I’m not sure where to begin, but why not start with the latest immigration bill. Although we’ll never be sure of the specifics (as Congress likes to add/subtract/legalize the verbiage at will), the premise of it seems correct.
Let’s break it down like this: People come to the
Under it's current form, Globalization has varying affects over the world's landscape (none of which I’ll delve into here for sake of time), and the gap between the winners and losers has grown even wider. The losers live in corrupt and/or poor countries where getting ahead is only reserved for those in power.
Skipping the lecture on abstinence versus birth control – especially in places where basic education for the masses is not a priority – one’s instinct is to feed his or her kids, which probably can’t be done selling Chiclets on the street. These Losers of Globalization (from now on referred to as “LOGs”) go in search of where jobs are so they can provide for those left back in the homeland. They’re willing to risk death to get here, even trying via legal means to gain entrance before resorting to securing the favor of a Coyote along the US-Mexico border or a fisherman floating around the Pacific.
They’re willing to work via the black market in order to paint your house, hang dry wall, cook your food, wash your dishes, mow your lawn, grind your hamburger, all without insurance in case they get injured, without benefits such as retirement, living a covert existence so that they can send most of what they earn back home via Western Union because they can’t open a bank account.
The Winners of Globalization (from now on referred to as “WOGs”) enjoy the current situation because they pay less overhead, no health insurance costs or retirement plans to contribute to, or anything forcing them to actually pay fair wages for labor done, or pay at all.
Winners of the Gene Pool Lottery (aka US citizens not naturalized) get incensed when the issue is brought home via their big screens by TV personalities and politicians who prefer to inflate the problem of immigrants to gain ratings and, in a sense, piss off the angry white male who is afraid of the world outside his Suburban and/or suburban living room (I should know since I’m one of these guys).
So, let’s get back to the basics. What’s wrong with an expanded temporary worker visa program that encourages people to follow the law? What’s wrong with allowing these temporary works to pay taxes, open
After all, why should the WOGs continue to gain more from the current system when we might all be able to win – especially the LOGs – with some real reform?
Now, that’s not to say I condone the Administration’s/Congress’s proposal (like I said, I don’t know the details yet, and the Administration’s policies tend to be suspect, with hidden provisions that favor their wealthy contributor friends), but at least we can find some place to begin a real discussion on the issue instead of the current fear-mongering in the media, White House and Hill.