Public Eye: Alienable Rights

Governor Pete Wilson of California and I have something in common. At one time in our lives, we both liked cheap labor. I did 15 years ago when I was looking for a baby-sitter. Mary Poppins was too expensive, so I settled for Elba. All I had to do was paper over immigration questions with work permits and I had someone who looked after my daughter as if she were her own, cooked the meals, washed the windows and swabbed the bathroom -- all for minimum wage.

Wilson developed his affection for cheap labor during the 1980s when he was a...

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