December 9, 2016


Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Pick Wants More Cheap Immigrants in American Jobs (Zaid Jilani, December 8 2016, The Intercept)

[P]uzder'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.

"Our values indicate we should be the party of immigration reform," Puzder said on a conference call of GOP donors in favor of immigration reform earlier in the year. Many undocumented immigrants "live in fear of being deported, losing what they've built and being separated from their families," he said.

His less noble and more opportunistic reasoning was apparent during an event at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute in June of 2013 -- as Congress was engaged in debate about immigration reform --  where Puzder offered his candid view on the value of an immigrant workforce.

"Our Hardee's restaurant operators in the Midwest and Southeast often use the labor force in California as an example of what they would like their labor force to be," he explained. "They're very hardworking, dedicated, creative people that really appreciate the fact they have a job. Whereas in other parts of the country you often get people that are saying, 'I can't believe I have to work this job.' With the immigrant population you always have the 'Thank God I have this job' kind of attitude. So you end up with a real different feeling."

Posted by at December 9, 2016 12:50 PM