Some of those on the anti-immigrant side of the “illegal” immigrant argument seem to have little understanding of what laws are. In order to hide from being called racists these people continually parrot “they’re breaking the law, they’re breaking the law. Enough said!”
“Let me start with a quote I pulled from The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn. This particular quote is by Big Bill Haywood addressing a group of white timber workers in Louisianna seeking better working conditions. Before speaking he noticed there were no black men and was told it was because it was against the law to have interracial meetings.
“You work in the same mills together. Sometimes a black man and a white man chop down the same tree together. You are meeting in convention now to discuss the conditions under which you labor… Why not be sensible about this and call the Negros into the Convention? It if is against the law, this is one time when the law should be broken.”
This was a very tumultuous time in US history as many labor unions were taking very extreme measures to get their point across. Some of their actions resulted in death, but this was spurred by the killings and beatings of strikers by police. As it still takes place today, our government used its force to protect businesses rather than protect the workers.
Today we see an influx of undocumented migrant workers willing to risk their lives for an opportunity to work in this country. Many businesses welcome them regardless of the fact that it’s against the law. In many cases it’s probably an attempt to bring the country back to the “good old days” when laborers had little rights other than to “shut up and work”; or it could be that nobody wants the type of work that these immigrants are taking.
Regardless of why its happening, it is. If we believe the statistics of You Don’t Speak For Me the there are currently 30 million “illegal” immigrants in this country. How they believe we’ll remove them all is hard to fathom. Why they claim all 30 million are violent criminals, however, is easy to see. These groups cannot stand having to look at poverty, which is what the migrant worker represents.
In Morristown the average family income is 60k per year. Where can a man that washes dishes find an apartment in Morristown? If you listen to the ProAmerica, pro 287(g) argument you’ll here that “illegal” immigrants do not pay into our social security system. Well, this is simply because they are paid in cash, just as many other Americans are. Of course, many Americans are also paid not to work.
So, getting back to laws. We all know what laws are, and in this case, we’re looking at immigration laws or what a person must do to become a legal citizen. I say we change the laws and allow workers to come in, without being taken advantage of, and after a time of proving they will remain upstanding citizens, they are given citizenship. Contrary to popular “racist” opinion, all immigrants are not violent criminals.
Just to show that not all laws make sense here are a few pulled from Dumb Laws:
New Jersey Laws
We won’t even get into the racist laws of the past. I’m sure we’re all aware of those.