The Wall Street Journal is famously schizoid: the news pages are written by conventional liberal media Democrats. The Editorial Page, once controlled by conservative Republicans, is now a stronghold of Neoconservatism (a very different thing).
The news liberals, possibly with some vague memory of the days when liberals cared about workers, are responsible for writing into today`s remarkable Page One article on Northwest Arkansas [Uneven Boom Wal-Mart Fosters A Region`s Rise, But Not All Benefit, by Kemba J. Dunham and Kortney Stringer, February 10, 2005—access requires subscription; free version] the crucial fact that blue collar workers are being deprived of their share of the booming region`s prosperity because of immigration:
"Dale Baughman, who has lived in Northwest Arkansas all his life, has had a different experience. Three years ago…he lost an $18.50-an-hour tool-making job. "It`s hard to find a job and the ones you can find don`t pay anything," says the 52-year-old, who has a high-school diploma. He looked for machine-maintenance jobs…but found only ones paying $12 to $13 an hour. He partly blames a rise in immigration, which he says is keeping wages low for less-skilled labor.
Other workers agree that immigrants from Latin America are helping employers push wages down in jobs such as construction, where some native-born workers say they earn less now than they did 10 years ago. According to the Census Bureau, 6.9% of the area`s population was foreign-born in 2000, up from 1.5% in 1990…many of whom work in local factories and poultry plants.
"James Bishop and Lisa Broadwell are longtime residents of Northwest Arkansas… both are underemployed. `Hispanics are taking over the jobs in the poultry industry — jobs that used to go to people who live here, and as a result, those people that used to be in the poultry industry are taking over our jobs,` Ms. Broadwell said."
But as with Time`s excellent cover story last year, truth on this subject does not come from the "conservative" Establishment Media.
Tell them it was in a good cause!
In a press release from Team America:
"Today, the House of Representatives took a small step toward keeping faith with the families of victims of September 11th by acting to implement what are perhaps the most important recommendations that the 9/11 Commission made," said Tancredo, chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus. "This bill today represents possibly the most significant improvement of border security and immigration law in nearly a decade."
42 Democrats crossed the aisle to lend their support for this much needed security bill. 8 Republicans voted against HR 418. Click here to see the roll call.