A laughable Proposal

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The passion and fervor was overwhelming at the protests in response to the crackdown

on illegal immigration in March of 2006. Half a million people in Los Angeles peacefully

marched to show their disapproval. In the months following, ten of thousands of other people

joined in cities all across the U.S. In cities like Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago and Dallas(AP,

2006) , we saw tens of thousands marching with white shirts and flags of Mexico and

Guatemala, making it clear that this wasn't a an issue to be taken lightly.

Despite exceeding 11 million in 2006, these undocumented workers were

disenfranchised and vilified by political rhetoric. They were exercising what they felt like was

their sole political recourse. This mass exhibition of protests was in response to legislation

which would raise penalties for Illegal immigration and classify undocumented immigrants

and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the US as felon.

This heated debate, that would determine the future of millions of people living in the

United States, was faced with a difficult dilemma of solving a sensitive human issue in a

cutthroat political arena. Two mainstream ideas emerged in this debate; the first, emphasized

border security and law enforcement, and the second relied on government ID programs and

employers to police the workplace. We were experiencing a national problem of human

beings living in the United States without representation and living as a lower class worker. It's

no wonder this topic dominated the public sphere. This popularity attracted all types of

politicians and people with differing of ideas and opinions. One of these voices was Michael

Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts and former democratic presidential

candidate. He detailed his assessment in an op-ed piece for The New York Times.

In "Raise wages, not walls", Michael Dukakis attempted...