Silicon Valley’s tech investor lobby, represented by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, admits it’s “highly unlikely” that amnesty for millions of illegal aliens will pass the lame-duck Congress.
For weeks, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) have filed a plan that would grant amnesty to at least two million illegal aliens registered and eligible for former President Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Barack Obama ) while opening the labor market to more foreign competition.
The plan sought to trade provisions to expand illegal and legal immigration for big pay raises for the nation’s Border Patrol agents who have struggled in recent years to deal with record-breaking illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border.
While the local paper of Sinema Arizona Central said the plan is “dead for now,” Big Tech’s lobbying arm — which tried to unseat ten Senate Republicans — is surrendering on the issue, for now.
“Given recent reports and developments, it seems highly unlikely that Congress will enact protection laws for DACA recipients and Dreamers by the end of this year,” FWD.us President Todd Schulte wrote in a statement:
This is terrible, completely unacceptable and devastating — for our entire countrybut more strongly for the two million people and the millions of their family members who are failing this country. [Emphasis added]
We want to thank and commend Senators Sinema and Tillis for their serious commitment to trying to find a bipartisan compromise that puts together a path to citizenship for Dreamers and border security that could garner enough votes to be signed into law. This was the closest we have come to enacting meaningful legislation of this nature in recent years. to claim otherwise is wrong. [Emphasis added]
For years, Zuckerberg’s FWD.us has lobbied Washington, D.C. lawmakers to vote amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and expand legal immigration to help companies attract more foreign workers.
In 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis said the Gang of Eight amnesty plan would “slightly” boost wages for American workers. Another CBO analysis, published in 2020, said “immigration has put downward pressure on the wages of relatively low-skilled workers already in the country, regardless of where they were born.”
Other research finds that current legal immigration to the US results in over $530 billion in lost wages for Americans.
Each year, the US issues green cards to more than a million foreign nationals who can eventually sponsor an unlimited number of foreign relatives for green cards – a process known as “chain migration.” In addition, more than a million are brought to the US on temporary work visas to take US jobs, and millions of illegal aliens arrive at the southern border annually. Many are released inside the US where they can secure work permits.