Heard a report yesterday that border crossings into the U.S. from Mexico are actually on a downward trend — and I took that to mean including illegal crossings, but come to think of it, if they are illegal and successful then how are they counted? But anyway, I still think the so-called illegal problem is overrated.
And I also think it would be relatively easy to solve. Go after the employers who draw them in. Everyone knows this, so why is it not done? I imagine because there are vested interests in cheap labor or at least cheaper labor. The Republican Party in particular is hypocritical about the whole thing. On the one hand it calls for immigration reform and stopping illegals (and I have no problem with using the term “illegals”) but on the other hand it fights anything that would have to do with enforcement. I think I am correct in saying that. And I imagine the vested interests in cheap labor hold sway within the Democratic Party, as well. That’s why no immigration reform.
I’m not saying anything new, anyone who has read my blog posts for some time would notice, but for anyone who has not, my memory is that all those dirty, low-paying jobs “white people” won’t or “cannot do” were actually once performed by “white people”. But along came Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and welfare-type programs were expanded so those people no longer had to toil at such work. Now I am not saying that is all bad. I kind of resent employers who think people ought to be obligated to be trapped into their low-paying, no benefit work, as if they were slaves. But I am also saying that some of the incentive to get out there and hustle was lost.
The solution to all of this is to enforce laws against hiring illegals (more cost effective than trying to round up people, many of whom who have been here for years and now have deep roots) and to come up with policies that promote home-grown industries, and possibly a re-do of some trade deals.
There may be some need to tighten restrictions on aid to people who could work but choose not to. But an expansion of real opportunities should be the priority.
And while I am at it — why not go back to trade training in high school. Trades have modernized but they are not gone. And young people of high school age, heck even 8th grade age, need to be counseled into thinking of their future. They still need to determine whether they need to work with their hands or their minds and in today’s world it is probably both.
You know folks, all this can be done without hate or bigotry.
I referred to illegals (Mexicans coming over the border illegally) and white people but failed to address black people. I have heard the complaint among black people in the inner cities that they in particular suffer from the competition for labor that illegals represent. I don’t doubt that. I knew a black guy who said he had a hard time getting a job unloading trucks because the places he went to just seemed to hire Latinos. But he did finally get the job, and said it was fairly good pay. Good pay is always relative. And again, people of all races and colors do all kinds of work and are quite capable. It’s a matter of custom and whatever is happening now. You knew that I know. I’m just saying…
While I am at it, I have noticed during my past two decades of truck driving that it is a field open to everyone, regardless of race or sex and so on…