FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHEAP LABOR INTERESTS DIDN’T ELECT HIM.
WORKING CLASS AMERICANS DID.
With Wages Just Beginning to Rise, Ad Asks Why Trump Would
Increase Immigration, Job Competition, and Wage Pressure.
WASHINGTON D.C. (March 18, 2019) – Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched TV ads today in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia asking why President Trump would call for increases in immigration and foreign workers when American wages just began rising. The ads are scheduled to run six weeks. Cost for the campaign is well into six figures. An additional media buy will launch Monday, March 25th in the Rust Belt.
“Working-class paychecks just recently started growing, but adjusted for inflation, average hourly earnings peaked more than 45 years ago”
“Don’t working-class Americans deserve a raise after forty years? The last thing our low-skilled workers need now is more immigration, more people who will compete for jobs and drive down wages.”
“There’s a wage shortage, not a worker shortage,” countered Oberlink. “If there were a worker shortage, wages would be rising at a much faster rate. Wage growth remains anemic. Here’s the bottom line: Pay higher wages, and American workers will fill the jobs.”
“As wages increase for our most vulnerable workers and more workers move back into America’s middle class, the vast income inequality gap in the U.S. could begin to narrow,” added Oberlink. “Trump deserves credit for that, but if he yields to cheap-labor interests and increases immigration, working-class wage gains will reverse. He’ll end up making Americans poor again.”
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