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THE RAPE OF THE WORKING CLASS

By David Podvin

Illegal immigration is a means by which corporations savage America's working class. Although the media conglomerates have misrepresented the undocumented worker influx as primarily being a racial issue, it is actually an economic bludgeon. Business interests encourage illegal immigration for the purposes of depressing wages and subverting workplace safety laws. The Wall Street brokerage firm Bear Stearns uses the word "systematic" when describing the replacement of lower income American wage earners with illegal aliens, noting management prefers to employ help that is not documented because laborers who lack legal standing are more easily exploited.

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Corporate concubine George W. Bush has assisted business by reducing border security while coddling companies that subject undocumented employees to inhumane conditions. Despite the recent election year charade that involved arresting a few managers at IFCO Systems, there has been a ninety percent drop in illegal immigration-related employer arrests since 2000. Employment laws that were occasionally enforced by Bill Clinton are almost never enforced by Bush.

Just as both major political parties support free trade agreements that place American workers into untenable competition against foreign slave labor, the bipartisan establishment also facilitates the illegal immigration that enables management to pay substandard wages. The stated positions of the parties differ greatly, but on mega-money issues involving war and commerce the Fortune 500 ultimately gets its way. Political posturing notwithstanding, many congressional Democrats and all congressional Republicans vote to provide business with the peonage it so cherishes...


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Carolyn Kay
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Originally posted to cmkay on Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 02:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Outstanding! (2+ / 0-)
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    Miles in WesternWA, pkbarbiedoll

    This is what I write and mail and blog everyday. I'm happy to see someone else so eloquently express how I feel.

    Frustration is waiting for others to catch up to what I've concluded, and in fact what Eugene V. Debs concluded over 100 years ago. Neither party represents the people, each just goes about protecting the monied elite in a different manner.

    I hope I live long enough to see the current system supplanted by governance that represents people, not greed and arrogance.

    Yes, a change is certainly needed, not merely a change of party but a change of system -Eugene V. Debs

    by nativist on Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 04:19:16 AM PDT

  •  Labor, the forgotten word (1+ / 0-)
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    Miles in WesternWA

    Thank you for posting this.  

    Our voice must be heard.  We must continue to speak clearly and speak the truth about illegal immigration, our middle class is at stake.  

    Labor used to be a section in the newspaper, now it is only sometimes mentioned in a negative light.  Without adequate employment for all Americans our country is not better off.  People legally immigrate here because our nation offers economic hope and prosperity.  

    Continuing to allow unchecked illegal immigration undermines the very institution of legal immigration this country embraces so dearly, and erodes any progress the American Labor movement has made in the last century.  

    No, the problem isn't "brown people" as pro-illegal immigrant supporters continue to try and frame this. The problem is, yet again, corporate greed.  Only this time they've decided corporate greed is closely aligned with their own.

  •  Progressives in favor of a Fenced Border! (2+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral, pkbarbiedoll

    Just as both major political parties support free trade agreements that place American workers into untenable competition against foreign slave labor...

    Thank you, cmkay!  The words "slave labor" are key here.  What about the importation of foreign slave labor into the USA?

    If progressives agree that:

    (a) imported slave labor is a terrible thing,

    and

    (b) progressives and liberals do not have the political muscle to persuade Congress and Dept. of Justice to punish illegal-immigrant-dependent businesses in any serious and systematic fashion....

    then...

    Why wouldn't progressives want to erect a physical barrier, such as a 1900 mile-long double-fence, against the entry of slave laborers into this country??

    Why should we cede this ground to right-wingers, militias and racists when there is nothing inherently racist or reactionary about wanting to keep out folks whose working conditions in the USA will be tantamount to slavery?

    When I try to persuade fellow Kossacks that a fence on the southern border is actually a viable, rational proposal, and one that EU countries like Spain currently use, the typical response is an quick, emotional dismissal along the lines of:

    "That would never work.  It's too expensive.  What are you going to do -- shoot people??"

    Answer: It would work if the goal is to place a major impediment in the path of organized gangs of human-traffickers.  Mexican organized crime exploits illegals to make huge profits.  The criminals are the ones who desperately need a vast expense of unguarded southern border territory.  Without such a convenience, their predictable use of underground tunnels and fence-cutting tools simply will not let them efficiently transport people with the same economies of scale.

    But if our goal is to reduce the torrent of illegal border-crossers from 1.2 million per year to a manageable trickle of 200,000 or 75,000... then, yes, such a fence would be a success.

    "But, but...that would never work!  The answer is not to arrest immigrants but to fine and sanction corporations that hire these illegal immigrants."

    Answer:  Politicians in the USA do not get elected by running on a sincere platform of punishing corporations and jailing corporate officers, etc.  Do they?  Powerful business lobbyists are there precisely to ensure that such threats are never enacted.  Progressives really should know better by now.

    Further anti-Border-Fence talking points to be debunked:

    • "A fence is too expensive."  No.  $5 - $10 billion is not too expensive when compared to $250 billion happily invested in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
    • "We can't shoot people for crossing a border."  False issue.  Non-lethal crowd control weapons are made specifically to control people without killing them.
    • "It's a moral crime to trap hungry, oppressed people in their home country."  CORRECTION:  It's a far greater moral crime to invite such people into our own country to work as slave labor; to be cheated of wages, abused with physical violence, and/or sexually exploited; and to undermine our domestic poor, unskilled citizens who struggle to make a precarious living as maids, gardeners and dishwashers.
    •  Here are a few more opposing views on border wall (1+ / 0-)
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      Miles in WesternWA

      fyi:
      http://mikemalloy.com/...

      I happen to agree with you.  Every developed country with a good economy has borders.  No country in their right mind allows free unchecked migration and I think progressives need to remember this.

      We want to maintain the little we have left in this country.  America is worthless if we cannot sustain our freedoms and economic prosperity.  We will not be able to help other causes, we won't have the money.  

      •  Bringing progressives around (0+ / 0-)

        ...No country in their right mind allows free unchecked migration and I think progressives need to remember this.

        I completely agree.  

        As I've argued in other posts on Daily Kos, we can give poor Mexicans in Mexico some help in a number of ways.  I personally favor donations to progressive Mexican non-profits that work for social justice.

        Thanks for the entertaining link.  I found the post about the Minutemen volunteering to build a fence, and I was impressed with their resolve.

        Since I detest the right-wing views and bigotry that I suspect far too many of them harbor, I definitely would like to see a liberal/progessive version of the Minutemen.  

        As progressives, we also need to support the fence project -- and we need to drive home the message that it should be a non-partisan issue that all working American citizens can support.

  •  Well, as they say... (0+ / 0-)

    "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Monopolize all the fish, and he'll eat YOU."

  •  Ask the folks south of the border (1+ / 0-)
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    tiggers thotful spot

    How free-trade economic policies have improved their lives.  I believe it is more accurate to view them as running from south of border rather than running to the US.

    A legacy of death, lies and incompetence with the sign of the cross.

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 07:32:48 AM PDT

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