Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud About Undocumented Workers

There’s an interesting story in the NY Times about the challenges facing some school districts that have experienced a dramatic increase in undocumented immigrants. It’s a small thing, but this ugliness stuck out (boldface mine):

Many Lake Worth residents have welcomed the diversity brought by the city’s now numerous immigrants, but some also worry that they could be dragging down educational standards for other students.

“You have to be experiencing real hardship to carry your toddler through the desert to seek a better life,” said Dan Brown, a mail carrier, who said the new immigrants are “perfectly fine neighbors,” but who also said he was considering moving to a place with less-impacted schools when his 2-year-old son is ready for kindergarten.

Some other residents wondered whether they were subsidizing the newly arriving families.

They’re poor and can’t make it here,” said Jonathan Harris, a real-estate investor who favors stronger controls on immigration. “I am pretty confident that we have enough people already here illegally to do all the jobs that Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing,” he said.

But Kim Lingle, a paralegal who has lived for years in Lake Worth, said the new families have been an asset. “The immigrants are loving, caring, hard-working families,” she said. “They contribute to the fabric of our kitschy little campy town.”

“[W]e have enough people already here illegally to do all the jobs that Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing.” That is the brutal reality underlying our immigration (non)policies.

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3 Responses to Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud About Undocumented Workers

  1. AndrewJ says:

    There was a Chrome add-on a few years back that would replace the word “millennials” with “snake people”, and it struck me as one of the best ideas in all of Internet history. But these days I’d like to see “real-estate investor” automatically be rendered as “parasite”. It works particularly well in this case.

  2. coloncancercommunity says:

    I think it comes down to jobs and more importantly, wages. I do think that we need to control borders because any kind of glut brings down hourly wages. Unfortunately, this is very difficult to nail down. Of course, it would help if we would better regulate businesses with respect to reasonable compensation and employment terms. If we did, we wouldn’t have to close off our borders to control the darker side of employer behavior.

  3. Zachary Smith says:

    *** “[W]e have enough people already here illegally to do all the jobs that Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing.” That is the brutal reality underlying our immigration (non)policies. ***

    Spot on. I don’t have the Neocon York Times bookmarked, and avoid reading their crap unless it seems absolutely necessary, and I don’t think that’s not the case here. The US is the third most populous nation in the world. An enormous chunk of our jobs have already been exported to low-wage nations to make the filthy rich even wealthier. In terms of employment, we’re vastly overpopulated right now! But to keep the native US proles at barely living-wage levels, and to suppress unions, there needs to be a constant source of desperate people willing to work for anything. Terrified illegals are the perfect solution. They have no rights at all, will work at those filthy jobs nobody except the truly desperate would take. US citizens naturally and rightfully resent all this.

    Pelosi and her ilk are scum. They’re just as much into promoting this wedge issue as the Republicans. It distracts the dumber Democrats from things like the fantastically bad US medical system and other things they don’t want talked about. It’s a disgusting little play put on by both parties. (the abortion thing used to be a preferred ploy by the Republicans, but it seems that it’s dawning on many poor Republicans that their daughters get themselves knocked up just as often as those of the Dems.)

    If people come into this country illegally, send them home. If they are employed by a US company or individual, that entity or person would pony up a first-class airline ticket for them in addition to any remedial payments for sub-par back wages. Well, a person can dream. The filthy rich bastards want it both ways, and matters have been arranged so they’re getting to “have” their cake and eat it too. The charade at the borders continues because both parties want it that way. Yes, Trump is a genuine POS, but so is Pelosi et. al.

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