This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

An Enlightened View on Immigration

"My grandfather did not travel 4,000 miles across the ocean from Ireland to America to see this country taken over by immigrants!" This was Stephen Colbert, testifying today at a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, Chaired by Representative Zoe Lofgren of California. 
Staying in character as a Comedy Central news commentator, Colbert offered a House hearing his "vast" knowledge, drawn from spending a single day on a New York farm as a guest of the United Farm Workers.
The union launched its "Take Our Jobs" campaign to back up its claim that few Americans would do the work of farm laborers, the vast majority of whom are in the U.S. illegally. Only seven people accepted the jobs, the union said.

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