Re: Re: How is the European immigration debate different?
Governor Richardson, I absolutely agree with the necessity to respond to the immigration issue, in part, by treating immigrants to the United States as human beings. I find it incredibly frustarting that you needed to point out this necessity because it suggests the existing dehumanization of the immigrant.
However, the ridiculous arguments for building a wall across the US-Mexico border will not resolve the issues for either nation. The focus of the blame needs to shift from the immigrant to the multinational corporation. The common frustration spoken by working class U.S. families is the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico, China, India, etc. Yet, the media and politicians choose to demonize these nations and their immigrants instead of shedding light on the reasons for outsourcing. Multinational corporations such as Wal-Mart, who can guarantee low, low prices, do so by paying wages below the minimum wage, overworking socio-economically vulnerable employees, and maintaining poor living and working conditions. Despite the horrid conditions within the majority of maquilas both the media and U.S. politicians continue to gloss over these human rights issues.
By placing the majority of the political focus of the immigration issues on the immigrant, politicians are intentionally deflecting the attention of the public away from the major cause of illegal immigration into the U.S.
We are constantly trying to force the world to look like us — we need to move on.
- When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many Americans jumped for joy. At the time, some believed there weren't going to be any more political disagreements anywhere in the world. They thought American democracy had won the "war of ideas."
- American exceptionalism has sought to create a world order that's really a mirror image of ourselves — a liberal world order founded on the DNA of American thinking. To many abroad this looks like ethnic chauvinism.
- We need to move on from this way of thinking, and consider that sometimes "problem-solving," in global affairs, means the world makes us look like how it wants to be.
Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.
- Researchers find a new state of matter called "topological superconductivity".
- The state can lead to important advancements in quantum computing.
- Utilizing special particles that emerge during this state can lead to error-free data storage and blazing calculation speed.
French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
- French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
- Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.