“Work that Americans will not do”
This phrase has become a mantra for those who want to keep a ready supply of illegal immigrants to fill certain slots in the labor market. Whatever you think of the laws governing immigration, as long as they exist, these people are not legally allowed to be here. Turning a blind eye, and coming up with euphemisms like “undocumented” does not change that reality. Are these laws realistic or enforceable? Not apparently, so the law needs to change.
What are these jobs that nobody wants? I’ve seen honest men work as garbage collectors, lower themselves into damp manholes and work with high voltage current. I’ve seen documentaries of US citizens risking their lives to plant dynamite in a flaming oil well. I’ve seen others go miles into the ground after coal and other minerals and still others trust their lives to small fishing boats in icy waters. I’ve seen footage of men jumping out of planes and into war zones and forest fires. So what are these jobs that no one wants? They are the jobs that do not offer a fair compensation for the work being done. They are the jobs that buy you misery, and only a part-time respite from hunger. They are jobs that afford you living conditions that are in some cases worse than a homeless shelter. And why do people come to take these jobs? Because their home countries are even more desolate. The power structure there is often more despicable than the people who exploit them when they come here. They have traded no opportunity for a lousy opportunity.
Who got paid for bringing them here? Who got bribed, and who got cash for the warm bodies? Welcome to the new slave trade, where people live in fear of deportation, so they won’t make trouble for their masters. Human trafficking has become one of the largest criminal activities in the world.
I want to see what happens to these jobs if the illegal workers are granted legal working status and need an immediate 15% raise to cover Income Tax Withholding.
The phrase “Work that Americans will not do” is a direct quote from the Secretary of State. She should be ashamed of herself. Every citizen of every country from Argentina to Venezuela, every Canadian, and every member of every tribal nation from Arapaho to Zuni (and no, I did not forget Apache, that’s not what they call themselves) are Americans. I bet they feel left out when blowhards from the United States refer to themselves in that way. Most of the non-Asian illegals are Central and South American. So where are these jobs that Americans won’t do?