“They’re Stealing Our Jobs”

One of the classic lines against immigration–besides quips about drug smuggling–is that immigrants are taking jobs that “rightfully belong” to American workers.  Mexican workers have faced the brunt of the backlash, beginning in the 1940s during World War II, when the Bracero Program was introduced (Kwong 301).  More conservative Americans believe that undocumented immigrants...

Poverty as Pathology

Photo courtesy of Jukka Kervinen Poverty as pathology is the theory that the poor are poor because of their own actions or lack thereof. The poor suffer from character flaws, lack of motivation, and potentially even mental disorders. Basically, those who believe in poverty as a pathology blame the poor for their own suffering....

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