July 6, 2008


U.S. employers challenge crackdown on illegal immigrants (Julia Preston, July 6, 2008, NY Times)

Under pressure from the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in two decades, employers across the United States are fighting back in state legislatures, U.S. courts and city halls.

Business groups have resisted measures that would revoke the licenses of employers of illegal immigrants. They are proposing alternatives that would revise U.S. rules for verifying the identity documents of new hires and would expand programs to bring in legal immigrant laborers.

Although the pushback is coming from both Democrats and Republicans, in many places it is reopening the rift over immigration that troubled the Republican Party last year. Businesses, generally Republican stalwarts, are standing up to others within the party who accuse them of undercutting border enforcement and jeopardizing U.S. jobs by hiring illegal immigrants as cheap labor.

Blocking Christan immigrants and protecting jobs for special interests at the cost of economic growth can't be a long term policy for a conservative party.

A fiesta at Fenway (Boston Globe, July 6, 2008)

With the Red Sox down in the Bronx playing the Yankees, more than 6,000 people descended on Fenway Park yesterday afternoon for the Comcast Latino Family Festival and an afternoon of community building, healthcare awareness, and entertainment.

The festival featured music, dancing, games, and performers, including popular acts Don Omar, Amarfis, N'Klave, and Alexander, as well as professional Latino clowns from Worcester and Lawrence.

Attendees were greeted by booths showcasing about two dozen local community and healthcare organizations including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Latino Professional Network, and the YWCA.

The event was designed "so that members of the community can be engaged and learn about health issues, and [we] can increase community awareness of health concerns and provide entertainment," said Marc Goodman, a Comcast spokesman.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2008 8:13 AM

Sure OJ, San Francisco needs more illegal immigrant drug dealers and more illegal immigrant gang members who murder three people at a time for no reason. But it's OK because you're sure they're Christian?

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 6, 2008 12:27 PM

Those people grow up to be Kennedys, Buchanans and Tancredos. Crime is a rather traditional economic entry point.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2008 2:46 PM

Who in his right mind spends an afternoon at the ballpark engaging in "community building and healthcare awareness" instead of watching a ballgame? I'm pretty sure the answer has something to do with soccer.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at July 6, 2008 3:21 PM

Can't make an omelette without some broken eggs, OJ? Too bad about the dead citizens, but I guess they don't have your long-range view of the situation.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 6, 2008 9:40 PM

They do now.

Posted by: oj at July 7, 2008 8:30 AM
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