"As proud citizens of the world," writes Professor Williams, "they show little solidarity with working-class countrymen."
This op-ed appeared in the July 10, 2018, print edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Excerpt: As recently as the 1990s, Harvard sociologist Michèle Lamont found that working-class men in the New York City area held generally positive attitudes toward immigrants, describing them as “family oriented” and “hard workers, just like us.” Yet real wage growth for the working class has been abysmal for a generation, and for many native-born blue-collar workers the culprit seems obvious—immigration. “My fiancé’s worked at the same company for 21 years and it’s a union [job], and they are hiring Mexicans,” one Trump voter told the Public Religion Research Institute. “And I don’t want to be racial, but that’s all they’re hiring. He makes like $31 an hour, and they’re coming in at making like $8 an hour.” Read the full article.