on Salon.com writes about the damage that illegal immigration has done to blacks, she quotes an inner-city clergyman, whose left-wing anti-Bush credentials she establishes at some length, (he`s what`s sometimes called
) arguing that "that social justice demands a crackdown on the undocumented. "I`m afraid the Minutemen have a point here," he says."
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, 2006
Immigration hits the poor hardest, of course, of course because they`re most vulnerable. She quotes some of the same people at CommonDreams.org t
hat Randall Burns noted recently
, as well as economists Paul Krugman and George Borjas.
It`s a fact that all Americans stand to lose by immigration, "red, white, and black,"
as W. C. Edgar
put it in a country song about immigration.
However, if the "Minutemen have a point here,"
is Salon.com going to apologize for its 2003 smear
of Chris Simcox and Vdare.com?
I`m just asking.
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.