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An editorial on CNN Opinion purports to explain why the uproar over immigration has gone nationwide, but the authors, Audrey Singer and Jill H. Wilson, both at the Brookings Institution, left out some key factors. The factors they cite are the economic downturn and the increase of immigrant populations in urban and suburban areas from 2000 to 2010. "The friction in places unaccustomed to or unprepared for new inflows of foreigners, particularly those who are assumed to be present illegally, manifests itself in different ways."

Scapegoating is common when there's an economic downturn, because those who are actually to blame for the country's economic woes want to divert attention away from themselves. Fanning the flames of racism and xenophobia is a time-honored method of deflecting blame toward those who have the least power:

History is full of irrefutable evidence that when the economy gets bad, scapegoats are targeted, and the worst instincts of humanity reveal themselves. Alabama has asked its citizens to cross invisible boundaries of humanity—waging political battles on the backs of school children, cutting access to the most basic human needs, like water. —Ilyse Hogue.

Although most Americans favor reasonable, comprehensive immigration reform, the small percentage of those who don't are the ones who are the most vocal. They believe they have a personal, vested interest in driving people of color out of their communities. Their fear and hatred compels them. That hatred is validated and reinforced by the terrorizing raids of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On the other hand, few of those who favor reasonable reform are as compelled or as vocal. Because they may not feel that they personally have a vested interest in the outcome, they keep silent while the xenophobes freely and prolifically spew their hatred.

our lives being to end

Another reason anti-immigrant uproar has gone nationwide is that there's a lot of money being funneled into it. And capitalism, whose great golden calf is the bottom line unhindered by any moral compunctions, is always in favor of cheap, exploitable labor with no legal protections. Just ask the booming prisons-for-profit industry.

The Immigration Policy Center dispels the notion that immigrants are the cause of unemployment:

Immigrants are not the cause of unemployment in the United States.  Empirical research has demonstrated repeatedly that there is no correlation between immigration and unemployment.  In fact, immigrants—including the unauthorized—create jobs through their purchasing power and their entrepreneurship, buying goods and services from U.S. businesses and creating their own businesses, both of which sustain U.S. jobs. The presence of new immigrant workers and consumers in an area also spurs the expansion of businesses, which creates new jobs.

We have to realize that we do indeed, all of us, have a stake in what happens to the immigrants in our midst. We must raise our voices above the uproar and advocate for common sense and compassion. The immigrants among us are our brothers and sisters, and in answer to a very old question, we are indeed their keepers.

Originally posted to Worley Dervish on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:14 PM PDT.

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  •  Easiest rec I've given in a long time. (6+ / 0-)

    Nice diary, Mary.

    I ordered enchiladas and I ate 'em. Ali had the fruit punch. - A Tribe Called Quest

    by turnover on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:31:59 PM PDT

  •  Well said (7+ / 0-)

    Scapegoatism and racism is driving the Republican rethoric nationally and in places like Alabama and Arizona.

    Obama should not take the Hispanic/Latino vote for granted though. The massive increase in jailings and deportations of undocumented workers in his administration are concerning.

    According to my research undocumented immigrants are either not coming or leaving since they just cannot get jobs in this crappy economy.; an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by Shockwave on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:43:23 PM PDT

    •  Thanks! The Latino Vote (7+ / 0-)

      was decisive in putting Obama in office. All those states that were red in 2004 turned blue in 2008 largely because of the Latino vote.

      Maybe Obama thinks that with the Republicans being so hostile and xenophobic that Latinos will vote for him in spite of their justifiable disappointment and anger. In spite of Congress's intractability, Obama could do much more for the Latino community than he's done. And all the ICE raids and crap are just pulling pages from the Republicans' playbook.

      Obama argues that the reward for enforcement will be support for reasonable immigration reform from the right. Who is he trying to kid? Nothing Obama does is going to get them to do anything he wants. They'd rather shove it to their mom and kids than cooperate with Obama.

      I'm guessing that many Latinos will opt not to vote at all in 2012. When there are no politicians in your corner, why the hell should you be in theirs?

