In honor of Veterans Day earlier this week, Walmart CEO, Bill Simon, announced that his company would help put veterans returning from the Middle East back to work. However, Walmart has pushed all year for passage of a comprehensive amnesty bill that would double annual legal immigration numbers and grant amnesty with work permits to more than 11 million illegal aliens.
As more than one million service members prepare to transition out of the military over the next five years, their number one concern is jobs. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans alone is unacceptably high. The time to hire veterans is now.
Many companies have recognized this, with Starbucks most recently announcing their commitment to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years. Every company in America has benefitted from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. If you do business in America and need to build your team, we hope you'll consider veterans. They will bring unparalleled skills, knowledge and experience to your business.
However, it seems that other parts of his corporation don't realize this. After the passage of the Gang of Eight amnesty, Walmart posted the following statement on their website:
“We applaud the action taken by the Senate in passing this landmark legislation and believe comprehensive immigration reform will have a positive impact on the economy and the customers we serve.
“As the nation’s largest employer and a retailer that offers products and services to 140 million customers each week, we are committed to working with all interested parties – policy makers, employers, and consumers – to support this reform that is so desperately needed to our immigration system.
“We now encourage members of the House to continue the momentum so we can make comprehensive immigration reform a reality.”
While Walmart is happy to provide jobs for returning vets, it is doing all it can to push for "comprehensive immigration reform." The Senate bill, if signed by President Obama, would double the number of permanent work permits over ten years and give work permits to at least 11 million illegal aliens.
With its offer to give an unlimited number of veterans jobs, Walmart is admitting that many Americans need jobs and there isn't a need for "comprehensive immigration reform." However, it hasn't stopped pushing for it.