Over at CNN.com's front page, the link to Lou Dobbs' column reads "Dobbs: Middle class victims of illegal immigration". That's always the way to get America's attention: Invoke the sacred Middle Class. The reason for this is because in America, we're all middle class. Really. Don't believe me? Go ask any American whether he'd consider himself "Poor" or "Rich" or what, and I guarantee you that unless he's currently sitting in a cardboard box over a sidewalk grate or on the deck of a 125' yacht anchored off Cabo San Lucas, he'll say "Neither, really. I reckon I'm just middle class." This is maybe the only nation on the planet where the guy in the $500,000 house with a new Benz in the driveway and the single mom making $8/hr at the Food Lion and living in a single wide will both sigh and turn up the volume to listen in when the TV announcer says "A new threat to the Middle Class!", thinking he's talking to them.
Look, Lou, illegal immigration may be wreaking all manner of untold havoc here in the Land of the Handout, but the true middle class, those folks schlepping their way through the 40-hour grind in cubicleville to keep up with payments on their '02 Camry, are among the least affected. It isn't them losing out on lucrative careers in the chicken-plucking and fruit-picking fields, after all. And when their teenagers say they can't mow the lawn because the grass clippings might inflame their new nose-piercing, it ain't someone named Sven or Yoshi that they turn to for lo-budget landscaping services. That adjustable rate mortgage dragging them under? It would be twice its already bloated size if the bricks and shingles had been toted about the jobsite by someone making union scale instead of by Jorge and Roberto.
Illegal immigration is distorting lots of things in this country, mostly because we keep deploring them out one side of our mouths and promising them free stuff out the other, but leave the already-suffering middle class to its real miseries, like another season of American Idol, and quit trying to scare them with the Brown Peril, okay?