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On Unions and Open Borders

Michael Watson on Labor Relations Radio

CRC’s Michael Watson was interviewed on Labor Relations Radio about why unions are now supporting “open borders.”

As Watson explains, in 2000 the AFL-CIO executive council dramatically reversed past policy on immigration, calling “for an immediate amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and an end to sanctions on employers who hire them.” The reversal has had consequences far beyond simply confusing previous allies who cannot understand why organized labor rejected its historic labor-market-based analysis of the immigration issue. As a result, leftist organizing groups with ties to immigrant communities gained influence within and alongside Big Labor. In the broader context, Big Labor’s turn at the millennium on immigration is an important marker of the rise of social justice unionism.

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Michael Watson

Michael is Research Director for Capital Research Center and serves as the managing editor for InfluenceWatch. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he previously worked for a…
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