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May 5, 2006


To the editor:

I hate to say it folks, but this is our bed.

It is impossible to open the paper or tune in the news without hearing something about "illegals" ruining our nation, sucking up our welfare and forcing us to learn a little (heaven forbid) Spanish.

Sorry to let everyone in on this secret, but it is our doing. First and foremost by demanding cheap goods. If we were to pay market value for the goods we so eagerly consume, those costs would far outpace any services we may be providing these working folks.

And let's not forget the fact that these are human beings we are talking about. I know the talking heads on TV would like us to forget that, but it is the case. They are ordinary working folk doing jobs we don't want for wages we wouldn't accept, wages that are suppressed because of our demand for cheap goods.

Let me pose a deeper question: Starting in the 15th century and up to the 19th century, did our ancestors really care what the Native Americans thought were OK levels of whites? Illegal aliens stealing property, destroying culture and dissolving the language. I think not. What makes us better? Ain't it funny how time slips away?

Zac Hamlin,



Kelly Powell 12 years, 1 month ago

So you are saying we should have on going raids against the mexicans?

paladin 12 years, 1 month ago

C-, Zac. What's your point? The reader shouldn't have to guess. If it is just that you are now aware of a particular social problem, why not just tell a friend? A memo to posterity is probably not needed.

mefirst 12 years, 1 month ago

I like the little sound byte that keeps being repeated: migrant workers drive down, seems to me that the corporations who pay the workers determine the wages. Why don't we focus on the corporations who get away with driving down wages to increase their already exhorbitant profits?

American corporations are the traitors. They serve their own interests without any responsibility or accountability to workers, communities, or this country. We continue to support these corporations through mindless consumption of their worthless crap. It's time to demand social responsibility from American companies.

The American consumer bears enormous responsiblility, but would rather sit back and blame the desperate Mexican.

yourworstnightmare 12 years, 1 month ago

It is a simple matter of capitalist economics. There are jobs available in the US for wages that Americans won't work for. There are workers in Mexico willing and eager for said jobs.

Stopping this dynamic is like trying to stop the tide. The answer, as any good capitalist should know, is to target supply and demand. A wall will not stop illegal immigrants and the companies that want to hire them.

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