Open borders advocates attempt to show how foolish and dangerous Donald J. Trump’s immigration plan is, they actually make his case for him. They claim that restaurants would shutdown, construction would grind to a halt, and food would rot in the fields. 11% of food service jobs, 14% of construction jobs, and 26% of farm jobs are held by undocumented workers according these advocates.
Does anyone really think that one couldn’t find workers to do construction or prepare food? If indeed illegals are taking double digit percentages of those jobs while Americans don’t get work they seek or are given part time work to avoid healthcare mandates, does this not argue for controlling the borders?
There are so many Americans who could fill those jobs. Ex cons who have given up because they can’t get a leg up because an undocumented worker has taken their reentry job. People who are unemployed. The U-6 which is the true measure of unemployment is 9.8%. There are almost 16 million people in the U-6 unemployment. Over the last 10 years, immigrants have taken all of the job growth.
Freeing America of a flood of illegal workers would create more demand for legal labor there by reversing the decline of wages afflicting the working and middle classes. They act like those economic benefits $130 billion would disappear. No that is 130 billion being taken from Americans and legal residents. $80 billion is being sent out of the country by illegals. They do help with Social Security, there is economic benefit to more consumers. There would be a shortage of farm workers that would have to be addressed by allowing touch back after background checks. Yes, there are benefits, but the economy would not collapse. The fact is that the problem of falling wages and household income the left complains about so loudly has less to do with CEO salaries and more to do with illegal immigration and bad trade deals.
Arguments that many of the people here already are so integrated into the economy and society that it would be harmful to both to rip them out of it have validity. We enticed people here, we should not break up families, businesses, and create holes in certain industries. How do we strike the balance of the rule of law and looking out for our citizens and legal residents and this reality? Trump actually has a good solution that I advocated years ago. Touch back is the answer. Screen out the criminals and allow back in the others after they touch back home and we screen them. Secure the borders. Adjust legal immigration. Expel the criminals. Some would not come back, that will provide jobs to Americans. Many will and they will be welcomed in the legitimate economy which will help everyone’s wages including theirs. They will no longer be exploited. They will be able to hold their heads high and contribute to a better America and a better future for themselves with dignity free of the fear of being discovered.
Far from being anti-immigrant, this makes sense. I just hate the way he is presenting it. It seems angry and anti-immigrant. We know Mr. Trump loves immigrants, he married 2 of them. His grandparents were immigrants. I give him an F on tone, but an B on policy. I guess he has to do what he has to do to rally voters. I just hope he remembers there is a general election. Drop the challenge to birthright citizenship and he has a plan that will sell. When you really study it, it benefits everyone. While I am not a Trump supporter, he certainly is not a “carnival barker”. His critics would do well to steal some of his hard polices or risk being left in the dust.