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  •  Good reply. (0+ / 0-)

    But ManhattanMan doesn't have a Latino neighbor who is a legal immigrant.  S/he is just trying to goad people into disagreeing.

    •  I'm not going to go down that road (1+ / 0-)
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      I would rather assume goodwill.  I think Manhattan Man is seriously worried that his job in the IT sector will disappear.  I work with immigrants and used to work on policy for an immigrant rights group, so I'm firmly in the pro-comprehensive immigration reform camp.  I find myself getting annoyed at the IT sector who see their needs and interests first... but, they are scared of losing their jobs.  They are scared to be 50 and unemployed and in the 2013 parallel to mill workers in the South 40 years ago. So I'm goint to dial back my annoyance and try to understand their fear.

      Bottom line for me, though, is that we need a pathway to full equal status for those who are here and who are contributing members of our society.  I don't want anything to stop that from happening.  But I am going to try to be less hostile to those who fear these changes.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:33:42 PM PDT

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    •  Dude, in my neighborhood... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I have few neighbors who are not Latino. My name is "ManhattanMan", not "Midtown ManhattanMan".

      But yes, I do want to provoke some discussion of this. I have knocked on doors for Democrats in upstate districts and this bill is not something I want around my neck when I canvass in 2014.

      I believe that we are making a mistake. But I've been wrong before, so I'm asking to be talked down.

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