Monday, June 25, 2012

Immigration, one of the bottom lines…

I see that Sen. Rubio (R.-FL) says he supports Arizona's very controversial immigration law, but doesn't think it should be copied in other states. Of course, the federal government has sued to block implementation of the onerous Arizona law, and the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on it this week.

I'm not qualified to argue all the merits (or not) of the Arizona law. I am quite willing to put out this bottom line thought on immigration and immigrants:

Let's just call it as it is. Many illegal immigrants and many legal immigrants work real hard doing work that most American citizens don't want to do. For instance, several states have somewhat perversely adopted more strict laws regarding immigrants, and many farmers in those states have discovered that much of their seasonal work force has disappeared.

If you want to stop eating lettuce forever, and you don't care if the grass around your condo is never cut again, and you're willing to take your own trash to the municipal dump, and.....well, you get the picture. If you think it's a great idea to get rid of immigrants, then you have to be willing to make some very unlikely changes in your life.

I absolutely agree that illegal immigration is illegal, and we should work hard to minimize it. And let's offer citizenship to the folks who are here—legal or illegal—and want to work hard, often in jobs we don't want to do.

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