Immigration Reform 2013: McDonald’s Supports Immigration Reform — But For All the Wrong Reasons


Low wages make Ayn Rand smile

Is McDonald’s and the Cheesecake Factory concerned about losing access to cheap labor?

via Policy Mic

McDonald’s might be adding a new item to their value meal: amnesty.

The company was among the 104 co-signers of a letter addressed to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) advocating for the legalization of 11 million undocumented residents through new visa programs. You may be wondering why places like McDonald’s and the Cheesecake Factory are lobbying for immigration reform in this manner. While they have stated that they wanted to “bolster the availability of a workforce at all skill levels,” that is likely not the only reason.

The Center for Immigration Studies points out that this letter cited a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that stated the immigration reform would bolster the economy. This means that these corporate giants are channeling their moral compass and bettering our country, right? That sounds too good to be true.

When citing the CBO report, the letter left out a key part of the CBO estimate that may hint at an ulterior motive. The CBO stated that if the Senate bill passed, the surge in new immigrants would bring down the average wage of American workers. Does this correlate into an influx of cheaper labor for places like McDonald’s? Maybe. At any stretch of the imagination, it is easy to see the incentive in not having to pay workers as much.

Given the recent strikes and disputes regarding minimum wage, one would think that McDonald’s would want to fix their problems with their workers. Fair wages are something that McDonald’s has notoriously opposed. They cannot even provide their workers with adequate wages to support their families.


  • Simon Valentine

    lots of fast food workers don’t like that they [have to] have the job
    some say that’s just a myth
    a siren’s voice
    a muse
    and that there’s no way a strategy to silence it would emerge
    “and suddenly upon the realization that even fast food jobs wouldn’t be available to them, frowns turned upside down at a rate of [sic]%”
    it took so little time that no one accounted for smiles turning upside down
    it took so little time that no one accounted for any law breaking
    it took so little time that the “no one” portion of people’s minds thought a miracle occurred and law was whole

    hatred of the pen for all its pointlessness winning against swords
    and the fascination with Thor is a cockblock

    still no solution to all the integers
    no big surprise human
    your kind was dead a long time ago
    and your rap’s ‘a ‘Reimann’

    lies and conversion, you see
    there’s no bridge to see here
    turn back, trolls

  • Rex Vestri

    Fixed the picture for ya…

    • echar

      We have a winner!

    • bobbiethejean

      Aaannnndddddd……… never sleeping again, ever.

    • Andrew

      So are you implying leftists are effeminate and rightists are masculine?

      • Rex Vestri

        Um, no. I can’t even figure out why/how you would get such an idea.

  • Juan

    Self-serving evil pricks. Whose gonna do the shit work if there are no immigrants?
    No cheap labor and they might have to actually pay a living wage.
    The undocumented are in the US because capital demands a cheap exploitable and docile labor force.

  • bobbiethejean

    I think Chris Rock said it best when he said,

    “I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage.
    You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know
    what your boss was trying to say? “Hey if I could pay you less, I would,
    but it’s against the law.”

    And note that if minimum wage had risen with inflation, people would be making 22$ an hour.