Day: September 2, 2019

We need to stop arguing for the expansion of the modern-slave system

The NY Times article “Is Immigration at Its Limit” is proposing to maintain a system of slavery and an underclass of workers in our country. Instead of calling for the repeal of the law that criminalizes undocumented immigrants, the NY Times attempts to justify the expansion of an underclass of workers, promoting the myth a) that there is a labor shortage b) that Americans are not willing to work as hard and c) that consumers will have to pay more for goods and services. This argument attempts to hoodwink working consumers to blame other workers, while employers squeeze superprofits from both.

It’s time we stop arguing over whether or not we want more modern-day slaves in this country and start demanding and end to the modern-day slave system.

“Criminalizing undocumented workers will not stop people from hiring them. It only makes them more exploitable.”

Source: The Progressive: Workplace Raids Are Not the Answer

“A third of a century with the Immigration Reform and Control Act’s employer sanctions should teach us one thing: criminalizing undocumented labor is not the answer. Labor abuses run rampant in the poultry industry, fueled by an economic system that is accountable only to the owners and shareholders of corporations.” Read more from this article by Angela Steusse here.