Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Real Thieves

A popular sentiment in the face of the immigration protests and debate has been that illegal immigrants are "stealing American jobs" because of their willingness to work for lower wages than American citizens.

Is it illegal immigrants who are depriving Americans of the opportunity to work? Or is it the contractor who would drive over his mother to find a bevy of immigrants willing to work for 3 bucks an hour? The restaurant owner who drools over the thought of a dishwasher who will toil night after night for half of minimum wage?

There is an overwhelming tendency, in this case, like in most, to blame those merely trying to make a better life for themselves, rather than at the ones who would do anything for a few extra numbers in the profit margin. How about pointing the finger where it belongs for once?

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