Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Yes, It Is Hypocrisy

This latest Pew Hispanic Center study of immigration trends says that 1 in every 11 Mexicans, born in Mexico and still alive, lives in the United States. About half of those are here illegally.

One in eleven. That is getting awfully close to 10%. Imagine that. 10% of a country's population, the most populous country in Latin America, has fled that country for another. That is not immigration, it is an evacuation.
"We have a dilemma. We love the benefits of low-cost labor -- the nannies, the cooks. On the other hand, we don't want all the pressure. We complain when they go to the emergency room," said David Hayes-Bautista, director of the center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Something has got to give."
That's right. It is a hypocritical position in which we find ourselves. We want them to pick tomatoes, watch the kids, cut the grass and flip the burgers but we don't want all the baggage that comes with this nearly endless supply of cheap labor. Sorry, you can't have it both ways, folks.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We can't have it both ways?
Fine by me.

Keep the illegals out and let Americans do those jobs.

Americans won't do those jobs? Actually, it really a case of 'Americans won't do those jobs for those low wages'. The market will take care of it; the wages will go up or the job will disappear. Simple.

Americans will just have to pay a little more for their tomatoes. It won't be the end of the world if we pay a litte more.

Nonsense Nation said...

Americans won't do those jobs? Actually, it really a case of 'Americans won't do those jobs for those low wages'. The market will take care of it; the wages will go up or the job will disappear. Simple.


When I was a kid, you got jobs in the summer at fast food places, amusement parks, retail stores, etc. and got some job experience. Now it is hard for young citizens to get these 'low paying' (entry-level) jobs because many are being done by hispanic transplants, many of which are illegal.