Life for Rent, on Oct 22 2006, 06:33 AM, said:
My liberalism comes back into play because Mexicans are exploited because they will work for lower wages. And American's won't take those jobs that pay those lower wages because a person really can't afford to live off them. So thanks to the cheap illegal immigrant labor the employers don't have to pay what amounts to a living wage.
My nationalism comes back into play when there here illegally, send them home. But if anyone comes legally come one and come all, whether they speak a lick of English or not. Lord knows enough U.S. citizens mutilate the English language daily.
And I'm the one who used the word "wetback" up thread, and I was joking.
And it was not originally a pejorative - it was originally a literal description of folks from Mexico who swam the Rio Grande to enter the country illegally. I'm glad it's not used any more (although it was still in use when I was a girl, back in the Bronze Age
The whole point I was originally making is that "illegal immigrants" is perfectly PC because it describes a group of people who are in this country....well...illegally. And I'm all for us letting in anyone who wants to immigrate legally.
The illegal immigrant population in California may support the growers, but in many other ways they're draining my state dry. Hospitals are closing because, instead of going to the many free clinics available in this state, illegal immigrants are using emergency rooms like clinics and racking up bills they're never going to pay. We are educating their children, paying their medical bills, their special ed kids are getting Social Security disability - the list is endless. They get free legal aid, social workers, translators, day care - all at no cost to them, funded by the state and the Feds. Many if not most illegal immigrants don't pay into the system they're drawing from.
Which is why I wish Congress would get over themselves and get a policy in place post haste to deal with them. Make 'em legal, send 'em home, give 'em temporary work cards - whatever. Just fix the situation so that they're not pulling out of a system they're not paying into.
Edited by Rhea, 22 October 2006 - 11:24 AM.