Argh! Globe Just Doesn't Get How Weak Immigration Policy Hurts Workers
You can lead the Boston Globe to the facts about immigration, but you can't make it think. The focus of the Globe's editorial of today, African-Americans need apply, is "the disappearing African-American hotel worker." Precise figures for the Boston hotel industry aren't available but the Globe notes that in Los Angeles, African-Americans "comprise only about 6 percent of workers in downtown hotels."
The Globe acknowledges that "new immigrant populations . . . have been replacing African-Americans in hotel service jobs for about a decade." So you'd think that perhaps the Globe would take the next logical step and call for a clampdown on immigration, particularly illegal immigration.
But no! That might require the paper to relinquish some of its cherished liberal notions. Check this recent NewsBusters item, for example, in which I describe the Globe's "solution" to the problem of illegal immigrants - paying them more! Instead of reducing competition from immigrants, today's editorial proposes a typical liberal solution:
"Strict racial quotas are unwise. Yet mere outreach efforts often lack teeth. A plan with goals and timetables, however, could still emerge from the committees."
Ah, good old "goals and timetables" - another name for quotas.
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