Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times' editorial page editor
Andrew Rosenthal is the editorial page editor of the New York Times and, as you can see below, he's all wrong about immigration.
Because it’s hard to find Americans willing to endure the heat, cold and misery of stooping in the fields - or the low wages - growers overwhelmingly use undocumented workers. An estimated 75 percent or more of the agricultural work force is here illegally. This is bad for everybody. Undocumented workers are easy prey for exploitation and unable to assert their rights. Growers constantly complain about labor shortages and are vulnerable to disruptive immigration raids.
The NYT solution to the problem of "jobs americans wont do" is to import a foreign serf class rather than making changes to farm work - such as mechanization and easier working conditions - where it would be appealing to more Americans. And, through their constant support for illegal immigration, the NYT has played a role in enabling the exploitation they complain about. As for the growers complaining, much of that is simply propaganda that was "planted" into sympathetic news sources; see the crops rotting in the fields entries.
New York Times' immigration editorial is so obviously absurd they must think their readers are four years old - 04/22/09
Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times offers the editorial "Immigration and the Unions" (link). He makes the usual mistakes and smears, and then shows that he thinks his readers are all four years old:
"Workers don’t depress wages. Unscrupulous employers do," said Terence O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers' International Union of North America. Unemployment in his industry is above 21 percent. Nearly two million construction workers are out of work. So what does Mr. O’Sullivan want? Reform that allows immigrants to legalize. "If we can free them so they can come out of the shadows, we can not only improve their lives, but all workers' lives," he said.
1. Apparently Sullivan has never heard of supply and demand; an excess of workers (such as from massive immigration) will indeed depress wages.
2. With two million construction workers out of work, O'Sullivan and the NYT want to increase the swamping effect on that labor market by legalizing millions of potential construction workers rather than supporting enforcement of our laws in order to encourage those illegal aliens to return home over time.
Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor of the New York Times, offers "A Champion for the Census?" (link) about new Department of Commerce secretary Gary Locke. It contains this not very surprising suggestion:
For instance, in the run-up to other censuses, the federal government has eased up on immigration raids and other intimidating forms of immigration enforcement in an effort to cut down on the number of people who are afraid to be counted. The word must go out from the Obama administration that it expects the same cooperation as the 2010 count approaches.