Last week I wrote about H.R. 800: The Employee Free Choice Act, alerting you the bill would allow unions to form in companies without offering workers the opportunity to vote in secret ballots as they used to. The Employee Free Choice Act passed the House by a vote of 241-185 with a promise of veto coming from President Bush.

The Republicans quickly filed a motion to recommit in an attempt to certify the workers were legal citizens or residents prior to unions accepting their signature.
Crossposted from Immigration Watch Dog, an e-mail regarding this ammendment.

From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
Date: Thursday 1MAR07 11:30 p.m. EST

We lost the union vote barring illegal aliens … but it was very strong signal of intent

Friends,

We lost on the Motion to Recommit H.R. 800 by a 202-225 vote in the U.S. House of Representative this afternoon.

Thanks to all of you who made phone calls at the last minute this afternoon after my Alert.

The motion would have required that workers be certified as American citizens or legal residents before they can vote in union elections.

Supporters of the measure on the floor of the U.S. House were quite pleased with the results. This was a chance to start flying the flag of enforcement against illegal immigration while Senate leaders and the White House are working feverishly to pass an amnesty.

We got a big thank you email from leaders on the Motion who said your phone calls really contributed to such a strong showing.

One of the great signs about this effort today is that it was led by the Republican leadership in the House. Many have been waiting to see if the Republican leadership which stood so strong against amnesty and for Attrition Through Enforcement in the last Congress would give up after losing control of the House and decide to join Pres. Bush’s push for massive new flows of foreign workers.

The fact that the Republican minority leadership picked this fight today and did so well is an encouraging one.

Republicans voted 189-8 for the restriction on illegal aliens influencing unionization efforts either for the company or for the union. If we are to beat back amnesties and other immigration increases in the House, we have to hold at least 90% of the Republicans. In this case, around 95% stuck with enforcement over permissiveness.

Only 13 of 230 Democrats voted for the restriction on illegal aliens. However, this became a fairly hardline party line vote. The Democratic leadership had refused to allow the restriction to be voted as an amendment. That forced enforcement leaders to use the Motion to Recommit. Many Democrats who probably would have voted for the restriction as an amendment voted against recommitting because it would delay the overall change in unionization voting rules which they supported.

Thanks to all of you who tried to get your Democratic members to put protection of American workers through immigration enforcement ahead of Party loyalty.

Here are the hero Democrats who went against their Party and voted to disallow illegal aliens from union elections:

Barrow (GA)
Boren (OK)
Boyda (KS)
Donnelly (IN)
Ellsworth (IN)
Hill (IN)
Lampson (TX)
Mahoney (FL)
Marshall (GA)
Mitchell (AZ)
Peterson (MN)
Shuler (NC)
Taylor (MS)

One thing you will notice is that many of these are Democrats who took the seats of incumbent Republicans in November. As we have noted, most of them ran campaigns claiming to be tough on immigration. We are particularly pleased at how Indiana Democrats voted today.

House Switchboard
(202) 225-3121

Give these Democrats a phone call Friday with just a quick thank you for standing up for American workers and voting for the Motion to bar illegal aliens from union elections.

You also may want to use that phone number to ask for Republican leadership offices of Rep. Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Putnam (R-FL) and Rep. Cantor (R-VA). Tell them how pleased you are that they are forcing votes and taking stands on Attrition Through Enforcement.

Here are the major pro-illegal immigration Republicans who split from their Party’s enforcement leadership and voted to allow illegal aliens to either block unionization or to force it:

Diaz-Balart, L. (FL)
Diaz-Balart, M. (FL)
Ferguson (NJ)
LoBiondo (NJ)
Ros-Lehtinen (FL)
Saxton (NJ)
Smith (NJ)
Wilson (NM)

You will notice that New Jersey and Florida seem to be difficult places to take a stand against illegal aliens.

I’m sure a phone call would be helpful to let their staff know how disappointed you are in their vote.

Just to remind you that the Motion to Recommit that mattered so much to us today was solely about immigration. We didn’t take a position on H.R. 800 which would effectively rewrite U.S. law so that workers would no longer be required to use a secret ballot when voting on whether to unionize.

The fact that H.R. 800 passed by a much larger margin (241-185) than our immigration Motion failed is a sign that your phone calls moved some people. About 20 people who favored the overall bill were willing to delay its passage in order to deal with the illegal alien issue.

Once again, let me remind you that today’s activity was about better positioning the House to oppose an amnesty — hopefully, prevent the amnesty from even being brought to the floor.

(Incidentally, commentators are projecting that a filibuster will prevent H.R. 800 from passing the Senate because of massive corporate lobbying against the bill.)

Being part of the NumbersUSA Action Network means being notified of tactical actions that can change the nature of the chess match on Capitol Hill. Thanks to all of you who responded today.

We will be posting “thank you” and “shame on you” faxes on your Action Buffet corkboard for you to send to your Representatives.

Thanks again,

– ROY BECK, Numbers USA

It is a sad day for America as we watch the Democrats push through a bill denying the American worker the right to a secret ballot election, while telling that same worker his or her vote carries the same weight as someone here illegaly.

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