The Bush-Senate plan legislates the corporate sector’s desire for an unending supply of cheap Mexican labor to depress American wages and worsen American working conditions in perpetuity by creating an ethnically homogeneous permanent underclass. It is class warfare by the super-rich against the rest of America.
This betrayal of traditional immigration policy will be borne on the backs of the nation’s most vulnerable: America’s working class, working poor (African Americans chiefly), seasonal workers, recent immigrants, young people entering the workforce.
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While those who support illegal immigration might number in the tens of millions, it seems to me that those who oppose it number in the greater tens of millions. After all, who, whether on the left or right, really wants to admit supporting illegality, or the reduction of the American economy to Third World status?
On the issue of illegal immigration, many Republicans oppose the Bush Administration's plans for de facto amnesty.
It seems to me that the canny Democratic operative could simply field candidates who vow to take a position to the right of the Bush Administration on the issue of illegal aliens. By virtue of the fact that the interests of labor and non-illegal alien minorities would be served, traditional Democratic interests groups would be pleased, and, in addition, Republicans disgusted with the Bush Administration's immigration policies would also sign on.
Voila, a Democratic landslide in 2008.
But the Democratic leadership seems blind to this possibility.
[Edited 2006-11-02 16:15:02]