Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Why They Hate Immigrant Workers, and Why We Love Them

Many of the organizing victories of the past two decades have been spearheaded by immigrant workers, from the great Justice for Janitors campaigns in Los Angeles and other urban areas to little victories in local restaurants and corner greengrocer stores.

by David L. Wilson, MRzine
January 26, 2009

On Tuesday, December 9, the anti-immigrant lobbyists at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) held a press conference in downtown Washington, DC to promote their "Immigration Reform Agenda for the 111th Congress."

The press conference followed the new line that groups like FAIR have adopted since the financial crisis broke out last September. Undocumented immigrants "played an important role" in the crisis, FAIR president Dan Stein insisted. "[T]he recent economic downturn" has made the "fiscal cost of immigration . . . even more burdensome to the American taxpayer," FAIR's handout announced, warning that Congress needs to "take special care to protect the American worker by restricting the amount of cheap, foreign labor that is allowed to compete with U.S. workers." [...]

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