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  •  Ah, thanks for the correction (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    I'll have to have a closer look at that part of the law. Depending on the specifics though, the principle remains the same. Workers without legal status have no protections and no recourse. This makes them subject to hyper exploitation which in turn exerts a downward pressure on wages and work conditions for workers as a whole.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:14:31 AM PDT

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    •  Like I said, WB, I'm talking about something (0+ / 0-)

      else.  What's different about off-shoring our manufacturing or letting in waves of foreign workers to take our jobs away from us righ here?

      Please explain, because I don't understand why more people on the left don't find it problematic.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:54:08 PM PDT

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      •  Well for one thing (1+ / 0-)
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        if our jobs are being off-shored, what jobs do you imagine will be here for people to take away from us?

        I don't believe you are talking about something else. The only reason why immigrants can "take away" our jobs is because they are subject to hyper exploitation. Otherwise there is no advantage in hiring them over native born workers.

        In fact, if wages and working conditions were equal, the advantage would be with native born workers in terms of education, language and culture. The demand for cheap imported labor would evaporate because it would no longer be cheap.

        As I said before, this would depend on the details of the current proposal. If the plan treats immigrants as a lesser, second class pool of labor, that would be something different.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 04:26:07 PM PDT

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