“We need a regular process by which the 12 million people who are part of our society can be fully part of our society, and they need documents,” the congressman said. “It’s important for the labor market of this country because as long as there are 12 million people without documents, there are 12 million people who can’t stand up for their rights as workers, and that means there are 12 million people who can be used by unscrupulous employers to keep down wages and to prevent unions from organizing.”
Sherman was joined at the press conference by Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee* and Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Each member thanked President Obama for his executive order to stop the deportation of certain illegal immigrants, but they said it was only the first step in a process Congress needs to finish.
*Called “the dumbest woman in Congress” which is at least open to question when there are so many contenders, but she did ask NASA reps if the Mars Rover would show the flag planted on the planet by our astronauts on their previous visit, and, attempting to call Tea Party members racists, lost the word for “sheets” and claimed that they dressed in …”um, clothing with a name”, an apt title for the lady herself.