  •  it appears GA AZ and other states which have (4+ / 0-)

    enacted draconian anti immigration laws have thrown themselves into an even steeper economic tailspin. So far, these laws have not helped a state's economy when this was the ostensible reason for such legislation (yeh right)

    •  Miami Herald Headline (3+ / 0-)

      "Alabama's immigration law has ruinous impact."

      "Crops rot in the fields. News reports indicate that much of the migrant labor force is moving out of Alabama, and Americans aren’t picking up the slack. Low wages and exhausting work simply don’t appeal to unemployed Americans, whose bottom line is often flipping burgers or the equivalent for minimum wage."

      •  and in GA the guv's plan to use prison inmates (2+ / 0-)
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        for stoop labor failed miserably.  Stoop labor is one of the most miserable ways known to mankind to keep body and soul together.  Looking back at plans for an upcoming 40th HS reunion, in a community where so many males did end up farming or ag related professions, it is amazing how many are already dead over the past decade or how many are already completely disabled or barely able to carry out the most basic life functions.  A quick count  of the males who are alive and hale are fewer than half of the class while, after deducting a couple or three of deaths due to military service or DUI or street racing, the rest, some dozen or more are dead from MIs or neoplasms or else are disabled.  I have to wonder what are the statistical probability of that happening to any given graduating class of equal vintage?      

      •  Why would legalized farm labor continue (5+ / 0-)

        to do such labor if they are legalized?

        Would they not just move up the food chain to swell the ranks of the unemployed Americans at for fast food jobs or equivalent?  The next wave of illegal labor would replace the legalized group.

        Wouldn't it be better to force farmers to change the job?  Innovation is out there to replace these jobs with a robotic method.

        When slavery was outlawed, cotton farms survived by being forced to turn to technology.

        The same can be achieved by outlawing illegal backbreaking labor.

        Let the crops rot in the fields!  Jail farmers who hire illegal labor.

        •  IT Professional, you do bring up a good point... (0+ / 0-)

          The issue of expecting producers to provide an appropriate wage is seldom mentioned.

          If true justice is going to be received by the workers it will come through a basic understanding the nature of the work is not the entire problem, wage has a lot to do with the issue.

          The GOP has a vested enconomic interest in not addressing this issue, the Democrats seem to be largely ignoring it, and it will not be solved by immigration "reform".

          ..and if I were the diarist I would take a look again at the "Bipartisan Poll" she is linking to. The news is not good regarding exactly what "reform" the public wishes to see.

          Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

          by Morgan Sandlin on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 04:10:29 AM PDT

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        •  Great post IT. I don't want to hear whining about (1+ / 0-)
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          crops rotting. You pay people enough, your crops will get harvested, and lucky you, the economy is so shitty that you can get workers for less than you could've 6 years ago.

          Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

          by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:11:13 AM PDT

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        •  One only needs to ask anyone who works in (3+ / 0-)
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          hi-tech how well foreign work visas have worked for the domestic hi-tech work force to see that immigration reform will not fix the problem.  American companies resort to using illegal and legal foreign labor because they want  highly-compliant labor that will work for below market rate wages.  Legalizing workers who are currently here illegally will not change that dynamic.   The H-1B program has shown us that work visa program rules do not prevent the replacement of qualified domestic labor with much cheaper foreign labor or the lawful elimination of domestic labor from the hiring process (the AILA conducts seminars on how to get around hiring domestic employees).  Work visa programs also have "private right of action" exclusion clauses, which means that displaced domestic employees cannot sue their employers for wrongful termination.

          The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

          by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 09:05:34 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for writing MaryRW (5+ / 0-)

    I belong to a group, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, and we're based on Eastern Long Island. This is a stat we're fond of citing:

    The Latino population generates $925million in revenue for local Long Island governments while costing $723 million in expenditures. (Source:  Dowling College Report on Immigration)
  •  "we" (3+ / 0-)
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    "We have to realize that we do indeed, all of us, have a stake in what happens to the immigrants in our midst. "

    "We" have to realize that some of us are immigrants, and all of us could one day be.

