"They Take Our Jobs!": And 20 Other Myths about Immigration

By Aviva Chomsky | Go to book overview

MYTH 15
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OPPOSES
IMMIGRATION, AND THE DEBATE
IN CONGRESS REFLECTS THAT

First, we should remember that Democrats and Republicans within the U.S. mainstream share a broad set of values and beliefs. In the global spectrum, they fall pretty close together. Both Democrats and Republicans have supported and helped to orchestrate the global and domestic economic order that has emerged since the 1970s. In broad terms, this has meant privatizations, a shift away from government regulation of industry, cutbacks in government services, and a free trade agenda that has pushed other governments— especially Third World governments—to follow these same policies in more extreme ways.

Domestically, this process has been described as a retreat from the mid-century redistributive government role embodied in the New Deal and the War on Poverty. Although those programs are associated (rightly) with the Democratic Party, the Democrats of the late twentieth and early twentyfirst centuries have retreated from the social welfare orientation of their predecessors, at least at the national level.

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