I'm generally an admirer of Barbara Ehrenreich, but I couldn't disagree more with her--and a good many other of my fellow liberals--on this issue. Every sovereign nation has the right to control the influx of people who would live within its borders. I am ashamed the US government sees fit to bow ceaselessly to the disingenuous demands of big (and not-so-big) business, which warns of economic catastrophe if any effort is made to curb this country's downward spiral of wages. Illegal immigrants--emphasis on the modifier, Babs, without the ironic quote marks--are a problem for a rapidly diminishing middle class (which, by the way, includes millions of legal immigrants) because illegals' willingness to endure a kind of indentured servitude only increases the downward pressure on wages. It's time true liberals as well as the Democratic Party stood up for America's middle class for a change and stopped slathering over identity-group politics.
Jun 12 2007 - 8:36pm