Two stories up on on www.democraticfaith.com make perfectly clear what many have suspected all along. The Obama team has been playing a double game on immigration reform and successfully held reform "leaders" in check with White House meetings, explicit pleadings and strategic hirings.
But none of this heady stuff gets to the root of satisfactory explanation. The docility of reform "leaders" in large measure is a function of dollar flows to the organizations they represent. Forget the White House pampering. Focus on "progressive" foundations and their inter connects. These funder entities, though constrained by their tax exempt status, overwhelming break Democratic. As a consequence - wink, wink - their immigration reform grantees do the same. Falling into line comes with the financial territory where they co-habitate.
Are there exceptions? Of course. NDLON is one of them. So guess who wasn't invited to the recent CIR summit at the White House? You got it. The National Day Labor Organizing Network. Another seems to be Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO who appeared anything but bamboozled by the White House pitch.
There's way more to this story than anyone has publicly pieced together. Plus it's not close to over. President Obama is in a box of his own (and foundation land's) construction. Lets see what happens when Congress vacates DC for the summer with the ball entirely in Team Obama's court.
Frank C. Pierson, Jr.
Frank Pierson retired after forty years of work with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a professional organizer. He began his career in 1971 in Chicago, moved to Queens, New York City and migrated west to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen Kazda, in Oracle, Arizona. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org