Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Steve Lamb commenting on “Anti-Immigrant Front Group Launches Ad Campaign Claiming Reduced Immigration Will ‘Save The Earth’, by Andrea Nill.
Here’s Steve’s comment:
Our present immigration policy is a disaster for all American workers. It is one that benefits Oligarchs in the United States, Mexico, China, primarily, and other places in the world like Ireland, to a lesser extent. In the specific case of Mexico, since that’s where most of the heat and so little light is being placed in this argument.
The people in Mexico with the highest drive to better life for their families are leaving that country and taking pressure off the oligarchs there to raise living standards and standards of democracy. This leaves the Mexican People without their natural leaders and activists, greatly empowering the Ivy League educated Oligarchs of mexico who see their people as nothing more than Peons. So an open border is in the first place a anti – progressive situation for the future of the Mexican People in Mexico.I guess I can now be called a Xenophobe or a racist now by the emotional here.
In America the open border with Mexico is anti-progressive because a endless supply of labor who have no recourse to the law and general society can not help but do what it has done for thirty years: Drop wages, working conditions, benefits, and Unionization rates for ALL workers in the USA. By embracing an open border policy Progressives are driving American Citizens into the arms of their oppressors, the American oligarchs,and their talk show lackies, who pretend to care while reaping the benefits of this policy. Want to know why Kansas is voting against it’s own interests? It’s voting for the only people who pretend to give a good God Damn about American working people and one of the biggest threats to them. Many so called “Progressives” are making pronouncements about “just sacrifice” and that would be OK were it our jobs, and not the Jobs of working class blue collar Americans, we were so willing to sacrifice. Friends, our viewpoint has been classist and has aided our natural enemies. good Job. Does making this observation make me a xenophobe?
All American workers are harmed by an open border with Mexico. Illegal immigrant workers are harmed as they still are forced to live as Peons, perhaps better off than they are in Mexico, but still a people with no recourse to the courts, no possibility of living empowered lives. The Oligarchs on both side of the border win here, In Mexico because those who would demand more leace the Country, in America because wages, unionization and working conditions are kept down, many workers have no recourse to justice and can be mistreated at will, and all workers with labor more plentiful have their wages run down and their un-certainty of employment increased. The Oligarchs and Capital have their wealth and power increased by this open border. Does this comment make me a xenophobe?
Somehow progressives as a group, have found it in their hearts to have empathy for illegal immigrant workers while they look down their noses at native born American workers. I suggest this is counter productive to building an effective long term movement. Even the Children of illegal immigrants must view us with distrust as they become native born, legal, a threat to the Oligarchy and amazingly no longer have our support as we counter-productively support the next wave of illegal immigrants. We are cutting our throats as far as building a long term sustainable movement by our embrace of policies that devastate native born workers and erase the possibility of long term gain for all immigrants, legal and illegal. We have embraced people whoa re here criminally and in so doing given aid and comfort to our enemies. Perhaps we have done this because we are kind in our hearts, but it has been an unthinking knee jerk reaction, not action built of thought for our long term interests, the long term interests of the Mexican People or the long term interests of the American people. Good Job! Does this comment make me a Xenophobe?
As to the Science of does importing a person from the third world to the first world increase that individuals carbon footprint- Uh DUH! At least it is quantified now. To those of you who hate or wish to ignore the science of that, shame on you for letting your emotions demand that you not examine the truth. What are you, Limbaugh listeners? Am I a Xenophobe for that comment?
Finally as to Kevin Lynne’s excellent point, without the massive waves of immigration, legal and illegal, since the mid 1970’s America’s population would have stabilized. This situation would have been terrible for CAPITAL, as many homes, strip malls and other economic bubbles would never have been able to be supported. With a stable population wages would have been driven up and in all probability, American industry would have had to re-invest in more efficient machinery just to survive. This would have dramatically cut America’s carbon footprint. We would have had to expand our economy somehow, and the only way with a stable population to have done that would have been through infrastructure improvements- better rail, mass transit, sewage treatment plants, forest replanting,cleaner factories, better run farms. Immigration is making the nation as a whole, in terms of both wages and the commons poorer. I know this not just because of reading studies, but because my wife’s grandfather legally immigrated from a nation with a stable population. When we visit her cousins, we visit a nation of almost full employment, increasing wages, decreasing hours of work, increasing worker benefits and security. We visit a nation where all the tools in factories are replaced every five years and where green innovations that are developed in America but that no one here will buy, are bought by capital because they save money in the long run on them. We visit a nation where labor is at psychological rest, and capital is in worry. We visit a nation with incredible investment in quality infrastructure. We visit the kind of place Americans once thought we would grow to become and Progressives no longer dare to dream this Country can be. We have sold that future for ourselves and our Children to some really diabolical Oligarchs who have a policy destructive to Mexico and America, but beneficial to themselves. we have sold out because they, who despise all working people have told us we were heartless to not support policies against our own and the immigrants long term interests. If seeing this and saying what is so is so makes me or anyone else a xenophobe, well we need more of them and we need them now.