Thursday, August 08, 2013

Immigration in Pittsburgh

A spat of news and commentary on immigration in Pittsburgh has been out in the last 24 hours.  Nothing really new, but there are some curious angles when you read together and not separately.

WSJ runs an op/ed by Pittsburgh carpet mogul Lou Weiss: Welcoming the Hard-Working Stranger. Subtitled: When I met Angel, he was in urgent need of an immigration lawyer. Now I'm hoping he votes GOP.

If you allow me my apophenia. Given the pattern of public comment there methinks Pittsburgh's East End has a mole in the WSJ editorial department. The explicit political statement in this piece is a bit peculiar given the reality of the political debates these days. The whole piece is a möbius of entendre. The protagionist in the oped is Mr. Weiss' hardworking landscaper. To understand his landscaping challenges it is helpful to read Mr. Weiss' earlier ink in the WSJ. For the WSJ oped he skips mentioning that he is striving to get his garden LEED certified. LEED certification is its own political football in some corners of the world.  I'd take note of the online comments building up there with the WSJ piece. No doubt it really is a remarkably forthright and heartfelt commentary. I must admit I would love to be a fly on the wall when Rep. M reads it.

At the other end of the spectrum Public Radio International (PRI) had this today:Rust Belt Cities, like Pittsburgh, Trying to Lure More Immigrants.With support from such a wide range of the political spectrum you would think immigration is one of the least contentious issues out there.  That and Pittsburgh would be doing so well at attracting and welcoming immigrants over the last decade.  Never would such logic fail you worse.

Let's skip the big national debate. Just talking about Pittsburgh.  The title of the PRI/World article reminds me of this in the New York Times: To Fill Gaps, Cities Seek Wave of Immigrants. The real immigration stories here are a bit more painful to tell.  Not Pittsburgh for sure, but not that far away was this in the New York Times not too long ago: Altoona, With No Immigrant Problem, Decides to Solve It. If you want some deeper introspection look at the long form look at immigration in Pittsburgh written by former WSJ journalist, now ASU Journalism professor, Gregg Zachary: Immigrants as urban saviors: When Immigrants Revive a City and When They Don’t - Lessons from the United States.

The discussion I have gotten into continuously over the last 15 or more years is that things are different now.  The 'now' being a bit existential.  But of course I note the obvious; a decade ago I don't think there was a denizen of the city of Pittsburgh hiring an entire extended family of Hondurans to do landscaping. Let alone someone writing about it in the Wall Street Journal. 

10 Comments:

Anonymous BrianTH said...

Don't forget about "Asiaburgh". Asian immigrants have passed Hispanic immigrants nationally, and Asians already have a plurality share of the Pittsburgh area foreign-born. If Pittsburgh does have increased immigration in its future, it is almost surely going to be much more Asian than anything else.

Thursday, August 08, 2013 7:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> methinks Pittsburgh's East End has a mole in the WSJ editorial department

Lou Weiss's daughter works in the editorial department.

http://topics.wsj.com/person/W/bari-weiss/5476

Thursday, August 08, 2013 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I don't think Mr. Weiss is writing about his internist from Malaysia however.

Remarkable that piece on college admissions from earlier in the year is over 1300 comments...and counting. Those are almost sports-level of public comment.

Thursday, August 08, 2013 9:04:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

"I don't think Mr. Weiss is writing about his internist from Malaysia however."

No, probably not, but he really should be. Even holding aside the local Pittsburgh angle, when it comes to the possibility of reforms that will increase future immigration to the United States (as opposed to providing a pathway to LPR or citizenship for prior unauthorized immigrants), the faces we have in mind should in fact be more Asian than Hispanic. Similarly the political problem for the Republican Party is increasingly about Asians as well as Hispanics, and so on.

And locally--well, it isn't even close, as I recall. Not that Angel is entirely alone, but recent permanent immigrants to the Pittsburgh Metro are way, way more likely to be Asian than Hispanic, and it is a very good bet that trend will continue even with increased immigration rates. And to the extent the Pittsburgh Metro does get a bit more Hispanic in the future, most of that will be driven not by people like Angel, but by Angel's children and grandchildren who become domestic migrants to Pittsburgh (and many of whom will be only partially Hispanic, in fact).

