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Originally published on Citizen Orange

Instead of trying to get through to anti-migrant advocates, I thought I'd bring attention to the leaders that represent them.  Again, there's no real effective list of biggest migrant employers.  Yet there are some prominent pro-migrant businesses, businesses anti-migrant advocates have highlighted themselves, that are contributing substantial amounts of money to anti-migrant politicians.  I'll explain further in the post, but in the meantime check out this youtube video I made drawing attention to the political contributions of the Bank of America Corporation State and Federal Political Action Committee:

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Originally published on Citizen Orange

I've often wondered where the indignant self-righteousness of anti-migrant advocates comes from.  It is impossible to live in the United States without deriving some benefit from the work of migrants.  There has been no effective effort to catalog and boycott businesses that employ migrants.  Even if someone tried to avoid the benefits of migrant labor, it would be near impossible to live a happy and healthy life in the U.S.

But instead of trying to get through to anti-migrant advocates, I thought I'd bring attention to the leaders that represent them.  Again, there's no real effective list of biggest migrant employers.  Yet there are some prominent pro-migrant businesses, businesses anti-migrant advocates have highlighted themselves, that are contributing substantial amounts of money to anti-migrant politicians.  I'll explain further in the post, but in the meantime check out this youtube video I made drawing attention to the political contributions of the Bank of America Corporation State and Federal Political Action Committee:

As politicians continue to use migrants for their own political purposes, a pattern is emerging.  Migrants are bearing the brunt of their political posturing, while the people that hire and benefit from them go without punishment.  See my post on the New Bedford raid if there's any question about that.  I'm just wondering how long it's going to take before anti-migrant advocates realize what kind of leaders and policies they are empowering with their actions.

I was just trying to brush up on my video making skills when I made the above video.  The actual story, of course, is more complicated than that.  Bank of America has been singled out for anti-migrant ire because the company loosened credit card requirements.  In actuality, the bashing of Bank of America fits the pattern of bashing migrants over the people that hire and benefit from them.  People would rather prevent migrants from getting a credit card than punish the people that give them jobs, or give them opportunities in the countries that they come from if they really wanted to fix the problem. 

Still filtering through the Center for New Community's report entitled Nativism in the House, I was able to find a host of guilty business contributing to the 2006 campaigns of anti-migrant politicians.  As I state in the video, Bank of America donated $102,250, or approximately 13% of the caucus's total donations. This makes Bank of America one of the top 150 political action committees contributing to the very same people that, in theory, should be against Bank of America. 

The report specifically singles out another company, Home Depot, which has had an ongoing problem with day laborers:

Consider the Home Depot Inc. PAC, which gave $130,500 in campaign
contributions to HIRC politicians, more than 17% of its total
donations. Yet, because of its non-hostile attitude toward
day-laborers, Home Depot has been under repeated attack by
anti-immigrant organizations.

Raising Kaine (here and here) has also been doing some good work exposing these relationships, specifically Smithfield Foods, which has been caught hiring migrants staying in the country illegallyHuman Rights Watch has a report documenting the abuses of Smithfield Foods and the migrants they employ.  Here in Massachusetts I've seen people workers tout a Smithfield Justice campaign.  I don't understand how you can profess to be "Pro-America" at the same time that you accept contributions from this company. 

Read what Lowell, from Raising Kaine, has to say.

By now, I'm sure we all know that Smithfield Foods has been and
continues to be a major employer of illegal immigrants.  For instance,
see here and here and of course here.

So who are the main beneficiaries in Virginia of contributions by
illegal-hiring and union-busting Smithfield Foods?  Let's go to VPAP:

*Over the years, Smithfield Foods has given $518,893 to Republicans, $157,250 to Democrats.  That's 77% to Republicans, 23% to Democrats.

*This year alone, Smithfield Foods has given $73,650 to Republicans,
including Dave Albo ($1,000), Ken Cuccinelli ($500), Jeannemarie
Devolites Davis ($1,000), Bob McDonnell ($20,000), Bill Bolling's
Building a Better Virginia PAC ($5,000), Bill Howell's Dominion
Leadership Trust PAC ($2,500), the Republican Party of Virginia
($10,000), the House Republican Campaign Committee ($10,250), and the
Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust ($10,000). 

*True, Smithfield has given to Democrats as well, but far less than to Republicans (a 3:1 ratio).  Also, it's the Republicans
who are the main ones railing against illegal immigrants, yet taking
wads of money from companies that hire illegal immigrants. 

So here's the bottom line: Republicans are hypocrites
on this issue, big time.  If not, they should refuse any money from
companies, like Smithfield Foods, that employs and exploits illegal
immigrants.  They should return any money they've already received.  If
not, we should all feel free to ignore every word they have to say on
this issue, because they're completely full of it.

Lowell also has another post at Raising Kaine explaining the systemic nature of this issue:

According to NPR,  of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States today, "[m]ore than half work in construction, manufacturing or leisure and hospitality."

Now, let's look at where the money from those industries went in 2006:

CONSTRUCTION

Republicans: $38,129,511

Democrats: $16,154,953

That's 70% to Republicans, 30% to Democrats

MANUFACTURING

Food Products Manufacturing

Republicans: $1,511,309

Democrats: $621,898

That's 71% to Republicans, 29% to Democrats

Chemical & Related Manufacturing

Republicans: $4,570,892

Democrats: $1,379,789

That's 75% to Republicans, 25% to Democrats

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Republicans: $7,731,388

Democrats: $3,158,977

That's 70% to Republicans, 30% to Democrats

LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY

Restaurants & Bars

Republicans: $5,891,298

Democrats: $2,084,281

That's 73% to Republicans, 26% to Democrats

Getting the picture?  That's right, the industries that are the biggest
employers of illegal immigrants in this country are also heavy donors
to Republicans.  Why do Republicans take money from industries that
"break the law," as they like to claim?  To throw their own idiotic
phrase right back at them, "what part of 'illegal' don't Republicans
understand?"


If I haven't made it clear enough yet, anti-migrant politicians are taking anti-migrant advocates for a ride.  They are bashing migrants at the same time that they use the contributions from the people that employ them to re-elect themselves.  Which is why I ask anti-migrant advocates, are these politicians acting in your interest?



 
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Originally posted to kyledeb on Wed Oct 17, 2007 at 01:01 PM PDT.

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