AFL-CIO Prepared To Ditch Future Flow Section of CIR and Kill Reform Process
[Update: Politico is reporting the same thing as Hesson. They're saying Avedano "said a temporary worker program shouldn't be necessary for lawmakers
to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation -- a position
that puts her at odds with Senate Republicans, who insist that any bill
include such a program." So there you are. The AFL-CIO is perfectly content to kill this process.]
Ted Hesson at ABC News is saying on Twitter that Ana Avedano from the AFL-CIO doesn't seem to think a guest worker program is all that important (even though this would be the end of immigration reform and most of the Republicans in the Senate would walk away if that section is left out (quite understandably). On the other hand, the Hill has just posted a story quoting Ms. Avedano saying almost the opposite.
I've blogged several times in the last week that the AFL-CIO is NOT pro-immigration. They are only negotiating out of fear of being saddled with that label and would like to be perceived as friendly to Hispanics while at the same time keeping as many of them from entering the country as possible in the years to come.