By Howard Foster -
On Sunday, Rep. Aaron Schock sounded like an immigration hard liner, opposing the current deluge of young illegal immigrants flooding the border. But let’s remember this is exactly what he has advocated. The Congressman previously told an illegal immigrant who turned up one of his town meetings in the Peoria area that she and all other young illegal immigrants, should be allowed to stay permanently in the U.S. (He should have reported her to I.C.E.) He has also advocated citizenship for all illegal immigrants. Comments like those from members of Congress and the President are the catalyst for the crisis we now face.
Let’s not be taken in by this charlatan. He’s one of the most pro-immigration Republicans in the House. He and his colleague Adam Kinzinger have appeared at the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, a business PAC lobbying for more foreign workers, telling executives what they want to hear. We need more immigrants to lower labor costs.
Aaron Schock is the Eric Cantor of Illinois, a mouthpiece for whatever large businesses want from Congress. Sometimes business is right. But as Mr. Cantor found out, Republicans have not warmed to the idea of “comprehensive immigration reform.” They know it means more competition for scarce jobs, more spending on entitlements and a pathology of other problems stemming from a failure of low-skilled foreign workers to assimilate.
Congressman Schock should not be allowed to escape his past advocacy for liberalized immigration. No doubt he wants to avoid the fate of his mentor Eric Cantor. Hopefully, in 2014, he’ll have to answer for his deceptions.
Howard Foster is a Chicago immigration attorney.