    •  Agree completely. (1+ / 0-)
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      The "we" I was referring to was not "We Americans" but "we white folk of European descent." But I very much prefer the more colorful "we." See previous post: We Are All Immigrants

    •  Look at my sig line. It doesn't matter if you are (1+ / 0-)
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      an immigrant, when immigrants get attacked you are put at risk.  It doesn't matter whether you are:

      - Gay

      - A woman

      - Black

      - Muslim (or other religion)

      - Foreign (in any way that they can define one of us as foreign, e.g. "professor, elite, educated, etc.")

      Any group that is conveniently scapegoated by Teapublicans as part of the Campaign-O-Fear TM is one of us and we must stand up for them (or else when we need someone to stands up for us there will be no one left).

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 01:02:57 PM PDT

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  •  Excellent Diary (2+ / 0-)
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    And, I would add, a problem/belief that crosses party lines and the political spectrum.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 04:12:35 AM PDT

  •  This Is Because In The Majority Of Cases (0+ / 0-)

    On the other hand, few of those who favor reasonable reform are as compelled or as vocal

    They cannot define what 'comprehensive immigration reform' means, and more often then not they also understand next to nothing about current U.S. immigration law and statistics.

    Scapegoating is common when there's an economic downturn, because those who are actually to blame for the country's economic woes want to divert attention away from themselves

    Do the members of the Daily Kos not do this on a daily basis?

    On an daily basis you have people here blaming and scapegoating the Republican Party in its entirety for declining wages and a disappearing middle class while at the same time they advocate for even more importation of cheaper labor to jobs, and even more exportation of jobs to cheaper labor.

    Look in the mirror.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 04:40:23 AM PDT

    •  False equivalence. (0+ / 0-)

      The GOP'ers and their minions have done far worse damage to the country than any blocking of comprehensive immigration reform that those from the left might be doing. Lack of employer oversight allows the exploitation of these workers...and that sure ain't Democratic doing.

      Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:13:38 AM PDT

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      •  I'm Not Sure What You Are Trying To Say Here (1+ / 0-)
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        Lack of employer oversight allows the exploitation of these workers...and that sure ain't Democratic doing

        Sure it is, I can make the case all day long that the Democratic Party doesn't want employer enforcement of immigration law anymore then the Republican Party does -- they simply don't want it for a different reason.

        Quick Guide to Kennedy- McCain Immigration Bill

        Two Random Responses On The Subject Of Illegal Immigration

        "There Is No Legal Path For Mexicans"

        I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

        by superscalar on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:31:53 AM PDT

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        •  Here's An Example (1+ / 0-)
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          Cecilia Muñoz is the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. Prior to her post with the Obama administration Cecilia Muñoz was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.

          The National Council of La Raza has been a consistent opponent of employer enforcement of immigration law since the 1986 IRCA (because they know that the crux of the biscuit is, if you are going to make it practically impossible for the illegal immigrant to work in the U.S. you may as well deport them).

          Do you think that Cecilia Muñoz is counseling President Obama that we need strong employer enforcement of immigration law?

          I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

          by superscalar on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:43:49 AM PDT

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    •  Whew! You're Conflation Is Breathtaking. (1+ / 0-)
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      You are treating a whole class of people, Mexicans in my case, as if we were a political party, or a political ideology. .

      Political parties ARE to be blamed, as it is their purpose to make policy, under ideological wrapping, and it is our duty as citizens to place blame when the polity is harmed by their actions. It is not scapegoating. It is democracy.  

      Blaming a whole class of people for society's ills, however, is unadulterated racism.

      "I never met a man I didn't like." Will Rogers - American Redneck

      by chuco35 on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:37:02 AM PDT

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      •  I Have No Idea What You Are Talking About (1+ / 0-)
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        And if I was speaking about 'Mexicans' as 'Mexican' is not a race you should more correctly accuse me of ethnic bigotry.

        I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

        by superscalar on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:47:52 AM PDT

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      •  Not sure if class and racism mean what you think (0+ / 0-)

        they mean.

