Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Lets talk about immigration.
From first thought I would have to say I am in the middle on this issue and have not reached an opinion. Comments are welcome in the “comments” section of this blog. For what its worth I’ll also add that I am from Plant City FL, The Winter Strawberry Capital of the World so this issue of agriculture is home to me.
I continue to hear folk say that immigrants are doing jobs that Americans will not do. As a person that thinks outside the box my initial reaction to such remarks are that such statements are bloated with overtones of the superiority of Americans over Mexicans.
Why not bring these jobs to communities consisting of American citizens? Why not educate certain communities of these employment opportunities by building Job centers and Day Labor centers directly in the middle of certain neighborhoods. I speak specifically of neighborhoods within the African American Community.
I must say I am in the middle on this issue because I am fine with authorized or unauthorized law abiding, tax paying immigrants who are here to work. But frankly, I would rather see a push to fill these jobs with African Americans to further the economic base of this American community which would bolster the U.S. economy on a whole. Those who oppose giving these jobs to Americans are Big Business whom do not want to pay a living wage. Thus they employ illegal immigrants, which is tantamount to a new age of voluntary slavery.
So where do these more affluent Americans have to go? Are you telling me our economy is full of high paying jobs that the average Americans can obtain, so we can leave the dirty work to immigrants? I don’t think so! Took me about 6 months to find a job 2 years ago.
The Service sector, agriculture, construction, child care are all industries that at one time were held by blacks. Some say the African American community is becoming more affluent thus not needing these jobs and as the President of Mexico said “these are jobs even blacks don‘t want to do“. President Fox is also asking for more cooperation from the U.S. Let me tell you something the United States owes Mexico nothing and I believe that not one American tax dollar should be spent on Mexican infrastructure as President Fox is talking about. In addition, raising living standards of Mexican citizens is Fox’s job, not that of the United States. The black community does need and will do these jobs. I pray black leaders and communities will take serious notice to these immigrants whom are seeking jobs that should go to Americans first. We should join them or stand up to protect our jobs & families.
The more jobs that goes to a non U.S. citizens robs from our nation and our families.
There should be a Law giving preferential employment to American citizens in all industries.
And to my immigrant friends, if your loyalties lie with another country and is not at least dually in the interest of America then go back!
After greater emphasize is placed on offering these jobs to Americans then of course let these law abiding immigrants legal or illegal contribute to the economy of our nation thought their labor.
All this blabber in Congress about a Guest Worker Program, Amnesty, etc... This is the fault of political leaders for letting this problem escalate to this point.
The practical thing to do first is to more tightly control the border. We cannot change immigration policy while thousands of illegal immigrants continue to enter our country annually. Deal with the border first. It is impossible to deport those here already so this is not an option.
A solution could be bringing troops home from Iraq and deploy them on the border to protect our Homeland and economic interest.