San Franciscans Hate These New Anti-Immigrant Ads - 2018-03-20
On Saturday morning, I asked Jeremy, a daily BART rider, what he thought of the anti-immigration ads all over San Francisco's Civic Center station, where we were standing. What anti-immigration ads? He hadn't noticed them, even the one in front of us. During our conversation, another man did notice the ad and, without breaking stride, spat on it.
First reported by BuzzFeed News, the anti-immigration advertisements paid for by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a DC-based group, have cropped up on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations and trains. The advertisements target US tech workers directly and claim that tech companies think domestic are "expensive, undeserving, and expendable." They also call on Congress to "fix" the H-1B visa program, which allows US employers, including tech companies, to hire skilled foreign workers.
Though the ads have sparked multiple news stories and angry tweets, my conversations with BART riders show many people aren't noticing the ads. When they did notice, the response was often disgust or indifference.