        And I'm pretty sure I agree with your point, if my assumptions of what you really mean are the case.

        Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:52:33 AM PDT

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        •  What's There To Miss? (0+ / 0-)

          Mexicans are darker, and many of them, certainly the illegals, are short and Indian like. They speak Spanish. Racists in this country don't need to go any further than the above characterization to scapegoat all Hispanic immigrants -- whether as a class or a race, or an ethnic group.

          Can we all agree that Hispanic immigrants (other than Black immigrants) are the only ones discriminated in this country? Certainly the many illegal Irish immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area are not subject to scapegoating. They're as working class as the Bay Area illegals from El Salvador or Peru. But they're tall, white, and blue-eyed. Same with the thousands of European students who overstay their visas every year and "blend" into American (especially southern) society.

          The immigration issue is a ruse for the right wing to espouse their racist sentiments under cover of "enforcing the law". I may not understand race and class as you do, but I do understand this, as, I can assure you, does the Hispanic community.

          "I never met a man I didn't like." Will Rogers - American Redneck

          by chuco35 on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 08:35:49 AM PDT

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          •  But didn't you just refute your own claim? (0+ / 0-)

            You acknowledge that there are varying racial makeups to the citizenry of Mexico, but then refer to all of Mexico/Mexicans as a "class", but then go back to racism. I do think terms are important when you want people to fully  understand the point you want to make.

            I do think that illegal immigrants from central america are absolutely the most pursued, and I do think those that "look" like them but are in fact full citizens or legally present are harassed at much greater rate because of that. However, discarding people who are just racist against anyone that isn't seemingly pure caucasian (because I don't think most liberals/progressives are like that), I think it's more of a numbers issue than a race/nationality issue. When the irish were the vast majority of illegal immigrants, they were absolutely subjected to bad treatment.

            Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

            by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 10:07:03 AM PDT

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            •  They may seem most pursued (0+ / 0-)

              because they're the most around - when you have a majority of your legal immigration coming from mexico, and then top that off with a majority of your illegal immigration coming from mexico and central america- what do you think is going to happen?

              The amount of immigration (in absolute numbers) of Mexican immigration in the last 20 years is vastly larger than any sort of immigration that happened 100 yrs ago especially without a welfare state to support the family, let alone the amount of natural resources we have today in a world of 7 billion and increasing (actually 8 billion according to some demographer friends of mine).

              The abject disregard regarding the impacts of immigration on both the social and natural environment is laughable for a site that prides itself on reason and logic. The amount of immigration from the 1990s increased to 1million plus and now stands at 1.5 million - who wants to add more people to a country especially unskilled ones when you have supposedly 22 million people out of work? It makes no sense, and as citizens we have a right to dictate who should be able to come in or who shouldn't or else you cease having a nation.

              Immigration is about the jobs/unemployment and don't tell a majority of immigrant coming create enough jobs to provide a living wage to enough people to offset their net drain on the social and natural environment.

  •  + market media (0+ / 0-)

    It is always difficult for media to know whether something is national or merely the media's own shadow. Are people upset nationally, or are reporters filing easy stories nationally? There is a fallacy in the United States that all political and social activists understand, and that is the distorting power of disruption.

    Two dogs barking in the night is enough to make a place seem unsafe, even if they're Pomeranians, and even if there are fifty dogs with their tails wagging. Market-based media seeks out the voices that will sell advertising by offering sensation, and these are never the people who say, "Immigration policy has been changing with our economy from the 1940's, and we need to be sane and nuanced in our considerations." Instead, the jackass who screams, "Messicans is impregnatin' white women in our jobs!" gets on the front page.

    The disproportionate representation of such individuals gives the viewpoint traction, convinces the worst impulses that there is no shame, convinces those with sanity that they are outnumbered and so should be quiet, and encourages attention-seekers to join groups like this.

