US government will soon test the machine in refugee camps in Turkey and possibly Thailand on families seeking asylum in the United States, according to Chris Miles, manager of the Department of Homeland Security's biometrics program. "We have all these families that claim they are related, but we don't have any way to verify that," he says. Miles says that rapid DNA testing will be voluntary, though refusing a test could cause an asylum application to be rejected.

  2. The republic is dead, we are no longer a nation of laws, but of men.

  3. Isn't it influenced by the obvious benefit of cheap labor? "Life's pretty good here in D.C. Hey, I like my cheap housekeeper. Other's can certainly benefit from this". Politicians aren't concerned with (or simply can't grasp) Bastiat's "unseen".

  4. So the unions are hoping that illegals will become legal, so that the unions can price them out of competition or take them into their fold? Seems to me that the illegals would be better off continuing to work as black market labor than have to pay all the fees, back taxes, potentially union dues, that they couldn't afford in the first place, which is why they came here illegally to work on the black market.

  5. I don't understand how the current government controlled healthcare "ObummerCare" helps Unions. Seems that ObummerCare takes one of the benefits of joining a Union away from the Unions due to the universal coverage aspect of ObummerCare. An explanation would be appreciated.

  6. LOL, Unions?

    Try Zuckerberg, the Silicon Valley globalists, the Cheap Labor Lobby, Large Corporations, "churches"...

  7. Zuckerberg's desire for immigration reform has nothing to do with the masses that Obama just gave amnesty to, He wants it for his programmers.

  8. I didn't watch, so I don't know how much time was focused on "...the program will deny them government health benefits and those under the program are also unlikely to receive public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid coverage or other need-based federal programs." I'm guessing it is calculated to be a "spoonful of sugar" to make us all think this won't cost us anything. A show of hands by anyone who thinks this provision has a life of more than a few hours after implementation?

    Does this include ineligibility for Obamacare and those awesome subsidies you and I pay for? If so, does this not make the formerly illegal much more attractive than legal immigrants and citizens for employment purposes, as employers would not be required to offer them health insurance?

  9. Sure, Jack...which is why part of the Executive Order includes loosening rules on H1Bs--rumors that spouses and kids will be allowed to chain migrate have also been suggested as being included (but we'll see on that.) All so the Silicon Fed nipple suckers can pay a cheaper wage with no complaints (e.g. should we working for the NSA?)