June 19, 2007
Anti-Latino Racism: The Equality Issue Of Our Time
Robert Gittelson, a garment manufacturer -- and not a law professor -- in the LA area, writes for Immigration Daily (here) that "The fact is I'm not a child any longer, and I do understand the immigration reform issue in all its complexity, I have witnessed discrimination, and I can, have, and will advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, and against the tide of Anti-Latino Racism that has reared its ugly head so vociferously in the wake of the recent senate immigration debate."
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I would suggest that an entrepreneur in an industry that is historically exploitive of women and new immigrants, one that has had little compunctions about violating immigration employment laws, may be supected to have ulterior motives in any claim of racism involving this issue. Under a different Executive Branch, where law was considered sacred and worth enforcing, many owners in garment industry would be prosecuted under the RICO Act for knowingly hiring or even recruiting illegal aliens. The garment industry has always been a cutthroat industry in this country, and it has become moreso since its domination by imports from the third world. Why would playing the race card be beneath these employers, as they are fighting for their companies viability.
Posted by: Horace | Jun 19, 2007 5:48:28 PM
I applaud Mr. Gittelson's candid and passionate piece. The racist and hateful comments and misinformation about undocumented immigrants flooding the internet is overwhelming, embarrassing and disgusting. However, like Mr. Gittelson we must bear witness to these injustices and speak out loudly and clearly against the spin and outright lies. Inaction is not an option for it is action and the flames of hate can explode into a wildfire of horror in the blink of an eye. It has happened in the past and we must learn from these mistakes. We cannot let it happen again.
Posted by: Francine Lipman | Jun 19, 2007 8:48:30 PM
My guess it that Gittelson exploits illegal alien labor, as he would otherwise be out of business. His wife is conveniently an immigration lawyer, and I suspect that he'll have need of one in the near future. As Horace suspects, it's probably not altruism that's motivating his furvor in advocating changing our immigrtion laws, but self-preservation. It's notable that recently hundreds of employers are coming out of the shadows by boldly speaking out in a desperate effort to save their own skins. This one pulls the race card, which makes him particularly odious. Nice try, Gitty.
Posted by: publiuscincinatus | Jun 20, 2007 5:15:06 PM