    Until we get media willing to ridicule the Know Nothing Party, the parties will know less and less.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 04:42:11 AM PDT

  •  I am in full agreement with your diary. One thing (1+ / 0-)
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    I realized in bringing this issue to the for in our community discussions was that immigrants that are here working must pay fees to keep their status current and those fees are not insignificant.  The immigrants who attended our discussions seemed to feel that there should be the same requirements for all.  They were not sympathetic to those who did not comply with the requirements.  That surprised me and I began to see something else in the argument.

    Again, I agree with your positions on scapegoating and xenophobia.  I worry about the exploitation issues as well when the GOP keeps illegal immigration flowing by refusing to crack down on employers who are looking to use and abuse desperate immigrant labor.  A new wrinkle though is the idea that illegal immigration provides cover for the worst bigotry and scapegoating and makes all immigrants more vulnerable.

  •  By The Way (1+ / 0-)
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    The Immigration Policy Center dispels the notion

    The Immigration Policy Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:04:47 AM PDT

    •  significance? (0+ / 0-)

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:42:03 AM PDT

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      •  Bias. Thanks for playing. nt (1+ / 0-)
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        Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:02:39 AM PDT

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        •  I'm biased too. (0+ / 0-)

          Who isn't? Are you calling them out on their pro-migrant bias? Shame on them! It's not like the AILA is a front group for some political hacks.

          From the AILA website:

          The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 36 chapters and over 50 national committees.

  •  Are you writing this diary for teabaggers/racists? (0+ / 0-)

    Because if not, here are the problems:

    1) nobody liberal/progressive that I know blames undocumented immigrants on the economic downturn or "stealing" jobs...but many do understand that their presence suppresses wages and allows corrupt employers to exploit them and dodge taxes

    2) The report you cited that people support "common-sense immigration reform" also found that the majority of those polled supported the bad Arizona law =-0

    3) I am my brother's keeper in a personal sense, but obviously not to the extent that my own household crumbles or no longer has definition or rules. You cannot have open borders and survive as a nation, PARTICULARLY IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A FUNCTIONAL, STRONG SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM.

    One thing that the open-borders crowd can never (and typically don't choose to try) is show ONE EXAMPLE of a successful social democracy in the world, that has an open-border policy or even one that's system is about ours in intensity (or lack thereof).

    Comprehensive commons-sense reform:

    1) ending red-tape crap that delays legitimate immigration/naturalization attempts for years and years

    2) SS# check on all employees at hiring

    3) massive fines for employers caught employing ineligible workers, worse fines if they were paying those workers less than the US wage

    Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 06:09:46 AM PDT

    •  What the hell? (1+ / 0-)
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      Nothing you said suggests that I'm writing this for teabaggers or racists. Why on earth would you say that?

      Just because you don't know any doesn't mean that there aren't those who might label themselves as liberals and still blame the economic downturn at least in part on unauthorized immigrants. Immigrants do not suppress wages, regardless of what many may think they understand. If they did, would that mean that poor people in general suppress wages? Should we blame them too?

      "When asked why they support the Arizona law, a majority of those in support favored the measure because “the federal government has failed to solve the problem” (52%), compared to 28% who said because 'it will reduce illegal immigration' and 12% who said 'it will reduce crime.'"

      I never said anything about open borders. Why would you think that's what I'm advocating? What I'm talking about is compassion and common sense. Yes, it's difficult and complicated, but good, comprehensive immigration reform is what's needed, not mindless brutal enforcement of a broken system, and not a group of people we can blame, even just a little.

      We can do much better. We must do much better.

      •  You misread. (0+ / 0-)

        I was saying that I found your points somewhat pertinent if you were speaking to people who as a general population are willing to blame immigrants for the economic downturn, which is xenophobic at best.

        Immigrants who are unskilled or specialize in manual work absolutely suppress wages. It's not a "blame" thing, it's an economics throwing out your "blame" meme, lots of poor citizens also are a wage-suppression factor, yes.

        I'm not sure what you're implying by "mindless, brutal enforcement". Poorly-structured laws should not mean "no enforcement" though. If there has been police violence and abuse at a lot of these raids, then I will take that back.

        Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 09:27:11 AM PDT

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        •  So you mean (1+ / 0-)
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          that liberals couldn't possibly be xenophobic, so I must have been talking to somebody else? The people I was addressing in my diary are those who support good, comprehensive immigration reform but don't speak up. I'm asking people to take a stand.

          I think we have to agree to disagree about the wage-suppression thing. Calling it an economic thing doesn't make it a nonblame thing.

          For years and years we didn't enforce immigration law. That's why we have so many people here who came without authorization. There are LOTS of laws on the books that are NEVER enforced. We choose which ones to enforce and how we enforce them. This is not new. Because we're now trying to enforce laws that we didn't enforce for years, we're spending millions of dollars to deport unauthorized immigrants. It's impractical in the extreme to try to deport 11 million people.

          In the last few years, ICE raids have increased in both number and brutality. A recent example: "During the raids, the ICE agents allegedly also yelled racial slurs at the apartment occupants, like 'These fucking wetbacks! They are stupid,' 'Little Mexicans,' and 'Little Indians,' according to the complaint."

          A 2008 example: the Postville ICE raid. And more about ICE raids in general.

          •  Unfortunately many liberals and blue collar worker (0+ / 0-)

            that are typically progressive have been radicalized by this Xenophobic movement that doesn't just target Hispanics (legal and illegal as Teapublicans have been very successful at conflating us all), but anyone that could be scary:

            -  Blacks of course, the dissatisfaction of many definitely has to do with the color of the President's skin (not all Tea Party people are racists, but all racists have flocked to the Tea Party as this gives them freedom to attack the "imposter" in the White House - the irony of an AA in the White House really gals them)

            -  Women because they kill babies all the time and are uppity (well at least that's what they want the evangelicals to think)

            -  Muslims, Mormons and any religion that could sound scary (for obvious reasons they want to stir the pot among religious fundamentalists)

            -  LGBT (typically called "teh gayz" in Teapublican circles) because they are convinced large majorities are homophobic (they are wrong in general, but it still helps them with the religious nuts)

            -  Foreigners of all types as these "are taking their jobs away"

            In summary, lots of drama to keep religious fundamentalists up in arms and vote Teapublicans, but now they have introduced the fear that all of these hated groups (especially Hispanics) are trying to take jobs away from hard working Americans.

            Nope, Teapublicans are not about growing the pie for all - they want to take a bigger portion of the pie even if that means the pie shrinks (that way when there is economic growth they will get a larger share of that too).

            Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

            by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 12:58:15 PM PDT

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            •  Give me a break (0+ / 0-)

              Obama is the least experienced candidate - what has he done? what does he know - he was a supposed community organizer that didn't do much for the community, then he became a professor that didn't much, then he ran for office...  

              He's a great orator when he has his teleprompter and prewritten speeches, but he hasn't done much in the real world of business or the real world, all his experiences have been based on practically affirmative action, and him trying to be black, and be accepted by the black community despite his largely white upbringing (from his racist grandmother, his words).

              Plus, he comes from the HQ of dirty politics - Chicago. Though I do like his foreign policy of reducing nuclear arms, and at least nominal expressions of less war - his domestic policies and underlying racial biases are disastrous. His immigration policy is a joke (his record number of deportations are spin doctoring of numbers) - he sues states that are trying to enforce immigration law for which his own administration is avoiding doing. I mean,  he spends money on all these other ineffective policies, when he can increase the budget for ICE and get more enforcement of the laws.  

              He's inept, inexperienced, and going to be a 1 term (btw, I supported Hillary during the 2008, and absolutely think W. was a disaster for all of mankind). Just want you to know that before you go off categorizing me.

          •  R u kidding (0+ / 0-)

            E-verify enacted for all business will force illegal immigrants to self deport if they have no job, and the ones that remain, I doubt the church or you r going to take them in, will be actively deported.

            Your overnight premise is so ridiculous, this problem has been 20 to 30 years in the making, and you think we want all of them out now - no... we want enforcement of the law, and we want to hold everyone accountable (employers as well as the illegal immigrants and their families).

