Sunday, June 06, 2010

Why can't Americans do those jobs?

...or, Jan Jarboe Russell tries to make a coherent argument for what I suppose is some sort of amnesty but FAILS miserably:

San Antonians understand the economic consequences of unfair immigration laws. They are: Without workers, crops rot in fields; young undocumented students with graduate degrees from U.S. universities face deportation; and many manufacturing plants sit idle. One statistic tells the story: The U.S. economy needs about 600,000 low-skill workers a year. About 5,000 visas are issued a year.
Crops rot and manufacturing plants sit idle? I would think those crops rot because the people who grow them get those government subsidies too late. And yes, THAT was partially tongue-in-cheek. But those manufacturing plants are by and large sitting idle now because of the bad economy. Either way, I don't understand why Jan Jarboe Russell posits that the only way those jobs can be done is by illegal immigrants. I understand there are a lot of factors at play here, but there isn't any reason those jobs can't be done by Americans who are here now, especially with the economy the way it is now. I know how the old saying goes, that immigrants "do the jobs Americans won't do," but we need to get away from that. And the sooner the better.