- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2001

Huddled masses

"America's generous immigration laws are increasingly being corrupted and taken advantage of by self-aware economic interests. Take, for example, the H1-B visa program for technical workers, which was recently expanded to 200,000 people per year by the Clinton administration. H1-B allows corporations to bring in cheap foreign technical labor in the computer industry and elsewhere. This is shrinking opportunities for American citizens, driving down their wages, and stunting the production of homegrown talent… .

"Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich stated the H1-B program 'has become a major means of circumventing the costs of paying skilled American workers or the costs of training them.' (Those who blanch politically at taking the word of a liberal like Reich should in fact rejoice at the sight of the opposition being hoisted on its own petard by one of its very few intellectually consistent members.)

"H1-B helps promote age and other forms of discrimination by giving companies a ready supply of foreigners who don't have any uppity American ideas about their rights and who can be silenced by threatening to send them back where they came from."

Robert Locke, writing on "Selling Out America," Jan. 24 in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Melting pot

"One out of 12 marriages in 1995 (8.4 percent) were interracial/ethnic marriages. Intermarriage between Asian Americans and whites is particularly common; marriages between Hispanic Americans and whites are also rather frequent, while marriages between whites and blacks are the least common. In 1998, out-marriage by Hispanics … totaled 16.7 percent, while non-Hispanic Asians out-married at a rate of 15 percent and non-Hispanic blacks out-married at a rate of 5 percent… .

" 'In 1990, 84 percent of all married black people over the age of 65 were in both-black marriages, but only 53 percent of married blacks under 25 were,' according to the Statistical Assessment Service. And the Census Bureau finds that … the number of marriages between blacks and whites has more than quadrupled, increasing from 65,000 in 1970 to 296,000 in 1994… . A study from the University of Michigan reports that in the 1940s about 2 percent of black men married white women, whereas by the 1980s about 8 percent did so."

Amitai Etzioni, from his new book "The Monochrome Society"

Sue who?

"Who should or for that matter, could be sued to make reparations for slavery of Africans in America? Who does the suing? Under what legal authority? For how much? …

"Enter slavery reparations' legal dream team: Johnnie Cochran of O.J. Simpson fame, Alexander Pires who won a suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture because the department had denied loans to black farmers, tobacco industry lawsuit victor Richard Scruggs and Dennis C. Sweet III, who won the 'phen-fen' diet drug case, to name several of the members.

"Known as the Reparations Coordinating Committee, the lawyers, along with scholars and others, have met several times to discuss the legal strategy involved in what could be characterized as the most significant lawsuit in American history… .

"No amount of restitution can make up for slavery or somehow cure imperfect race relations in America, says Jay Parker. Founder and president of the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, … Parker makes strong statements against slavery reparations.

" 'How much cash is enough to "settle the score" $15 per black? Sounds uncomfortably like the old slave auction, but look who's holding the gavel this time,' he wrote."

Julie Foster, writing on "Slavery reparations lawsuit brewing," yesterday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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