Patrick WinnOctober 10, 2009 09:05Updated May 30, 2010 12:10
BANGKOK, Thailand – Picture a class of migrants, hungry for work, pouring across a rugged land border by the millions.
Many natives on the other side regard the migrants as job-stealing invaders. Yet, if they were all deported, the economy would collapse.
This is a familiar script in the U.S., where Mexicans and other Hispanics play the role of the border crossers. Recast them as Burmese, Laotian or Cambodian, and you’ve got Thailand, where the society’s regard for illegal immigrants often parallels America’s.