Cheesecake Factory, Hallmark, Disney, and Others Now Pushing Amnesty

By Jon Feere on September 11, 2013

Officials representing over 100 corporate interests issued a letter to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) demanding the legalization of 11 million illegal aliens and increased legal immigration through the creation of new visa programs. As these companies put it in their letter:

[W]e strongly support efforts to bolster the availability of a workforce at all skills levels, through a separate visa program as well as by creating a path to legal status for those already here.

The companies include well-known names like Hallmark Cards, Disney, CVS, the Cheesecake Factory, American Airlines, Wendy's, McDonald's, the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, AT&T, UPS, Rubbermaid, and McCormick spices — just to name a few examples.

These companies cite a recent Congressional Budget Office report, arguing that the Senate bill would grow the economy. They conveniently left out the CBO estimate that even though the amnesty might make the economy larger, it would simultaneously make American workers poorer by lowering the wages of American workers for a decade or more. The companies claim the bill is an "opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers" but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.

It is difficult to understand how these companies can feel justified in demanding the importation of cheap labor with a straight face at a time when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed. The number of working-age (16 to 65) native-born Americans who are not working — unemployed or out of the labor market — stood at 57.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. The unemployed population is spread throughout the labor market and includes 25 million with no more than a high school education, 16 million with some education beyond high school, and nine million with at least a bachelor's degree.

The letter is available online. The names of the companies pushing to amnesty illegal aliens, double legal immigration, and undermine immigration law enforcement are listed here:

The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

CVS Caremark Corporation

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

McDonald's Corporation

The Wendy's Company

The Walt Disney Company

The Coca-Cola Company

Johnson & Johnson

American Express Company

21st Century Fox

Darden Restaurants, Inc (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others)

Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.

Allstate Insurance Company

Western Union

Northwestern Mutual

American Airlines Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Company (wide range of well-known home and beauty brands)

Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

AT&T Inc.

T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

The ADT Corporation

Pfizer Inc.

Hewlett-Packard Company

United Parcel Service, Inc.

General Electric Company

Verizon Communications Inc.

Marriott International, Inc.

Hilton Worldwide

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Eaton

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

BNSF Railway Company

Shell Oil Company

General Mills, Inc. (many well-known food brands)

Ingram Industries Inc.

Kronos Incorporated

Ingersoll Rand Company

General Parts Inc.

Merck & Co., Inc.

United Technologies Corporation

Harris Corporation

Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Sears Holdings Corporation

USG Corporation

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Ally Financial Inc.

US Foods

Univar, Inc.

Kiewit Corporation

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Avery Dennison Corporation

Humana Inc.

Novelis, Inc.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Avaya Inc.

Computer Sciences Corporation

Honeywell International Inc.

International Paper Company

Dover Corporation

Danaher Corporation

TRW Automotive

Analog Devices, Inc.

Ecolab, Inc.

Avnet, Inc.

White Lodging Corporation

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.

Simon Property Group

Daikin McQuay Americas

Continental Grain Company

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

Hospira, Inc.

Cigna Corporation

The ServiceMaster Company

Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Bloomin' Brands Inc.

Fiserv, Inc.

Carolinas HealthCare System

SRA International

Emerson

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Saint-Gobain Corporation

General Dynamics Corporation

A. O. Smith Corporation

Praxair, Inc.

HCA Inc.

Eastman Chemical Company

ManpowerGroup

Fifth Third Bank

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Express Scripts, Inc.

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Aleris International, Inc.

DTE Energy Company

U.S. Steel Corporation

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation

Cargill, Incorporated

Assurant, Inc.

XL Global Services, Inc

Texas Instruments Incorporated

ATK

WESCO International