            Lamar Smith's E-verify law is the best thing to get passed if you want to get legal citizens back to work. Make businesses to be held accountable, also get rid of birthright citizenship for children of an illegal immigrant parent - all it does is create an excuse for the illegal immigrant to say they have to stay because of their child or their in mixed status, well the legal citizen should know better, and should go back with their husband and child if they love them so much. Cry me a river, illegal immigrant exploit this, and they're not stupid about it.

            And you don't think there's wage supression - i have a brooklyn bridge to sell you - it's really simple numbers - the more people you have for a slot, the less wage you have to pay bc people are desperate. When you have an illegal immigrant supply and you're not penalized effectively for hiring that illegal , you can pay even less wage, and no benefits.  Wage suppression 101 - that's incredulous that you don't get that.

            Immigration is about the economy, environment, and the future of this country - continued mass immigration both legal and illegal will lead to a civil war.

        •  And your evidence? (0+ / 0-)

          This is where people preaching "common sense" economics have to show me the studies.

          Your commentary sounds right wing to me, sorry.

    •  You don't know people who scapegoat (1+ / 0-)
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      immigrants for unemployment?

      Are you kidding me? What planet do you live on?

  •  Consider "bait and switch" (2+ / 0-)
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      No one has a perfect solution to the undocumented immigrant situation.   That being said, the GOP have co-opted targeting those at the margin as the cause for all problems.  "If we could just get rid of "X" then every other problem would be magically solved
        It has been their plan of attack since at least the Reagan Administration.  What they "fear" is losing this very fear tactic as it keeps their follower's in a state of frenzy over things that they will not seek a solution.

    •  Yeah we do (0+ / 0-)

      it's called E-verify, and ending birthright citizenship for children of an illegal immigrant parent.  

      take away jobs magnet, take away birthright citizenship incentive (where taxpayers end up subsidizing their children and our own extinction), and frankly put a moratorium on all unnecessary immigration.  We don't need more people in this country when we have 22 million people unemployed, and people on welfare getting tax credits for every kid they can't support (but taxpayers end up supporting).

      The great society acts and the immigration act of 1965 are the biggest reasons for the downfall of this country - if we don't reform our welfare system, as well enforce immigration laws to the fullest, and get rid of illegal immigrants and put a moratorium on legal immigration, then we're headed for a civil war and the U.S. will likely break up into ethnostates of some sort.

  •  Unfortunately the Campain-O-Fear TM worked (1+ / 0-)
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    wonders for Teapublicans in 2008.

    The demonized Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims and Gays resulting in a huge increase in the percentage of white voters voting for the GOP (According to NYT Exit polls the percentage of white voters voting GOP in 2008 was 54-46% and that increased to 62-38% in 2010, a net 16% increase for the GOP in the largest demographic).

    The Teapublicans got into the House in 2010 and promptly started demonizing women (7 anti-abortion bills and counting) as well as senior citizens (the Ryan Plan let the cat out the bag for sure so they must demonize senior citizens as the ones at fault for the debt as well as attack their voting privileges).  So here are two groups that had majorities supporting Teapublicans in 2010 (women 51-49% versus 43-57% in 2008 - a net 16% increase for the GOP - and senior citizens 58-42% versus 48-52% in 2008 - a net 20% increase for the GOP).

    I am sure Teapublicans are convinced that more fear will get more of these groups to vote for them.  If we thought 2010 was ugly, 2012 will make 2010 look benign.

    Will women, senior citizens and white voters realize that they were had by Teapublicans or will they continue to drink the tea?  To make things worse, Hispanics are disillusioned and, while I don't think there's any real chance of a huge uptick in Hispanics voting for the GOP, many could very well stay home; another way to hand Teapublicans a major victory.  Add on top the laws to make voting harder for students, seniors, Blacks and other minorities, and it sure looks scary for next year's elections.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 12:46:27 PM PDT

  •  Really well done (0+ / 0-)

    Excellent points, well made.

    Thanks for doing this diary.

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