That would be fine and dandy if the business of the country managed to get done - but it doesn't. Here I sit in a state with 12.5% unemployment, where every day people are losing their homes, businesses are being shuttered and the state government is teetering on insolvency - and those in charge are more concerned with the welfare of law-breaking citizens of other countries than that of their own constituency.
There was a time when logic was tied to cause and effect - people put some thought into what the real world outcome of an action would be, before proceeding with that action. It would look something like this:
- Importing large numbers of cheap, foreign workers will put downward pressure on wages in any sector of the economy in which they seek employment. (Simple economics of supply and demand)
- If the economy is not at full-employment, and a minimum wage exists, there will be unemployment - mostly among legal workers. (In a recession, there are not enough jobs to go around and why hire one legal worker at minimum wage when you can hire two illegal workers for the same price?)
- When politicians say illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won't, they mean: "Illegal immigrants do the jobs the children of the politicians and their rich friends won't do because they are too busy "helping the poor in Africa", learning Chinese in China, Spanish in Spain or Eurrailing through Europe. It doesn't occur to them that there are Americans who actually need those jobs and parents who can't afford to pay for "mind-expanding summer experiences" for their children, or cough, cough, actually need the children to contribute to the family income. (The summer experiences listed above are real - I chose a few examples from people I know - all of whom are quite wealthy and fiercely liberal-democratic - and will most likely be supportive of amnesty.)
- Constantly proclaiming that there are jobs that "Americans won't do" makes life just a little more wretched for those whose financial situation and employment prospects dictate that they must do said jobs.
- Anybody forced into occupations deemed by the elite class to be beneath the worthiness of an American will feel shame, anger and frustration and will ultimately harbor resentment towards any foreign co-worker - whether justified or not (in terms of legal status).
- This resentment will deepen and fester as long as employment in certain areas of the economy is considered sub-standard employment.
- High concentrations of foreign workers will become the proxy for determining whether an occupation is American worthy or not.
- A general rise in anti-immigrant sentiment will occur - people will retreat into groups of other people they deem to be "like them", and soon will grow beyond national origin and will encompass other elements that make us superficially different. Religion, skin color - (an American favorite), ethnicity, favorite football team, cat people, dog people....
- We will become a nation stupidly divided, helpless and vulnerable.
- This is not in my best interest. Or yours.
- I will support the enforcement of the laws of this country - for everybody - no matter what their sob-story may be.
- I will not tolerate those who do not respect this country, its borders and its laws, customs and way of life.
- I will not vote for people who support lawlessness, and seek to give special treatment and benefits to a few against the better interests of the citizens of this country and every other person on the face of the planet who would like to come here but has chosen or is forced to take the legal path to do so.
- I will ask the businesses that I patronize whether they use the eVerify system to determine whether they are hiring only those who have the legal right to work in this country.
- I will check myself to see if they are signed up to use the eVerify system.
- By doing this, I will be on the side of fairness and justice - and will not pay attention to those who attempt to dissuade me by ridicule, fear or intimidation.