Friday, June 14, 2024

The Dark Side of Big Labor: How SEIU Is Exploiting Border Crisis; SEIU Brings Progressive Union Politics to Philly

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The Dark Side of Big Labor: How SEIU Is Exploiting Border Crisis:
As unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens overwhelm the southern border, the United States faces the worst illegal immigration crisis in its history. But for one infamously progressive labor union, out-of-control illegal immigration isn’t an urgent national crisis to be solved, but a political opportunity to be exploited.
A recent email obtained by the Freedom Foundation details a plot by the Service Employees International Union to take advantage of years of chaos at the southern border under President Joe Biden to mint millions of new Democrat voters going into the 2024 election and beyond.
The SEIU email, dated March 19, explains that there are “9 million lawful permanent residents … eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship” and another “5.2 million newly naturalized U.S. citizens with the potential to vote for worker power.”
To encourage these green card holders to “take the brave step and become citizens,” SEIU announced in the email that it would work to naturalize immigrants ahead of the Nov. 5 presidential election through the union’s annual Virtual U.S. Citizenship Workshop.
Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with granting asylum to persons fleeing genuine persecution in their home country, or with allowing these lawful permanent residents eventually to become U.S. citizens or registering them to vote.
The problem is that the Biden administration has defined the legal grounds for asylum so broadly as to dissolve any practical limits, granting asylum claims based on hardship of nearly any kind, up to and including the effects of climate change.
Although the nation’s immigration system has been broken for decades, the Biden administration’s commitment to loosening asylum standards certainly contributed to the present crisis by encouraging a record number of illegal border crossers to lodge claims for asylum, creating a backlog of over 3.5 million pending immigration court cases.
As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services works through the backlog, the Left’s political infrastructure, including unions such as SEIU, works feverishly to convert these border crossers-turned-asylees into citizens-turned-voters, for example, by offering “free one-on-one assistance with the U.S. citizenship application and fee waiver” to lawful permanent residents. --->READ MORE HERE
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SEIU Brings Progressive Union Politics to Philly
The Service Employees International Union’s 2024 convention might have provided the infamously progressive union with an opportunity to refocus its efforts on workplace representation over divisive, ideologically driven politics. No such luck: The election of April Verrett as SEIU president, a set of resolutions addressing numerous hot-button issues, and a campaign appearance by Vice President Kamala Harris all made clear that SEIU remains committed to its hard-left agenda.
Delegates from SEIU locals across the nation gathered in Philadelphia on May 20 for a three-day event to establish priorities that will guide union operations over the next four years.
The first order of business was the election of Verrett, SEIU’s former secretary-treasurer, to succeed outgoing president Mary Kay Henry.
Whether SEIU rank and file were unaware of or indifferent to Verrett’s questionable record is unclear. While serving as president of SEIU Local 2015, Verrett faced one of the largest union staff labor strikes in American history after accusations of union-busting, surveillance, assault, and intimidation.
Verrett’s dedication to SEIU’s progressive politics, however, is unmatched. In the words of the union’s new leader, America’s “ugly, insidious, anti-black racist structures” inform her decision to make “eradicating structural and anti-black racism a core strategy” of union operations.
Harris apparently approves. In her address to the union convention, Harris fondly described Verrett as “a phenomenal woman and a powerful fighter for justice and fairness,” ignoring past accusations against the SEIU president.
Harris, who has made frequent trips to Pennsylvania in an effort to charm Keystone State voters, appealed to union members. “Our nation needs you, SEIU, to organize, to mobilize, and to make your voices heard” during the upcoming presidential election, she said. --->READ MORE HERE
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