So, the American people must shout out against this globalization plan by the Brookings Institute and Third Way corporate pols that is only meant to move the US closer to a third world colonial empire-building structure. There is nothing democratic about it and it is not the future we want for our children and grandchildren.
To reverse this trend we simply need to reinstate Rule of Law, rebuild these white collar criminal agencies across America and hold corporations accountable to domestic and international law. That will downsize them and return them to the status of good corporate citizen. It is not hard to do.....JUST VOTE YOUR THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRAT OUT OF OFFICE AND RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES!!!
American workers can see these immigration policies do not bode well for their future but we need immigrants here in America and wanting to come to America to understand they are lying to you as to their intent. Just as has been the case in countries all around the world using guest workers the only intent is to exploit labor. WE CAN HAVE A FAIR IMMIGRATION POLICY THAT GIVES IMMEDIATE CITIZENSHIP TO HISPANICS WITH A TRACK RECORD OF WORKING AND LIVING IN AMERICA. THAT WILL BE THE ONLY POLICY THAT WILL BE JUST......ANY OTHER WILL LEAD NOWHERE GOOD FOR ANY OF US!!! DO NOT BE FOOLED OVER COMPROMISE LEGISLATION WITH THE REPUBLICANS.....THIRD WAY DEMOCRATS KNOW WHAT A COMPROMISE WILL BRING.
THINK TO YOURSELF.......WOULD A POLITICIAN WHO INVITES YOU TO MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE AND THEN TURNS HIS/HER HEAD WHILE ALL KINDS OF WORKPLACE EXPLOITATION OCCURS REALLY BE WORKING IN YOUR BEST INTEREST? OF COURSE NOT.....THEY HAVE TRICKS UP THEIR COLLECTIVE SLEEVES.
A lesson in immigration: Guest worker experiments transformed Europe
Boston Globe ^ | April 19, 2006 | Colin Nickerson
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 12:10:56 PM by Ooh-Ah
BERLIN -- Germany needed workers. Turks needed work.
So starting in 1961, the country invited Turkish ''guest workers" to come do the dirty jobs that Germans didn't want. ...
Nobody grasped that the country -- and the continent, because neighboring nations soon undertook similar experiments -- was on the brink of a transformation whose effects are still reverberating across Europe. ...
In Germany, guest workers -- mostly poorly educated young men who were issued special visas allowing them entry for one or two years to take unskilled jobs -- helped the nation to become the third-richest in the world. The fabulous post-war prosperity of ... West European countries was also boosted by immigrant labor, mainly from Turkey and North Africa.
... recently, as economic growth has slowed, swelling numbers of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa -- many of them arriving without any visas, or overstaying their visas and melting into the ethnic suburbs -- are being blamed for social stresses from urban blight to chaotic schools. ...
For decades, there were no efforts to integrate the newcomers. They were entitled to social benefits, but not citizenship. Their children could attend schools, but little effort was made to give them language skills. Far from a melting pot, Europe in the post-World War II era became the realm of ''parallel societies," in which native and immigrant populations occupied the same countries but shared little common ground.
Now, the presence of millions of largely unassimilated newcomers, coupled with terrorist attacks in London and Madrid, has triggered furious debates in Europe over national identity and the future of immigration. ...
''The parents took jobs that Germans didn't want -- and most of that first generation did all right," ... ''But the young people don't even get the bad jobs. ...
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
Asian guest workers would become `second-class citizens'
- by: Ewin Hannan
- From: The Australian
- April 01, 2010 5:39AM
UNIONS have vowed to oppose a proposal by Colin Barnett to bring in Asian guest workers to the Pilbara on two year contracts to help meet labour demand.
The WA Premier touted the idea last week, saying workers from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia could be targeted.
But the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union said it was very concerned about the potential creation of a fly-in fly-out workforce from Asian countries.
The union's national secretary, John Sutton, said the proposal had parallels with the guest worker schemes in the Middle East where Asian workers were flown into Dubai.
"Those workers go to the Middle East under fixed contracts to satisfy the building boom over there," he said.
"They end up living in almost what you would term slave-like conditions and they get treated abysmally.
"It's a two-tier workforce. You have got the palatial lifestyle of the first class citizens and then you have got the slave camps hidden out of view. I don't think too many Australians like that kind of model.
"If we move towards this sort of guest workforce en masse that Barnett is floating, it would not take long before these workers became an enclave of second class citizens."
Mr Barnett has cited the limited guest worker program operating in Queensland for Pacific Islanders to work in the agricultural industry as a good model.
He said he had raised with Kevin Rudd, "an equivalent program in perhaps Broome with hospitality industry workers and maybe the Pilbara".
"They would work under Australian conditions and earn Australian salaries and in terms of their own countries, it would probably set them up for life," he said.
Mr Sutton stressed that unions believed permanent migration, as well as local companies taking on additional apprentices and trainees, was the best way to address labour shortages.
