The hypocrisy in this country over immigration has gone haywire! I am insanely furious over the “have my cake and eat it too” craze concerning the viability of Guest Worker legislation in this country.
I live in Atlanta where, just over a month ago, I had the privilege (or not) of facing off with a local talk show host on the topic. He began his biased, mindless banter by urging employers to fire illegal immigrant workers who missed work to participate in any rally, boycott, or protest march. He continued his senselessness for about 90 minutes before I could get through to question his position. When I finally got on air, I wasted three segments trying to get him to answer what should happen to employers who hire and underpay illegal workers. My question was never answered. So I ask you, what should happen to companies and individuals who not only commission painting, cleaning, landscaping, and other professional services from illegal immigrants, but also pay them illegally? America is swimming with polar hypocrites, riding both sides of the fence in this country’s illegal immigrant legislation battle.
If you live in a community or subdivision built by illegal immigrants and you’re now pressing for their deportation, you are a hypocrite! At any point in your life, if you not only hired, but also paid an illegal immigrant under the table to clean your home or business, landscape your yard, or paint your house, you are a hypocrite! If you frequent restaurants or patronize companies who employ illegal immigrants in their kitchens, factories, and fields, you too, are a hypocrite!
Spare me the hogwash about the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants who come to this country to commit crimes or already having committed one. The reality is, the vast majority of immigrants come to this country for financial and economic gain, statistically proven by the reported billion of dollars wired back to their respective countries just in 2005 alone.
In recent weeks, all over this country, businesses have been nearly paralyzed during immigrant protests and economic boycotts, especially construction companies. Such days of production paralysis has cost companies tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars. And for you outright hypocrites who babble and complain about how many Americans have lost their jobs and companies to the influx of immigrant workers, let me be the first to tell you, you are full of baby diaper stuff!
Any serious business model in the world is based largely upon an entity’s ability to supply a demand in the most profitable manner possible. If Jose Martinez can offer a community of homeowners the same (if not better) landscaping or painting services at a more affordable price than John Smith, God bless him! If Lupe Sanchez will gladly clean a house for less than Jane Smith, more power to her!
I firmly support and urge fair treatment of illegal immigrant workers who have labored relentlessly in this country’s factories, fields, restaurants, and construction sites — when able-bodied Americans did not or would not. Never forget: willing, paying Americans created the inundation of illegal workers in this county. After all, you can’t have illegal workers if there’s no illegal hiring. Now, the same people who contribute to this vast workplace for immigrant workers want to deport and/or severely tax them! The same hypocrites who have had their homes built, painted, cleaned, and landscaped by illegals are now self-righteous, law abiding, boarder-control crazed “Great Americans.” Please!
This is such repulsive, sickening hypocrisy; it is beyond disgust or logic. Every time I hear the hypocritical debates over the feasibility of a guest worker program, I liken people’s double standard to so-called vegetarians who eat bacon bits. They won’t outright eat a steak or pork chop, but they’ll bowl you over to eat vegetables cooked in smoked turkey or a cup of soup made from real chicken stock. For those of us who live among the sane, we know true vegetarians don’t eat meat, meat by-products, or anything that has touched or been cooked in meat. No eggs, no cheese, no milk, and no soup broths made from meat! If you ever want to see a real vegetarian go berserk, serve ‘em a meal that breaks one of these rules.
So if you’re a “bacon bit” immigration hypocrite who wants to be taken seriously, might I suggest you become a true vegetarian? Don’t live in communities built by illegal immigrants! Don’t eat in restaurants that employ illegal immigrants! Don’t buy food harvested from illegal immigrant-picked crops! Don’t wear clothes sewn by illegal immigrant factory workers! Don’t hire illegal immigrants to paint, landscape, or clean your house! And if this particular “don’t” is too tempting, at least give ‘em a W-2. A real vegetarian wouldn’t pay an immigrant (illegal or legal) under the table!
And for the record, I do not advocate any card blanch legislation that gives anyone a free pass to break the law. I believe America’s immigration laws were originally designed to give people all over the world a shot at achieving the “American Dream.” So, while I’m not sure if I’ll ever favor complete amnesty, I can definitively tell you I’ll never favor any law or standard that treats living, breathing human beings like disposable trash. It seems America is now telling its illegal immigrants (who have labored so vigilantly in this county), “Ok, ok, enough already! Thanks for the cheap labor, now go back home.” Shame on you, America!Powered by Sidelines