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High-tech executives are the ones who don’t want to let the market work. If they really faced a shortage of high-tech workers in America, they’d pay higher wages. In fact, the wages of programmers, systems designers, software engineers and others have barely budged over the past decade, adjusted for inflation. High-tech firms want skilled foreign workers because they don’t want to pay more than they’re paying now. According to the latest government statistics, the median wage for new H-1B holders in computer-related occupations is only $50,000 – way below the median wage for those occupations in the U.S., and even below the starting salaries of new U.S. graduates in these fields. So I’d say “no” to increasing the number of H1-B visas. Robert Reich

Today we see that this fear of immigrants coming across the border to take jobs and to take educational resources and who are going to drain the tax base of your county. These fears that they are coming to take from you is leading and has led to another for get tough movement. Get tough on them, those immigrants who have violated the law by crossing over. And this wave of punitiveness now directed towards immigrants is leading to the same kind of indifference towards their basic humanity that we have seen in the war on drugs and the get tough movement that led to the rise of mass incarceration. I mean, race has been used as a wedge again and again throughout American history to divide the lower classes, if you will. And to create an environment in which poor and working class people are pit against one another. Michelle Alexander

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The laws that Justin Bieber breaks could kill people. Driving Under the Influence is not simply a crime. Just go to the website of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and you can see the agony such a crime can cause. Being a drug abuser is supporting criminal cartels. Just see the photographs from Mexico to see what criminal drug cartels do to people who oppose them. Meanwhile, the undocumented immigrant breaks the law in order to be able to support his/her family. Most work regular jobs, many working more than one. They live together in untenable conditions in order to be able to save money to send to their families back home. They do many jobs that Americans will not take, even when they are unemployed. Now, guess which one of the two law-breaking foreigners gets hunted down in immigration raids, jailed for months, and eventually deported? Guess which one gets a slap on the hand and gets to continue to work openly in the USA? OrthoCuban

So why is Justin Bieber not sitting in an immigrant detention cell enriching the shareholders of the private prison corporations, which are profiting handsomely from the mandatory detention laws, while he awaits deportation? Well first of all, he hasn’t been convicted of anything yet and it’s quite likely that most, if not all, the charges against him will be dropped. (Sky News reported earlier that the DUI charge has already been dropped.) But most of all, it’s because as a wealthy guy, he could easily afford to pay the $2,500 bond for the DUI and related offenses and he can afford the best quality legal representation available. So even if he did end up in deportation proceedings, he would have the luxury of a lawyer to fight his cause. I say “luxury” because statistics show that 84% of immigrants in detention have no legal representation whatsover. Unlike in the criminal justice system where the state must provide indigent defendants with counsel, there are no similar safeguards for immigrants in custody. As the statistics show, it’s the immigrants who can’t afford an attorney who are the immigrants who get deported. Justin Bieber is Lucky That He’s Rich. Poor Immigrants Don’t Get Off so Lightly

Whether it’s fasting to provoke political movement or something else entirely, there are times in all of our lives, and in each generation, when we have to decide whether or not we will stand against what we believe to be injustice or whether we’ll shrink back in fear. If we’re going to be faithful to the Jesus way, we must lovingly and non-violently take our positions against injustice though they render us unpopular. When I think of being unpopular, I think of William Wilberforce who fought for most of his life to free the slaves of the British Empire. Initially, his stance was politically inexpedient and unpopular with most church folk. Today, I believe that speaking up for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and being Jesus to those documented and undocumented immigrants around us is what God would have us do. Why I Fasted For Families (by Marlena Graves)

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