LET'S BE CLEAR, THE TARGETING OF THIS SUBPRIME LOAN FRAUD ON MINORITY COMMUNITIES WAS DELIBERATE. IT WAS MEANT TO NOT ONLY DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT BY TARGETING POPULATIONS THAT WOULD USE FEDERAL HOUSING LOAN BENEFITS BUT IT WAS MEANT TO BANKRUPT PEOPLE OF COLOR CREATING A SPIRAL OF INDEBTEDNESS FROM WHICH THEY WOULD NOT ESCAPE.
THE SOLUTION TO THIS MASSIVE FRAUD WOULD HAVE BEEN TO MAKE ALL OF THE VICTIMS WITH LEGITIMATE CLAIMS OF FRAUD WHOLE AGAIN AS REGARDS CREDIT HISTORIES AND HOME OWNERSHIP.....MOVING THE COSTS OF THE FRAUD BACK TO THE BANKS WHO WERE THE CRIMINALS.....THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
MORE IMPORTANTLY AS REGARDS IMMIGRATION REFORM....THIS SUBPRIME LOAN FRAUD AND THE CRASH THAT LEFT PEOPLE WITH NO JOBS ALSO MARRED MANY INNOCENT AND GOOD PEOPLE'S RECORDS AND WILL AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO MEET THESE NEW CITIZENSHIP GOALS.....AND THIS IS DELIBERATE! REMEMBER, IT IS THIRD WAY OBAMA AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT FAILED TO GIVE JUSTICE TO PEOPLE IN THIS SUBPRIME LOAN SCAM AND IT WILL AFFECT FUTURE CITIZENSHIP WITH THE POLICIES BEING PUT FORWARD.
Loss of homes by Latino homeowners signals an erosion of equality in the nation
Posted date: June 26, 2012 | LatinaLista —
As June, otherwise known as National Homeownership Month, draws to an end so does the American Dream for many Americans, especially Latino and black home owners. RealtyTrac reports that banks took back 54,844 properties last month, up 7 percent from April. This is a discouraging sign in an economy where Latino homeowners have already lost 60 percent of their wealth since the onset of the housing collapse in 2008.
It’s even more troubling when it’s realized that more than half of all foreclosed home owners are white, but black and latino home owners are much, much more likely to be foreclosed on.
In a CHCI white paper written by 2011–12 CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow, Janel Gomez, the loss of home ownership for Latinos has translated into a sad reality — “more than one million Latino families have either lost or will soon lose their home.”
Gomez concurs with what was initially blamed as the widespread home loss among families of color — agreeing to sign the dotted line on risky lending practices by mortgage companies. Yet, it’s not the only thing to blame for devastating so many Latino families.
In 2005, Latinos derived nearly two-thirds of their net worth from home equity. However, because many Latinos live in places where housing prices increased the most prior to the housing crisis — and have fallen the most since — the housing bust had a greater impact on Latino household wealth than any other group. The steep decline in housing prices has many Latino homeowners underwater on their home mortgages. According to a Pew Hispanic Center survey, 28% of Latino homeowners say they owe more on their home than what they could sell it for — double the share (14%) of homeowners in the general population who say the same.
The disproportionate impact on Latino homeowners has resulted in Latinos being the largest group to have lost their homes, dropping homeownership from 51 percent to 47 percent. This disparity is also widening the gap between white homeowners and Latino homeowners.
Though there have been some encouraging predictions about Latinos and homeownership — Movoto.com reports that between now and 2020, Latinos will account for 50 percent of new buyers — unfortunately, it’s not helping distressed Latino homeowners now or the thousands of potential buyers who can’t qualify for today’s stringent home loans.
Clearly, more intervention programs need to be created to allow homeowners to stay in their homes and create home ownership opportunities. The loss of a home is now known to be so psychologically damaging to both the adults and the children that as long as families can pay something there’s no reason why banks can’t or shouldn’t work with these families.
Because of seeing homes as properties and not as dwellings for families, banks have been on the receiving end of the new movement Occupy Homes, a group that fights on behalf of foreclosed homeowners. But no amount of fighting is effective unless solutions are drafted and implemented to help people in danger of losing their homes and the American Dream of homeownership is preserved for those who want it and are willing to pay for it.
As it is, over fifty percent of housing experts believe that in five years the U.S. homeownership will be at or below 65 percent, while one in five economists see the rate falling as low as 63 percent, the lowest on record since 1965.
Home ownership signifies much more than a family’s wealth, especially among Latino homeowners. A home is a sign of a family’s investment in their local community. It serves as the one constant and stabilizing foundation for families who inevitably experience change and growth over time. It serves as a sanctuary from the outside world and it’s the one place where people can enjoy being who they are without fear of criticism, ridicule or scrutiny.
Owning a home is also a major step in creating equality in a society where equality is eroding at the expense of the middle class/communities of color.
The time to do something about it is now — before too many resign themselves to the fallacy that home ownership is only for the wealthy and not for those who supply the wealth and are the engine that keeps the economy moving.