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  •  Let me list the reasons (3+ / 0-)
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    (1) He probably doesn't want to be racially profiled.

    (2) Your idea of illegal immigrant may not be his - he may well understand with more nuance than you do the failures of the current system and the impossible choices facing immigrants.

    (3)  He may not be as scared of competition for his job as perhaps you might be.

    (4)  He might have a stake in a business that depends upon the strength of the general economy, which benefits by legalization.

    (5)  He might feel uncomfortable deporting 11 million people, most of whom work as hard or harder than his neighbors.

    (6)  He might actually know some kids who came here with their parents, and for whom this is home - and he may be a decent enough human being to realize that those kids are as fully American as those who would deport them.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:12:00 PM PDT

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    •  Good reply. (0+ / 0-)

      But ManhattanMan doesn't have a Latino neighbor who is a legal immigrant.  S/he is just trying to goad people into disagreeing.

      •  I'm not going to go down that road (1+ / 0-)
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        Faito

        I would rather assume goodwill.  I think Manhattan Man is seriously worried that his job in the IT sector will disappear.  I work with immigrants and used to work on policy for an immigrant rights group, so I'm firmly in the pro-comprehensive immigration reform camp.  I find myself getting annoyed at the IT sector who see their needs and interests first... but, they are scared of losing their jobs.  They are scared to be 50 and unemployed and in the 2013 parallel to mill workers in the South 40 years ago. So I'm goint to dial back my annoyance and try to understand their fear.

        Bottom line for me, though, is that we need a pathway to full equal status for those who are here and who are contributing members of our society.  I don't want anything to stop that from happening.  But I am going to try to be less hostile to those who fear these changes.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:33:42 PM PDT

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      •  Dude, in my neighborhood... (0+ / 0-)

        ...I have few neighbors who are not Latino. My name is "ManhattanMan", not "Midtown ManhattanMan".

        But yes, I do want to provoke some discussion of this. I have knocked on doors for Democrats in upstate districts and this bill is not something I want around my neck when I canvass in 2014.

        I believe that we are making a mistake. But I've been wrong before, so I'm asking to be talked down.

    •  Point-by-point (1+ / 0-)
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      1) Legalizing 11 million people won't make racism go away. And since the bill does little to slow future immigration, brown people will still be suspected of being illegals.

      2) Understandable. We tend to sympathize with people who have had similar experiences.

      3) and 4) He is not a 1%-ter. He works for a living. His assets are his house and his car. He does not have $500,000 invested in the S&P 500.

      5) If the bill fails, we are not deporting 11 million people (physically impossible). We just begin negotiating again.

      6) The kids, aka "DREAMers" are the most sympathetic players in the negotiation. Surely something can be done for the kids without screwing over American workers?

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