originally posted by: onequestion
Is the real issue with immigration the fact that we have to many people or the fact that we shipped all of our jobs overseas?
The real issue with immigration is that it's used by the politically unintelligent to pander to the bigotries of the low-IQ voter. It's a simple tool,
a blunt one, used by extremes in politics to ratchet up support.
Every nation on Earth has at least one politician or party pandering to the xenophobe for votes. It's tribalism of the worst kind, encouraging people
to believe that everything would be fine if they just "got rid of all the foreigners".
Trump and his ilk use groups of people as scapegoats and nothing more. They pick a target (sometimes foreigners, sometimes LGBT people, sometimes Jews
- sometimes anyone who doesn't fit the stereotype of the voter they want to sway) and they feed them this bs to convince them they this guy is the one
who is going to fix everything by getting rid of that one "problem".
Here is what would actually happen if Trump were to be elected and did go after the immigrant...
Most of your food produce would double in price within a month. Why? Because almost all of it is produced and transported within the USA. But because
you all want to eat (and waste) masses of food every day and you want to pay almost nothing for it, you need an army of people willing to work for the
absolute minimum in RURAL communities and along the delivery line.
Aside from the fact that these rural communities don't have a workforce outside of the immigrant willing to do that job for almost nothing, no other
Americans want to do those jobs for that pay all along the production line. If they did, they would be doing it and all those farmers and ranchers and
processing plants would not be hiring immigrants to do it.
The work is there, it's always been there, the reason immigrants come to do it is because IT'S THERE AND YOU GUYS WON'T DO IT YOURSELVES.
So, what happens when that workforce is gone?
Who is going to do that work?
Go on, say Americans.
They won't. Or at least the majority of those jobs will not be done.
Any that do decide to work for almost nothing will then be demanding higher wages - as they have been for the last two years in retail and
manufacturing all over the US.
The consumer demands low prices, the only way to keep those prices low is to pay people less to do those jobs, and even with the situation as it is
now those producing are struggling (you can thank the contracts they're forced into by your retailers for that little treat).
There is no getting away from this reality. The only reason you can eat (and waste) as much as you do for the prices you pay is thanks to the
immigrant workforce in your country. If you get rid of them, well, good luck, you're gonna need it.