Thursday, May 6, 2010


For generations in this country, migrant workers have done a great deal of the low-wage manual labor that has been necessary to the development of our society. In addition to the migrant workers from (for instance) Mexico, I'm thinking of the many people who migrated from the dust bowl to California looking for work a couple generations ago.

But people migrating from one part of the country to the other is not a point of contention these days. In the wake of the ridiculous law just passed in Arizona, I wonder why we're so scared of and worried about a) unlawful migration, and b) immigration reform.

Are we worried that immigration reform which leads to respect for the person-hood of poor migrant workers will lead to normalization of labor laws for all workers, and that normalization of labor laws will lead to the need for employees to actually treat migrant workers well?


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