Give all workers exactly the same rights and min wages and watch the problem evaporate with the "illegal advantage" for employers. This is all driven by big business, not the immigrants.
Back in our history, many of an ancestor immigrants came over in the late 1980'w or thre about, at about the same time the government was giving away land in the midsection of our country... Most of these immigrants were familiar with farming - but as grain prices especially small grains, etc., did not keep up with costs and inflation - grain merchants in big hubs and the railways also were culpable at squeezing these farmers. At the same time, back in the early 80's, wages were also being depressed for workers......These are all similar stories, different venues, .. Yes they are related. Just taske a look at the miniscule number of the top wealthy ones, at the same time, the lower strata have been sinking, and sinking.
Actually allowing businesses to hire and exploit illegal immigrants with little to no penalties should be the ninth item on your list. The American Chamber of Commerce directly lobbied against the punitive provision in the 1986 Immigration Reform Act and had it removed, claiming it would be too burdensome to business.
In These Times, thanks for being a robust force on the left. You're fighting the good fight against the corporate media. The fact that the media are rich and corporate is the reason why corporations and the rich are seldom blamed for what ails America. Instead, it's easier to blame immigrants, the poor, the working class. At least Jim Hightower knows who's really to blame. (And so do most Americans, really. We're not stupid, although the centrist and right-wing media certainly try everything they can to dumb us down.)
Why are combining 'Wage Earners' and 'immigrants'????? They are in no way the same nor should they ever be lumped together...
"F" you, Liberal.....
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