And here's why:
Minshall says he sees the pain every day. Baltimore, he says, is full of young, black men who are "unemployable because they won't work for $4.50 an hour." The influx of immigrants, he says, "is tilting everyone's wages down, except for the upper class." He says that one member of his church, the owner of a roofing business, recently fired his entire crew and replaced them with immigrant contractors. The man felt "pushed up against a wall," Minshall says, because he couldn't compete without using illegal labor. "The customer will always buy the $2,000 roof and not the $2,500 one," Minshall says, adding, "We've gotten so addicted to cheap goods."The left splits over immigration | Salon.com News, April 20, 2006Immigration hits the poor hardest, of course, of course because they're most vulnerable. She quotes some of the same people at CommonDreams.org that Randall Burns noted recently, as well as economists Paul Krugman and George Borjas.
After all, the gravamen of Salon's complaint immigration reform movement seemed to be that they were members of another group hard hit by immigration: white Americans.