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Forty Percent of Non-Citizens Live in U.S. on Expired Visitor, Student Visas
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These folks came here legally, but didn't leave when they were supposed to. How are you going to fix that with a fence?

To say "When racism ends" is a fallicy[sic], there's racism on both sides.

You continue to misuse the word "racism". There is a difference between racism and prejudice. Hate does not equal racism.

According to Webster, racism is "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race". I don't know any black people who posit that black people are inherently superior to whites. On the other hand, I know (and have known) many white people who assert that whites are inherently superior to blacks (a few of them post. It is whites who moved to the suburbs to get away from blacks and took all the money and jobs with them. It was whites who burned crosses on the lawns of affluent blacks who tried to join them there.

Many blacks are angry about not only the way blacks are treated in America today, but about the historical violence that has been directed against blacks for the entire history of this country. There is no corresponding story of how blacks have "mistreated" white people. That's because they have no power to do so. "Racism" without the power to exclude others, is merely opinion with no real ability to affect the "other".

And people don't just forget how they have been historically treated by others. Jews don't forget the holocaust, Armenians don't forget the genocide "allegedly" committed against them by the Turks. Any serious reading of history will show that people never "just forget" their mistreatment at the hands of others.

About a third of the people who work in education actually do. Same goes for about a third of the people in law enforcement.

I've spent the last 37 years working in Fortune 500 companies. I've also spent some time working in a very large school system and in law enforcement (probation) in a large city. Large organizations are large organizations, they have similar problems and challenges. The reason? People. All organizations are run by people. Human nature is not defined by a type of organization. Almost every stupid thing I've seen done by a "public" organization, I have seen paralleled in the Fortune 500.

The anti-union propaganda is just that; propaganda. It's all based on anecdotes: "I knew this guy one time", "everybody knows", "I got screwed by a union", while the positive historical benefits of collective bargaining on the US and the rest of the industrialized world have been enormous. The majority of the economies we actually compete with (e.g., Germany, Japan, S. Korea) are more highly unionized than we are. Doesn't seem to hurt their competitiveness.

Employers, (i.e., corporations)all are organized. The owners are collectively represented by management. Why should not the employees form an organization to balance the power of labor vs capital? Historically, when capital holds all the financial and political power, the result is extreme inequality and a large, struggling underclass. History tells us that this will eventually result in an unstable society that will at some point, if not addressed effectively, break out into violence.

Aside from which, it's a stupid argument on the side of capital. Having a big pile of money produces nothing until it is applied to labor. It is labor that produces value. Capital only "capitalizes" on that value to the greater benefit of the capitalist vs the worker who actually produced that wealth.

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