Thursday, August 08, 2013 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Jack Lewis said...

Off topic but could you suggest a source for obtaining current residential rental data in Pittsburgh. Purpose is to establish rent comps for public housing.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 9:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weiss' piece left a bad taste in my mouth. On the surface it's uassailable--immigrants work hard and we need more of then in Pittsburgh. But Weiss also revealed his politics in the piece, saying he would urge Angel to vote Republican (to balance Weiss' mother's "yellow dog" Democratic vote, which I thought was kind of weird, zinging his mom and everything). And that got me to wondering--does Weiss pay Angel $15 an hour, like he did the other landscapers who didn't measure up, in his estimation? Does he pay taxes for Angel, give him health care, vacation, retirement, etc.? (Of course not.) And does his attitude toward off-the-books employees at his home extend to employees at his carpet business? Yes, for Mr. Weiss, it would be a lovely, Republican free market world if you could just dump a worker every time someone came along who would be willing to eat a little more crap and get paid a little less, but that doesn't make for a sustainable society. If I were Angel, I'd watch my back. (BTW, aren't there better, harder working writers out there who deserve space in the WSJ more than Mr. Weiss does? Oh yeah, forgot about that family connection. Way to earn it, Mr. W!)

Monday, August 12, 2013 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger chenlina said...

chenlina20150603
toms outlet
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
louis vuitton handbags
hollister kids
coach outlet
hermes outlet
michael kors uk
discount christian louboutin
burberry outlet
coach factory outlet
coach factory
michael kors purse
mont blanc pens
air jordan retro
oakley sunglasses wholesale
oakley sunglasses
tory burch flats
gucci bags
hollister clothing
coach factory online
coach outlet online
jordan retro 4
pandora charms
timberland pro
coach outlet store online
michael kors handbags
coach factorty outlet
michael kors outlet
oakley eyeglasses
michael kors outlet
kobe 9
oakley sunglasses
mulberry handbags
coach outlet store online
abercrombie and fitch
cheap toms
gucci outlet
gucci outlet online
polo outlet

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 1:15:00 AM  
Blogger chenyingying9539 9539 said...

2015-7-11chenyingying9539
louboutin pas cher
coach factorty outlet
louis vuitton handbags
coach factory outlet
cheap soccer shoes
louis vuitton
cheap oakley sunglasses
timberland boots
louis vuitton
cheap jordans
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
burberry sale
louis vuitton
burberry outlet
oakley vault
fendi
sac longchamp
abercrombie outlet
coach factory outlet
cheap jordans
ray ban outlet
longchamp outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors
prada outlet
cheap jordans
football shoes
louboutin
air jordan 13

Saturday, July 11, 2015 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

zhengjx20160518
ralph lauren polo
jordan concords
nfl jerseys
ray bans
nike roshe run
coach outlet online
kobe shoes 11
louis vuitton outlet stores
kate spade
air jordan 4
adidas outlet store
jordan retro 8
kobe 10
gucci bags
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
red bottom shoes
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet clearance
coach outlet clearance
hollister clothing store
ray ban eyeglasses
louis vuitton purses
coach outlet clearance
burberry handbags
adidas factory outlet
burberry sale
louis vuitton purses
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
christian louboutin shoes
coach factory outlet online
ray ban sunglasses outlet
nike trainers sale
coach outlet

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:57:00 PM  
Blogger Fangyaya said...

louis vuitton handbags
jordans for sale
kate spade outlet
timberlands
coach outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
replica rolex watches
timberland boots
coach outlet store online
coach outlet
celine outlet
cartier watches outlet
kate spade handbags
vans sneakers
louis vuitton bags
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet
coach outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
coach factory outlet
michael kors outlet online
coach factory outlet
michael kors uk
pandora charms
hollister jeans
cheap ray ban sunglasses
polo shirts
michael kors outlet clearance
20168.9chenjinyan

Monday, August 08, 2016 10:04:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home