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The Case for More Immigrants


#1

The Case for More Immigrants

Paul Buchheit

When refugees of a military or economic war swarm into a neighboring land, immigration is a problem: as in Lebanon, which took in a million Syrians terrorized by intervention (some of it ours), and then succumbed to the dangerous spread of poverty and unemployment by turning new immigrants away; and in the U.S., where the economic trade war called NAFTA caused displaced Mexican workers to seek simple survival across the border.


#2

Those who rail the loudest against undocumented workers pay their maids and lawn workers with cash.


#3

Don'f forget the nannies--economically upwardly striving men and women don't have time to keep house or parent their offspring!


#4

When my own ancestors came to the US (post civil war) they got the chance to work themselves weary in order to make a better life for their families. Today's immigrants (the Cubans like the progenitors of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are the worst!) immediately get all manner of welfare benefits in order to help them to assimilate. These benefits come at a cost that must be paid by the rest of us.
While there may be many imirgrants who do start their own family businesses, there are many more that willingly sell the sweat of their brow and the strength of their backs to do menial labor for businesses who pay them pittance wages and pocket the difference in labor coasts for their own bottom line profits. Think of that the next time you go shopping for produce at the supermarket, or watch houses go up in a subdivision, or buy fast food at some drive through restaurant, or go shopping at some big box retailer.
The reason that many native born US citizens don't bust down the doors to do such work is because they don't care to work for such lousy wages. Of course the local franchise owner or national corporation loves the "competition" because it is truly a "race to the bottom".
US businesses lobby for passage of NAFTA, CAFTA. and other "free trade" agreements (and are trying to gain entry into Cuba for the same reason) so they can destroy the local economies of these countries so that their desperate unemployed will migrate to the US in order to keep the labor pool stocked with many more desperate workers.
Paul Buchheit sounds like a "useful idiot" in service to the US Chamber of Commerce.


#5

When your ancestors came to the USA , there was a cost to the people already living there, that being the First nations peoples. They were all but exterminated as a people and their lands taken from them and redistributed to the European Immigrants.

First we had the land and they had the Bibles, now we have the Bibles and they have the land

Chief Dan George


#6

Thank you, Mr. Buchheit, for cutting through the anti-immigrant lies told often by jingoistic simpletons like Trump and his supporters. Honest renderings of actual outcomes are so much more refreshing.


#7

The term WILLING is amusing in the above statement.

Then you counter it with one of your closing statements:

"US businesses lobby for passage of NAFTA, CAFTA. and other "free trade" agreements (and are trying to gain entry into Cuba for the same reason) so they can destroy the local economies of these countries so that their desperate unemployed will migrate to the US in order to keep the labor pool stocked with many more desperate workers."

The conditions set by elites that CAUSE desperate workers to do desperate things is hardly the same thing as a WILLING work force.

You played both sides of the equation in this post.

And by the way, the spelling is lousy. Not lousey.


#8

Thanks for the spell check.


#9

The difference between what you said and what I said is that those fleeing for opportunity in the 19th century US were not doing so because the US had undermined their former country's economy and or government. They did so by and large to flee what were repressive governments and a class system that had predated the US formation as a nation.
Many of today's refugees are compelled to leave for their native lands for reasons of safety or survival which were specifically created by US meddling in the internal economy (translate: IMF and World Bank "structural adjustments") or political instability (translate: Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Haiti, etc.).
This was no serendipitous accident, it was a calculated policy designed to subdue the resources both personal and material as well as the geography lusted after by US businesses and its hired servants, the US government in general and the US military in particular.
Regarding the Native Americans (or as they are known in Canada the Inuit or aboriginal peoples) the slogan of both countries matched Stalin's famous maxim: "Promises are like pie crust, made to be broken".