Yeah, more of me babbling on bloggingheads

…with Glenn Loury. We hit gun violence, immigration, respectfully discussing same-sex marriage with people we love who were raised in another era, dispelling Glenn’s cynical views of American politics. This particular clip hits on immigration policy.  I think it’s unjust to invite immigrants here, to implicitly and explicitly benefit from their low-wage labor for years within our economy–and then to act as though they are criminals when we discuss issues such as emergency health care and the Dream Act.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

4 thoughts on “Yeah, more of me babbling on bloggingheads”

  1. Don’t the people we invite here usually have at least visas, if not green cards? Maybe you mean people who snuck in because the door wasn’t kept locked?

    1. It wasn’t locked. It wasn’t latched. It wasn’t closed. It wasn’t slightly ajar.

      It was wide open. That degree of indifference is known, in common (non-legal) parlance as an “open invitation.”

      IOW, our inconsistency sends “mixed signals.”

  2. I think we’ve invited in the sense that we’ve very consciously run a pourous immigration system that exploits low-wage laborers in many sectors over decades. Listen to the segment to see what I mean.

  3. You two are the best paring on bloggingheads. There, I’ve said it.

    Nevertheless, I have a suggestion: I’d love to see either one of you scheduled with (against?) a thoughtful conservative like Ed Glaeser, Eugene Volokh, Megan McArdle, Tim Carney, Conor Friedersdorf, etc. It would be delightful.

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