Obamatrade would subordinate U.S. immigration, visa policies to international tribunal

Obamatrade would subordinate U.S. immigration, visa policies to international tribunal
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[Ed. – Another of many reasons to oppose this whole thing.  Trade = good.  Trade agreements that undercut national sovereignty = bad.  Note the emphasized passage, meanwhile.]

Some might be willing to trust our leaders on that, but in fact the biggest danger is not that the TPA bill and the TPP treaty make direct changes to immigration law. The biggest danger lies in theother deals that the president’s team is working on. Provisions in these deals do change immigration laws, and also would preventCongress from adjusting immigration laws that are currently being abused. That is the very goal of all trade pacts — to lock in open access to markets under current or more favorable terms, so that it cannot be changed. …

One of the treaties being negotiated by President Obama’s team is known as the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The contents were secret until it was obtained by Wikileaks. The documents reveal that the administration hopes to greatly expand access for foreign workers in dozens of occupations including engineering, veterinary medicine, management consulting, construction, waste disposal, hotel and restaurant work, transportation, and recreation. This is not just about computer programmers and nurses; TiSA would facilitate the movement of unlimited numbers of skilled and unskilled workers from participating countries.

As has been the case with past trade agreements, if Congress or even state lawmakers sought to make changes in laws, for example establishing or adjusting licensing, skill, or educational requirements that effectively closed off opportunities for say, Malaysian machinists, Honduran welders, or Mauritanian dentists, that could instigate a trade dispute that would have to be decided by an international tribunal established by the treaty. Historically, the United States has not come out on top in these disputes and can be sanctioned if the laws [i.e., the U.S. laws that inconvenience foreigners and businesses – Ed.] are not dropped.

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