Thursday, December 8, 2016

Zaid Jilani — Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Wants More Cheap Immigrants in American Jobs

As the CEO of the corporation that operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, President-elect Donald Trump’s labor secretary pick Andy Puzder has frequently criticized efforts to raise the minimum wage, claiming that higher wages are inadequate for entry-level employees and overly burdensome to businesses like his fast food empire.
That aligns with Trump’s position.
But Puzder’s devotion to cheap labor extends to being an outspoken proponent of offering legal status to undocumented workers and pushing for immigration reform — something that is discordant with Trump’s obsession with blocking and deporting undocumented immigrants....
Trump has already backed away from his goal deporting all illegals to only the the criminals, which he estimated to be about two to three million. That's a big climb down.

The Intercept
Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Wants More Cheap Immigrants in American Jobs
Zaid Jilani

The Intercept reported earlier this week that Veronica Birkenstock, who runs a recruitment firm that secures visas for cheap temporary foreign workers, had been appointed to President-elect Donald Trump’s Department of Labor transition team.
We knew this because Birkenstock’s name appeared on a list of individuals in an announcement on the Trump transition’s website on Tuesday.
But by Thursday, her name had disappeared from the team’s website.
Asked what had happened to Birkenstock, a spokesperson for the transition team responded: “This individual was never part of the team and has no role.”
Trump Transition Team Announces a Hire, Then Denies It Ever Happened

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