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Thursday, August 18, 2011

"A Price Tag in the Billions" - Immigration Debate


The New York Times ran a series of articles on immigration, August 18, 2011

I collected some humanitarian comments from the article that I wanted to highlight.



"Gandhi had it right – all work should have dignity.
Fundamentally, in our immigration, outsourcing, and energy policies, we have tried to get something for (close to) nothing." -Frank Stoppenbach, Red Hook, NY

"The conditions are inhumane and bring to mind the communist idea of farming. It's ironic isn't it, that both capitalism and communism in the extreme make farming so oppressive and repellent." - Meg Virginia

"So we should collude in exploiting undocumented workers because we need them for our economy? Seems to me, if they are that essential in building America they have every right to claim her for their own, just like the rest of us, and that, should that be the case, we should design ways in which they could obtain citizen status for themselves and their children. And we should definitely design better ways in which to protect their rights as workers and citizens." -Kurt, NY

"Why don't we expand and simplify legal immigration?
Keeping the immigrants in the shadows allows them to be exploited more easily so it might contribute to keeping the prices down and profits up, but allowing them to work openly, unionize, stand up for their rights might improve working conditions and undercut the anti-immigration activists' absurd arguments that all immigration is bad." -Nancy, Upstate New York

"There's a reason Republicans like cheap labour. It busts unions and removes any clout by workers. It becomes a one-way street of control." -Talbot, New York

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