Monday, May 01, 2006

Illegal Immigrant Day

Supposedly millions of illegal aliens will stay home from work today to teach the rest of us a lesson. Primarily that without their hard work the United States will grind to a halt.

I wonder if the leaders of this movement ever thought that the opposite could happen. That the U.S. would go along its merry way not even realizing that these people were not out cutting lawns, washing dishes or lugging around roofing tile? I tend to think most of us will not even notice that these people have walked off their jobs. What is most likely to happen is the illegals will simply go to work as usual because something as grandiose as trying to make a political point goes against their basic need. To make money to live and send back to their families.

Perhaps if these people had the nerve to strike for months at a time they could make some inroads. One day does nothing. So your grass gets cut tomorrow, big deal. It would take months for such a strike to have any impact and my guess is many of the jobs would be filled by this country's legal residents.

It's true, few people prbbably like working in a meat packing plant, but if it's the only job you can get and you have a family to feed my guess is you would go pack meat. If landscaping costs skyrocketed because those who own the companies could no longer get away with hiring people for next to nothing, then people would go to Home Depot or Sears, buy a mower and take care of it themselves.

The illegal aliens and those instigating these protests fail to realize that there is always a way around a problem. It might be inconvient for a pizza place to get a new bus boy or a car wash to find workers, but they will.

So take a look around your town today and see if it has come to a crashing halt. See if any local citizens are out begging the illegals to go back to work. I bet you won't find out that either has happened.


At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me thinks the country will survive quite well without all the ILLEGAL immigrants today. As usual, we have let the condition get out of control far too long...and now it's probably too late. The politicians are scared shitless of the illegals now, big bucks business likes all the cheap labor and many people would rather just sit on their ass and collect unemployment or welfare as they are now taking the over retail, service and construction jobs (it ain't just farm labor and restaurant help any more dude!). Of course us gringos can't get any of this assistance (health care, education, jobs, etc.) in the wonderful corrupt country of Mexico but nobody cares about that. The p.c. weenies are ready to jump all over you as "racist" if you object to California becoming Northern Mexico. Fuck 'em all!

At 5:19 PM, Blogger iPont said...

Maybe this is just a certain amount of ignorance speaking, because I have met very few illegals myself, but if you are an illegal immigrant, aren't your main goals to (1) make a living for yourself and your family, and (2) avoid attracting attention to yourself? This walkout seems to seriously contradict both of those goals. Wouldn't this be a field day for an eager INS agent? I can't really see the difference between this and having a big "legalize marijuana" rally where everybody pledges to get together and smoke a joint in protest of the current laws. If that were the case, do you think the police would respectfully ignore all of the participants, or would they gather up the paddy wagon brigade and start throwing people in?

Yes, it is an accepted fact that illegals are a big part of the U.S. economy, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we can't do without them. Maybe it would be an improvement. There have been plenty of economic shifts in the past (I am not an economist, so don't expect any examples) and the country is still standing.

It just bugs me that people who can't/won't follow the rules can get a stage on which to air their grievances. If I had immigrated to this country legally and worked for the last 20 years building my life, I think I would be pretty pissed off that other people would be able to illegally shortcut the route that I was forced to take and then receive "special dispensation". I wonder what legal immigrants think.


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