We have apparently entered an era where immigrant-bashing is again in style. I'm on record here as saying, HEY- you want to come here and you want to work? Come on over! This country was built by hard-working immigrants, and it was always the last generation who wanted to pull up the plank to keep the next generation (which was from somewhere else) out.
I find it especially ironic that the current anti-immigrant hysteria is focused on "illegal" (i.e.- undocumented) immigrants from south of the border, since the 9-11 attacks came from perfectly legal visitors from north of the border.
On a seemingly unrelated note, I have always been annoyed that the Bruce Springsteen song "Blinded by the Light" is known to most people from Manfred Mann's distinctly inferior version. The song is from The Boss's "Greetings from Asbury Park" album, back when he was still toying with the idea of being the 1980s Bob Dylan, and I have always preferred the more raw Springsteen version.
Ok, so how to these two thoughts tie together? I bring you, Saturday Night FEVER-