You can’t blame me for not wanting to share my bountiful harvest with everybody on the planet.
There are opposing views on the subject. Apparently, people think that nobody will pick corn if the migrant farmers leave. The truth is, people will do that job right now. You simply have to pay them for doing that job. And herein lies the problem. Why would the employer want to pay more for labor if he can help it? In the short term, it does seem that paying lower wages is good for business.
In Mexico, as in most third world countries, there is no middle class. There are people who don’t have a damn thing, and then there is everyone else. The reason this happens is because the wealthy pay the poor next to nothing and the system there allows it. This is an oversimplification, but it is the basic cause of many poverty stricken nations. Here, in the land of the free, where hundreds of thousands of my American brothers gave their lives so I can have a double latte mocha crappucino nutmeg mint oyster flavored espresso every morning, we have standards and practices, labor laws and safety codes. OSHA, even.
We are prosperous because we work together as a capitalist democracy to keep everything running smoothly. We certainly have a lower class, but we also have an upper lower class, a lower middle class, an upper middle class, a lower upper class and so on. These distinctions exist because the disparity in earning power is far less pronounced in our successful, capitalist, regulated economy. Granted, the system occasionally breaks down when business and ethics part ways in the name of greed or expediency, but, for the most part, it keeps on ticking.
Now, imagine that we have a multitude of cheap labor, willing to work for half what others will. Well, pretty soon, the whole lower class finds themselves competing with other entry level employees for crumbs. After all, why would I pay you more than I have to? This drives down the price of labor so much that the entire lower to middle class economy collapses. You still have the upper class, the rich getting richer, but the lower classes just crash. So, we get some unfair competition from immigrants at the entry level. No problem, right?
Well, if you are American, and attended American public schools, you may not actually be able to understand this next vital piece of information: Not all Mexicans are entry level drones. Look at the economic disparity between our nations. How long before the upper echelon of the work force migrates over? Engineers, EMTs and dermatologists. Surgeons, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Face it, many American jobs will be lost, and our economy will bottom out, as capitalism is dependent on a strong consumer base, which we will no longer have, because we will all be fighting over the ditch digging jobs.
So, who benefits? Mexico. As we get weaker, they get stronger.
But, more importantly, who loses?
I will tell you who is going to lose. The people on the lowest rung of our nation’s socio-economic ladder. Poor people. Black people. African-American. Whatever. It’s no secret that a lot of poor people are black, and a lot of black people are poor. They already have it the worst of any class/race in America. Even after all this time, African-Americans still struggle against severe disadvantages in the workplace. With fewer opportunities for employment and education, throwing open the borders to those who would compete with them will destroy what little opportunity they currently have.
Now I understand that a great deal of people are racist, prejudiced, bigoted, whatever you call it these days (you kids and your crazy music), and they might not care. But in this war of assimilation, Americans must defend Americans. Allowing such an essential base of our prime workforce to be marginalized would be gross fiscal incompetence.
We, as a nation, need entry level people on the lowest rungs to have better opportunities, not worse. They are the backbone of our healthy economy. The more productive they are, the more capital they earn. The more money they spend, the more it impacts the bottom line and the more affluent the middle and upper classes become, profiting from the fruits of others. This cycle of productivity and consumerism amongst these individual socio-economic classes is the very basis of capitalism, in fact, and is what keeps the nation running.
Basically, poor people spend their money at the store. That one essential function, spending money, consumerism, is absolutely vital to the United States economy. We absolutely cannot support a mass influx of immigrants and still maintain any semblance of our current economic success. The security of this great nation is our most sacred responsibility. It would be a shame to lose the war without firing a shot.