Robert Reich On Immigration Reform Plan: 'The Stars Are Aligned'

Robert Reich, UC Berkeley professor and former U.S. labor secretary weigh in on reports that a bipartisan group of Senators — the so-called Gang of Eight — may have reached a deal on immigration reform that includes a guest worker visa program.

Robert Reich, UC Berkeley professor and former U.S. labor secretary, joins Current TV’s John Fugelsang to weigh in on reports that a bipartisan group of Senators — the so-called Gang of Eight — may have reached a deal on immigration reform that includes a guest worker visa program. “I can’t remember the last time the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce got together on anything,” Reich says. “I mean, the Chamber of Commerce is interested in having a supply of guest workers so that basically wages don’t go up if the economy, and when the economy, turns around — particularly in low-wage professions, low-wage occupations. And the AFL-CIO has very different motives. The AFL-CIO sees undocumented workers in the future as potential members of the AFL-CIO and wants to court them. And both Democrats and Republicans obviously want to court Hispanics. So the stars are aligned in a very weird and unusual way here.”

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