The Immigration of an Idea

by Claire Booth

Who would do this job? What characters would I need to create to chop down these trees? And there really was only one answer. Immigrants. Specifically, undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America.

American’s middle class was a great story. We built it ourselves, using our own hard work and the tools of government to open up more opportunities for millions of people. But now, in a new century and a different time, that great middle class is on the ropes. All across the country, people are worried — worried and angry.

At the National Press Club, Ford challenged New York’s network of municipal hospitals and its free public university as lavish, unnecessary extravagances. Why should other Americans “support advantages in New York that they have not been able to afford for their own communities?”