Richard L. Trumka
Special to CNN
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By now it should be clear that we need a new national economic strategy for a global economy - and we cannot talk about one without facing head-on our own contradictions, hypocrisy and history on immigration.
The truth is that in a global economy in the 21st century, we simply cannot afford to have millions of hard-working people without legal protections, shut off from economic gain. But the way we treat the immigrants among us is about more than economic strategy: It is about who we are as a nation.
Look around most of our communities and you'll see what's been built by Hungarians and Poles, Irish and Italians, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Serbs and Croats, Jews and others.
Filed under: Immigration
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