Originally Posted by PianoManGidley
Okay...this is something that has been bugging me ever since it came up--WHY are people supporting rights for ILLEGAL immigrants here in the US, and bashing legislative measures that punish businesses for hiring illegal immigrants?
Imagine you're back at school (if you've already left school, that is), and you're taking a test in class. You catch your friend sitting next to you trying to look on your test--obviously trying to cheat. Now, we ALL know that cheating is against the rules, and carries with it serious consequences, but nevertheless, you decide to help your friend by scooting your paper closer to the edge of your desk towards him, angling it a bit so he can read it better...and then the teacher catches you both and you both get punished. Would you honestly say that you were NOT in the wrong for KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY helping someone break the rules?!
So how is this all that different when we're talking about people who shouldn't even legally BE here in the US?!?! I know that legal immigration here is tough, and I personally think all the bureaucratic BS and red tape needs to be cut back and seriously revised so that it's easier to get into this country legally...but until then, WHY are people so supportive of PEOPLE BREAKING THE LAW?!?!?!
it may seem that simple on a simple level but they are here because, believe it or not, no one wants the crap jobs they do...and do well.
Our national economy supports the need for laborers like this. These aren't just unscrupulous business people trying to get cheap labor. These are desperate business owners trying to get ANY labor.
I live in North Carolina which has one of the highest rates of illegal immigrants in the US. We have farms that no one will work on. Jobs that no one will do. Farmers that are bankrupt paying the even low wages they pay their illegals.
Our unemployment rate in Raleigh is one of the lowest in the country. There are no people here desperate for work. Fifteen years ago and back, during the summer, kids/teens worked farms around here pulling tobacco and other crops until it was time for school to start. (Why do you think the average school year starts in the fall and ends in the summer?) But there are no kids working fields here anymore. They refuse to even work at McDonald's!
Affluence has a price. Everyone wants to be successful and well-educated and have lots of leisure time. But someone still has to do the dirty work. There is no one left here.
Whereever you see many illegals in the US you are looking at the effects of affluence, of shifting economy and mostly you are looking at a vacuum that needed filling. Not so much evil law breakers bent on getting cheap labor.