Today, President Obama used his executive prerogative to “force through” an immigration reform package that will allow 4 million illegal immigrants the ability to apply for work visas.
The Republicans are irate. Speaker of the House John Boehner has decried that the move may even damage the presidency itself.
One thing about politicians is that 99.9% of them are totally detached from reality. Find me a wealthy Republican that doesn’t have a primarily Latin American “grounds staff” and I’ll immediately FedEx you one million lollies. Of course, they’re all citizens, but chances are that wasn’t always the case.
And what of American-Americans, so to speak? Well, they don’t much like raking leaves and picking fruit - despite all the anti-illegal immigrant white noise. Most of them would refuse to work the jobs that illegal immigrants work for the wages they do, the kicker being that those that employ illegal immigrants can’t afford to pay American-Americans the sort of wages they’d demand.
It’s your classic Asian-American finger trap.
There are approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. If they were rounded up and removed in a single day the US economy would actually collapse.
You see, despite being illegal immigrants, they still buy things - like food and so forth. Take 11 million mouths and calculate, even on a marginal income, how much revenue that generates.
The number isn’t small.
As for welfare, illegal immigrants can’t apply for it because they’d get deported - which is obvious. Once more, for those illegal immigrants that are incarcerated in the US, the prison racket is so enormously lucrative in America that prisons actually keep entire towns alive.
When the economy went to crap a few years back, how many Americans with a degree decided to apply for manual labour jobs because, in the end, having a job is better than having no job? My money’s on “not a lot”.
Here’s the thing. When you have a society in which a great portion of that society believes certain work is simply beneath them, well? Someone’s got to pick the oranges that end up in your Tropicana and Joe The Plumber isn’t going to do it. Nor, for that matter, is John Boehner. Those that do are, in truth, more representative of the American Dream in practice than most American-Americans.