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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hundreds March for Immigration Reform

Posted by on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

  • Eli Sanders | The Stranger

While I've been poking fun all day at the over-hyped anarchist May Day mayhem that has yet to materialize, the peaceful and well organize pro-immigration reform march and rally is no joke. Brendan confirms that hundreds of people (at least) have joined the march, while reporting from atop Seattle's downtown public library Eli says that the marchers stretch down 4th Avenue for "three city blocks easily."

God knows our local media was geared up for a day of black-clad anarchist window smashing. Since the news cameras are already on the scene, it'll be interesting to see if they lavish the same sort of intense coverage on this large but peaceful demonstration as the would have on a handful vandals?


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Agree: Would be great if media actually reported the message of hardworking immigrants and advocates who are calling for sensible reform. This is a year's old march: but with serious momentum and purpose this year as we haven't been this close to fixing our broken immigration system in over a generation.
Posted by sparkglobal on May 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM · Report this
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@2, Actually - they are. I happen to be watching KOMO.
Posted by raindrop on May 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM · Report this
It is worth pointing out that there is some tension between the idea of a more liberal immigration policy and the idea of advancing the interests of American workers.

Who was pushing immigration reform in 2007? Democrats and Hispanic organizations, sure. But remember, quite a few Republicans, including President Bush and Senator McCain were all in favor of the idea too.

Why do you suppose that is?

And why do you suppose the Chamber of Commerce is so gung ho on the idea?

I suggest that the answer is that increased immigration of people from across the educational spectrum serves the interests not of workers but of employers. Immigrants add to the labor force, increasing its supply. And in an environment where demand for labor is already slack, that can only serve to push wages even further down (and add directly to the bottom line).

Moreover, new immigrant workers, especially migrants and guest workers, are far more likely to accept pay that is lower than the prevailing wage. Again, that hurts the interests of Americans already here.

Nor is this just an effect limited to blue collar work and unskilled labor. The expanded H1B program is directly targeted at displacing well-paid (or overpaid) white collar workers, especially in IT, something that ought to be of keen interest to The Stranger's readership.

I understand that the dynamics of immigration policy go beyond the economic sphere. There is a real history of racism and prejudice that needs to be addressed. But, as Cesar Chavez recognized, many of these immigration reforms are aimed squarely at attacking the interests of anyone not in the capital class.
Posted by Corydon on May 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM · Report this
A quick skim of the national media via Google News suggests that The Stranger is a bit of an outlier-- most news organs seem to be reporting largely on the Immigration protestors and only briefly mentioning anarchists, while Goldy and Team Slog are doing just the opposite.
Posted by robotslave on May 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM · Report this
Clearly thousands of protesters, not hundreds.
Posted by anon1256 on May 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM · Report this

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