Opinion in Brief

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 25: People wave American flags at a naturalization ceremony on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Two naturalization ceremonies held today at the Los Angeles Convention Center are expected to welcome more than 8,800 immigrants from 128 countries who took the citizenship oath and pledged allegiance to the American flag. During FY 2016, the United States welcomed 752,800 new citizens to the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“Do you know whose needs no one in Washington or in the mainstream media is talking about? The immigrants who are already here in America — the legal ones. Most of these forgotten immigrants are Latino, and millions of them are U.S. citizens or green-card holders with low-skill, low-paying jobs. … As far as I can see, no big shots in Congress or in the media care in the least about how these hardworking people will be hurt by hundreds of thousands of new illegal immigrants storming across our southern border. The illegal immigrants are not going to take away the jobs of anyone you see on TV or listen to on radio. They’re not going to take anyone’s high-paying job at Google, Morgan Stanley or in the federal government. But they will take away the jobs of people who are washing dishes, cleaning houses, cooking food and nannying the kids of the wealthy and powerful. The working-class immigrants who are already here will be the first ones to lose their jobs or see their hourly wages go down — and they know it. … No one politically important or powerful is standing up for the country’s forgotten immigrants, and Latinos are afraid to say anything in support of a stronger wall, or in support of President Trump, for fear of being ostracized in their own community. But the reality is that many legal Latino immigrants, like my gardener, are scared to death of a flood of illegals coming across the border.” ~ Michael Reagan

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