2008 February 10 Sunday
American Apparel Prefers Obama On Immigration Stand

A Los Angeles garment maker, American Apparel, employs large numbers of Hispanics to make t-shirts and other apparel. American Apparel has come out and publically supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton because Obama supports drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

Four decades ago, the chairman of General Motors proclaimed: "What's good for GM is good for America." Today we're saying, "What's good for American Apparel is good for America."

American Apparel is another company that believes in socializing costs while privatizing profits. Bring in the workers who are cheap to employ and foist the cost of their education, health care, police, justice system, prisons, and other costs onto the net taxpayers.

We urge voters to consider Obama on the Democratic side.

We urge voters to consider McCain on the Republican side.

Why? Because of their honesty on the issue of immigration, the most significant civil rights concern the country has faced in 50 years.

Why Not Clinton?

We appreciate Senator Clinton's campaign on many fronts, but when it comes to the issue of immigration she has not shown the same strength and conviction as Obama. This was clear during last week's California debate. While he supports driver's licenses for undocumented workers, she is opposed "at this time." Tell that to a mother of three in East L.A. driving her children to school every day. Obama has also pledged to accomplish immigration reform in his first year; Clinton has not made such a commitment. Immigration is the most critical issue that faces the United States, California, and Los Angeles today-we appreciate the Obama campaign's clear voice on it. We also applaud his refusal to scapegoat immigrants for political gain, as some other candidates have.

Hillary opposes drivers licenses for illegal aliens in part because when New York liberal Democrat Governor Eliot Spitzer tried to implement drivers licenses for illegal aliens the opposition was so intense in liberal New York that he had to drop his proposal. I think Hillary got the message. Obama is to the rhetorical Left of Hillary on immigration.

You have to wonder how many illegal aliens does American Apparel employ.

Some immigration experts criticized the advertisement and said it amounted to an admission that American Apparel uses illegal immigrants.

“It is self-serving propaganda to perpetuate cheap labor policies that are in violation of American law,” said Vernon M. Briggs Jr., a professor emeritus at Cornell who specializes in immigration policy. “This is not ‘apartheid.’ This is simply law-breaking. ‘Apartheid’ is an emotional term that is designed to inflame the issue.”

American Apparel needs irrational reactions since rational analyses of personal interests would lead most people to oppose immigration of low skilled and low IQ workers.

Update: On immigration will Obama or Hillary do more to help Mexicans move to the United States? Contra American Apparel, most Latino voters prefer Hillary.

Last week's primaries were dubbed "Hispanic Super Tuesday," and indeed the Latino vote proved pivotal to Hillary Clinton's gains. She received an overwhelming majority of Latino votes despite Barack Obama's last-ditch efforts to differentiate his position on immigration.

The support Obama had enjoyed in Illinois' Latino communities even slipped significantly since the last time he ran for office.

Hispanics/Latinos feel less need to prove they aren't racist. Some of their voting probably reflects the dim view they hold of blacks.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 February 10 11:22 AM  Immigration Politics

HellKaiserRyo said at February 10, 2008 12:43 PM:

Obama scares me... I just know he will fuck up and allow Republicans to take back the house in 2010. I do not want that to happen. Vote Hillary, the bitch that everyone hates (including me) but she is probably the best choice for our country.

Paul Krugman supports Hillary over Obama.

Bob Badour said at February 10, 2008 1:16 PM:

When voting for racial spoils, it makes no sense for hispanics to vote for a black. Blacks get spoils and whites don't. There is at least a risk that a black may be more likely to give more of the pie to his own race.

kurt9 said at February 10, 2008 2:01 PM:

Clinton just fired her Latino campaign manager. What effect this has on Latino support remains to be seen.

Kenelm Digby said at February 11, 2008 3:23 AM:

Well, perhaps the best remedy is to scrap all import tariffs and quotas on textiles and garments whasoever, put American Apparel out of business and let them have a taste of their own medicine.

Dragon Horse said at February 16, 2008 7:29 PM:

Hispanic lawmakers were not happy about Hillary firing the Latina and replacing her with a black woman. They sent her a "nasty gram".


Hispanics are not a monolith. As exit polls show, different populations and different demographics of Hispanics have voted differently. Here is the breakdown based on what I saw over at CNN as far as Obama's % of Hispanics: Cali 33%, Arizona 40%, Virginia 52%, Maryland 48%, NY State 40%?, Nevada 25%...so it varies according to population. An opinion poll in Texas Friday showed Obama was getting 42%.

In general, continental Hispanics (from Mexico and Central America have more racial animosity toward blacks than Carribean Hispanics (who are often significantly mixed with blacks or are black themselves). Educated Hispanics who have been here awhile tend to vote much more for Obama than the down scale and recent immigrant Hispanics. Those downscale Hispanics also tend to live near and around lower class blacks, so...the animosity is not hard to figure out.


In the case of Texas, Obama will likely do better than in Cali as their is less animosity among Hispanics in places like Houston and Dallas than in L.A. for example (I have lived in Houston). Hispanics in Houston heavily backed the black Democratic mayor over the Hispanic Republic rival. Hispanics also backed Harold Washington in Chicago (when I was a kid, first having moved there), they also backed Willie Brown in San Francisco (a town where blacks are less than 10% of the population).

So this issue is more complex than Blacks vs brown. That is media fantasy. If you go to NYC you can see blacks and Hispanics (PRs and Dominicans) associating very closely, if you go to L.A. you won't see it...

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