David Brook: U.S. workers left out

September 19, 2013 

Left out

As I read the Sept. 16 news article “A call for immigration reform” on the Durham rally on immigration, I wondered whether the speakers at the rally knew or cared that 23 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed, that inflation-adjusted wages are lower than in 1999 and that North Carolina has the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation?

The rally organizers completely left U.S. workers out of the equation of justice. What we really need are decent wages that can support a family rather than undercutting U.S. citizens – native-born and immigrants alike – with millions of low-cost foreign laborers.

David Brook


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