You can’t cover politics without noticing a steady stream of news releases and policy statements on what wonks and pundits call immigration. Left leaners paint the millions entering the U.S. with one brush—humble farm workers hoping to improve their lot. Right leaners see the influx as an invasion made up of people no one can document.
Commerce chambers and advocates for the hotel, ski resort and construction sectors among others see foreign citizens who come here to work (legally or illegally) as taking jobs Americans won’t take. Remember the hoopla in 2005 when Mexico president Vicente Fox said, “[I]legals do the work that ‘not even black people want to do,’ implying that African Americans make up the lowest rungs of society. “ [The San Francisco Chronicle]
Fox was criticizing citizens of Arizona who were concerned about the deluge of foreign citizens in their state. The Chronicle reminded us Mexico unveiled postage stamps about a month later “featuring none other than a black character like something out of a minstrel show.”