I had (wrongly) imagined that the summer replacement for Lou Dobbs would lay off his blatantly racist assault on Latinos, veiled in the imagery of criminals who sneak into America to rob us with their chicanery (emergency room medicine) and murder us in our sleep.  This sleaze is morally criminal in its own right.  Even Bush had some sense of the positive role played by new arrivals from south of our border in bringing in our crops and doing other jobs at minimal cost.  In fact such immigrants have been exploited by those who know that they cannot complain and they have been used by business to suppress unions and unionized businesses by competing at lower rates for all sorts of efforts ranging from construction to retailing.

I happen to be a port of entry college teacher (retiring tomorrow) who has taught more than a thousand of the most recent arrivals to this country.  They are the best with the get up and go to come here.  Perhaps my most brilliant student in 40 years of teaching was a Nigerian whom we discovered as a hospital guard who went on from us to dual programs in NYU Medicine AND Columbia public health simultaneously.  Google shows a distinguished medical career in process.

Sad it is that the arrivals of previous generations are those who most ardently seem to oppose successors from other regions.

We routinely turn off CNN each night at 6:00 p.m. EDT and watch the BBC followed by Amy Goodman.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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