"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Blog | Robert Scheer: There Is No Immigration Crisis | The Huffington Post

The Blog Robert Scheer: There Is No Immigration Crisis The Huffington Post: "There is no immigration crisis -- other than the one created by a small but vocal stripe of opportunist politicians, media demagogues and freelance xenophobes."

I guess I am one of those xenophobes and/or a mindless lemming manipulated by "opportunist politicians."

Sheer's piece floats along on the waves of the argument that I have been complaining of lately. He can post that there is no problem, then discuss the parts that avoid any discussion of what people entering the country illegally means. There is "no problem," because he isn't addressing part of the problem.

I don't have an issue with immigration itself, as many that want something done don't. Yet those reacting are discussed as though they do. Do I want to protect American jobs? Sure. Do I care if a job is filled by a "legal" immigrant? No. Do I care if a job is filled by an "illegal" immigrant? Yes.

According to Sheer, zealots are over-reacting. Yet who is not considered a zealot, when what Sheer wants is revealed by this quote. "Some 2 million immigrant workers now earn less than the minimum wage and millions more work without the occupational safety, workers' compensation, overtime pay and other protections legal status offers." Well as he states it, that is not fair and I would agree, however, I have to assume he is not talking about "illegal" immigrant workers. If he were my response would be and is, 'perhaps you should use legal avenues to this country.'

"This is a moment of truth for America. It is time we acknowledged that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need us and began to treat them with the respect they deserve." I agree, it is time we "acknowledge" our need for "immigrant workers" and that they are treated with "the respect they deserve," unless they are "illegal."


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