Time for me to make at least half of you mad, and maybe all of you. A topic back in the news today has touched a nerve....immigration reform.
On the face of it undocumented workers who literally wade the river or jump the fence ARE ILLEGAL. It's undeniable. The knee-jerk reaction is to round them up and send them back. IMO, that is probably the worst thing we could do, and probably impossible to do, too.
Truth is, we NEED these people. Stop and think about it....without them most of our restaurants would simply not be able to function. They grow and harvest our crops. Roads and bridges, not to mention homes or office buildings, would not be built. Landscape companies, janitorial companies, all sorts of blue collar companies would go out of business. They do honorable work that we want and need and value.
And no, there aren't enough native-born (white, black, or brown) Americans to fill those positions if all the illegals were sent home. There are "Help Wanted" signs out there right now and I don't see whites or blacks lining up to apply. I frankly doubt that even much higher wages would entice enough whites to fill those positions. Consumers simply can't pay more for their daily necessities. Our buying power is stretched now.
So what form should immigration reform take? I have no idea, but I know we need to agree to something that will make these illegals a legitimate part of our economic landscape. Industrious, clean living undocumented workers should be made taxpaying partners in America.
This ties in with another news bullet that just popped up on my 'puter: Whites in America had more deaths than births last year for the first time ever. We need MORE workers to pay taxes, and we can't count on those new workers being white.
We'll need to either raise taxes or make even deeper cuts in services, including defense, and as the recent sequester has shown, we squeal like 2-year-olds when you ask us to do without something. The solution (to me) is obvious.
OK, rip me.
PS....I had another post in the que, but decided this one was more "in the news". It follows if you're interested.