Here’s a recent example which passed almost unnoticed in the U.S. Main Stream Media—a direct deal worked out between the Mexican foreign ministry and the National Labor Relations Board.
According to its own website,
The NLRB is an independent federal agency created to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. Headquartered in Washington DC, it has regional offices across the country where employees, employers and unions can file charges alleging illegal behavior, or file petitions seeking an election regarding union representation.
Calling the NLRB “independent” when its members are chosen by the President and Senate is a bit of a stretch. But more on that later. Quoting from the NLRB website again:
Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy.
Well, on July 23, 2013, Eduardo Medina Mora, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S. (see here, here and here for more on him) signed an agreement with the NLRB. As reported on the website of the Mexican foreign ministry:
On behalf of the Foreign Ministry, Mexico’s Ambassador in the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, signed a cooperation agreement with the United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent agency responsible for safeguarding employees' rights. The NLRB was represented by Mark Pearce, Chairman of the Board, [an African-American Obama appointee, pictured] and Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel.
The agreement promotes and protects the labor rights of Mexican immigrants in the United States, especially the right to free association, regardless of their immigration status.
[FOREIGN MINISTRY—U.S. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD AGREEMENT. Spanish language version: Se firma acuerdo entre la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y la Junta Nacional de Relaciones Laborales de Estados Unidos, SRE (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores), Comunicado #259, July 23, 2013
My emphasis. Yes, you read that correctly—“regardless of their immigration status.” In other words, it’s protecting illegal aliens.
As for “free association”, that would be great—will Americans have it someday?
The Mexican Foreign Ministry press release continues:
Under this agreement, the Mexican consulates and the NLRB will take joint steps to inform Mexican workers of their right to join or be part of a union,elect a representative to negotiate on their behalf with employers, and work with other employees for their benefit and protection. It formalizes the relationship forged at the local level due to the work of the Mexican consulates.
Notice “Mexican consulates.” Mexico has a vast diplomatic network of an embassy and fifty consulates, meddling openly on U.S. soil. But when was the last time you heard your senator or representative criticize their blatant attack on U.S. sovereignty? Of course the Mexican foreign ministry’s consulates are working hand in glove with the Obama administration.
The agreement also increases ways in which possible violations of migrants’ job rights can be investigated and, if applicable, corrected. The Mexican Government’s ability to inform and protect its citizens in the United States will be strengthened.
Here’s how the signing ceremony was carried out:
The signing ceremony was broadcasted simultaneously in the NLRB’s regional offices in the United States. In 20 cities, Mexican consuls were also present.
My emphasis, again.
So the National Labor Relations Board has allied with the Mexican foreign ministry to protect illegal aliens (not that they needed much legal protection anyway).
Wrong. As far as I can tell, not one Senator of either party has objected.
In fact, a week later, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the current members of the National Labor Relations Board. Not one senator had a complaint or even a question about the board’s hobnobbing with a foreign government.
On August 30th, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the members of the National Labor Relations Board—including the reconfirmation of Chairman Mark Pearce who signed the deal with Mexico.
It’s not that the confirmation process was uncontroversial. There was a lot of argument and horse-trading between the GOP and the Obama administration. Republicans thought the Obama nominees were too pro-union, there was contention over recess appointments which actually went to a federal judge, and from 2008 to this confirmation, there was never a full contingent of five members on the board.
So we know the Republican senators can argue. When it was all settled, they wound up with the confirmation of three Obama nominees and two GOP nominees. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee, C- from Numbers USA) had been in the thick of it.
For more information on the whole imbroglio, see here: Senate confirms all five NLRB members [by Ramsey Cox, The Hill, July 30, 2013], National Labor Board Shutdown Averted as Senate Approves New Members [by Bruce Vail, In These Times, July 31st, 2013] and the Wikipedia article on the NLRB.
This whole panorama exemplifies the utter uselessness of the current Republican Party leadership. They go on and on about a board member being “pro-union”. But it apparently didn’t occur to Lamar & Co, to speak out about the board’s anti-sovereignty deal with Mexico to, in effect, legalize illegal aliens in the U.S. Isn’t that a bigger deal than being “pro-union”?
This is par for the course in today’s GOP. They can’t (or won’t) see the forest for the trees—probably because the trees make campaign contributions.
But imagine a Republican senator calling out Mark Pearce at a hearing, asking him why he made this deal with a foreign power to regulate our workplace in favor of illegal aliens? Wouldn’t working class Americans have loved it?
Within a month, the NLRB was busy making sure that Mexican illegal aliens don’t worry about getting stopped from doing anything. On August 28th, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce reassured them in a public statement:
We are placing a particular emphasis on educating Mexican workers employed in the United States by partnering with Mexican consulates in many communities.
A “particular emphasis” on “educating Mexican workers”? How about American workers?
“Partnering with Mexican consulates”? Is no American legislator concerned about this?
And Lamar Alexander is worried about the NLRB being pro-union?
And the NLRB is even taking its partnership with Mexico on the road:
….the labor board is hosting a series of events in states from California to Texas to New Jersey to meet with Mexican consulates and distribute information about its work.
And NRLB General Counsel Lafe Solomon expressed his commitment (not to the American worker):
“We are committed to working together to provide outreach, education, and training on the rights of workers under the National Labor Relations Act,” acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon said.
Labor board focuses on Mexican workers, By Julian Hattem, The Hill, August 28, 2013
So there you have it. During a time of high unemployment and wage stagnation, the U.S. government makes a deal with the government of Mexico to protect the “rights” of illegal alien Mexicans in the American workplace.
And GOP senators, who have partial jurisdiction over the National Labor Relations Board, do—nothing.
It’s yet more evidence that Americans concerned about our sovereignty need either (1) new leadership in the GOP/ GAP; or (2) a whole new political party.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.