Many thanks to the Mountain Xpress for illuminating my difference of opinion with the Manufacturers Executive Association [“Crossing the Line,” Nov. 5] on illegal immigration. Evidently unaccustomed to challenge, these savvy CEOs seem perplexed that a congressional candidate would dare risk alienating his base—the inference being that as a Republican I was expected to walk in lockstep with fat cats willing to rob America. I must have overlooked that item on the list of my party’s principles and thus triggered the wrath of those who view themselves more enthusiastically as victims than champions of industry.
I encourage your readers to share information on those who are employing illegal workers. It will be my pleasure to be a continued reality check for the MEA or others who pretend virtue as they side step fair wages for American workers, exploit an underclass, imported labor pool, and dump the hidden costs on the rest of us.
— Carl Mumpower, Asheville City Council member