Annotated excerpts from Protect the rights of immigrants by Rocío Sáenz, shown here, president of a Service Employees International Union local in Boston:
- "The national political climate both exploits immigrant workers and punishes them for seeking the American dream."
- "Immigrants and low-wage workers, like everyone, need good jobs with living wages and affordable health care."
- "Immigrants [should] receive the same opportunities as previous generations of newcomers."
- "New Bostonians [code for immigrants including illegals] need tough-minded policies that protect hard-working men and women from unscrupulous employers and dangerous working conditions. Government must make sure that workers are not punished when employers act illegally or dishonestly. If a company is exploiting immigrant labor, the punishment should belong solely to those employers, not to the workers trying to support themselves and their families."
- "Governor [Deval Patrick], please help provide protection for workers who are unfairly fired and punished when employers are caught exploiting them illegally. These men and women are simply trying to earn a living."
So employers hiring illegals should be punished, but the illegals they hire should be allowed to continue to work or be given state aid? My head is swimming. And no, they're not "simply trying to earn a living." They're violating the law. Someone who breaks into your house might be trying to "earn a living" too.Will the Globe ever see the low-wage and unemployment problem in terms of the illegal immigrant situation that largely fuels it? Or will it continue to be blinded by political correctness?
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