‘Be­gin with facts’

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“Pro­fes­sor Carol Swain, pro­fes­sor of law and po­lit­i­cal science at Van­der­bilt Univer­sity and au­thor of ‘De­bat­ing Im­mi­gra­tion,’ would like to see more peo­ple speak up for the sec­tors of so­ci­ety most af­fected by il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

“ ‘How many African-Amer­i­can lead­ers have you seen come out and ad­dress the im­pact that high lev­els of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion [are] hav­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties when it comes to jobs, when it comes to ed­u­ca­tion, when it comes to health care?’ she asked. ‘And of­ten, th­ese low-skilled, low-wage work­ers com­pete in the same sec­tors for jobs.’

“Let’s have a vig­or­ous open de­bate on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion in this coun­try, and let’s be­gin with the facts. Es­ti­mates of il­le­gal aliens in this coun­try range from 12 mil­lion to 20 mil­lion peo­ple. Why doesn’t our gov­ern­ment know how many there are?”

Lou Dobbs, writ­ing on “Big me­dia hide truth about im­mi­gra­tion,” April 25 at CNN.com

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