Each day I listen to the guys on KFI 640 go off screaming about illegal immigration. They lament what illegal immigrants are costing us and that they are destroying our nation. This problem is so easy to fix, build a fence, throw the employers in jail, enforce the border.
The cavalcade of pissed off U.S. citizens jumping on the bandwagon to agree and voice their rage is endless.
In the mean time they keep buying produce at the grocery stores, manufactured goods, construction and landscape services, and fast food all provided by the hands of illegal aliens. The hundred guys at Home Depot arena™ standing out there because no one is giving them work, and it’s not business hiring all of them.
If it was so easy to stop the onslaught the War on Drugs would have been over a long time ago. The American people are demanding low cost goods and that drives the demand for cheap labor. Ever heard of Wal-Mart?
I am no open border guy (it should be aggressively closed), but I work in the manufacturing business and see the realities many in the public arena privy to. Culturally, we have become a country adverse to even the slightest discomfort.
It’s not that illegal aliens are doing the Jobs American’s won’t do, it’s that they are doing jobs Americans won’t do without whining about it.
Many U.S. citizens are convinced they are owed certain entitlements, and it’s not Social Security and Medicare I’m talking about. Sexual harassment, overtime, racism, OSHA, health care, specified breaks, vacation, etc.; the gauntlet American business has to run and still try to make a buck is overwhelming. We can be just like France if we try hard enough!
I’m not saying some of these entitlements aren’t reasonable, but too many American workers are ready and willing to use them as levers against employers. Many employees are way more interested in getting theirs than insuring their company succeeds for the long haul.
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Dell, all of our big corporations are outsourcing their manufacturing and their services as quickly as they can in search of a better labor cost and a better work ethic.
We have programmed our workers to expect compensation, and then maybe get around to work, instead of to work really hard and then look and hope for better opportunity.
The problem isn’t that we are giving all of our entitlements to illegal aliens, the problem is we are giving out way too many entitlements to everyone and the system which is going to break anyway is now breaking much faster than anticipated. Those selfish citizens who thought the system wasn’t going to break in their lifetime (leaving the problem to future generations) are now seeing the possibility they might not get theirs. Wah, wah.
George W. tried to fix Social Security and AARP freaked. Maybe his immigration policy (let everyone in) has more method than madness after all?!
Blaming illegal immigration for our country’s financial mess is like putting a Band-aid on a bullet hole in your head.
Even if it wasn’t for all of our give-aways, America is not willing to enforce our border to insure aliens don’t come in. Central American illegal immigrants to Mexico get the crap beat out of them and no border officers are finding themselves on trial for violating their civil rights. They’re serious about protecting their border and they’re sending a message.
That’s the way enforcement works. You need a couple overzealous whack-jobs in the ranks just to let everyone know you’re not screwing around. What kind of a message do we send when we run down to Mexico, find the border hopping drug smuggler who got shot in the butt, and drag him back here to testify against our own law enforcement officials?
Keep coming across the border, our federal government will protect you.
Anyway, these people worried about getting their entitlements are the ones who have been complaining that the U.S. is supposed to care for the poor and the downtrodden.
Mexico is an unjust third world nation, and their citizens are in need of our help. They’re right next door for crying out loud. If there is a moral imperative to take care of poor people in need why does that imperative stop at our border? Morality stops at imaginary boundaries separating nations? Not according to liberal theology.
Are the people over there less people than the people over here? Isn’t it the duty of rich nations to help poor nations? What better way than to take in all their poor uneducated people without jobs?
We are going to have to sacrifice a little, but come on, compared to living in a tin shack? We’ve got the money, we can afford it. Aren’t these the same arguments used to tell the wealthy they should pay more taxes? Oh, but that’s different.
Like it or not, we have a representative government, and we are getting exactly what we ask for. As long as the American people vote for politicians based on their own selfish wants and desires, and forgo the qualities that the Founders believed citizens would use to choose their leaders, virtue, honor, and integrity, then we are going to continue to get bad policy.
You want to fix the border problem? Here’s how. Never, ever, ever vote for a politician who embraces any socialist policy (that eliminates all Democrats and most Republicans) or ventures to usurp the principles our Founders fought to secure, and never vote for a politician who thinks politics is a career, instead of a place where you go to serve your country.
Not willing to do that?
Better start learning Spanish.
Copyright 2007 Jim Pontillo