Thursday, March 30, 2006

More On Immigration Hysteria

It was hard to miss the theme running rampant across conservative talk radio today: As Americans we should be angry at all the elites who insist that illegal immigrants perform jobs no one else wants to do. As one host ranted earlier this evening, "These elites don't know what jobs people will do. Barbara Boxer hasn't done a hard day's work in her life! Ted Kennedy doesn't know a hard day's work."

Of course I'm not sure what American wants to work in the tobacco fields for $2.00 per hour.

Conservatives like to focus on the "illegal" aspect of illegal immigration- as if the same immigrants doing the same work here legally would make everything all better. The truth of the matter is that if the only concern is the illegality aspect then that problem could be simply solved by letting in a lot more immigrants legally. But something tells me that most of conservative talk nation is in a hurry to open up the borders.

Conservatives have a lot of explaining to do about why I shouldn't be allowed to hire a Mexican to landscape my yard for $2.00 an hour. After all, conservatives aren't supposed to like the idea of minimum wages in the first place. The fact of the matter is, our economy is going strongly as ever, and unemployment is as low as it's ever been- All this with what's described as a massive illegal immigration problem. It's hard to see who's really hurt by this so-called illegal immigration problem. Americans get cheap labor and immigrants get more money then they could possibly hope to make back home. So once again, where's the fire? As usual, there seems to be a lot of hysteria, and very little rational discourse.


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