Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Strangeness of Democrat support for Illegal immigration slash Amnesty

According to the article linked below, Majority Leader Harry Reid will "revive the bill to legalize as many as 12 million unlawful immigrants late this week".

The entire "illegal immigrant/amnesty" debate is being characterized as one of conservatives versus non-conversatives (i.e. most democrats). And, though not all democrats support the passage of this bill, the characterization may be legitimate.

The oddity of this particular party supporting what equates to amnesty is very strange, however. Those who desire cheap labor (from our neighbor to the south, Mexico) the most are the very industries who support workers rights the least.

Does the democratic party's support of an amnesty bill amount to a sellout of American workers and American taxpayers? You can certainly make the argument and make it stick. Cheap labor from across the border has the effect of diminishing the employability of Americans with the least education and least job skills while at the same time pushing enormous costs onto American taxpayers in the form of higher taxes to account for a huge runup in services provided at the local, state, and federal level.

Who benefits from illegal immigration? Not the American worker, not the American taxpayer. However, even if amnesty passes, the question, rephrased, still exists. Who benefits from cheap, imported labor? The same answer applies. Not the American worker, not the American taxpayer.

Business benefits from cheap labor. And how odd it is to see democrats supporting such a thing while American labor is stabbed in the back.

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