In short, yes and no.
This is one area I believe both Conservatives and Americans in general need to get a reality check.
Conservatives, of which I proudly consider myself, constantly use the talking point “Illegal immigrants are taking American jobs.” In a sense, yes, some illegal immigrants do take some American jobs, but the truth is far more complicated.
The truth is, Americans have become lazy. Unions, the service industry, and an entitlement mentality has shifted the old America of hard work into one of everyone wanting to sit behind a desk. What happened?
In short, the free-market.
America has been shifting towards a service industry over a manufacturing industry for several decades. I can tell you from first-hand experience, illegal immigrants have been picking up the slack. There was a demand, they became the supply. They work the industries and for the pay that no one else is willing to work such as heavy duty construction in ridiculous weather, picking crops, etc. Many say, “Americans don’t do those jobs because they are taken by immigrants.”
Bull!! I don’t know any Americans (they may exist) that would be willing to work construction in 110 degree heat or extreme cold or pick crops in the field for minimum wage or less without their “coffee, smoke, or bathroom break” and without their union rep. That time has long since passed. Anyone who believes they would is delusional.
What is my proof? Have we not been paying attention to the entitlement mentality in this country? Americans are becoming increasingly dependant on government (as are minorities). Not all, but many are becoming lazy. Disability is through the roof, food stamp use has skyrocketed, unemployment is high, etc..
I would challenge any Conservative on the above fallacy that Americans would be willing to do the job of immigrants.
Some may, but most would not. There was a time that would not be so. My grandfather, a proud American, picked cotton and enjoyed it. That is sadly dying here in America.
Does this mean I support an immigration bill? Yes, but only if certain provisions are followed. However, that is a topic for another day.
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